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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 19 May 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Good evening: Your live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with more updates for South Yorkshire.

Scroll down for full reaction to today's big story about the strike at Sheffield's BIS Office over the proposed relocation of the office to London.

The weather this evening, cloudy with rain at first, becoming dry with clear spells. Minimum temperature 9C (48F). 

Tomorrow will be mostly dry, bright and breezy.

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The baby herd of Sheffield starts to come together

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Half of the Little Herd have been reunited! 

These are elephants that have been painted by local schools in order to be part of the Herd of Sheffield exhibition. 

Small elephants, painted by school children, to be part of the herd
Herd of Sheffield

Herd of Sheffield will bring a stampede of elephant sculptures to Sheffield in the summer of 2016.   

painted image of sheffield
Herd of Sheffield

Watch: National Ballet's Jane Eyre to be performed at Doncaster's Cast Theatre

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

It's one of the best known love stories of all time. 

And tonight Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre will be brought to life at Cast Theatre in Doncaster. 

It's a Northern Ballet world premiere:

In pictures: 150 walk out in strike at Sheffield food company

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Workers at Pennine Foods have been on strike today. 

Union flags at the picket

Around 150 people walked out on the first of two days of action in a dispute over changes to pay. 

picket line

The company says it'll be holding more talks in a bid to avoid further action.   

picket line

More on this story on Look North BBC One at 18:30.

Women of steel medals pressed

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Work's started in Sheffield to make 400 medals for the women who kept Sheffield Steelworks and munitions factories going during both world wars. 

The medals will be given out in a special service next month to acknowledge the bravery and vital work carried out by Sheffield's Women of Steel. 

A statue will also be unveiled in their honour.

medal being pressed

Join the EU debate with a BBC Look North Special

Harry Gration

Presenter, BBC Look North

Do you think Britain should remain in the European Union - or leave? 

Harry Gration

The referendum to decide is just over a month away. 

On Sunday June 12th - we're broadcasting a special Look North debate about the EU. 

Harry will be joined by a panel who'll take your questions at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. 

If you'd like to be part of the audience please get in touch by email - Please put the words" EU Debate" in the title , and include your name and a daytime phone number.

Your views: Staff at Sheffield's BIS office stage a one day strike

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Staff at the Government's Business, Innovation and Skills department office in Sheffield have walked out on strike today

It's in protest at plans to shut the office by 2018.

Those behind the move say it will modernise the department and reduce costs. But opponents say it is wrong to relocate the jobs from the North to London.

You've been sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page.

BIS picket line

Who was listening to the Queen's Speech to both the House of Lords and the House of Commons on 18th May 2016. Oh was that yesterday? "My government will use the opportunity of strengthening economy to deliver security for working people, to increase life chances for the most disadvantaged and to strengthen the national defenses............"

Stuart Child

What happened to the Northern Powerhouse that Osborne has been on about? Another of his fantasies!!!"

Derek Imrie

So much for Northern powerhouse!!!!"

Linda Precious

Makes little difference they DO NOT LISTEN!"

Brian Cave

Rotherham man pleads guilty to dangerous driving after 140mph car chase

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A man's pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after a high speed police chase on the A1 ended with a three-year-old girl found on the back seat.

Police cars stop vehicle
North Yorkshire Police

The man, who's from Dinnington, also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance. He has also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply, after police found this stash in the car. 

Large quantity of cannabis
North Yorkshire Police

 A woman's been arrested and released on bail and the girl is being looked after by social services.  

RAF's 'celebrity' Canberra bomber to be restored in Doncaster

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

An historic jet which pushed British aviation to new heights during the Cold War race to dominate the skies is to be restored in Doncaster.  

RAF's 'celebrity' Canberra bomber

The project to refit an English Electric Canberra - WK163 - described as a "celebrity" of Britain's post-war jet engine age has been unveiled this afternoon.

Members of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, behind the project, say it will need public fundraising but the plan is to have the plane back in the air by 2018, the RAF's centenary year.

The jet once held the record for the highest flight.

Future of BIS in Sheffield: Government decision expected next week

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Workers at the Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield are out on strike today over proposals to close the base. 

The government says there'll be a decision next week on proposals which would see the 250 posts in the city being moved to the capital to save money.

Sheffield MP calls for clarity over government HS2 plans

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield MP Clive Betts has called on ministers to spell out exactly what the plans are for HS2 and the city.

Clive Betts

Speaking in the Commons he asked for firmer assurances from the government that the station for HS2 is going to be in Sheffield and that HS3 is going to link Sheffield as well as Leeds across the Pennines. 

It comes after a newpaper report earlier this month suggested the Sheffield or Meadowhall station could be shelved to cut costs.

Reports of hate crime in Rotherham double

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Hate Crime Poster
South Yorkshire Police

Police in Rotherham say reports of hate crime have doubled since they launched a new initiative to tackle the problem. 

Operation Solar means people can report incidents anonymously. 

It comes after concerns that hate crime is an under-reported issue in the town.

Rotherham's Neil Warnock on Football Heaven special

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Following news yesterday that Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock has left the club after securing their Championship status this season, BBC Radio Sheffield broadcast a Football Heaven special.

Here's some of what Neil Warnock had to say:

Efforts to speak to Business Secretary over BIS closure fall on deaf ears

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Business Secretary Sajid Javid's facing criticism after reportedly telling the leader of Sheffield City Council he doesn't have time to meet her to discuss  proposed job losses.

Julie Dore wants to discuss the Government's plan is to close the Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield as part of a move to save money. 

It means 250 jobs would be moved from Sheffield to London and staff at the Sheffield office are holding a one day strike in protest.

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Thurcroft adult day care centre earmarked for closure

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Rotherham Council's looking at plans to close an adult day care centre. 

Copeland Lodge
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Officials say Copeland Lodge in Thurcroft isn't fit for purpose and has problems with the heating, lighting and windows. 

Their report also claims it's no longer needed with people receiving care elsewhere. 

A final decision on the future of the building will be made next week. 

Doncaster premiere of Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The premiere of Northern Ballet's latest production takes place at Cast in Doncaster tonight . "Jane Eyre" will then go on tour around the country. 

It's part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's birth. 

It's choreographed by Cathy Marston, who was responsible for a 2008 production of the Dickens classic "A Tale of Two Cities". 

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More on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC1.

Sheffield Central MP joins picket in strike over closing BIS Sheffield

Your comments: Son's personal plea to drivers at Maltby crash site

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

You've been sharing your thoughts to the story of the family of a woman who died after a car crash near Maltby who put up a personalised sign

It's been put up at the site of January's collision on the A634 by one of the woman's sons.

Road sign reading 'my mum was killed here, please drive carefully'

Here's what you've had to say on our Facebook page:

Saw this the other day it made me cry 😢 very powerful sign though I'm sure it will be effective

Karen Boston

Feel for the family, I've got personal experience having lost my father in an RTC However it says that the sign has been put up on a dangerous part of the road when several bad accidents have happened... the sign could be a distraction at a time when concentration is particularly required, I hope not."

Paul Pritchard

Course tragic. In New Zealand there are large signs along the roads giving an explanation of if you crashed how long it would take for you to reach a hospital from that point."

Ca Craig

It needs speed restrictions on that road and Tickhill Road from Maltby."

Andrew Fletcher

Like the one I saw in York at a road works, it said " My daddy works here please drive carefully"

Wendy Davison

Weather: Outlook for this afternoon - bright spells and chance of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Bright spells, but some thicker cloud this afternoon and a chance of rain with highs of around 18C (64F).

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Rotherham man to appear in court after 140mph police car chase

car and police cars
North Yorkshire Police

A Rotherham man involved in a  50-mile police pursuit along the A1 between Scotch Corner and Boston Spa at speeds of up to 140mph  has been charged and is due to appear in court in Harrogate today. He's been charged with: Dangerous driving Driving while disqualified Driving without insurance, and Possessing cannabis with intent to supply

The woman who was also from Rotherham has been released from bail and has been reported for prosecution in relation to drug offences. 

The pair were arrested in Boston Spa after the pursuit and a three-year-old girl was found in the back of the car.

Sheffield politicians join picket at Sheffield BIS office

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

Staff at Sheffield's Business, Innovations and Skills office are striking due to government proposals to move the office to London.

Labour's Sheffield Central MP, Paul Blomfield, (pictured centre right) says it's outrageous that the Business Secretary, Sajid Javid hasn't met with the leader of the Council, Julie Dore (pictured left) to discuss the potential loss of 250 jobs in the city.

Also pictured, Louise Haigh, Sheffield Heeley MP (centre left) and Marion Lloyd (right) PCS Union. 

Labour's Sheffield Central MP, Paul Blomfield, (pictured centre right) Julie Dore (pictured left) Louise Haigh, Sheffield Heeley MP (centre left) and Marion Lloyd (right) PCS Union

Watch: Live at the picket at BIS office in Sheffield

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been speaking to staff on the picket line at the Business, Skills and Innovation office in Sheffield where 250 jobs are under threat due to the proposed closure of the office.

"Closing BIS in Sheffield proves the Government is lying about the Northern Powerhouse"

Marion LloydPublic and Commercial Services Union

Yorkshire Birdwatchers needed to count breeding woodcock

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Calling all twitchers: Have you spotted a woodcock? 

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is encouraging birdwatchers across Yorkshire to count their local woodcock from now until 30 June. They say there's been a worrying decline in the numbers of breeding Woodcock over the last 40 years.

The largely nocturnal bird can be hard to spot. Males conduct a distinctive courtship flight, accompanied by a shrill call, known as ‘roding’ at dawn or dusk.

Woodcock eating a worm
Graph showing decline of woodcock
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

There are likely to be a number of factors contributing to the decline, from changing habitat to increasing predation."

Dr Andrew HoodlessHead of Wetland Research, GWCT

For full details of how to take part see

Watch: Barnsley Manager says the Tykes have all to play for tonight

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Barnsley could take a step closer to a place in the football championship tonight. 

The Tykes have already had one glorious day at Wembley this season, winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in April. 

And they'll be back there again if they beat Walsall in the second leg of their semi-final playoff. They're already three-nil up, but manager Paul Heckingbottom says the tie's not over yet.

Headlines: Anger over government proposals for Sheffield BIS and personalised road sign following car crash death

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • Sheffield MP says its outrageous that a government minister has refused to talk to the Sheffield Council leader about potential government job losses at Sheffield BIS
  • The family of a woman who died in a car crash near Maltby have put up their own personalised slow down sign at the site of the crash
  • Barnsley gets a new car park next to the market today. It's got 170 spaces and it's on the site of the former CEAG lightbulb factory

Statement from BIS Dept as staff strike in Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The Department for Business, Skills and Innovation has sent is this statement in response to a walkout by staff in Sheffield over the proposed move of the city's office to London. 250 jobs are at risk here. 

The proposal to close the BIS office in Sheffield has not been taken lightly and ensuring staff are fully briefed and consulted remains a huge priority for us. (We) have engaged with staff and unions closely as part of the formal consultation and ministers have discussed the proposals with both MPs and in Parliament. The board is now in the process of giving full consideration to responses received."

BIS spokesperson

From the picket at BIS in Sheffield

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

Some government workers in Sheffield are on strike today over a plan to move their jobs to London. 

250 jobs are under threat at the Business Innovation and Skills offices near the Peace Gardens. 

The Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield has been on the picket line this morning, along with Sheffield Heeley MP, Louise Haigh. 

Mr Blomfield says the government business minister Sajid Javid has refused to talk to the Sheffield council leader about the job losses. 

picket line at BIS

The Department for BIS has sent us this statement:  

The Business Secretary has a number of engagements in South Yorkshire where he will be meeting businesses, apprentices and local people. He has a number of engagements in the area, including chairing an industry roundtable and visiting advanced manufacturing facilities that are benefiting the local economy."

BIS Spokesperson

Watch: Hillsborough police chief David Duckenfield declines to comment in US

Duncan Kennedy

BBC South of England Correspondent

The match commander in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has declined to comment on the inquests' unlawful killing conclusion.

Retired South Yorkshire Ch Supt David Duckenfield was quizzed at San Francisco airport in the United States.

Heeley's Labour MP joins picket of BIS strike in Sheffield

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union in Sheffield are striking today in response to the planned closure of Sheffield's Business, Innovation and Skills Office.

The government is proposing to move the office to London with uncertainty over whether Sheffield staff will be able to transfer their jobs to the capital.

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Watch: Barnsley town centre new car park opens today

Mick Lunney

Barnsley reporter, BBC Sheffield

If you're driving into Barnsley town centre today, there's more parking to choose from - the new Market Gate car park has opened   

Weather: Bright spells, some rain and highs of 18C

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A few bright spells across Yorkshire. Thicker cloud later, and rain will spread this afternoon. 

Barnsley could secure trip to Wembley

BBC Sport

Barnsley could take a step closer to a place in the football championship tonight. 

Barnsley training

The Tykes have already had one glorious day at Wembley this season, winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in April. And they'll be back there again if they beat Walsall in the second leg of their semi-final playoff. 

Barnsley fans

Have you seen this road sign near Maltby?

The family of a woman who died after a car crash near Maltby have put up a personalised sign

Road sign saying 'my mum was killed here. Please drive carefully'

It's been put up at the site of a collision on the A634 by one of the woman's sons.

The collision happened in January and the family hope the sign will encourage drivers to slow down along the stretch. 

They say the road is dangerous, and that there have been numerous serious accidents there.

Headlines: Sheffield BIS staff walkout over planned office closure and Hillsborough officer tracked down

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • Government workers in Sheffield are on strike today over plans to move their jobs to London.This is staff at the Business Skills and Innovation offices in the centre of Sheffield
  • The BBC has tracked down David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster. He lied about fans forcing open a gate and many of the families of those who died say he should now be prosecuted over what happened
  • The Ken Loach film Kes - about a troubled lad from Barnsley called Billy Casper, who's best friend is a kestrel has been turned into a stage play. It opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds tomorrow

Strike at Sheffield Business Innovation & Skills

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm at the Business, Skills and Innovation offices in Sheffield, where staff are on strike today over Government plans to shut the site and move 250 jobs to London by 2018.

We've been told that workers from Sheffield who want to take up their job in London may not be able to go and that the BIS department may use the move as a means to cut jobs. 

sign for Dept of BIS

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

We'll bring you updates until 18:00 with full coverage of all the big stories for South Yorkshire.

Including more on news that staff at the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation offices in Sheffield are on strike today, it's over Government plans to shut the site and move 250 jobs to London by 2018.    

Staff at Shefield's BIS on the picket

It's a dry and bright start to the day across South Yorkshire, full weather report coming shortly.   

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