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  1. Live updates on Friday 15 July 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: 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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

I'll leave you with one of my favourite pictures today of BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Bernie Clifton who spent last night presenting one of the top awards at the Kerrang! music awards.

Bernie Clifton and his rock chick
Getty Images/Jo Hale

If you've got a photo or story you'd like to share with us get in touch with us and it might just appear on our Local Live page.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Watch: Flash flooding in Sheffield

This was the scene in Penistone Road just a few minutes ago after heavy rainfall this afternoon...

Weather: Cloudy with further outbreaks of rain

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Staying rather cloudy with further showery outbreaks of rain, perhaps still locally heavy. Some low cloud/mist is likely especially on the coast and over hills. Winds remaining light and mainly from the east.  

Weather graphic
BBC

More than 100 balloons released in Doncaster to remember loved ones

More than 100 balloons have been released into the skies above Doncaster to remember loved ones who have recently passed away.

The gathering took place outside Doncaster St John's Hospice at Balby where around 75 relatives and friends collected to remember their loved ones and celebrate their lives.

The event also raised £325 through donations for the hospice appeal.

Pictured from the left (front) is Kerry Griffiths, of RDaSH, Margaret Eaton, of the Salvation Army, and Sharon Sankey, a counsellor at RDaSH, together with some of the relatives and friends who attended the event.

Pictured: From the left (front) is Kerry Griffiths, of RDaSH, Margaret Eaton, of the Salvation Army, and Sharon Sankey, a counsellor at RDaSH, together with some of the relatives and friends who attended the event.
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Voguing with Madonna's dancer at BBC Radio Sheffield

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

One of Madonna's dancers came into BBC Radio Sheffield today to talk about a new documentary called 'Strike A Pose' which is on as part of Sheffield Doc Fest tonight.

As well as having a chat on the radio Kevin Stea, who was assistant choreographer and dance captain for the Madonna Blond Ambition Tour, taught us all how to vogue.....

Voguing at BBC Radio Sheffield

Travel: One lane blocked on A61 due to flooding

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic and one lane blocked on the A61 Penistone Road in Sheffield between the B6074 Hillfoot Road junction and Shalesmoor Roundabout.

It's because of flooding. 

There's congestion to the A6101 Owlerton Green junction.  

A61 map graphic
Google

New campaign helps avoid sticky end for Barnsley's hedgehogs

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley council is labelling all its garden strimmers with a warning message to try and reduce the number of hedgehogs maimed or killed by strimmers every year.

The authority is one of the first in the country to address the issue by labelling all the strimmers used by their groundwork teams.

Janet Mason, from Hogwarts Hedgehog Hospital in Barnsley, said: "Barnsley council is fantastic with regards to wildlife; they have introduced many areas for wildlife release and preservation.

"Their commitment with labelling strimmers is just another way of helping care for the wildlife within the borough."

Hedghog and strimmers
Barnsley Council

The people in the photo are left to right - grounds worker John Huntington, Janet Mason from Hogwarts Hedgehog Hospital, Barnsley Councillor Roy Miller and grounds worker Sylvia Dyson.

Did you witness Sheffield sexual assault?

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Detectives would like to hear from you if you witnessed the reported sexual assault of a student in Sheffield in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officers were called to a property in Westbourne Road where a 19-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted by a man outside.

Westbourne Road
Google

The man is understood to have approached her from behind before sexually assaulting her and running from the scene.

He is described as white, aged between 18 to early 20s and about 5ft 8ins-5ft 10ins. He is believed to have been wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and dark trousers.     

Weather: Flooding causing problem for buses on Sheffield road

Latest headlines: Change of plan for Barnsley school holidays welcomed by union and drugs blamed for big rise in violence at Moorland prison

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

Watch: How volunteering makes a difference

BBC Radio Sheffield celebrated volunteers this morning with a party complete with bunting, party hats and cake.

Over the past few months Breakfast Show presenter Toby Foster has been trying his hand at volunteering at a number of organisations across the region.

Many of the people he worked with came into the station this morning, including Jan who volunteers at the Doncaster conversation club...

Celebrating volunteers

150mph police chase: Judge says driving was 'truly appalling'

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

Jailing Thomas Birkbeck, of Dinnington, at York Crown Court Judge Deborah Sherwin said his driving had been "truly appalling". 

She said anyone who had seen that footage would have been horrified if they knew how limited the sentence was she could pass on him.

It was, in fact, just 16 months, but with other events attached to it he was jailed for a total of 32 months.will do in  a bit

150mph driver jailed: Police officer describes shock at finding girl in car

The police officer who finally stopped a car which had been speeding at up to 150mph during a chase last month has described his shock after finding a young girl in the vehicle.

Traffic Sgt Julian Pearson told BBC Look North: "I then looked into the back and saw a hysterical three-year-old.

"It was chilling, upsetting and just the sheer thought that had that vehicle crashed that child would have died and could I have lived with myself knowing that?"

Traffic Sgt Julian Pearson
BBC

Euro 2016 warning from South Yorkshire Fire Service

South Yorkshire firefighters are warning the public to take extra steps to prevent house fires this summer after revealing they have attended 150 accidental blazes during the last three football tournaments in which England have qualified.  

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They attended 59 house fires during the last World Cup and 58 during the same month-long tournament in 2010.

Crews also attended 33 incidents during the three-week Euro 2012 tournament.

Head of community safety Trevor Bernard said: “Alcohol and cooking just don’t mix. If you just can’t tear your eyes away from the inevitable penalty shoot-out, turn the cooker off and take the pan off the hob.”  

Two arrested for attempted murder after Sheffield break-in

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated burglary after a man is believed to have been shot in a break-in in Sheffield. 

Officers were called to a house in the Shiregreen area of the city at about 02:45 on Monday,following reports that it had been broken into.  

The occupant, a man in his 60s, had suffered an injury "consistent with a firearms discharge", police said. He currently remains in hospital in a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. The two men arrested, aged 24 and 25, currently remain in police custody. 

DocFest premieres BBC Virtual Reality experiments

Documentary makers and film fans from across the globe are arriving in Sheffield for the city's 23rd Doc/Fest.

Among the events is the premiere of three BBC Virtual reality experiments and the first UK demonstration of holographic technology, which allows people to have a virtual conversation with a hologram - in this case, a Holocaust survivor.

Virtual reality technology
BBC

Mark Atkin, curator of Alternate Realities, said the section had grown in recent years.

He said: "Two years ago we had two virtual reality projects at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Last year we had nine.

"This year we have created a Virtual Reality award, making Sheffield Doc/Fest the first film festival to announce such an award."

Doncaster tennis player says there is 'no pressure' for her at Nottingham Open

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

In tennis, British qualifier Tara Moore is through to the quarter-finals of the Nottingham Open after beating the American Christina McHale in her second round match. 

The Hong Kong-born Doncaster resident will face Sai Sai Zheng who knocked out British number one Johanna Konta yesterday. 

She feels the pressure is off heading into her quarter final....  

Tennis player Tara Moore
ALLSPORT/Getty Images

I just wanted to play some good tennis and enjoy it and I think there's no pressure for me in this tournament. I'm definitely the lowest ranked player in the tournament so I think every match for me playing is just a bonus."

Tara MooreTennis player

Latest headlines: 150mph police chase driver jailed and Barnsley council U-turn on school summer holidays

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

Watch: Man jailed for 150mph police car chase

A Rotherham man caught driving at speeds of up to 150mph with a three-year-old girl in his car during a police chase has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Footage shows Thomas Birkbeck, 31, of Silverdales, Dinnington, swerving in and out of traffic and hitting several vehicles after failing to stop on the A1 near Catterick...

Weather: Cloudy afternoon with showers

BBC Weather

A rather cloudy day, with any brightness limited as scattered morning showers develop to become locally heavy by the afternoon. Feeling rather cool near the coast with a light onshore breeze tonight.

Weather graphic
BBC

BreakingRotherham man jailed after 150mph police chase

John Cundy

Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

Rotherham drugs courier Thomas Birkbeck jailed for total of 32 months after being chased by police at 150mph in North and West Yorkshire last month with three-year-old girl in his car.

Thousands head to Sheffield as Doc/Fest begins

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield Doc/Fest is kicking off today.

Hundreds of documentaries will be shown over the next five days - with a host of famous names dropping into the city to give talks and workshops - including a first visit to the event by Sir David Attenborough. 

Sir David Attenborough/ Joanna Lumley/ Professor Green/ Michael Moore
BBC

Film-maker Michael Moore, documentary maker and musician Professor Green and actress Joanna Lumley will also be attending.

Doc/Fest welcomes over 30,000 documentary makers and lovers each year, including 3,500 industry delegates from over 60 countries.   

Subjects in the films to be shown this year range from living on a diet of Miso soup, the life of a middle-aged widow and the autistic man who communicates through Disney films.

Fire at industrial estate in Doncaster

Four fire engines are currently tackling a fire at an industrial estate in Doncaster.

Emergency services were called to the Kirk Sandall Industrial Estate off Sandall Lane just before 10:30.

The Track Work Ltd industrial unit has been evacuated.

Fire crews are using hose reels and foam to tackle the fire.

Kirk Sandall Industrial Estate
Google

Teaching union welcomes Barnsley council U-turn over school holidays

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has welcomed today's news that Barnsley council has scrapped plans to shorten the school summer holidays next year.

Ian Stevenson, the NUT Regional Secretary, said: "We look forward "to engaging with the consultation process set out by the council to take place in the forthcoming year, which will consider any future changes."

National Union of Teachers logo
NUT - National Union of Teachers

Plans to change school holidays in Barnsley will not go ahead next year

More on Barnsley council's announcement that it has postponed plans to change the summer holidays next year.

The local authority recently announced it would be shortening the summer holiday next year - claiming that pupils experienced a "learning loss" from a longer summer break.

The move prompted criticism from some parents and teachers who said they had not been consulted properly about the change.

Barnsley Town Hall
BBC

Council cabinet spokesperson Tim Cheetham said today: “In response to concerns we have had about the consultation process and the change of position by some of our consulted partners, we now propose... that the school holiday arrangements for 2017/18 do not change, thereby leaving the longer summer holiday in place."

However, the council has not ruled out a change in 2018.

BreakingBarnsley council U-turn over school holiday changes next year

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley Council has announced it is not going ahead with plans to change the summer holidays next year "in response to concerns we have had about the consultation process".

More to follow.

Latest headlines: Labour MP John Mann backs Brexit and former Owl Chris Waddle says England lack leaders on pitch

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Labour backbencher John Mann, who represents Bassetlaw, has announced he's campaigning for a leave vote in the EU Referendum
  •  A 23-year-old man has died and a 32-year-old suffered serious injuries after a motorbike crash last night in Sheffield
  • Former Sheffield Wednesday and England winger Chris Waddle believes Roy Hodgson's side lacks leaders on the pitch. The Three Lions get their campaign under way tomorrow when they face Russia in Marseille

Bernie Clifton and his rock chic

BBC Radio Sheffield has been talking this morning to presenter Bernie Clifton who was up late last night presenting an award to best international newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards 2016.

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The invitation to hand out an award at the ceremony stemmed from a mix up over CD labels between crooner Bernie and death metal band Abhorrent Decimation.

The band was hanging out with Bernie at the Kerrang awards in London last night billed as the "biggest party in the rock calendar" and took one of our favourite selfies of the year.

Bernie Clifton and members of Abhorrent Decimation/ image of Bernie's wrist bands
Ashley Scott/ BBC

Legals highs 'threaten stability' at Moorland Prison

Inspectors are warning the availability of so-called legal highs at a South Yorkshire prison is "severely threatening" the stability of the jail.

Moorland Prison
BBC

A report into HMP Moorland said almost half of all prisoners claimed it was easier to get drugs compared to 28% at the last inspection.

Inspectors said the availability of new psychoactive substances (NPS) was undermining recent progress.

Motorcyclist dies after crash with car in Sheffield

A 23-year-old man has died and a 32-year-old man suffered serious injuries after the motorcycle they were riding on was involved in a crash in Sheffield last night.

They were travelling along the Wicker towards Saville Street in the city centre at about 20:30 when they were in collision with a blue Ford Focus at the junction with Derek Dooley Way.

The 52-year-old woman driving the car suffered minor injuries.

map graphic
Google

Tata Steel: Uncertainty over future leads to drop in apprentices

BBC Radio Sheffield

Uncertainty over the future of Tata Steel has led to a drop in young people signing up for apprenticeship at the company's training centre in Stocksbridge. 

The centre trains electrical and mechanical engineers. 

They have stressed it's 'business as usual' and they're looking for more young people to sign up as apprentices to ensure there's a ready supply of engineers when steel begins to thrive again. 

Darren Webster, who's been a steelworker for 28 years at Tata and is works convenor for the trade union Unite at Stocksbridge, says despite the recent uncertainty he thinks they have a good future....

Stocksbridge steel plant
Press Association

We restreamed at the start of year and we've gone more into the niche market so we're in for the more high value steel, the aero space stuff. So we see it as a good future and I think there's a good future for anyone that wants to come and work for us."

Darren WebsterWorks convenor for UNITE the Union at Stocksbridge

Four legged volunteers celebrated at Radio Sheffield party

This morning the station is paying tribute to the region's volunteers with a big party at BBC Radio Sheffield.

There's bunting, party hats and cake.

Although I think one volunteer is happier gnawing on a dog chew!

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EU referendum: MP John Mann to vote for Brexit

Labour MP John Mann has told the BBC he will be voting to leave the European Union because of "free movement of labour, immigration and empowerment".

John Mann MP
Labour Party

Writing in the Sun, the MP for Bassetlaw said many Labour councillors would "shock" Westminster with their referendum vote.

"Too few Labour MPs" were campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union via the 23 June vote, he added.

Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has confirmed that he too will vote for a Brexit.  

Euro 2016: Singing plumber from Dinnington lends his vocal support to England

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Euro 2016 starts today, with England playing tomorrow.

To wish them luck, our favourite singing plumber, Paul Ballington from Dinnington has written a song.

Get in touch and let us know what you think of his efforts...

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Celebrating volunteers with BBC Radio Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast show is live from our open centre on Shoreham Street in Sheffield this morning.

We're having a volun-tea party.

The show has spent the last six months celebrating the work of volunteers in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

Today is about celebrating some of the people and organisations we've come across along the way and maybe inspire you to have a think about what you could do to help out your community?

Volun-tea party at BBC Radio Sheffield 10th June
BBC

Weather: Scattered showers becoming heavy by the afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some early mist/low cloud. A rather cloudy day to follow, with any brightness limited as scattered morning showers develop to become locally heavy by afternoon. 

Feeling rather cool near the coast with a light onshore breeze.  

Doncaster tennis player through to quarter-finals at Nottingham Open

Doncaster qualifier Tara Moore is the only British player left in the Nottingham Open, having reached the quarter finals yesterday.

Doncaster tennis player Tara Moore
Reuters

Moore, 23, beat American world number 67 Christina McHale 6-2 6-2 to set up a meeting with China's Zheng Saisai. 

Zheng beat British number one Johanna Konta in straight sets.

Latest headlines: Concern over apprenticeships at Tata Steel in Stocksbridge and Doc Fest kicks off in Sheffield today

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories this morning from South Yorkshire include:

  • There's concern at Tata Steel's new training centre in Stocksbridge that young apprentices aren't signing up because of negative headlines about the company's future
  • Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield says he's "delighted" that the decision to close a government office in Sheffield and move jobs to London will be investigated
  • Sheffield Doc Fest begins today. Hundreds of documentaries will be shown over the next five days - with a host of famous names dropping into the city to give talks and workshops 

Travel: Broken-down lorry causing problems on Penistone Road

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A61 Penistone Road outbound in Sheffield between the A6101 Bradfield Road junction and the A6102 Herries Road South junction.

It's because of a broken-down lorry.  

Penistone Road map graphic
Google

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 with news, sport, travel and weather updates from across South Yorkshire.

We'll also tell you why BBC Radio Sheffield has been putting out the bunting and the party hats this morning.

BBC Radio Sheffield Shoreham Street interior
BBC

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