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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 06:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Good evening: Your live coverage across the day

Thanks for joining us today, scroll down for all the big stories across South Yorkshire. 

We'll be back tomorrow from 06:00 with full coverage of the EU referendum results from across the region along with all the other big stories of the day. 

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CCTV images of armed robbery

Two men involved in an armed robbery during which staff were threatened with a gun and a 20-inch long machete are jailed.

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Weather: Dry with broken cloud

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, it's dry with broken cloud. 

Minimum temperature 12C (54F). 

The same, tomorrow with bright with sunny spells at first, scattered showers developing later, one or two on the heavy side with the risk of thunder.

Weather graphic

Police need public's help after Sheffield assault

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police have asked if you can name the woman below after an assault at West Street Live in Sheffield.

The incident, which happened at 22:50 on Sunday 29 May, ended with the female victim suffering minor head injuries after being punched by another woman. 

Police believe the woman pictured below could have important information and are keen to speak to her.

Woman in nightclub
South Yorkshire Police

If you recognise the woman in the CCTV image, or have any information, please call 101 and ask for information to be passed to PC Jenkinson.

Information can also be emailed to

Family of murdered Sheffield man appeal for more information

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Today 30-year-old Idris Sadiq who's from Darnall Road was given a life sentence and told he'll serve at least 20 years in jail for the murder of Zabair Hussain (pictured).   

Zabair Hussain
BBC / South Yorkshire Police

Following a family appeal for information, police say they're still looking for others over his death - one of the men they want to speak to is now thought to be in Pakistan.

More tonight on BBC Look North. BBC 1 at 18:30.

A level row over plans to scrap exams at college campus

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The MP for Sheffield South South East, Clive Betts (pictured) says he's appalled that Sheffield College hasn't consulted with people over plans to get rid of A Levels at its Peaks campus. 

Clive Betts

From September, new students will be taught at the Hillsborough site, which Mr Betts says is too far to travel. 

The shortest route is about 29 minutes by car.

Map showing distance - shortest route is 29 minutes by car

Those who've already started their A Levels at the Peaks campus, will be able to complete them there though. 

In a statement, the Sheffield College says there's no longer sufficient demand for A Levels at the Peaks site, and that the Hillsborough campus (pictured) has greater subject choice. 

Students will also be offered free travel passes.

Hillsborough campus

Privatisation of the Peak park? Tarmac pays for a staff member for authority

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

When you think of the Peak District you don't really think of Tarmac. But the park has signed an agreement with the quarrying company to fund a member of Peak District staff. 

It's because they don't have the money to do it themselves. 

So, is this the start of the privatisation of the Peak District? Watch my report below.

Your views: Rise in dog theft reports in Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Toby (pictured) was stolen and later found dumped in a field. 

He's one story from a growing number of dog thefts reported in England and Wales. In the last two years there's been a rise of 22%. 

In Yorkshire, a BBC investigation has found almost 800 have been stolen since 2013.  

You've been sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page and we'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC1.

Louise Marsh

Anyone who steals is a thief and should be punished accordingly. Dog theft is no exception and is an offence that must be taken seriously.

Katerina Roberts

Dog thefts have got out of hand. The police should do more about it as now there's a lot of violence committed to dog owners when the thieves try to steal.

Yvonne Traves

Dog theft is a crime, but that means the police would have more paper work so they will not do anything.

Colin Hird

Please start a programme like Crimewatch but Dogwatch, dog theft crime is bigger than drugs crime. A show like that would get massive viewing figures.

Amanda Avey Eivers

'Postcode lottery' for coeliac patients

Gluten free bread

Patients with coeliac disease are at the mercy of a prescription , a charity says.

Sheffield film 'Adult Life Skills' to be screened first at Showroom

Paul Walker


The film Adult Life Skills is released nationwide in cinemas tomorrow, with one of its first screenings at the showroom in Sheffield. 

It follows the life of a 30-year-old who lives in her mum's shed. 

It's directed by Rachel Tunnard from Sheffield and here she is describing in her unique way the work that went into the film (which has finally been made!)...

View more on youtube

Watch: Fenella the famous Holmfirth tiger is being celebrated

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

An exhibition of photos showing a tiger that lived in Holmfirth during the 1940s have gone on display this week as part of the town's arts festival. 

Fenella the tiger came to Holmfirth at the outbreak of the Second World War after her owners, the Overend family, left South Africa. 

She became well known in the area and was often walked around on a lead! 

BBC Look North's Spencer Stokes has this remarkable story...


Three Sheffield people sentenced following Skegness armed robbery

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Three people from Sheffield have been sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court today in connection with an armed robbery in Skegness.

Shortly after 20:00 on Christmas Eve 2015, two men entered the Spar shop on Winthorpe Avenue, wearing balaclavas, brandishing weapons and making threats towards two staff members. A total of £964.14 was stolen from the two tills. 

Members of staff were uninjured but left very shaken.

CCTV footage of robbery
Lincolnshire Police

Michael David Elston, 34, of Standon Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and has been sentenced to five years and seven months. 

Brian Buttery, 34, of Fife Gardens, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and has been sentenced to three years. 

Vivianne Agus, 47, of Emerson Crescent, Sheffield, also pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and has received a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Shots fired at car in moped drive-by attack

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Detectives are asking if you have any information after shots were reportedly fired in Sheffield last night.  

At about 21:00, officers were called to the City Road area, close to the junction with Eastern Avenue, following reports that shots had been fired at a silver car.   

Eastern Avenue / City Road

It's believed that the riders of two mopeds fired shots at the car. No one was injured during the incident. 

If you've got any information, call 101.   

Resources were immediately sent to the area to establish the full circumstances of the incident and this remains a priority for our team."

John YoxallDetective Sergeant

Headlines: Man jailed for life for Sheffield murder and college scraps A level exams

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The top stories in South Yorkshire today include:

Somme centenary: Barnsley to commemorate dead with civic event

A civic event is to take place outside the front of Barnsley Town Hall on Friday 1 July to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the council has announced.

British soldiers take Thiepval Ridge
Getty Images

The event, starting at 13:00, will remember the 296 local men who lost their lives "during the first day of the devastating battle, shattering the communities from where they came".  

To mark the occasion there will be a two-minute silence, readings, music and the launch of a temporary piece of public art created by artists Musson + Retallick.

Phillip Spurr, Service Director, Culture, Housing & Regulation said: “It is important that we remember those brave soldiers who fell in battle. The public art celebrates their lives and is a tribute to their brave actions.”

Zabair Hussain murder: Car may hold 'vital clues' as investigation continues

Detectives investigating the murder of Zabair Hussain in Sheffield have stressed they still need help to track down others involved in the attack following today's sentencing of drug dealer Idris Sadiq, who was jailed for at least 20 years.

Scene of the murder in Darnall, Sheffield

Ch Insp Steve Handley said: “The investigation into Mr Hussain’s death continues in relation to identifying others involved in the attack. We’d urge anyone with information to come forward to police and tell us what you know.

“If you have any information about the car that was used, a silver/grey Peugeot 307 with the registration number MC57 BZP, please tell us. 

"We are yet to locate this car and it may yet hold vital clues for our investigation.

“If you are uncomfortable speaking directly to South Yorkshire Police, you can also ring Crimestoppers to pass information anonymously and in confidence by calling 0800 555 111.”

Reliving Ben Parkinson's Olympic dream four years on

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

On Saturday it'll be exactly four years since the Olympic torch relay came to South Yorkshire. 

One of the most memorable moments of the whole London 2012 Olympic torch relay was when Doncaster soldier Ben Parkinson walked with the torch down Bennetthorpe.

Four years on he has been telling me about the 2,000 people "who carried me" through this incredible moment. Have a listen, it brings a tear to my eye all over again...

Postcode lottery for Yorkshire coeliac disease sufferers

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Patients with coeliac disease are at the mercy of a prescription, a charity says.

The autoimmune disease, triggered by gluten found in foods such as bread and pasta, can cause severe symptoms.

Patients can get prescriptions for gluten-free products to help treat the illness with a strict diet.


Coeliac UK said about a third of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the region were not sticking to national prescription guidelines.

In Sheffield, prescriptions have halved while a new supermarket vouchers scheme is running in York.  

Zabair Hussain killers 'utterly callous', says judge

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

More on the news that drug dealer Idris Sadiq has been jailed for life for murdering a man in Darnall on New Year's Eve. 

Sadiq, 31, and two other men assaulted Zabair Hussain, 41, before dumping him in the road where he was run over by a passing car.  

Sentencing Sadiq at Sheffield Crown Court today, Mr Justice Nicol described their actions as "utterly callous".  

Idris Sadiq
South Yorkshire Police

The immediate cause of Zabair Hussain's death were the catastrophic injuries he suffered when he was run over, but he would not have been exposed to that risk if you and the other two had not beaten him senseless and left him in the middle of Staniforth Road. The precise cause of the grievance cannot be known but I'm sure it had something to do with drugs. Whether you wielded the baseball bat does not matter, you took part in the attack knowing it was being used."

Mr Justice Nicol

Life sentence brings 'some comfort' to family of murdered Zabair Hussain

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

The family of Zabair Hussain have made a statement following the sentencing of Idris Sadiq, 30, for his murder.

Mr Hussain, 41, (pictured) was attacked with a baseball bat in Staniforth Road, in Darnall on New Year's Eve.

Zabair Hussain
South Yorkshire Police

Det Con Dave Sayles from South Yorkshire Police delivered the statement on behalf of the family.

There are no words to describe the devastating impact that Zabair's death has had on our family. The cruel and senseless manner in which he has been taken from us has torn us apart and we will never be the same again."

Det Con Dave Sayles, South Yorkshire Police

The guilty verdict and the sentence passed today have brought us some comfort. However, we continue to support South Yorkshire Police in their efforts to bring to justice the others involved in Zabair’s murder and we urge the community in Darnall to come forward with any information that they may have.”

Dave SaylesDetective Constable

Rise in dog thefts: One owner's story

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

There's been a rise in the number of dog thefts reported to police across the country. 

The figures show that South Yorkshire is among the 10 areas of England and Wales with the highest rates of dog thefts.

We've spoken to a dog owner whose pet was stolen. 

Headlines: Sheffield man gets life for murder and university hit by strike action

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The top stories across South Yorkshire so far this morning include:

  • Sheffield man to serve minimum of 20 years for murder of Zabbair Hussain on New Year's Eve
  • University lecturers are taking strike action today over a 1.1% pay offer
  • There's been a rise in the number of dog thefts reported to the police in Yorkshire

Sheffield man to serve minimum of 20 years for New Year's Eve murder

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Idris Sadiq
South Yorkshire Police

Idris Sadiq, 30, has been handed a life sentence at Sheffield Crown Court for his part in the murder of Zabair Hussain. 

The 41-year-old was attacked with a baseball bat in Staniforth Road, in Darnall at about 23:25 GMT on New Year's Eve.

Three men, aged 35, 32 and 31, who were arrested in connection with the incident, are on police bail.  

BreakingMan jailed for life for murder of Zabair Hussain

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Idris Sadiq jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years for murder of Zabair Hussain in Darnall on New Year's Eve.

More to follow. 

The polls are open across South Yorkshire

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The EU referendum polls are open and people from across South Yorkshire have already started to cast their votes. 

This was the scene earlier at Holmhirst Road polling station in Woodseats.

Polling station
Polling station

The referendum will decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.  

If you've lost your polling card, the office will be able to tell you where your polling station is. To find the contact details of your local office, enter your postcode on the About My Vote website.

Sheffield Arts Tower hits half a century

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Weather: Sunny spells - but remember your umbrella for later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

University of Sheffield strike: 'Minimal disruption' to open day

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

University Lecturers are taking strike action today over a 1.1% pay offer.

It's been organised by the University and College Union to coincide with an open day for prospective students and their parents.

Staff say they're running "alternative open day" to explain ther fight for fair pay and better conditions to prospective students and their parents

Strike poster

The university says prospective students and parents should come along to the open day as planned:

Potential students and parents know that they can visit all parts of the university and attend any of the planned events with minimal disruption."

Andrew DodmanChief HR and Corporate Officer at the University of Sheffield

Dog thefts rise across Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

There's been a rise in the number of dog thefts reported to the police in Yorkshire. 

A BBC investigation has found almost 800 have been stolen since 2013.  

The figures also show that South Yorkshire is among the 10 areas of England and Wales with the highest rates of dog thefts... 

Dog thefts graph

EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day


The polls are open and the referendum is taking place between 07:00 and 22:00. 

Provided you are at the polling station at 22:00, you'll be guaranteed the opportunity to vote.

You'll be asked to answer the following question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" 

Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won.

Polling card

Don't worry, if you forget your polling card - it's not necessary to be able to vote.

For more on how to vote, see here.

Can you help one of the original Women of Steel?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Nora Haines was at the ceremony on Friday in Sheffield, along with her family. Unfortunately they lost a brown envelope containing a photo from Nora's time in the steel works, and an original letter from Baker & Bessemer's.

Both obviously have a lot of sentimental value to the family and they'd love to be reunited with the lost items.

Did you find the envelope? Get in touch with us if so and we'll link you up with Nora's family.

Nora Haines
Women of steel with statue

Live from the picket: Staff strike at University of Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's a strike going on today at the University of Sheffield. 

It's been organised by the University and College Union to coincide with an open day for prospective students and their parents. 

The University is aware that a small number of staff are taking strike action today, as called for by the UCU and in relation to national pay negotiations. It is regrettable that there is another day of strike action, as industrial disputes in higher education are always challenging for university staff - who are committed to students, colleagues and research."

Andrew DodmanChief HR and Corporate Officer at the University of Sheffield

Headlines: UCU strike at Sheffield University and it's polling day in the EU referendum

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • University and College Union members are on strike at the University of Sheffield today
  • Doctors are complaining that the health service in Sheffield is reducing the amount of gluten-free food that people with coeliac disease can get on prescription
  • It's polling day in the UK referendum

Weather: A dry start a chance of thundery showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright start to the day, we'll see plenty of bright and sunny spells today, however there are a few heavy, thundery showers likely later on. 

Feeling warm in the sunshine, with highs of 23C (73F).

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

It's polling day and the polls are open for the EU referendum. We're with you until 18:00 this evening with full coverage for South Yorkshire. 

It's going to be a bright and dry start to the day but with a chance of thundery showery later. Full weather report coming shortly.

Polling station