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  2. Live updates on Tuesday 14 June 2016

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By Kate Linderholm

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Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's now finished!  But I will be back with more live updates tomorrow from 08:00.

If you are looking for something to do tonight why not head along to the Showroom Cafe and experience a bit of virtual reality. There's a special VR showing of On Blindness into Darkness.  

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Veteran's Day march in Sheffield this Saturday

Sheffield’s annual Armed Forces and Veteran’s Day takes place this Saturday 18 June in Sheffield City Centre, and everyone's invited to celebrate and pay tribute to our Armed Forces past, present and future. 

Veterans march

The veterans will gather from 11:30 in Norfolk Row before the parade begins at 11:50 taking in Norfolk Row, Fargate, Town Hall Square and the Peace Gardens, followed by a ceremony from 12:00, led by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.  

Weather: Cloudy with a risk of thunderstorms

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly cloudy with low cloud extending tonight with a risk of thunderstorms. A grey start tomorrow but mostly dry.  

Hourly forecast

Thirsty Sheffield students help pay for well for Indian village

Money from bottled water sold at outlets at The University of Sheffield is helping to fund a fresh water project in India.  

Current water source in M.Kothapalle
University of Sheffield

The construction of a new well in the M.Kothapalle community in Andhra Pradesh India will be completed in September 2016 and will provide 1,070 people with a safe, sustainable and long lasting source of clean drinking water.  

Latest Headlines: Sheffield NHS workers defrauded people in care homes and racist attack on Swinton taxi driver

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

  • Two women who stole thousands of pounds from vulnerable adults in Sheffield have been jailed
  • Police in Swinton say they are treating an attack on a taxi driver in the early hours of this morning, as racially aggravated
  • Vandals have left one of Sheffield's historic buildings, the Old Town Hall, open to the elements

Barnsley to hold vigil tonight for Orlando victims

A vigil will be held in Barnsley tonight in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting.  

Orlando vigil

The Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Linda Burgess will join Barnsley LGBT Forum at the front of Barnsley Town Hall from 17:45.

Carved door in Sheffield park offers portal to imaginary kingdom

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A beautifully carved door has appeared in the base of a tree near Forge Dam which has got the neighbours talking. Is it a portal to another world of hobbits, fairies or elves? 

Carved door

A tree inspection revealed the need for root protection works on an old horse chestnut tree in the woodland surrounding Forge Dam Park.

Local craftsman and ex-council ranger Henk Littlewood was commissioned to carry out the work to create the doorway to an imaginary world, which is carved with the words “Chestnut, plane and sycamore, who or what lies beyond the door?” 

Sheffield has more trees than any other city in Britain and the council look after 2 million of them – that’s four for every person – in around 2,000 open spaces across the city. Here we have combined our duty of care for our woodland trees while weaving an important message to children about developing their imagination and creativity. I am really pleased with the result of the work.”

Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City CouncilCabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council
Steps up to tree

Children will soon be able to post a message or wish to the woodland people via the Sheffield Parks and Countryside Facebook page at

Watch: Relatives fury over care home sentencing

Charlotte Leeming

Journalist, BBC Look North

Two women have been jailed for three and a half years each for stealing money from vulnerable adults at a care home in Sheffield. 

Joanne Brownhill  of Campion Drive, Killamarsh, Sheffield and Mandy Sargent of Myrtle Crescent, Wickersley, Rotherham stole from people being cared for at Mansfield View which supports adults with learning difficulties. 

There's a dispute over the amount stolen due to paperwork being destroyed - figures vary between prosecution and defence but South Yorkshire police put the figure at about £120,000. 

Margaret MacCormac's nephew Paul was one of 24 the victims and she thinks the women should have got longer jail terms.

Police bail four people over Low Edges assault

South Yorkshire Police have bailed four people in connection with an alleged assault of a 30-year-old man last weekend in Lowedges, Sheffield.

A 30-year-old man was found injured at the rear of a property in Lupton Walk on Saturday morning and was taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A 17-year-old boy and three men, aged 18, 26 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of assault. All have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Sport: Adam Hammill staying a Red

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Barnsley have agreed a new 2 year contract with Adam Hammill. The 28-year-old scored 9 goals in the Reds promotion to the Championship having joined the club when they were deep in relegation trouble.  

Ben Mansford and Adam Hammill

It's believed they've beaten off competition from Bristol City and several other championship clubs to retain the services of the player.

Barnsley Chief Executive Ben Mansford says the signing of Adam Hammill is "a mark of intent". 

Latest Headlines: Women jailed over care home theft and taxi driver in Rotherham victim of racist attack

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • Two women have been jailed for 3 and a half years for stealing £300,000 from vulnerable adults at a care home in Sheffield
  • South Yorkshire Police ran up a legal bill of at least £2.1m just for representing the former Chief Constable David Crompton during the Hillsborough Inquests

Historic Sheffield building targetted by vandals again

Victorian glass in the courtrooms at the Old Town Hall has been smashed, leaving them exposed to the elements. 

Old Town Hall
Valerie Bayliss

The site has also been sprayed with graffiti. Valerie Bayliss from the Friends of the Old Town Hall campaign group says the damage is considerable:  

The skylights on the three big double height victorian courtrooms have been systematically smashed, all the glass has been knocked out. And that means that those big courtrooms, all part of the listed building, all original and very good quality, are now open to the rain."

Smashed skyights
Valerie Bayliss

Watch: Doncaster sports stars team up to tackle domestic abuse

Players from Doncaster Rugby League and Doncaster Rovers Belles LFC, have made a short film to highlight how domestic abuse harms young people. 

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Possible review of funding fairness in wake of Hillsborough inquest legal costs for SYP

South Yorkshire Police paid out over two million pounds in legal costs for its former Chief Constable David Crompton during the Hillsborough inquests.   

Hillsborough families campaign meeting

The officer was suspended shortly after the verdict which partly blamed the force the disaster in which 96 Liverpool football fans were crushed to death. 

David Crompton
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An attempt to give bereaved families "parity of funding" with the police at future inquests was defeated in parliament last night. 

The Policing Minister Mike Penning said the Home Office would look at the issue once a review - being carried out by the former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones - is complete. 

The work that Bishop James is going to do is actually going to make a huge difference for cases going forward. Because of the experiences of what these people have gone through, so sadly over 27 years. So it's not just about Hillsborough and that's why we've decided to wait for all of the recommendations from Bishop James's review because that's going to affect people now and going forward in the future."

Man wanted over racially abusive remarks at Meadowhall

Police are asking for help to identify the man pictured in this CCTV image following an incident at Meadowhall.   

CCTV image

Sometime between 17:30 and 18:15 on Sunday 1 May, this man is alleged to have made racially abusive comments towards a teenager before pushing him as they both left the cinema in the shopping centre. Do you recognise the man? If you know who he is, please call 101 quoting incident number 1172 of 1 May 2016.     

Watch: South Yorkshire firefighter raising funds for memorial to soldiers with PTSD

Olivia Richwald

Video Journalist, BBC Look North

A firefighter from South Yorkshire has started fundraising to create the first memorial to soldiers who have committed suicide suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. The life size bronze is being sculpted by a Leeds artist and will be placed in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

South Yorkshire Police raise awareness of FGM

Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board which includes police, Rotherham Council, Ashiana Sheffield and NHS groups are holding a week of events to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the borough. 

Logo of Daughters of Eve organisation
Daughters of Eve

FGM involves any procedure that removes part or all of the external female genitalia, or any procedure that involves injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. 

We are now approaching the summer holidays, a time when young girls may be taken abroad under the guise of a family holiday or special celebration, when in reality they will be subject to this barbaric act of criminality."

Detective Sergeant Suzanne BluckDeputy lead for FGM for South Yorkshire Police

Possible signs that a girl may be at risk of FGM:

• Trips abroad for a prolonged period, or during school holidays, to countries where this practice is known to be carried out (even if it is illegal in that country)• Mothers, aunts, grandmas or older female siblings have undergone this procedure already• The girl is a member of a family or community whose country of origin practised FGM

For further information, advice and support, call the NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email Alternatively, contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit, or visit the Daughters of Eve

Two arrested over 'racially motivated' assault on taxi driver in Swinton

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of assaulting a taxi driver on Rowms Lane in Swinton early this morning.  

Rowms Lane

It is believed that four men attacked the taxi driver, a 38-year-old man, after he picked them up from a pub in Swinton Road. The police were called at 00:55.

The four men fled but a 20-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were arrested shortly after and are in police custody. 

This was a nasty, unprovoked attack and we are treating it as racially aggravated. I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw what happened to contact police. If you have any information, please call 101 quoting incident number 26 of 14 June 2016."

Inspector Adrian Luscombe

Despair over shattered windows at Sheffield's Old Town Hall

Vandals have climbed onto the roof of Sheffield's Old Town Hall and smashed its Victorian glass panels. 

Smashed windows on Old Town Hall
Valerie Bayliss

The Old Town Hall was built in 1807 and is one of the Victorian Society's most "at risk" buildings in the UK.

The three smashed skylights are letting water into the already damaged building. It's in need of urgent repair work which the Friends of the Old Town Hall group say makes the impact of this incident even more devastating.  

Interior of Old Town Hall showing damage
Valerie Bayliss

How to make money out of making stuff

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

This tiny mask was made from bone by Sheffield sculptor Jason Turpin-Thomson. 

Mask made from bone in nestled in sculptor's hand

He brought it in to show me ahead of the Make Good Livelihoods festival in Sheffield this weekend. 

It's a chance for lots of creative people to show how you can make money out of making things and is part of Sheffield's Year of Making celebrating creativity and craftmanship. 

Weather: drying out after rain, more downpours on the way

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Breaks in the cloud are now beginning after the morning's rain. But we can expect some torrential downpours this afternoon. 

Hourly forecast

Latest Headlines: Concern over police legal bill for Hillsborough inquests and pensioner jailed over sexual offences breach

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

Poppies brighten up Rotherham's grass verges

They've been out cutting the grass in Rotherham but they've left the lovely poppies in the central reservation near Wickersley School. Lovely, aren't they? 

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Jail for man who breached sexual offences order

A 66-year-old man from Sheffield has been jailed for seven years for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order preventing him from contacting children. 

Joseph Hallam

Joseph Patrick Hallam, from Auckland Rise, Halfway, has been jailed for seven years at Sheffield Crown Court for breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence.

“ He came to our attention again last year when we discovered he had been using internet chat rooms to attempt to engage with girls under 16-years-old. He has accepted responsibility for his crime and pleaded guilty, but the significant sentence handed to him for breaching his order demonstrates just how serious this crime is.”

Detective Sergeant Karen Whitehouse

New Castlegate hoardings mark long history of site

The first panels of new hoardings have been installed at the former Castle Market site site, which will form part of the longest artwork in Sheffield.


It will eventually be longer than11 double decker buses, two football pitches or the length of three Starflyers.


This new artwork, created by arts collective Glassball for the hoardings surrounding the former Castle Market, will span 175m in total and tell the story of one of Sheffield’s most historic sites.

Travel: A616 South Yorkshire queuing traffic eastbound

BBC Travel

There's congestion between the A61 Westwood New Road Tankersley and the M1 Tankersley

Queuing traffic is heavier than usual on the A616 eastbound in Tankersley between the Wentworth Business Park Roundabout and the M1 junction.

1970s Sheffield board game to be re-launched at battle night

Sheffield Star

A cult board game created in Sheffield 40 years ago is being relaunched – and its inventor hopes the move will spark a gaming revival in the city.  

Mike Hayes, inventor of Classic Warlord
Sheffield Star

Latest Headlines: SYP legal bill for Hillsborough 'staggering' and hundreds join Sheffield vigil for Orlando

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

Sheffield artist creates image to pay respects to Orlando dead

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

An artist and Methodist Minister in Sheffield has brought in a piece of art to show me that he's created in response to the events in Orlando, Florida

Artists image of dead man cradled by angel in rainbow flag
Richard Stott

Reverend Richar Stott spoke on behalf of his church at last night's vigil in Sheffield.   

Clive Betts describes £2.1m legal bill for Hillsborough as 'staggering'

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police has admitted spending over two million pounds on legal representation for its suspended Chief Constable David Crompton during the Hillsborough inquests. 

David Crompton

Analysis shows his barrister was paid more than a million pounds. Sheffield MP Clive Betts admits the Police and Crime Commissioner had no choice but to pay the costs.  

He legally had to ensure that anyone who was going to be involved in that inquest from the police, whether it be current police officers, and the money for the Chief Constable was actually representation for the whole of South Yorkshire Police as it currently is, and for past officers who are now retired, all of those costs had to be paid and they were entitled to legal representation and the bill is really staggering."

Travel: M1 Southbound disruption due to broken down lorry

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire experiencing severe disruption between J31 for A57 Sheffield and J30 A616 Worksop due to a broken down lorry. One lane closed and slow traffic.

Stunning time lapse imagaes of the Peak Distict

Have you seen this fabulous time lapse video of the peak district yet?

It's made by Naz and you can email him your comments here.

View more on youtube

it includes around 16000 shots taken 33 Peak District locations. Great work Naz!

Watch: Sheffield vigil for those killed in homophobic terror attack in Orlando

Kat Harbourne

The crowd at the Orlando shooting vigil in Sheffield's Hallam Square last night was urged to stand together in the face of violent hatred.

Sheffield student in the running for the UK's top entrepreneur

An 18 year old from Stocksbridge is fighting it out for the title of the UK's top young entrepreneur. 

Jack Crofts
Sheffield College

Sheffield College student Jack Crofts will be trying to win over Dragon's Den star Peter Jones by pitching his business Vicuna Royale. He makes expensive garments out of cloth from imported Vicuna wool, from a South American animal related to the alpaca, which was highly-prized by Inca royalty.

Watch: South Yorkshire Police confirms it spent £2.1m on legal representation for Crompton

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

The BBC has discovered that South Yorkshire Police paid out at least £2.1 million for the legal representation of the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, during the Hillsborough Inquest. Mr Crompton was suspended from service 24 hours after the jury returned its verdict. 

Travel: Congestion eastbound on Parkway in Sheffield

BBC Travel

Queuing traffic heavier than usual on the A57 Parkway eastbound in Sheffield between Park Square Roundabout and the A6102 Prince of Wales junction. 

Botanical Gardens looking moody and majestic

Fabulous photo from Keith Bown of Sheffield's Botanical Gardens and against a portentous sky. Do get in touch if you have a photograph to share.

Botanical Gardens
Keith Bown

Sheffield fan begins jail sentence over football violence in Marseille

Ian Hepworth, 41, a psychiatric nurse from Sheffield,is today beginning a three month sentence in a French prison for his part in violence when Russia played England in a Euro 2016 match

Hooligans at Euro 2016

He was jailed for throwing a bottle at police and then walking forward to pick up a second bottle.

Home Secretary Theresa May accused Russian football football fans of bearing a "heavy responsibility for initiating violence", but said some England fans had let their country down.

Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney appealed directly to fans to "behave themselves".

Latest Headlines: SYP spend £2.1m on Hillsborough legal representation and hundreds join Sheffield vigil for Orlando

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

  • South Yorkshire Police spent over two million pounds on legal representation at the Hillsborough inquests for the suspended Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton
  • Hundreds of people turned out at Hallam Square in Sheffield last night to remember the victims of the Orlando shootings
  • A woman from Chesterfield who's been conned out of thousands of pounds by internet scammers says they were 'plausible, friendly and gave her no reason for suspicion that it was a scam'.

Weather: More rain expected with a the high of 15C

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Generally cloudy and misty at first, with some locally heavy rain in southern parts. Some limited sunny intervals developing by the afternoon with scattered heavy showers likely.