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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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By Mick Lunney

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Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks for dipping into our live coverage of news, sport, travel and weather across the day in South Yorkshire.

We've heard about a big steelworks fire, Rotherham United's new manager has given us an interview..oh and Sir David Attenborough will be appearing at DocFest in Sheffield. Scroll down to catch up on these and more features.

We're keen to hear your stories and see your photos and you can send them to us here.

Weather update: A fine evening

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

It'll stay fine for many this evening with bright then clear spells before turning cloudy.

Lows of 9C.

Weather forecast 2 June

CCTV images released after garden business burglary

Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to trace in relation to a break-in at a gardening business.

CCTV images of three men
South Yorkshire Police

Burglars stole a "significant" amount of garden machinery and tools during the raid on Alun’s Garden Machinery in Spa Road, Askern at about 01:00 on Saturday 28 May.

South Yorkshire Police say the three men pictured may hold vital information about the break-in.

Latest headlines: Woman suffers life threatening injuries in crash and TATA plant 'devastated' by fire

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • An elderly woman's been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being knocked down by a car in Sheffield

South Yorkshire BHS stores set to close after rescue bid fails

Department store BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs after efforts to find a buyer failed.

BHS shop
Getty Images

The decision followed a lengthy bidding process aimed at saving BHS, which went into administration in April.

But none of the offers was judged acceptable by administrators Duff & Phelps, who blamed "seismic shifts" in the retail sector for the collapse.

All 163 BHS stores, including shops in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Meadowhall, will be holding closing sales over the coming weeks.

Watch: Carpet amnesty launched in Doncaster

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

We've heard of knife and gun amnesties; but carpets?

A social enterprise in Doncaster says unwanted carpets mean that 400,000 tonnes of them end up in landfill sites in the UK each year. 

To help reduce that figure 'Made by U' says it wants people to get rid of the carpets they'd throw away so it can recycle or refurbish them, with the proceeds helping homeless people.

Our reporter Kat Cowan has been to see how the idea works:

Appeal to trace missing man

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has been missing from his home for nearly a month.

Robert Norton
Northumbria Police

Robert Norton, 56, who lives in Gateshead, was last seen in the Maltby area of Rotherham on 7 May. He went missing shortly after telling a family member he planned to walk to his sister's house in Oldham but did not arrive.

Northumbria Police said both his family and police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Mr Norton  is described as white, around 5ft1in tall, of slim build and with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing dark jeans, a navy polo top and a jacket.

Barnsley flies flag for Queen's coronation anniversary

It's 63 years since Queen Elizabeth II's coronation at Westminster Abbey and Barnsley Council's marking the anniversary in style: 

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Watch: Alan Stubbs at Rotherham United as their new manager

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

We've grabbed a quick word with the new Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs.

He's given us his reaction to taking up the job of leading the Millers.

Alan Stubbs RUFC

Somme anniversary to be honoured at Weston Park

The 4,898 Sheffield men who died during the First World War are to be honoured with a new dedicated plaque and march – on the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

WWI soldiers
Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council has nominated Weston Park as a ‘Centenary Field’, as part of a national initiative being led by the Fields in Trust and the Royal British Legion.

A parade, open to the public, will take place in Weston Park from 11:00 on Friday 1 July followed by the dedication of the new plaque.

Watch: Young homeless need your spare room says charity in Sheffield

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

People in Sheffield are being urged to offer the use of  a spare room to help a young homeless person.

The charity Nightstop is looking for those who're willing to offer rooms for a few nights to help vulnerable young people who might otherwise be on the streets.

It says "many young people sofa-surf which can lead to unsafe places to sleep, whilst others stay on the streets. Helping these individuals isn't the responsibility of just the families, the professionals, the friends, but rather the responsibility of the whole community."

The City Council can offer help in some situations.

Listen: UCLA shooting - Sheffield woman caught up in the saga

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A woman from Sheffield who's gone to work in Los Angeles, found herself caught up in yesterday's shooting at UCLA

 25-year-old Dr Abby Hackford from Mosborough - who's a neuroscientist at the university - was forced to hide behind a filing cabinet as two people were shot dead on the campus. 

A gun was recovered from the scene, along with an apparent suicide note. Abby's dad, Gary Dickinson, says the family's still in shock:

Elderly woman suffers life-threatening injuries in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was knocked down by a car. 

Selborne Road, Sheffield

The woman was struck by a black Vauxhall Astra in Selborne Road near to Sandygate Road, in the Crosspool area of Sheffield at about 09.50 this morning.

South Yorkshire Police have asked for anyone who saw the collision to come forward.

Latest headlines: Woman seriously hurt in collision and search is on for spare rooms for homeless

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • An elderly woman's been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being knocked down by a car in Sheffield
  • There are calls for action to tackle the increasing number of young people in South Yorkshire needing treatment for eating disorders
  • An organisation which works with young homeless people is looking for volunteers in Sheffield with a spare room

South Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon but brighter later

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

An overcast afternoon in South Yorkshire, but even though it will remain fairly cloudy it should brighten up later.

A moderate northeast breeze with a top temperature of about 13C (55F). 

Weather graphic

'It's an exciting time' - New Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs

BBC Sport

Rotherham United's new manager Alan Stubbs has said the job is a "great opportunity" as he starts his first day as Millers manager. 

Alan Stubbs at Rotherham
Sam Todd

Stubbs was officially unveiled as Rotherham's new first team manager at a media conference a little earlier today after his appointment was confirmed yesterday evening.

The 43-year-old, who left Hibs to succeed Neil Warnock, has signed a three-year contract and brings with him John Doolan as his assistant.

Stubbs has told the club's website: "It is an exciting time and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into this challenge, and bringing some exciting players into the football club."

Woman pedestrian seriously hurt in Sheffield collision

An elderly woman's been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being knocked down by a car in Sheffield this morning.

The accident happened at about 10:00 on Selbourne Road near Sandygate Road, off the A57 Manchester Road.

Routes around Selbourne Road remain closed while emergency services deal with the crash.

The roads are expected to re-open within the next hour.

Rotherham United's new manager moves in...and BBC Radio Sheffield is there

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

As Alan Stubbs takes up the helm as Rotherham United's new manager, BBC Radio Sheffield's Jonathan Buchan has been at the New York stadium for a media conference. 

Stubbs is expected to be a hot topic for the station's listeners later:

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Travel: Delays in Sheffield due to accident

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The A57 Manchester Road in Sheffield is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Selborne Road junction and the Benty Lane junction because of a serious accident.

Also affecting Benty Lane between Sandygate Road and A57 Manchester Road.


Listen: New Rotherham United boss on his job - 'Sometimes you just get a good feeling'

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Alan Stubbs says he's looking forward to working with Rotherham United because it's a club with ambition.

Speaking at a media conference this afternoon, Stubbs has praised the board and spoken about his hopes for being in charge of the team.

Hear him speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield's Rob Staton:

Theme park plan at former pit moves step closer

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Plans for a major theme park in Rotherham are taking firmer shape.

Rotherham Council has agreed to sell land at Rother Valley to Gulliver's Family Theme Parks.

It's a 250-acre site where the former Pithouse West open cast colliery used to be.

The whole thing is subject to planning approval and, if that is given, work could begin next year and could take 12 years for all phases to be complete.

You can read about what's in store here.

Proposed site

Sport: Barnsley FC player contracts offer made

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

It's been announced that Barnsley FC have offered new deals to  Adam Hammill, Aidy White and George Williams. The club also says it's decided not to offer Jak McCourt a new contract.

Barnsley won promotion to the Championship with a 3-1 victory over Millwall at Wembley last weekend.

Littering fines hit £6,000 in just one week in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

In just the last week Doncaster Council says seventeen prosecutions have gone through the courts for littering. In total fines were given to offenders of almost £6,000.

The council says people can save themselves a lot of trouble and time by simply using bins.


Elsecar Railway charity looks for volunteers

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A dedicated group of volunteers who work to preserve, restore and expand local railway lines in South Yorkshire is looking to swell its ranks.

Elsecar Heritage Railway is looking for people to cover a wide range of activities from driving the engines and maintaining the track to catering and publicity. 

Engine at Elsecar

Recently the group has been working to join up the Elsecar Heritage Railway line to Cortonwood, a scheme it hopes will be complete by next year.

There's an open day this Sunday from 11:00 - 15:00 for those interested in helping the project.

Railway sign

Attenborough comes to Docfest in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sir David Attenborough will appear for the first time at Docfest in Sheffield later this month.

He'll discuss his career and talk about the future of television and the media when he appears at The Crucible on 13 June.

Sir David Attenborough

“The Festival is honoured to be welcoming Sir David to Sheffield. He is a giant of the documentary world".

Liz McIntyreSheffield Doc/Fest CEO & Festival Director

This year's Docfest event also features the film-maker Michael Moore and the actress Tilda Swinton. There'll also be discussions with Joanna Lumley and the snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Headlines: Eating disorder cases up for young people and Docfest in Sheffield will include Sir David Attenborough

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • Eating disorders among young people see a rise in hospital cases in South Yorkshire
  • a fire investigation after a big oil blaze at Tata Steel in Rotherham
  • and Sir David Attenborough will appear at DocFest in Sheffield later this month

Sport: New Rotherham United manager press conference today

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Rotherham United will hold a press conference today to announce Alan Stubbs as their new manager. The 44-year-old resigned from his role at Scottish Championship side Hibernian to take the job along with his assistant John Doolan.

Alan Stubbs
Getty Images

Too cold for nudist gathering in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The chilly start to June has forced visitors to a naturist festival near Doncaster back into their clothes. Nudestock takes place at a campsite on Candy Farm near Wroot. 

Our reporter Kevin Larkin, perhaps frustrated that he too needed to remain clothed, has been along.

Sport: Two signings for Sheffield United

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield United have confirmed that they've made a double transfer. 

The Blades have brought in winger Mark Duffy, who spent last season at Burton. Also joining the club is Bury's Chris Hussey, a left back. Both players have agreed  two-year deals.   

Mark Duffy
Chris Hussy
Getty Images

Rise in eating disorder cases in South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

There's been a big increase in the number of cases of children and teenagers who have eating disorders.

Figures for South Yorkshire show cases seen by the Children's Hospital in Sheffield have more than doubled, and stands at 53. There's concern about the number of boys now being treated for such disorders.

Help is available in South Yorkshire for anyone who has concerns for themselves or others.

More photos: Steel plant fire in Rotherham

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A big fire at the Tata Steel plant on Aldwarke Lane where 10 fire engines were at the scene overnight. 

Proud of all blue watch crews who did a great job containing the fire in Rotherham overnight…
Proud of all blue watch crews who did a great job containing the fire in Rotherham overnight…
Proud of all blue watch crews who did a great job containing the fire in Rotherham overnight…
Proud of all blue watch crews who did a great job containing the fire in Rotherham overnight…

Proud of all blue watch crews who did a great job containing the fire in Rotherham overnight…

It's now out and an investigation into the cause will begin today.

Thousands of litres of oil caught fire about 01:00. 

Weather: Cloudy but getting brighter 13C

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with some patchy drizzle, especially on the hills.

Getting brighter, some sunny spells later.13C

Headlines: A fire at Tata Steel in Rotherham and eating disorder cases rise for young people

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • An investigation into a big steelworks fire at Tata in Rotherham
  • South Yorkshire MP John Healey says an appeal over a libel pay-out in his favour is pointless
  • and a big rise in eating disorder cases among young people in South Yorkshire

Fire at Rotherham steelworks

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Ten fires engines have been at a big fire at Tata Steel in Rotherham. 

Steel plant fire
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

It broke out about 01:00 today at the company's Aldwarke Lane site where thousands of litres of oil caught fire.

People were advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

The fire service have now contained the blaze and an investigation will begin into the cause. There were no injuries.

TATA Steel plant

Good morning

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

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