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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 21 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Good evening: Your Live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today. We're back tomorrow for more updates from 08:00. 

The weather tonight will be dry with broken cloud. Minimum temperature 12C (54F). Rather cloudy tomorrow with a risk of a little patchy rain for a time - but good drier brighter spells too. 

And we leave you with Sheffield's little elephant herd has already raised £43,000 for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity. Lovely stuff.  

Watch: Could you be the next volunteer for Penistone Wildflower Reserve?

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Penistone Station Wildflower Nature Reserve has been welcoming volunteers this afternoon. 

The Wildflower Reserve is a relatively new partnership between the Trans Pennine Trail conservation volunteers and the Penistone Line Partnership, so I went to take a look.

Concern over integrity of Tata sales process

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A union has expressed "serious concerns" about the integrity of the sales process of Tata Steel, which has been considering bids for its UK business for weeks. 

A meeting of more than 60 reps of the Community union agreed to send a statement to the Indian conglomerate voicing concerns, saying almost three months have passed since the announcement that Tata intended to sell its UK assets.

Employees, customers and suppliers all deserve to know Tata's intentions."

Community Union

Funnel cloud over South Yorkshire earlier

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Thanks to Nigel Taylor from Wath Upon Dearne and the Year 6 children from The Ellis Primary School in Hemingfield for being eager Weather Watchers and spotting funnel clouds over South Yorkshire today.

Wow!

Funnel clouds spotted over Wath Upon Dearne
Nigel Taylor
Funnel clouds spotted over Wath Upon Dearne
Nigel Taylor

Elephant art trail raises over £43,000 for Sheffield Children's Hospital

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Little Herd statue
BBC

Dozens of baby elephant statues designed by schoolchildren go on show in Sheffield as part of a charity fundraising drive.

Little Herd statue

Elephant art trail unveiled in city

Dozens of baby elephant statues designed by schoolchildren go on show in Sheffield as part of a charity fundraising drive.

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Sir Cliff Richard 'may sue the BBC and South Yorkshire Police'

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Sir Cliff Richard
PA

Sir Cliff Richard is considering suing the BBC over its coverage of the police raid on his home in 2014 over historic allegations of sex abuse.

Sir Cliff Richard's home on a gated development in Berkshire which was raided by police in 2014
PA

The singer has told the Daily Mail the BBC "have a lot to answer for" for broadcasting the raid live on TV.

Somebody has to teach them a lesson and if it's done by suing, let's do it. And the same with South Yorkshire Police. They have damaged me in a great way".

Sir Cliff Richard
Sir Cliff Richard

BBC sorry Sir Cliff 'suffered distress'

The BBC says it is "very sorry" that Sir Cliff Richard "suffered distress" over its coverage of the police raid on his home, adding it has a "responsibility" to report on stories in the public interest.

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Risks in steel workers' pension deal, says PPF

John Henry

BBC Local Live

The lifeboat scheme that protects pensions when a company fails has raised concerns over a government plan for steel workers' pensions.

The government believes a £485m pension deficit has been deterring potential buyers of Tata Steel's UK business, putting 10,000 jobs at risk.

It outlined a series of proposals to alter the terms of the pension scheme.

Music sessions hit right notes with patients at Sheffield Hospitals

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are benefiting from live music sessions on the wards thanks to funding from the Trust’s dedicated charities, Sheffield Hospitals Charity and the League of Friends charity.

Over 100 music sessions a year are now taking place across the Trust thanks to devoted fundraisers and volunteers at the charities.    

Music Lesson
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Patients have expressed how much they have enjoyed the sessions and how it has made them feel more like themselves again.”

Natalie RutterSpeech and Language Therapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Have you seen missing Rotherham man Anthony Higgins?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Anthony Higgins
South Yorkshire Police

Police in Rotherham are appealing for your help to find missing Anthony Higgins.

Anthony, who is 52 and from the Cottenham Road area of Rotherham, was reported missing at around 14:00 today although he has not been seen since Wednesday 15 June.

Funnel cloud 'surprise' - Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It was quite a surprise to see pictures of a funnel cloud in the skies across South Yorkshire.

Funnel clouds are essentially tornadoes that don’t reach the ground.

This was the cloud spotted over Wath Upon Dearne.

Cloud
Leo Chuck and Lexi Gallagher

They are in fact reasonably common in summer time when the weather is unsettled and large shower clouds or thunderstorms are developing.

What is surprising is that this one formed on a day when weather conditions across Yorkshire are relatively settled.

There must have been just enough energy and rotation of the air within the cloud to create this funnel cloud, which persisted long enough for a number of photos to be sent to us this morning.

Call to join Barnsley bus network consultation

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Barnsley Bus Partnership is inviting you to take part in our public consultation about the proposed new bus network until Sunday 31 July 2016.  

There's a questionnaire that you can complete online. Or you can find out more about the network consultation by visiting one of our drop-in sessions at local libraries.

Your views will be taken into consideration before the introduction of the new bus network at the end of January 2017.  

Barnsley Bus Partnership graphic
Barnsley Bus Partnership

Funnel cloud over South Yorkshire earlier

We've been sent pictures of what looks like a funnel cloud over South Yorkshire earlier today:

This was taken at Wath Upon Dearne.

Cloud at Wath Upon Dearne
Leo Chuck and Lexi Gallagher

While this view was captured at Mexborough.

Cloud at Mexborough
Robin Milner

Here's a view of the cloud over Wentbridge.

Cloud at Wentbridge
John Mitchell

Headlines: Sir Cliff may sue South Yorkshire Police

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Headlines from our Sheffield and South Yorkshire newsroom:

  • Sir Cliff Richard says he may sue South Yorkshire Police and the BBC, following the search of his home in Berkshire in 2014
  • The policewoman who was injured attending an incident in Gleadless, Sheffield, is expected to make a full recovery
  • Police in Sheffield have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to, after a 63-year-old woman was attacked in Mosborough

Rivelin Valley water play area looking good in the sun

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Rivelin Valley water play area has been given a lick of paint just in time for the warmer weather this week.

View more on twitter

'First of a kind' housing development in Sheffield

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

It's emerged 219 new flats are going to be built at Kelham Island in Sheffield. 

South Yorkshire Housing Association has signed a deal with an investment fund - in what's thought to be one of the first housing associations in the country to secure investment of this kind. 

Kelham Island
Google

All properties will be available to rent - with around one third of properties offered at sub-market rents. 

Building work is due to begin in the autumn with completion in 2018.

Did you witness assault outside Sheffield nightclub?

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Police are asking for your help after a 20-year-old man was attacked ten days ago.

At 02:00 on Saturday 11 June, the victim was attacked by an unknown man outside the Corporation nightclub in Milton Street, Sheffield.

The victim had hospital treatment for facial injuries and a broken arm. Did you see anything? Email the police or call 101.

Sadler gives Derbyshire stability - Storey

John Sadler
Getty Images

John Sadler's appointment as Derbyshire head coach will bring much-needed stability, says chief executive Simon Storey.

Weather: Feeling a little more like summer

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with partly cloudy skies and some sunshine. 

Maximum temperature 21C (70F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Officers injured in Gleadless attack in Sheffield 'making good progress'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

PC Lisa Bates, the polcie officer injured while responding to a domestic incident in the Gleadless Valley area of Sheffield in April has thanked the public and her colleagues for their messages of support during her recovery.

PC Bates (pictured), who is based at Woodseats Police Station in Sheffield, suffered a fractured skull, broken leg and severe hand injuries, while a number of other officers suffered less serious injuries.  

PC Lisa Bates
South Yorkshire Police

Lisa is hoping to start the next phase of her recovery and have the cast removed from her leg, when she attends hospital in the coming days. Although she still gets headaches, her head and hand injuries have healed well under the circumstances and early indications are that she should make a full recovery and get the full use of her finger."

Ch Insp Lydia LynskeySheffield’s Local Policing Unit

Sir Cliff Richard 'may sue the BBC'

Sir Cliff Richard is considering suing the BBC over its coverage of the police raid on his home in 2014 over historic allegations of sex abuse.

Sir Cliff Richard
PA

"Somebody has to teach them a lesson and if it's done by suing, let's do it," he said.

"And the same with South Yorkshire Police. They have damaged me in a great way," he added.

Delays on the M1 southbound after earlier collision at J31

BBC Travel

Proof giggles are contagious from South Yorkshire baby

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

When was the last time you had a fit of the giggles? 

Giggles are contagious and in the news today, two schools have teamed up with academics from Reading University to research what causes so-called "emotional contagion".

The lovely Will Roberts has tweeted me proof of just how contagious it is!

View more on twitter

Headlines: Sir Cliff 'emotionally exhausted' by police investigation

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Headlines from our Sheffield and South Yorkshire newsroom:

Watch: Two wheels better than four?

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership says motorists spend an average of 2.5 months or 1,708 hours stuck in traffic! 

They'll give you tips and information as part of Ride to Work Week, all this week. 

But would you be prepared to swap four wheels for two? You've been sharing some of your thoughts on our Facebook page:  

It makes sense less congestion etc but still think four wheels better than two

Mavis Townend

Congestion would definitely ease, and I like the prospect of car drivers learning to ride. I did it, and it's one of the best things I did.

Terry Hibberd

Two would be better, were Britain less wetter!

Paul Neale

Sir Cliff Richard says stress of investigation almost killed him

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Sir Cliff Richard has said he was left fearing he would die as a result of the stress of being publicly named as a suspect in a sexual abuse investigation. 

Sir Cliff Richard
Getty Images

He was told last week he wouldn't face any charges but he has told the Daily Mail he was left physically and emotionally exhausted by a two-year ordeal. 

South Yorkshire Police has since apologised for their handling of the investigation. Sir Cliff says he hopes the BBC will also apologise for the way they reported a raid on his home.

Have you seen them yet? Sheffield taken over by elephant stampede

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Herd of Sheffield's #littleherd is now in 11 locations across Sheffield. The designs are courtesy of 73 local schools.

Nice work!  

Herd of Sheffield elephants
BBC

Over 50 big elephants will joining the baby elephants next month as part of a big art trail to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Ched Evans new deal at Chesterfield football club

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has signed a 12-month deal with League One Chesterfield. The Court of Appeal quashed his conviction for rape in April.

There will be a retrial later this year.

Ched Evans
BBC

Evans came close to joining League One side Oldham Athletic in January 2015, before the club pulled out of the deal.

In a BBC survey of League One and League Two clubs following the Latics' reversal, prior to the conviction being quashed, Chesterfield said in a statement: "Please note that we wouldn't sign him".

Sex attack in Mosborough – do you know this man?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police investigating a sex assault of a 63-year-old woman in Mosborough, Sheffield, last week have issued an electronic image of a man they want to speak to.

Efit of man wanted by police
South Yorkshire Police

At around 19:30 on Tuesday 14 June the 63-year-old woman was walking through allotments on Moss Way.

She was assaulted before the attacker left the scene.

He was wearing a light grey tracksuit and had a stud in one ear. 

Watch: Elephant sculptures by pupils from 73 schools across Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Come and see this colourful spectacle today in Sheffield City Centre!  

They're in 11 different locations across the city. Can you find them all?

Ched Evans: Chesterfield sign striker despite October rape retrial

BBC Sport

Former Sheffield United player, Ched Evans, who faces a retrial over rape allegations in October, has joined League One side Chesterfield on a one-year deal.

Former Wales striker Evans was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman, but had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in April.

Ched Evans
Wales News Service

The 27-year-old, who has always denied the charges against him, was released from jail in October 2014 after serving half of a five-year sentence.

His last professional game was in 2012.

Headlines: Ched Evans signed by Chesterfield and 200 new flats for Sheffield

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Headlines across Sheffield and South Yorkshire this morning:

  • More than 200 new flats are to be built at Kelham Island in Sheffield
  • Colourful elephants go on display around Sheffield

Delays on the M1 after earlier incident

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

There are delays on the M1 as you head south into Derbyshire.

It's particularly heavy between J29, A617 (Chesterfield) and J28, A38 (Alfreton) after an earlier incident. 

All lanes have been re-opened but there's congestion to back to Woodall Services.  

A big stampede of little elephants in Sheffield

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

You've probably heard about the elephants coming to Sheffield. 

The Herd of Sheffield will be the biggest public art trail the city has seen.

We ran our competition to design the BBC Radio Sheffield elephant and the finished thing will be unveiled in the next few weeks. 

But from today you can see the little elephants in 11 locations across Sheffield. 

These calf elephant sculptures have been designed by pupils from 73 local schools, don't they look great!

Little painted elephant
BBC / Herd of Sheffield

Over 10,000 children have taken part in designing and decorating the Little Herd and you can see them at sites including John Lewis and the Winter Gardens until 30 September.

Little painted elephant
BBC / Herd of Sheffield

Weather: It's beginning to look a bit like summer

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine and bright start to the day with good spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. 

Feeling pleasant with highs of 20C (68F).

Good morning: Your Live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

We're out and about in Sheffield looking for the Little Herd of elephants. More on that soon.

But it's a lovely start to the day in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire, is summer finally here? 

Full weather report coming shortly.

Sheffield winter gardens and a BBC Sheffield van
BBC

Plus we'll have full coverage of all the big stories across South Yorkshire.