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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 13 May 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Monday

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By Katie Galbraith

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Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday morning with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Don't forget if you come across a great story this weekend or take a beautiful photo get in touch and you could see it on our Local Live page.

Latest headlines: Union to strike over plans to close BIS office in Sheffield and Red Cross calls for rule change over refugee family in the city

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The top stories from South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • Members of the Public and Commercial Services union will go out on strike next Thursday over the Government's plan to close the Business Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield
  • A senior officer responsible for investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham will remain in charge of the operation in Kos in line with the family's wishes.
  • The Red Cross is calling for a change in the rules - after highlighting the case of a refugee family living in Sheffield who've been split up after fleeing the war in Syria

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Weather: Frost possible tonight

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

It will be a chilly night with clear spells, and a touch of frost possible in prone spots. It should stay dry for most..  

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Potential breakthrough in Sheffield could help women who've had recurrent miscarriages

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Research at the University of Sheffield could help women who've suffered multiple miscarriages. 

A study has found that a protein involved in the development of the placenta may also help embryos implant in the womb. 

Professor Harry Moore says eventually it could lead to new ways to spot potential problems.  

University of Sheffield
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What we'd like to develop is a sort of blood test to identify patients that might be at risk to be able to help them."

Harry MooreProfessor at University of Sheffield

Have you seen missing Doncaster man Evan?

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Officers in Doncaster are appealing to the public to help find missing 32-year-old Evan Jury.

Evan was last seen at around 9pm on Wednesday evening (11 May), in the Askern Road area of Bentley.

He hasn’t been seen or heard from since and officers are growing concerned as to his whereabouts.

Evan was last seen wearing dark coloured jeans and a dark coloured hooded top.

Evan Jury
South Yorkshire Police

Ben Needham: Police officer to remain in charge of investigation

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

This week we've been following the news about the police officers investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham.

An article in the Sun newspaper reported that members of the team on the Greek island of Kos had gone on an eight hour drinking session.

A senior officer responsible for Operation Ben met with the Deputy Chief Constable to explain the events on Kos.

Following that meeting the force has announced that the officer will remain in charge of the operation in line with the family's wishes.

Ben Needham
Press Association

Latest headlines: Unanswered questions over Hillsborough disaster says Labour leader and local research could help women who suffer multiple miscarriages

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said there are still unanswered questions over the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath
  • The Red Cross is calling for a change in the rules - after highlighting the case of a refugee family living in Sheffield who've been split up after fleeing the war in Syria
  • Research at the University of Sheffield could help women who've suffered multiple miscarriages

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Watch: Memories of when the Tour De Yorkshire came to Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Thanks to Jo Miller chief executive at Doncaster Council for tweeting this great video about when the 2016 Tour De Yorkshire came to Doncaster.

Were you there? You might spot yourself in this short video.......

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Rotherham athlete named in Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby team for Rio 2016

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The British Paralympic Association has today announced the 12 wheelchair rugby players set to compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016.

The squad includes Rotherham-born Gavin Walker, who trains in Sheffield.

Gavin Walker
The British Paralympic Association

Gavin has been vice-captain of the team since summer 2015.

The father-of-two will make his Paralympics debut in Rio.

I started playing rugby in 2011 and I can't believe how much life has changed since then! I never thought I could represent my country in sport, so I am excited and pleased to have reached this point and I can't wait to get out to compete in Rio. "

Gavin WalkerParalympics GB wheelchair rugby team

Travel: Delays expected due to funeral in Cantley

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Delays are to be expected on services operating in Bentley, Armthorpe and Cantley until 5pm this evening.  

A large funeral is taking place and a substantial number of mourners are being expected.  

Funeral procession will commence from Stockbridge Road in Bentley and proceed to Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Armthorpe. 

From the church, the procession will move to Rose Hill Crematorium and Cemetery for the burial before returning back to Bentley. There are no formal road closures and local police will manage traffic on the day.

Sheffield MP backs calls for Syrian family to be reunited

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg's backing calls for a family of Syrian refugees to be reunited. 

The Red Cross is highlighting the case of the Alwadi family who've settled in Sheffield. 

In a video message sent to Home Secretary Theresa May, they say they were forced to flee their home due to war - but their two older children are being prevented from joining them because they're both over 18. 

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 Nick Clegg has tweeted "families fleeing war & persecution deserve compassion & decency."    

Sheffield strike: PCS union says Government needs to listen

We've been talking about the news this afternoon that members of the Public and Commercial Services union are to stage a 24-hour strike.

It's over plans to close the business department's Sheffield office. The walk out will take place on Thursday 19 May.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced earlier this year it plans to close the Sheffield site by 2018. Marion Lloyd from the PCS union says her members are angry at the decision:

Marion Lloyd
BBC

We have no choice now but to go out on strike and clearly if they don't listen to us before Thursday people will come out in their droves. And if they don't listen after Thursday we'll have to consider our next steps to up the ante."

Marion LloydPCS Union

Doncaster airport: Growth in passenger numbers unprecedented

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport is reporting a 40% growth in passengers in the year ahead. 

The Head of Aviation Development, Chris Harcombe, says the growth in passengers using the airport has been unprecedented. 

The airport will continue to increase flights from the site in line with demand.

Mr Harcombe was taking part in the Hot seat on the Rony Robinson show on BBC Radio Sheffield.

Doncaster Airport
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Man jailed for sexual abuse - police fear there could be other victims

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A 44-year-old man has been jailed for 21 years today for the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man in Doncaster.

Christopher Melvyn Colebrook, of Bowers Fold, Doncaster, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the girl plus two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the man, and assault of a police officer.

He has also been issued with a life-long sexual harm prevention order.

Investigating officers Det Con Nichole Russell and PC Angela Hardwick believe there could be other victims out there who are yet to come forward.

Christopher Colebrook
South Yorkshire Police

He preyed on vulnerable teenagers, subjecting them to horrendous sexual offending after plying them with alcohol....we believe that there could be other victims of this man out there who are yet to come forward. We would like to take this opportunity to ask them to make contact with police so we can offer them whatever support they may need."

Nichole Russell and Angela HardwickSouth Yorkshire Police

Chris Wilder: New Sheffield United boss relishing 'dream job' at Bramall Lane

BBC Sport

New Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says taking the job was "a complete no-brainer".

Wilder left Northampton on Thursday to sign a three-year deal at Bramall Lane to replace Nigel Adkins.

The former Oxford boss, who guided the Cobblers to the League Two title, began his playing career with the Blades.

"Of course this is my dream job. Hopefully it will be a great period of my footballing career," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

Chris Wilder
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Listen: New manager sets out his plan for the Blades

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

I caught up with the new Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder this morning.

He was appointed yesterday following the departure of former Blades boss Nigel Adkins.

He'd been dismissed for failing to get the team into the League One play-offs.

So what plans does the new man at the top have to ensure success?

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Listen: Search for a Hillsborough hero

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been talking this morning about an appeal to find a "hero" who helped pull an eight-year-old boy from the crush at Hillsborough.

The Facebook message from survivor Joe Smith, now 35 years old, has been shared more than 100,000 times since Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Smith, from Kirkby, saw himself on the shoulders of his rescuer while watching a BBC Two documentary.

He told the BBC about what happened....

Pensioner left with serious leg injuries after Sheffield crash

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

An 82-year-old man has been left with serious leg injuries after a crash on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield.

Ecclesall Road
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It happened just before 18:00 yesterday evening when a yellow Ford Ka hit a pensioner.

It was reported that the man was crossing the road close to the Age UK shop at the time of the incident.

He's been taken to hospital and police officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to get in touch with them.

Weather: Cooler than recent days

BBC Weather

Brighter spells should develop later in the day. Much cooler than recent days with a north-easterly breeze. 

Weather graphic
BBC

One-day strike looms over closure-threatened government office in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Public and Commercial Services Union members in Sajid Javid's business department will strike next week after voting for action over plans to close the Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield.

The one day strike on Thursday 19 May will involve policy staff who work in the closure threatened office.

In a ballot, 96% of the 150 affected members voted for strikes on a 53% turnout.

The union is also considering a timetable for further walkouts.

PCS Union
Press Association

BreakingStrike called over plans to close BIS office in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Public and Commercial Services Union has announced it will strike next Thursday after voting overwhelmingly for action over plans to close the Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield.

Latest headlines: 'We should not be in this division' says new Blades boss and the search goes on for Hillsborough hero

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories this morning from South Yorkshire include:

  • New Sheffield United manager says he has not had a failure on his CV and doesn't want one now. Chris Wilder has been talking at a press conference at the club this morning
  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate claims that South Yorkshire Police tried to "spin" news from the Hillsborough inquests
  • A man who survived the HiIlsborough disaster when he was eight years old has started a social media appeal to find the man who rescued him from the crush 

Jessica Ennis-Hill could arrive late in Rio due to Zika concerns

The Daily Mail

Jessica Ennis-Hill is considering a delayed arrival in Brazil ahead of the Rio Olympics due to the Zika virus.

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Press Association

The 30-year-old, who won heptathlon gold at the London 2012 Olympics, wishes to have more children after the Games, following the birth of son Reggie in 2014. 

Zika, a virus carried by mosquitos, has been shown to cause microcephaly in babies of mothers infected while pregnant. Its full impact is uncertain. 

Jess's coach Tony Minichiello said in the Daily Mail: "It would be remiss of me not to listen to the athlete when they say, 'This is a bit of a worry, I'm concerned about this'. "We are looking at a number of options. 

Watch: New Blades manager press conference live

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield will be streaming the Chris Wilder press conference live on our Facebook page from around 10:30. 

I suspect Mr Wilder will be wearing a different tie....

Chris Wilder
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Players Championship: Sheffield's Danny Willett adrift as Jason Day leads,

BBC Sport

World number one Jason Day equalled the course record to take a two-shot first-round lead at the Players Championship.

The Australian hit a nine-under-par 63 at Sawgrass where Sheffield's Masters champion Danny Willett is seven adrift on two under.

Danny Willett at the Players Championship
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Watch: Barnsley man's Star Wars film hope

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man from Barnsley is hoping the force is with him after entering a competition to make his own Star Wars film.

The films are being judged by Lucas Film and Disney.

Twenty-five-year-old Liam Swann's piece -called 'Kin'- is about bullying and how a young girl combats it.

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Winners of the competition will be announced in June.  

MP shocked at 'sexualised' bra for young girls

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says she was shocked to see a bra being sold by high street retailer Matalan which she says is too sexualised for young girls. 

The £4 bra being sold in the 2 to 13-year-old section of the store is black, has a plunge front and has sizes that could be worn by a girl as young as eight. 

Sarah Champion with black bra
Sarah Champion

A statement from Matalan says the bras in question are not padded so as to enhance cleavage but are a smooth, moulded shape to act as a modesty and comfort layer. 

Ms Champion says she's speaking with the store about the concerns. 

Its very much like an adult bra. It's a plunge bra in black, it has padding in it and I would say it's really really not suitable for a young child. To be quite honest it's quite a sexualised bra."

Sarah ChampionLabour MP for Rotherham

New Blades boss first press conference this morning

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield United will introduce Chris Wilder as club's new boss later this morning.

He replaces Nigel Adkins who was sacked yesterday after less than a year in charge at Bramall Lane.

Wilder, a former Blades player, has just led Northampton Town to promotion from League Two. 

He becomes Sheffield United's ninth manager in as many years. 

Chris Wilder
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Latest headlines: Man searches for his Hillsborough hero and Rotherham MP criticises Matalan over its bras

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • A man who survived the HiIlsborough disaster when he was eight years old has started a social media appeal to find the man who rescued him from the crush
  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate claims from a former South Yorkshire Police press officer that she was asked to encourage reporting of evidence at the Hillsborough inquests that favoured the force
  • Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is complaining about the retailer Matalan - and the style of bra they're selling for young girls 

Hillsborough 96 posthumously awarded Freedom of Liverpool

BBC News England

The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster and former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish are to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.

96 Hillsborough victims
BBC

Dalglish, who was manager at the time of the 1989 tragedy, ensured the club was represented at the fans' funerals.

Other key figures receiving the city's highest honour include the Rt Rev James Jones and Professor Phil Scraton.

In April, the 96 who died at the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield were found to have been unlawfully killed.

Weather: Much cooler than recent days

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry for most, although often cloudy with some hill fog at first. A few spots of light rain are possible, mainly over hills. 

Brighter spells should develop later in the day. Much cooler than recent days with a northeasterly breeze.  

Clare Nasir weather forecast
BBC

Inquiry into Hillsborough 'spin' claims

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a former South Yorkshire Police press officer claimed she was asked to "spin" news during the Hillsborough inquests.

Hayley Court claimed she was asked to encourage the media to report evidence favourable to the police, including that fans were partly to blame.

Hayley Court
BBC

She said she was told to "get the media together and tell them what to write".

The force has said Ms Court's claims were "not substantiated".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said: "Following an assessment of the available evidence, the IPCC has decided to conduct an independent investigation into this matter."  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Morning, Katie here. It's Friday! and I'll be here throughout the day for updates from South Yorkshire.

We'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

Including more on this story about the search for a hero who helped a little boy survive the Hillsborough disaster.

That little boy is now 35 years old and is looking for the man below who lifted him onto his shoulders...

Hero image
BBC

Don't forget if you have a story or a photo to get in touch with us and it may end up on our Local Live page.