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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

I thought I'd leave you with two of my favourite pictures from today of Amur tigers Vlad and Tschuna and their cubs from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

They've been enjoying the water at the Land of the Tiger during the recent hot weather.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Yorkshire Wildlife park

Don't forget to get in touch if you've got a picture or story you'd like us to share.

Weather: Fine and dry end to the day

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely fine and dry end to the day. Overnight, cloud will again spread inland from the North Sea, with some mist and fog possible across coastal spots. Western parts will have the best chance of staying clear. 

Weather graphic

Latest headlines: MOD agree to help search for missing Rotherham men and police want to question 12 following disorder at play-off final

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • The Ministry of Defence has agreed to help find the bodies of two Rotherham men missing at Didcot power station. They'll provide equipment and extra staff for the operation
  • A man's been arrested as part of an investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham
  • The Metropolitan Police is looking for 12 football supporters, following disorder at last month's League One play-off final between Barnsley and Millwall

Listen: Tree felling council says residents were consulted

There's been anger from some residents on Bannerdale Road in Sheffield after council contractors began a tree felling operation.

At one point police were called after a number of people got in the way of the work being carried out.

Some people living on the road told our reporter Andy Kershaw they were upset because they'd had no notice about the work.

Other residents say they supported the tree felling and even posed for a picture with workers (pictured below). 

This afternoon Simon Green the Executive Director of Place for Sheffield City Council responded to criticism that there had been no communication that the work was going ahead....

Youngsters in Barnsley to pitch ideas at 'Dragon's Den' style event

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

the chairs used by the five Dragons in series three of 'Dragons Den'. Entrepreneurs have 3 minutes to sell their ideas to 5 multi-millionaires with money to invest.

Barnsley's brightest young entrepreneurs are getting ready to pitch their enterprising ideas at a ‘dragon's den’ style event on Thursday, 9 June.

The competition will see 16 teams and more than 60 young people putting their bright ideas forward to a panel of experienced business people at the Digital Media Centre.

The Barnsley Big Challenge runs the contest through the borough’s schools and further education colleges. It challenges young people aged nine to 19 years, in teams or as individuals, to come up with a sound business idea and trade successfully through rounds of competition culminating in this week’s final. 

They are given £25 by business mentors and are expected to make enough profit to eventually pay it back.The enterprise awarded 'Best Overall Business' title will get an all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona.  

CCTV appeal following series of arson attacks in South Yorkshire

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have issued CCTV images and an appeal for information after a series of arson attacks.

Between October 2015 and June 2016, police received five reports of arson that appear to be linked to the Richford Motors vehicle compound in the Wath area of Rotherham.

Two arson incidents have been reported at the compound in Farfield Park, Wath, as well as three reports of vehicle arson at staff members’ homes – two in the Hathersley North area of Barnsley and one in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield.

Officers believe the two men pictured could hold vital information, but they’re also keen to hear from anyone in the local community who may have witnessed suspicious activity around the vehicle compound.

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

Sheffield Supertram revenue down by £1.2 million

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire


Sheffield Supertram has seen a drop in passenger revenue for the seventh year running, figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show.

The network's income fell from £12.6m in 2014/15 to £11.4m last year and by almost 30% since 2008/09, when it generated £16.2m.

Passengers numbers, however, have risen from 11.5m to 11.6m in the last year.

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach, which runs Supertram, said the network remained a "profitable business".

What are your questions for the EU Referendum's key players?

Lara Rostron

Presenter, BBC Look North

On Look North this week we're talking to the Prime Minister David Cameron who wants to stay in the EU and to the leave campaigner Michael Gove.

We're after your questions for them both - what would you like to know..? 

What would you like to know about the EU Referendum..?

You can email us your questions, or join the debate with other Look North viewers on our Facebook page

Look North wants your questions for Cameron and Gove

Look North is talking to two of the main players in the EU Referendum campaign on the programme this week - the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who wants to stay in Europe and to the leave campaigner Micheal Gove.

We're after your questions for them both - what would you like to know..?

More information on the campaign:

What would you like to know about the EU Referendum..?

Police want to speak to 12 over disorder at Millwall v Barnsley play-off final

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police are appealing for information to identify 12 people who they want to speak to following disorder at the League One play-off final between Millwall and Barnsley on Sunday, 29 May.

Criminal damage was caused to seating at Wembley Stadium and the debris used as missiles.

The people pictured are a mixture of supporters from both teams.

Anyone with information should call the Metropolitan Police Public Order Branch by dialing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting the relevant reference number.

CCTV images
Metropolitan Police
CCTV images
Metropolitan Police
CCTV images
Metropolitan Police

Your pictures: Rivelin in June

Thanks to Lauren Hooper from Wincobank who sent us this photo of Rivelin taken on 7 June.

Don't forget to get in touch if you'd like to see your pictures on the Local Live page too.

Lauren Hooper

Latest headlines: MOD agrees to help find missing Rotherham men and the end of the line for quiet coaches on East Midlands Trains

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • The Ministry of Defence has agreed to help find the bodies of two Rotherham men missing at Didcot Power Station
  • A man's been arrested as part of an investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham. It's the first arrest by officers from the National Crime Agency under Operation Stovewood
  • East Midlands Trains says it's phasing out its quiet coaches 

MOD steps in to find missing Rotherham men

BBC Radio Sheffield

The Ministry of Defence has agreed to help find the bodies of two Rotherham men missing at Didcot Power Station. 

It'll provide equipment and extra staff to assist with bringing down the rest of the partially collapsed boiler house. 

Ken Cresswell and John Shaw died in the incident in February, along with another worker from Swansea. 

Didcot power station
Getty Images

Broken down lorry causes congestion on M1

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic and a lane closed on the M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft).

It's because of a broken down lorry.  


Rotherham Minster holds special service to mark Queen's 90th birthday

As part of the 90th birthday celebrations for HM The Queen Rotherham Minster will be holding a special Songs of Praise on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 16:00.

The Songs of Praise will include some of the well-known hymns that were sung at the Queen's Coronation, Golden and Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Services.

The special birthday book for HM The Queen, which has been open in Rotherham Minster for people to add their personal greetings, will be closed at the end of the service and forwarded to Buckingham Palace.

Canon David Bliss Vicar of Rotherham said " I do hope many people will want to come and join us for this special service as we give thanks for HM The Queen."

HM The Queen

Wisteria in full bloom in Sheffield city centre

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Thought you might like to see this image of wisteria in full bloom in the middle of Sheffield city centre. 

It's making a very impressive display right now next to the Millennium Gallery on Arundel Gate.

Don't forget to send in your own pictures by getting in touch with us here at Local Live and it may end up on our page.


Man dies following reported assault in Askern

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A 35-year-old man who was injured following an alleged assault in Askern last month has died in hospital.

Emergency services were called at around 01:20 on Monday 30 May to High Street, Askern, following reports a man had been seriously assaulted outside the White Hart pub.

He was taken to hospital where he remained in critical condition until he died earlier this week (Monday 6 June). 

He has been named as Darron Januszkiewicz (pictured), a local man who leaves behind a wife and two small children.  

Darron Januszkiewicz
South yorkshire police

A 34-year-old man, also from Askern, has been charged with Section 20 wounding in connection with the incident.  

Sheffield samba in the sun

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Four hundred school children are performing samba music outside Sheffield's Crucible Theatre today.

The pupils from almost 40 schools that are part of Sheffield Children’s University are involved. 

They've been practicing since last November.  

I'll have a full report for you on Look North tonight at 18:30.

Barnsley offer new deal to Hammill

Barnsley offer a new deal to winger Adam Hammill following their League One play-off final win.  

The 28-year-old scored at Wembley as the Tykes beat Millwall 3-1 on Sunday, and also scored in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final win.  

Adam Hammill
Rex Features

Police arrest two men over Wicker stabbing

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have arrested two men in connection with a suspected stabbing in Sheffield yesterday.

Emergency services were called at about 14:50 to reports a 20-year-old man had been found with suspected stab wounds in the Wicker area of the city. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.


Two men, aged 18 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding. They have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are urging anyone who may have seen what happened to contact them. 

National Crime Agency make arrest in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

National Crime Agency officers have this morning arrested a man in Rotherham in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation and abuse in the town between 1997 and 2013.

The man has been taken to a police station in South Yorkshire where he will be interviewed.

He was arrested on suspicion of rape, assault and two offences of supplying class A and B drugs, all believed to have involved a girl aged under 16.

Mark Duffy

Sheffield United sign Birmingham City midfielder Mark Duffy and Bury full-back Chris Hussey on two-year deals.

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How do polar bears keep cool when it's hot in Doncaster?

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster have sent us a couple of pictures of their polar bears Pixel and Nissan avoiding the hot weather.

They've found the perfect answer to the recent heatwave by plunging into their cool lake at Project Polar.

Polar bears
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Polar bear
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Weather: Most places should remain dry

BBC Weather

Warm sunny spells are expected, and most places should remain dry. 

However the odd shower cannot be ruled out.  

Weather graphic

Listen: 'I could weep' says resident after tree-felling in Bannerdale Road

We've been talking this morning about a protest over tree felling on Bannerdale Road in the Carterknowle area of Sheffield.

Some local residents had this morning tried to stop council contractors Amey from cutting down trees on the street.

The firm called in police.

Our reporter Andy Kershaw went to the scene and sent this report to BBC Radio Sheffield.....

We've asked Amey and Sheffield Council for a comment and are waiting for a response.

Latest headlines: More tree protests in Sheffield and new partner announced for retail quarter in the city

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Police have been called in after residents on a Sheffield street attempted to stop council contractors cutting down trees
  • Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police say they'll be imposing new higher £400 fines for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in the Eastwood area of Rotherham
  • Sheffield Council's new partner for the city's retail quarter will be Queensberry Real Estate which has worked on schemes in Belfast, Manchester and Bath

Accident on M1 near Catcliffe

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M1 northbound near J33, A630 (Catcliffe).

It's because of an accident. 

There's congestion to J32, M18 (Thurcroft).  

M1 graphic

Sculptor appointed to create Sheffield's largest art commission

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A sculptor has been appointed to create a landmark piece of public art in Tinsley inspired by the area's connections to the power industry -including the former cooling towers next to the M1.

Alex Chinneck, famous for designing large-scale sculptures including a house made of wax bricks that melted and an inverted electricity pylon, will design the Tinsley art project - the largest art commission ever in Sheffield.

A bullet from a shooting star
Alex Chinneck

Funded by energy company, E.ON, the Tinsley Art Project aims to create work that is integral to the regeneration of the area that was once at the heart of Sheffield’s heavy industry.

A design is set to be unveiled early next year and Alex has been meeting local businesses and school children as part of his research. 

The project is set to be completed by summer 2018.

From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes
Alex Chinneck

The artist will be hosting a free public talk exploring the link between art and engineering in the Diamond building, part of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield this Thursday (9 June) at 6:30pm. 

Watch: If you go down to the woods today...

Digital Nation - a weekly round-up of the best local independent TV - has paid a visit to Ecclesall Woods in Sheffield, where woodcraft is alive and well...

Watch: Police called to deal with Sheffield tree protesters

Sheffield's trees are back in the news this morning.

There have been protests by people upset by the cutting down of trees by council contractors Amey on Bannerdale Road in the Carterknowle area.

Our reporter Andy Kershaw says contractors have been out on site since just before 06:00 and have already felled a number of trees.

At one point this morning, residents came out and circled the trees, police were called and the work was stopped.

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CCTV released in connection with alleged sexual assault in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police investigating an alleged sexual assault in Sheffield have released a CCTV image in connection with the incident.   

CCTV images
South Yorkshire Police

At about 11:00 on Monday 2 May, a woman in her 40s was walking her dog in the fields just off Grange Lane, Handsworth, when she was assaulted by a man who then tried to sexually assault her

He then ran towards nearby woods after being disturbed by a passer-by.   

PC Sarah Thorne, the investigating officer, said:“This was a highly traumatic incident for the victim.I would like to ask members of the public if they recognise the man in these images. We believe he could have vital information, which would assist with the investigation."

MoD faces sonic boom compensation claims from South Yorkshire

A string of compensation claims have been made to the Ministry of Defence after sonic booms from scrambled Typhoon jets caused damage to homes across Yorkshire last month.

Six claims were made by people living in South Yorkshire for damaged windows, a cracked ceiling and dislodged roof tiles after the aircraft were launched on 2 May to intercept an Air France passenger plane which was not responding due to a radio communication problem.

Typhoon jet

Figures from a Freedom of Information request by the i Newspaper show the MoD has paid out £251 on two claims for damaged windows in South Yorkshire and is dealing with another four claims in the county.   

The MoD said: "Any inconvenience caused to the public is regretted but this must be balanced against the need to maintain national security in an unpredictable and dangerous world."

Watch: Plague of flies causes problems for village

BBC Radio Sheffield's early reporter Kat Cowan gets some glamorous jobs - but this is not one of them.

She's been out to Duckmanton in Derbyshire this morning where people say they have a problem with hundreds of flies and a dreadful smell coming from a landfill site.

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Residents of the village are so fed up they've started a petition to get the owner of the site, Viridor, to do something about it.

The Environment Agency met  Viridor yesterday and say the company will make a number of changes to minimise the number of flies that may be coming from the site. The Environment Agency also say they will continue to monitor the situation.

New partner for Sheffield retail quarter

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Council say they've chosen a "strategic development partner" to work with on the Sheffield retail quarter development.

Sheffield retail quarter
Sheffield City Council

It's the £480m scheme that's promised to bring "world-class shopping, leisure, residential and office opportunities into the heart of the city".

They've gone for Queensberry Real Estate - who have worked on schemes in Belfast, Manchester and Bath. 

The first phase of Sheffield Retail Quarter is estimated to be completed in 2019.  

Watch: Yorkshire ex-pats give their views on the EU referendum

There are now just a few weeks until we're asked to decide whether we should remain part of the EU or if we should leave.

But what about the one million plus Britons who live in mainland Europe? How do they feel about a possible Brexit?

Here's how some people from Yorkshire living in Spain feel.  

Remember we're hosting a special EU referendum debate next week. It's at the Radio Sheffield studios next Wednesday (June 17th) at 7pm. If you want to be part of the audience, call us.

Latest headlines: New action plan to tackle problems in Eastwood and Brazilian music to take over Tudor Square in Sheffield

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • There's a new plan to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in the Eastwood area of Rotherham
  • Sheffield Council have chosen a "strategic development partner" to work with on the Sheffield retail quarter development. They've gone for Queensberry Real Estate - who have worked on schemes in Belfast, Manchester and Bath
  • About 400 children from 39 schools across Sheffield will be performing samba music outside The Crucible this lunchtime

Man arrested in connection with alleged indecent exposure in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A man has been arrested after police issued an e-fit image following a report of indecent exposure in the Rawmarsh area on Tuesday 31 May.

Police say the suspect has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Weather: Most places should remain dry

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Early mist and cloud will soon lift from most places, but may persist near some coasts, where it remains cool. 

Otherwise warm sunny spells are expected, and most places should remain dry. However, the odd shower cannot be ruled out.  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Morning, Katie here, I'm with you until 18:00, bringing you news, sport, travel and weather updates from across South Yorkshire.

If you've got a story or picture you'd like to share - why not get in touch and you could see it here on this page.