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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates on Tuesday 5 July 2016

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By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Well that's it for our rolling news updates until 08:00 tomorrow. 

Do send in any great photos, videos or stories.

In the meantime do keep your eyes peeled for the sporty scarecrow pinched from Dronfield I told you about earlier.

Heron Publications

Headlines for Sheffield and South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Weather: A dry and bright evening followed by a chilly night

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Remaining showers will die away during the evening to leave a dry remainder of the night with clear spells. Winds will fall light to give a small chance of a few mist and fog patches locally by dawn.  

Hourly forecast

Calls for victims to report post-Brexit racist attacks in South Yorkshire

The senior leadership team at South Yorkshire Police has said it is aware of concerns about a rise in incidents of religious and racial abuse following the recent EU Referendum.

TV still on racist attacks post-Brexit

The force is urging anyone affected by hate crime or who is a victim of abuse to report it, saying it can make a big difference, not only in helping prevent someone else being a victim, but also allowing the police to understand what is going on in our communities and the best way to respond.

Cartoon on teachers strike

Sheffield cartoonist James Whitworth has sent us his take on the NUT strike:

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Volunteers clear debris to prevent Sheffield flooding

A team of volunteers has been clearing rubbish from the River Don in Sheffield today.

Wier clearing
LDV Flood Defence

The rubbish was dragged out of the riverbed to stop it getting clogged up and flooding in the future.  

They were clearing as part of the Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Project in conjunction with the River Stewardship Company.

Headlines: Third arrest over Rotherham grooming gangs

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • A third man has been arrested as part of Operation Stovewood, the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013
  • More than a thousand striking teachers joined a rally in Sheffield city centre. The NUT called today's strike over school funding, pay and workloads
  • A BBC Yorkshire investigation has found that 741 babies have been born addicted to drugs across Yorkshire in the last four years

Delays on M1 Northbound in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

A broken down lorry has closed two lanes on the northbound carriageway of the M1 between J33 (Catcliffe) and J34 (Meadowhall). Traffic backing up on Parkway.

Images of Sheffield's past on display on the Moor

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A selection of images from the late photographer Martin Jenkinson's archives taken in and around Sheffield from the 1980s to 2011 are now on display in the former Adams shop windows (opposite the back of Debenhams) until the end of July.  

Images in shop window
Juztine Jenkinson

Images of the miners' strike from the Martin Jenkinson Image Library archives are on display at the Java Lounge in Hillsborough.  

Line of mounted police at Orgreave
Martin Jenkinson
Ice cream van and charging mouted police chasing pickets at Orgreave
Martin Jenkinson

Third arrest in Rotherham in Operation Stovewood

A third man has been arrested as part of Operation Stovewood, the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The men were arrested by National Crime Agency officers on suspicion of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 16.

Watch: the gloves are off at Sheffield United training

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield United players incorporate a bit of boxercise into thier fitness training. They were hosted by the Institute of Sport this afternoon.

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Doncaster woman's Facebook post used in anti-hate campaign

A woman has spoken of the "insane" experience of her Facebook post being printed on bus stop signs and billboards across the UK.

Lauren and Faiza
Lauren Docherty

Lauren Docherty's post about her Muslim friend Faiza Chowdhury has been shared around the world almost 10,000 times.

It has now been used in Facebook's anti-hate campaign, Changing Minds.

"If we'd 'closed the borders' 24 years ago, I would never have made one of the best friendships I've ever experienced. I was seeing a lot of negative things on Facebook by a lot of people who I think hadn't been friends with someone of a different race before, so I wanted to challenge that a little bit.

Watch: Hundreds of babies in Yorkshire are born addicted to drugs

Cathy Killick

Journalist, BBC Look North

A BBC Yorkshire investigation has found that 741 babies have been born addicted to drugs across the region over the past four years. 

Babies born addicted to drugs

Two men arrested by detectives looking into Rotherham grooming gangs

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of mass child sex abuse in Rotherham.

Blurred teen against skyline
Getty Images

The pair were arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency who are investigating grooming gangs operating in the town between 1997 and 2013. 

Both men, who were arrested in Rotherham this morning, have been accused of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16.

Five thousand join NUT ahead of today's strike

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Latest Headlines: NUT holds strike rally in Sheffield and Doncaster friendship highlights campaign against hate crime

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • Hundreds of schools across the country are closed or partially closed today, because of a strike by members of the National Union of Teachers - around 2000 are at a rally in Sheffield this lunchtime
  • Police in Rotherham are trying to find an 18-year-old missing from his home in Rotherham since last night
  • A photo of two young women from Doncaster is going up on bus shelters all over the country as part of an advertising campaign against hate crime

Watch: Teaching strike starts march in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Around a thousand teachers have started marching in Sheffield on thier way to a rally at Sheffield City Hall at 12:30. NUT members are striking over pay and conditions.

Huge turnout for teaching strike rally in Sheffield

Weather: Bright or sunny spells this afternoon with possible showers

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Brighter conditions with sunny spells this afternoon, along with scattered showers. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine.  

Hourly forecast

Farage tattoo fan wishes her hero well

A woman from Chesterfield who had Nigel Farage's face tattooed on her arm has wished him well as he's announced he's standing down as leader of UKIP. 

Tattoo of Farage

Kerrie Webb says she was proud to have played my part in supporting him - she showed Nigel her tattoo at the UKIP party conference in Doncaster last year.   

Have you seen Roland?

Police in Rotherham are growing increasingly concerned about the wellbeing of 18-year-old Roland Kuru and are asking for your help to find him.

Roland Kuru

Roland, who is Slovakian, was last seen at around 11pm last night at his home address in the Clifton area of Rotherham.

When his family woke up this morning, he was not at home and he has not been seen or heard from since.

Your Views: On Chris Evans leaving Top Gear

There's been a big response on BBC Radio Sheffield's Facebook page to the news that Chris Evans has left Top Gear:

Chris Evans

Chris is an entertainer and in his environment of high energy Friday night fun and frivolity there is no one better, but that just didn't transfer although a massive petrol head. I am a great fan of both TG and Evans. Maybe the BBC gave him too much creative licence at the start. Good luck to TG and Chris Evans and move on.

Richard Tomlinson

I could cope with the Yank, he's half decent, the rest of the crew were OK but Chris Evans? That voice of his is like a foghorn, two volumes, shout and bellow. Can put the ear defenders away now. So either bring back Clarkson and Co or scrap it completely.

Andrew Twynham

Never liked the old TG - can't bear Clarkson, but love Chris Evans and really hoped it would go well for him. Sorry it hasn't but well done Chris for bowing out gracefully - take no notice of the Clarkson sycophants

Sue Mason

Turnout growing for strike rally in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Around 1,000 teachers have gathered at Devonshire Green to march to the City Hall during today's strike by the National Union of Teachers.

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Teachers gather for Sheffield strike rally

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Striking members of the National Union of Teachers are assembling on Devonshire Green in Sheffield. The March and rally will finish on the steps of the City Hall at 12:30.

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Flipping cheek! Swimming scarecrow pinched before key competition

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

One of the entries in this year's Dronfield Eye Scarecrow Festival has been stolen. This swimmer, on display on a garden wall at Cowley, disappeared on Monday evening.

Scarecrow lying on a wall
Heron Publications

She was wearing a blue swimming costume, pink goggles and a black swim cap, her red flippers have been left behind.

The theme of this year’s contest is sporty scarecrows.  Judging is due to take place tomorrow and they'd love to hear from anyone who's seen her.

Play at Moor Delicatessen Theatre highlights plight of low paid workers

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm hearing about a play about the lives of cleaners that's coming to Sheffield this week.

Scene from Beyond Caring
Sheffield Theatre Delicatessen

"Beyond Caring" had a run at the National Theatre in London last year where it earned rave reviews for it's unflinching look at the lives of people struggling on zero hour contracts. 

It's on at the Moor Theatre Delicatessen between July 6 and July 9.

Watch: Bolsover Hospital closure meeting

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

200 people packed a public meeting last night to hear about plans to close Bolsover Hospital in North Derbyshire. The NHS Hardwick Commissioners say they want to provide more services in and around people's homes rather than in expensive buildings.

Police hunt men responsible for two muggings in Conisbrough

Police in Doncaster are linking two street robberies on Sunday in Consibrough.

Garden's Lane, Consibrough

Three men pulled up in a silver car on Gardens Lane at 21:30 and kicked and hit thier first victim, taking his wallet and iPhone.

Five mintues later a teenager walking along Station Road with his girlfriend was grabbed round the neck, punched and had his ear bitten. They went through his pockets and grabbed his girlfriend's handbag.

In both cases the assaults were aggressive and unprovoked and the victims are receiving support from specialist officers. We are following a number of lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV, to try and establish who is responsible. If anyone did see or hear anything please do make contact.”

PC Alex OwenSouth Yorkshire Police

Cross-cultural frienship in Doncaster highlighted in poster campaign

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

When Lauren Docherty from Doncaster wrote a Facebook post about her friend Faiza, she didn't expect it to end up in bus stops across the country.

Faiza Chowdhury next to bus stop hoarding

But Facebook spotted how popular it was and decided to use it for their 'changing minds' campaign against hate crime.  It reads:

Hi world, recent events in the world have made me want to post this... This is Faiza Chowdhury, she's my best friend, today she turns 24. I could tell you lots of things about her...but those aren't the things you'll see when you look at this photo. I could tell you that she's incredibly witty, that she's a Ravenclaw, that she's really clumsy, or that she's kindhearted. But those aren't things that you'll see when you look at this photo. Faiza isn't a terrorist. She isn't oppressed. She doesn't support ISIS, she doesn't want us all to stop eating bacon, she doesn't think we should all learn her language, or stop wearing poppies. She doesn't claim benefits, and she doesn't hate this country. Faiza teaches our children, so that they can pass exams and go to university.

Lauren Docherty

Hundreds of babies in Yorkshire born drug-dependent

A BBC Yorkshire investigation shows that 741 babies have been born addicted to drugs across Yorkshire over the past four years.

Baby in hospital

South Yorkshire saw 47 babies born addicted to drugs in 2011/12 and 39 in 2015/16.

Nicola from Doncaster was involved in drugs and prostitution and had 4 children.

Her two youngest were both born suffering the effect of her drug use:

When they're born they start screaming and they start with the jidders, they're shaking everything and they're sick and it's not nice to see. We don't want our kids addicted to anything, none of us do but because of the situation we find ourselves in, everybody finds it hard."

Sheffield hosts conference on children's television

Mike Batt, the man behind the Wombles is in Sheffield to discuss the future of children's television.

He is here for the 13th annual Childrens Media Conference which is running over the next three days.

Getty Images

South Yorkshire schools close due to NUT strike

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thousands of children are off school in South Yorkshire today due to a strike by members of the National Union of Teachers

Placards on NUT demo

They are walking out of their classrooms because of budget cuts and what they say are worsening terms and conditions. 

Check your school's website if you're not sure but here are figures from local authorities:

  • Sheffield:  Nine are closed, 63 partially open
  • Rotherham: 13 are closed, 20 partially open
  • Barnsley: 17 are closed, 12 partially open
  • Doncaster: 17 are closed, 18 partially open

Weather: Rain clearing to give spells of sunshine

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Starting cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but this will soon clear. Then brighter conditions with sunny spells will follow, along with scattered showers.

Latest headlines: Teachers on strike and packed meeting discusses Bolsover Hospital

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

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

Travel: Congestion on M1 northbound in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

Traffic is heaveier than usual on the M1 northbound between J32 (M18) and J33 (Catcliffe) in the roadworks area.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Hello, it's Kate here with your updates for the rest of the week. I'll be bringing you the news, weather, travel, sport and all things South Yorkshire until 18:00.

A bit later on, I'll tell you more about how this Facebook post by a woman in Doncaster ended up at bus stops all over the country:

Woman standing next to bus hoarding

And we'd love your photos and stories too, so please get in touch.