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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 16 June 2016.

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By Kate Linderholm

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Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it for today's news blog on everything in South Yorkshire, I'll be back to round up the weeks events from 08:00 tomorrow.

I leave you with this picture from Ecclesfield of a moment of clarity before the rain came down (again).

Caroline Dickinson

At least all that rain does make it lovely and green. Do send us your stories and pictures here.

Weather: Thundery downpours dying out tonight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

More showers this evening slowly clearing.  

Hourly forecast

Latest Headlines: Yorkshire Labour MP shot and killed and Cliff angry at how police handled abuse claims and

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include: 

Rangers spot second ring ouzel nest on Stanage Edge

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Check out this lovely clutch of eggs: 

Ring ouzel nest
Peak Park Authority

They belong to a bird called the ring ouzel, also known as the mountain blackbird. 

Numbers have dropped dramatically in the last 20 years and this nest, the second spotted on Stanage Edge.

It's close to a climbing area and there are concerns about the female which is easily disturbed.

Relief at Wales school at England win

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  England beat Wales 2-1 in Lens.   

Children at Wales school

Children at Wales School in Rotherham were delighted. 

Children at Wales Primary School

Disruption M1 northbound between Junctions 30 and 31

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle has led to the closure of one lane on the Northbound M1 between J30 (Worksop) and J31 (Sheffield). 

Sarah Champion MP shaken by attack on Labour friend

 The Labour MP, Jo Cox, is in a critical condition after being attacked in her constituency near Leeds. 

Jo Cox

Eyewitnesses said she was shot and stabbed this lunchtime. Ms Cox, who's 41 and is married with two children, is being treated in Leeds General Infirmary. A 52 year old man has been arrested.  

I can't actually stop shaking. I feel so emotional about this. Jo is the most fantastic woman and what I need people to know is she's a tiny woman. You know she's slight, she's five foot nothing and a lion as well you know I mean she fights so hard for the things that she believes in. I just cannot believe that anybody would do this to her. "

Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion

Sir Cliff Richard 'should have kept anonymity'

Sir Cliff Richard has been told he won't face any charges over allegations of sexual abuse, investigated by South Yorkshire police, dating back to the 1950s. 

Sir Cliff Richard

The singer said he was "thrilled" by the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service but angry that he'd been publicly named at the beginning of the investigation. 

Andy Trotter is a former chief constable who the reviewed the case for South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner. He believes Sir Cliff should have kept his anonymity:  

We should not name people, whether they're on arrest or suspected, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris, people such as that, were named on charge, they were not named when they were arrested. It should be very, very rare that people should be named on arrest."

It's understood that one of the alleged victims in the Cliff Richard case intends to appeal against the CPS decision not to bring charges.

Wales backs in England in football. No really

Wales in South Yorkshire, obvs.

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Police investigate shots fired at door in Pitsmoor

Detectives are investigating after shots were allegedly fired at a house in Sheffield on Monday 30 May. 

Osgathorpe Road

It happened just before 01:00 on Osgathorpe Road in Pitsmoor. 

Residents of a house were woken by the sound of a loud bang and a tennis-ball sized gunshot hole was found in the front door. 

Latest Stories: No charges for Sir Cliff and shots fired in Pitsmoor

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

Chip shop musical comes to Barnsley and Consbrough this weekend

Ayla’s a shy teenager, secretly dreaming of a grime music career. Gram’s a disillusioned, brass-loving, chip shop owner, falling out of step as the world changes around him. They’re like chalk & cheese – will they ever be fish & chips? 

Chip shop - the musical
Freedom Studios

Chip Shop the Musical celebrates traditional and emerging Yorkshire and British art and culture.

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th June 6.30pm 

Barnsley: Woody’s – Book Here.

Sunday 19th June 8pm

Seafish, Conisbrough – Book Here.

Free Fish and Chips included in ticket price! 

Petition underway to keep threatened trees in Dore

Sheffield council is looking at the future of 12 trees in the Dore area of Sheffield.   

Trees Dore
Kathryn Burkitt

The trees will be examined and the and findings will be analysed by an independent expert.

A petition has been started by residents after widespread criticism of the scheme which has seen old trees replaced with younger trees as part of the Amey contract to repair roads and pavements across the city.  

Excitement building for Women of Steel statue

The big unveiling of the statue to women in the steel industry in Sheffield is tomorrow. You don't have to go far in Sheffield to find someone whose nan worked in the industry! 

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Crowds turn out to see Joanna Lumley open Stocksbridge shopping centre

The long-awaited Fox Valley shopping centre officially open near Sheffield today.  

Joanna Lumley
Capital B Media

Joanna Lumley did the honours on the fifty million pound project which started more than two years ago, and has been a decade in the planning.  

Crowds for opening
Capital B Media

Yorkshire BME communities urged to vote in EU referendum

Just a week before the EU referendum and campaigners say Black and Asian communities in Yorkshire could swing the vote to either remain or leave the European Union. More than 300,000 people in our region are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, but there's a warning that only half of those eligible to vote will actually do so.

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Labour leader Corbyn in Rotherham to encourage Remain voters

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has encouraged his party's members to spread the Remain message. 

Corbyn arriving

Speaking in Rotherham, he said it was important they reached core Labour supporters:   

Many people don't realise that the implications of voting to leave on the 23rd could be quite serious - could be serious in export industries that rely on selling goods across Europe - or recognising there may well be a change in the tariff relationship between Britain and Europe if we were to leave. I want people to vote because they have some idea of how we tackle the issues that face all of us across the continent on the 23rd - I don't believe a fear strategy is one that works. "

Doe-ting Sheffield mum looks after fawn

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Doe a deer, a female deer.

Check out this lovely young fawn being watched over by a protective mum at Graves Park Animal Farm. 

Doe and fawn
Sheffield City Council

Sport: Rotherham defender Richard Woods delighted at new deal

Richard Wood is staying with Rotherham United after worries that he was going to have to go elsewhere. 

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Watch: River Don swollen after heavy rain

Weather: Heavy showers starting in South Yorkshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Heavy rain with thunder expected through the afternoon. 

Hourly forecast

South Yorkshire Crime Commissioner statement on Sir Cliff Richard

Alan Billings has put out a statement on the decision by the CPS to take no further action against Sir Cliff Richard over allegations of historic sex abuse. 

Alan Billings

"This has been a lengthy process and one that should not have been played out in the public domain. It is a matter of deep regret that these reports were made so public when there was never any arrest. I am pleased that that the CPS reached their decision speedily."

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Watch: Fox Valley retail park opened by Joanna Lumley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

One of our best loved TV stars was in Stocksbridge today to do this: 

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Latest Headlines: No charges for Sir Cliff and Joanna Lumley opens Fox Valley

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

  • The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that no further action should be taken against Sir Cliff Richard over allegations of historic sex abuse
  • A big retail development in Stocksbrige has been opened by tv star Joanna Lumley
  • Bosses at Royal Mail are seeking an injunction to stop a postal strike in parts of Sheffield

Man in hospital after being knocked down in Rotherham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a black 4x4 knocked down a pedestrian in Rotherham last night.

At about 22:15 a vehicle, believed to be a black 4x4, hit a man on Cottenham Road, heading towards  the junction with Doncaster Road.  

The pedestrian, a 48-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. 

Fabulous historic pics from the Workers' Stately Home

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Wortley Hall is a grand building steeped in history and although it's now linked to the British Labour movement it was once a private stately home as these stunning black and white images show. 

Room Wortley Hall
Wortley Hall
Room Wortley Hall
Wortley Hall

Watch: Are you in or out? Here's an argument to leave

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Last night I invited an audience into BBC Radio Sheffield for a debate on the EU referendum.

This is Steve Winston from UKIP who wants us to leave. 

Watch: Are you in or out? Here's an argument to remain

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Today I'm playing a heated debate recorded last night in BBC Radio Sheffield's open centre on the EU referendum.

This is Richard Caborn from Labour who wants us to stay.

BBC Radio Sheffield EU debate - remain

Scientists hail new detection of ripples in spacetime

Gravitational ripples in the fabric of spacetime, first predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, have been detected for a second time by scientists including researchers from the University of Sheffield.   

Black holes
University of Sheffield

The new observation, from a global team that involves many researchers from the UK, including the University of Sheffield, is of two black holes orbiting each other over 25 times before merging into a more massive spinning single black hole 21 times the mass of the sun. 

No further action against Cliff Richard

Sir Cliff Richard will face no further action over allegations of historical sexual abuse, prosecutors have said. The singer was investigated by South Yorkshire police who conducted a raid on his home.  

Sir Cliff Richard
Getty Images

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had "carefully reviewed" the case and decided there was "insufficient evidence to prosecute".  

In a statement, Sir Cliff said:

After almost two years under police investigation I learnt today that they have finally closed their enquiries. I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point! Nevertheless, I am obviously thrilled that the vile accusations and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close."

Latest Headlines: Brexit would damage Sheffield's economy claim and Royal Mail seek injunction to stop strike

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

EU referendum: Brexit 'a grave threat' to UK cities like Sheffield

Leaving the EU would be "a grave threat" to local economies, according to the Labour leaders of 10 of the UK's biggest cities outside London. 


A letter signed by leaders from cities including Sheffield, Cardiff and Glasgow said a vote to leave would put cities in "serious economic danger".

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell and ex-PM Gordon Brown will talk about how EU funds have helped UK cities later. 

Man beaten unconscious after bus ride in Rotherham

Police want to hear from anyone who was on the Number 2 bus from Maltby to Rotherham last month, who may have witnessed the assault of a 33-year-old man.

Wickersley Road

At around15:40 on Tuesday 24 May, the man got on the double decker at the Wickersley Road stop, heading towards Rotherham.

He was attacked first at the back of the bus on the top deck and then again when he got off in Wellgate, suffering bruising and swelling to his head, causing him to briefly lose consciousness.

The only description of the attacker is that he was reported to have been wearing a red top. 

Women of steel statue moved into place

It's the big unveiling tomorrow but check out what's being winched into place in Sheffield: 

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People in Doncaster don't do sport

Doncaster has seen the biggest fall in England of people participating sport since 2012. 

Olympic Rings in Olympic Park

Latest figures show 15.8 million people play sport or exercise at least once week, a drop of 0.4% since 2012.

Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn said the fall was "disappointing" and a sports charity said the Games' promised long-term legacy had not yet emerged.

Sport England said participation had risen by 1.7 million since 2005. 

Joanna Lumley opening Stocksbridge shopping centre

The actress Joanna Lumley will be officially opening the Fox Valley shopping centre in Stocksbridge later this morning. 

Statue at entrance to Fox Valley

It's taken ten years of planning to transform the 36 acre former steelworks site. 

The people behind the project say it's creating up to 900 new jobs.   

Attacked man concerned about Sheffield gang problem

There are claims of a gang problem in one part of Sheffield. 

A man who was assaulted on Monday night says his neighbourhood is being "terrorised" by local teenagers.

Brian Trevelyan
Brian Trevelyan

Brian Trevelyan has been left with a black eye, and cuts and bruises, after he was pushed off his bike and punched and kicked in an underpass near to Guernsey Road in Heeley.

He says it was a gang of 15 to 20 lads  who cause trouble along the Abbeydale Road corridor.

It comes after South Yorkshire Police said tacking firearms gangs is a priority.

Travel: Disruption M1 Southbound in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle is causing long queues on the M1 Southbound between J33 (Catcliffe) and J32 (Thurcroft). One lane is closed and traffic is very slow.

Injunction sought today to stop Sheffield postal strike

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Bosses at Royal Mail are seeking an injunction to stop a strike in the South of Sheffield.

The court hearing will take place this afternoon.

Sorting office

Postal workers in the south of Sheffield are planning industrial action on Saturday over disciplinary action taken towards a former colleague. 

The strike will affect the Sheffield South Delivery Office on 18 June, which delivers to postcodes S7 and S8.  

Latest Headlines: Concern about violent Sheffield teen gang and Doncaster apathetic about sport

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include: