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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 25 May 2016

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By Kate Linderholm

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Our live coverage across the day

I'll be back tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather - talking of which, if you know a dance that might bring on the sunshine can you start doing it pronto! 

At least all that rain is keeping everything green and blooming, like Keith Harrison's garden in Chapeltown full of lilac and hawthorn in full flower. And if you look very closely you'll spot an albino starling he photographed feeding on top of the shed.

Birds feeding on shed roof
Keith Harrison

And if you have a story or photo do send it here.

Outline taking shape on Stocksbridge mural

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Sheffield cartoonist Pete McKee has been getting a bit of help in the creation of his mural at Fox Valley in Stocksbridge today. 

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It's being painted on a gable end at the new retail and office development which is due to be officially opened on 16 June.

The mural pays tribute to the men and women who worked at the steelworks once on the site next to the Tata steel plant in Stocksbridge.

Weather: A cloudy, wet and miserable evening to come

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The rain easing off later tonight with temperatures easing down to eight or nine degrees Celcius. Feeling milder tomorrow.

Hourly forecast

Extra trains for Sheffield Wednesday playoff final

East Midlands Trains is laying on extra trains with more carriages for Sheffield Wednesday fans heading to Wembley on Saturday for the playoff final.

Extra services will run between Sheffeild and St Pancras at 08:00, 09:18 and 10:18 and trains leaving at 08:29, 10:49 10:49. 11:29 and 12:49 will all be longer than normal.

For fans travelling back from the match on Saturday, there will be some extra trains and more carriages but services are expected to be extremely busy and East Midlands Trains is strongly advising travellers to get to St Pancras as quickly as possible for their return journey home. 

Plea for evidence review over Rotherham fatal trampling

The widow of a Swansea football fan who died after being trampled by a police horse in Rotherham 16 years ago has called for a review of the evidence.

Christine Coles

Terry Coles was struck near Rotherham's football ground in 2000 and an inquest concluded his death was accidental.

John Morse Solicitors called for a fresh review as the findings of a police watchdog inquiry were not known at the time of the inquest.

South Yorkshire Police has been asked to comment. Mr Coles' widow, Christine Coles, said she hoped to ask the force to "reconsider the evidence" and "re-address all the issues".

Latest Headlines: Tata jobs uncertainty and call for Rotherham fatal trampling evidence review

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Labour leader calls on Tata bosses to provide time for the right deal

Hundreds of steelworkers have been marching on parliament today in an effort to save their industry, joined by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn on steel march

Thousands of jobs hang in the balance as Tata bosses meet in Mumbai to consider bids for the company's UK plants including those at Stocksbridge and Rotherham.

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - who joined the march - had this message for the company:  

Give time for us to workout the future of this industry. The workers are incredibly skilled, they have built everything there is in this country, every road, every railway every new building is because of the steel workers and the steel industry. They must not be sent down the road, the industry must not be destroyed. And we will make sure it is not destroyed and that is why we are here today."

Watch: Take a peek behind the scenes for the new series of Springwatch

Nature lovers rejoice, Springwatch is back on our screens next Monday (20:00 BBC2).

Find out about the search for the giant tawny earwig from the presenting team Chris Packham, Lolo Williams and Martin Hughes-Games:

Watch: Dodgy goods go up in smoke

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been running a campaign highlighting the risks of buying knockoff electrical goods. Like this fake Nutribullet. Smoking smoothie anyone?

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Sheffield bridges get revamp

Four of Sheffield's bridges are to undergo restoration and strengthening works starting in June as part of the Streets Ahead programme.

Weedon bridge, Carbrook
N Chadwick, Geograph

Work begins on Leppings Lane bridge in Hillsborough on 1 June, the North and South bridges at Kelham Island are also getting strengthened and restoration begins on Weedon bridge at Carbrook from 6 June.  

Andrew Harley, Streets Ahead’s structures manager, is urging motorists to drive carefully through any bridge works or lane closures:

All of the bridges that we are beginning to work on in June will be strengthened. It is essential that this work is carried out, but everything has been carefully planned in order to minimise disruption and to keep traffic flowing throughout. All of the lanes on the bridges will be reopened as soon as work is complete and it is safe to do so."

Tata Steel: Government promises no stone left unturned

The government is promising to do all it can to help the steelworkers at Tata waiting to find out if the UK plants including those in Rotherham and Stocksbridge have been sold.

Anna Soubry

Around two hundred British steelworkers have been marching through central London, while the board of the Indian company Tata meets in Mumbai to draw up a shortlist of bidders for its UK assets.  

The business minister, Anna Soubry, who's at the march, said the government was doing everything it could:   

We all agree we want to save our steel. That is why the Prime Minister said from the outset, this is a vital industry, he made it very clear he didn't want any stone left unturned and that's exactly what we have done."

Sport: Doncaster Rovers signs new goalie

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

I've been talking to Doncaster Rovers latest signing, goalkeeper Ross Etheridge:

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Barnsley's latest Wembley mascot - Benji the goat

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

Wembley fever starting to get your goat? Just kidding. Ok I'll stop with the goat puns now. 

Here's Benji the kid who won the hearts of the internet all ready to show his love for the Reds:

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Steelworkers march through London while Tata bids considered

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Around two hundred British steelworkers have been marching through central London - while the board of the Indian company Tata meets in Mumbai, to draw up a shortlist of bidders for its UK assets. 

Marching steelworkers
Getty Images

More than 2,000 people are employed by TATA in South Yorkshire and steelworkers have been marching in London today joined by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.   

Watch: Child gender identity referrals on the rise in Yorkshire

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live

The number of children and young people in Yorkshire and the Humber who are being referred to a gender identity clinic has risen from eight to 133. 

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) said the rise in referrals for under-18s was partly due to greater awareness and acceptance.

It comes after figures showed referrals to the service rose nationally.


GIDS is the NHS's dedicated gender identity development service for children and has clinics in Leeds and London. No physical changes can be made until the young person reaches puberty, it said.

Chesterfield sign Grimsby Town midfielder Jon Nolan

BBC Sport

Midfielder Jon Nolan has joined Chesterfield on a free transfer following his departure from National League club Grimsby Town.

Jon Nolan
Getty Images

Nolan, 24, made 22 appearances for The Mariners as they secured promotion to the Football League.

He left Grimsby on Tuesday after appearing in the side's FA Trophy Final loss to Halifax Town at Wembley.

Chesterfield, who finished 18th in League One, released seven players at the end of the season.

Feeling chilly? You might need an extra layer listening to this chap.

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been discovering what it's like to live in the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth from the man who's giving a talk in Sheffield tonight. 

Chris Dobrowolksi
Chris Dobrowolksi

Chris Dobrowolski lived and worked alongside the scientists, medical professionals and researchers at the British Antarctic Survey for three and a half months.  

He's giving a talk about his experiences at the Theatre Delicatessan on the Moor in Sheffield at 19:30.

Watch: University staff in Sheffield picket over pay

Lecturers at both Universities in Sheffield who are members of the UCU have been on picket lines today during a national strike over pay

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Sport: Doncaster Knights promotion push

The Doncaster Knights director of rugby Clive Griffiths says they've made "great progress" regardless of what happens in the 2nd leg of tonight's Championship play-off final. The Knights will have to overturn a 15 point deficit against overwhelming favourites Bristol at Ashton Gate if they are to win promotion to the Premiership. 

New musical off to a flying start in Sheffield

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

A world premiere of a brand new stage musical is a pretty rare event in British theatre. It's rarer still for the show to open outside London to unanimously gushing reviews.

That's the case with Flowers For Mrs Harris at the Sheffield Crucible, adapted from a 1958 novel by Paul Gallico. 

Scene from Flowers for Mrs Harris
Johan Perrson

Mrs Harris is a south London cleaning lady, played by Clare Burt, who inhabits a world of dirty cobbles and Hovis-coloured cardigans - until she catches a glimpse of a Christian Dior dress in a wealthy client's wardrobe.

The Guardian's Alfred Hickling gave it five stars

Writer Rachel Wagstaff and composer/lyricist Richard Taylor have succeeded in transforming this ration-era fairytale into one of the most heartwarming and tear-forming British musicals of recent years."

Sarah Crompton on (4*)

What I loved about Flowers for Mrs Harris is its understated humanity. In avoiding the big effect, it yields rich dividends of emotion. There is barely a dry eye in the house by the close."

Critic and broadcaster Libby Purves (4*):  

Note that it needs a good provincial producing-theatre to have the nerve to do this with so much style: a middle-aged charlady heroine in a brown cardi and faded print, a story dominated by women, an untried musical of an unfashionable ‘50s book, and no megastars… But it works."

The show is a swansong for director Daniel Evans after seven hugely popular years as Sheffield Theatres' artistic director. He's moving to another powerhouse of English theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre. 

The Stage's critic Mark Shenton said (4*)

For his final production he has nurtured and shepherded a brand-new British musical to the stage that’s a poignant, winning portrait of friendship and of trying to fulfil seemingly unreachable dreams."

Weather: A grey drizzly afternoon as a band of rain spreads

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rain expected to persist for much of the day after a grey start with some heavy bursts later this afternoon. Breezy and feeling chilly.  

Hourly forecast

Latest Headlines: Tata UK bids talks and BIS office strike in Sheffield

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

  • Business Secretary Sajid Javid has travelled to Mumbai for a Tata board meeting to discuss bids for its UK steel operations
  • Workers at the Business Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield are staging another 48-hour strike
  • A Sheffield man who illegally sub-let his council home and then evicted his tenant using force has been prosecuted in a landmark case  

Sport: Wednesday 'deserve' Wembley trip

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal says everyone connected with the club deserves to be heading to Wembley this weekend.

Wednesday players

After winning just one of their first seven league matches, and dropping to 19th, the Owls made the play-offs with a game to spare. 

Carvalhal says this is for the fans and all of the staff:

It's something fantastic that belongs to all of us who started, the Chairman, my staff, the staff that support our work, the players, the fans. It's something that we achieved together."

Carlos CarvalhalSheffield Wednesday head coach

Tata UK bids being considered in Mumbai

The board of Tata steel will meet in Mumbai this afternoon to consider the bids they have received for the firm's British business. 

Tata Steel sign Stocksbridge
Terry Robinson, Geograph

Thousands of jobs are at risk in Wales at Port Talbot and Newport and in South Yorkshire in Rotherham and at Stocksbridge.  

Rogue landlord prosecuted in landmark case

A Sheffield man who illegally sub-let his council home and then evicted his tenant using force has been prosecuted in a landmark case. 

Believed to be the first of its kind in the country, Sheffield City Council secured prosecutions for both illegal sub-letting and illegal eviction. 

Disruption on A630 at Warmsworth

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing on A630 High Road at Warmsworth at the Beech Grove junction due to a traffic light failure. 

Watch: Rony Robinson gets 'a pizza' the action - extra cheese please!

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

This weekend the Sheffield food festival is taking place and one of the local companies involved is Sunshine Pizza who take their pop up pizza oven all over Sheffield and the Peak District. 

Check out what happened when I had a go at making my own pizza. 

Rotherham school strike suspended

A strike at a troubled school in Rotherham has been called off.

Teachers with the NUT were due to walk out today at Listerdale School over the suspension of the school's headteacher, Craig Roberts, last year.

Picket line at Listerdale Primary School
Yorkshire NUT

Acas has again been involved in the dispute but the latest talks broke down on Monday. 

The strike has been called off while the union waits for a response to its proposal over the dispute.  

Actor Shaun Dooley gets revved up for Wembley

BBC Radio Sheffield's social media campaign #OurTime following Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday's Wembley journey has got another celebrity backer, actor Shaun Dooley from Barnsley: 

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Latest Headlines: Sheffield BIS staff strike and child gender identity referrals rise across Yorkshire

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Chilly picket line for Sheffield Hallam University strikers

Lecturers who are members of the UCU are on strike today at both of Sheffield's Universities in a pay dispute.

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Further strikes over Sheffield BIS office closure

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Staff at the government's Business, Innovation and Skills department office in Sheffield are taking further strike action.

Picket line placard

It's over plans to close the office by 2018. The walkout today follows a demonstration and one-day strike last week. 

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

Sheffield school challenges Ofsted inspection

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Chaucer School at Southey Green in Sheffield is appealing against the findings of an Ofsted inspection report and is also complaining about the conduct of inspectors. 

Chaucer School

Ofsted says the school is inadequate with its leaders thinking they're doing a better job than they are. The school's head is Scott Burnside:  

For the first time over the last three years we've felt that the young people have really begun to believe in themselves and have aspiration. And this judgement will be a setback to that because it undermines the trust relationships that have developed over the last three years in order for us to make the considerable improvement that we feel we have made."

Stunning space exhibition at Magna

An exhibition which uses beautiful images of the stars like the one below captured above the Atacama salt flats in Chile is on at Magna in Rotherham today for just one day.  

Sky above Atacama salt flats
Dr. Leon Gurevitch

Space for Art has been put together by Strathclyde Space Institute and uses captivating images of the cosmos to help explain the work its engineers are doing to help protect the long-term future of the earth.

University lecturers in Sheffield take part in strike action

Staff at Universities in Sheffield are joining a national strike today. Members of the UCU are taking action after rejecting a pay offer of a 1.1% increase.  

Sheffield Hallam University
David Martin, Geograph

Transgender referrals rise in Yorkshire

The number of under-18s being referred to a gender identity clinic in Yorkshire has risen from eight to 133 per year since 2009-10. 

Child in boys and then girls clothes
family handout

It comes after figures showed referrals to the service rose nationally.

Seven-year-old Olivia - not her real name - started dressing up as a female when she was 18 months old. Her name was changed by deed poll at the age of six.

Her mother said the family, from South Yorkshire, initially thought it was "just a phase" and took the dressing up clothes and toys away as she get older.

However, they were left with "one very unhappy little boy" and with support eventually allowed their child to transition.

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) said the rise in referrals for children and teenagers was partly due to greater awareness and acceptance.  

Latest Headlines:Tata draws up shortlist for UK sale and childrens' gender queries rise

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this morning include:

Weather: Cloudy and wet this afternoon.

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dull and cloudy with rain developing through the morning. Rain is then expected to persist for much of the day with some heavy bursts later. Breezy and feeling chilly. 

Full weather forecast with Owain 25 may 2016.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

I'm Kate, here with all your updates from Sheffield and across South Yorkshire today. Get in touch if you have a story or picture to share.

Many folk from South Yorkshire have their minds on the weekends football playoffs. Check out this doctored sign at Dodworth train station:

Sign directing to Wembley
Sean and Gail Sefton