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By Kate Linderholm

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Our live coverage across the day

Have yourself a cracking weekend, we'll be back with the live news blog for everything in Sheffield and South Yorkshire at 08:00 on Monday.

If you spot something memorable in the meantime please take a photo and send it here.

Love this rainbow at Bradfield taken by Jennifer Bartram

Rainbow over Bradfield
Jennifer Bartram

Weather: Fine with clear spells into the evening

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Any showers soon dying out leaving a fine evening with much of the night dry with some clear spells for a time. However, thicker cloud will bring some patchy rain by Saturday morning. Staying mild.  

Hourly forecast

Radio Sheffield elephant greets visitors arriving by rail

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

After months of planning an elephant designed by BBC Radio Sheffield listener Jane Norburn is in place outside the railway station as part of a charity art trail.

Sheffield elephant

Here's a timelapse video of the elephant being painted by aritst Jenny Leonard

Timelapse film of elephant painting

Doesn't she look lovely?


Ed Miliband criticises handling of HS2 route alterations

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire MP Ed Miliband is criticising the way changes to the HS2 line through the county have been handled. 

Changed route

The Doncaster North MP is calling for those behind the plans to meet with people living on a new housing estate in Mexborough, which is set to be demolished to make way for the high speed rail route.

Ed Miliband and Ros Jones meeting Shimmer estate residents

 Mr Miliband says the impact on the local community must be taken into consideration:    

I want to know that Mexborough, that other people are going to get something out of this - economic development, the parkway station that has been mentioned. There are all kinds of options that the government could put forward to show that they understand the terrible disruption that's going to be caused to our community.

Latest Headlines: Possible slavery victim found in Rotherham and Ed Miliband criticises HS2 handling

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Concerns about HS2 route change impact on historic sites

The National Trust is raising concerns about the impact of the HS2 high-speed rail route on sites of historic interest in the region.

The original route takes trains right alongside Hardwick Hall - under the new scheme this will continue. 

Hardwick Hall

But the changed route will also now run very close to Bolsover Castle.

Bolsover Castle

Hardwick Hall general manager Denise Edward says they're trying to minimise the impact.

We are working with our head office team with HS2 to look at the various impacts. So we've been doing a lot of studies around noise and visible impact as well as the impact on wildlife, our ecological systems, the fragmentation of our farmland and the internationally-significant setting of Hardwick.

Overturned lorry closes one lane on the M1 Northbound

BBC Travel

One lane of the M1 Northbound is closed with slow traffic between J35A at Stocksbridge and J36 at Birdwell with traffic queuing almost back to J33 at Catcliffe. It's due to an overturned lorry

Police investigate possible slavery case in Rotherham

An investigation is under way after a Vietnamese teenage boy was found in a distressed state rifling through bins for food in a park in the Maltby area of Rotherham.

The boy, though to be about 17, was found in Coronation Park on Tuesday. He was taken to safety and South Yorkshire Police say they are trying to find out more about him.

Coronation Park

We are in the early stages of the investigation however we are not ruling out the possibility that this boy is a victim of modern slavery which is why we are asking for the public's help. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him either around Maltby or further afield, overnight and into Tuesday morning.

Temporary Det Insp Graham SteadSouth Yorkshire Police

Herd of Sheffield finding fans in the city

The trail of decorated elephants going up across Sheffield is certainly causing a buzz on social media.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

And the message about what it's all for is getting through as well.

View more on twitter

So how many have you seen so far? Don't forget more go up over the weekend. 

Tour of Sheffield's castle market hoardings

Have you seen missing Doncaster man?

Police in Doncaster are asking for your help to find missing man Adam Tolley.

Adam Tolley
South Yorkshire Police

The 29 year old has not been seen since yesterday, when he left an address in the Tickhill Road area around lunchtime

He has not been heard from since and officers are concerned for his well-being.

Couple combined in holy matrimony

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Forget the limo or the horse-drawn carriage, here's a solid South Yorkshire wedding cart!   

Groom and friends with wedding tractor

Ashley travelled to his wedding to Helen today in a tractor. 

We think he looks pretty attract(or)-ive. 

Or should that be, "hay, good looking"

Will the vicar start the ceremony by saying "John Dere-ly beloved"?

Enough with the terrible puns, congratulations to Ashley & Helen. 

Sheffield songwriter helps Spice Girls pen new single

It's 20 years since the Spice Girls released Wannabe and their classic video was given a special remake. 

View more on youtube

The Spice Girls' long-time music producer, Sheffield's own Eliot Kennedy, has revealed he is working on a new track with three of the original band members - Mel B, Geri and Emma.

We've always maintained a fantastic friendship and it was one of those ideas the girls fancied getting together in the studio again and we had a fantastic time, just like the old days."

Eliot Kennedy

Festival aims to improve image of Hillsborough

Kat Harbourne

A new South Yorkshire festival takes place this weekend.

Hills Fest poster
Hills Fest

The organisers of Hillsfest at Hillsborough Park this weekend say they want to put Hillsborough on the map for all the right reasons.

Hillsborough Park

It's a celebration of arts and music in the area, and is centered around the park. Among the attractions is a 5 metre high graffiti tower. 

Art being sprayed on grafitti tower

Man arrested over Wombwell shooting

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after gun shots were fired through a house in Wombwell.

Burrows Grove

It happened in Burrows Grove in the early hours of Thursday morning. A woman suffered a minor injury to her arm during the incident.   

Fertilizer spillage disrupts traffic on the A1(M) Southbound in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the A1(M) Southbound between the M18 and Bawtry road because of a large pillage of fertilizer. It is currently being cleared by the fire service. 

Watch: Castle Market's history reflected on long hoarding in Sheffield

Kat Harbourne

What is being described as the longest piece of art work in Sheffield has been installed at the former Castle Market site. It is 175 metres.

Sheffield's first Somali Councillor makes maiden speech

Green Party Councillor Magid Magid, who was elected in May, used his maiden speech to talk about the rise of racism and xenophobia following the EU referendum result.

Councillor Magid Magid
Sheffield Green Party

Councillor Magid represents the ward of Broomhill and Sharrow Vale and came to Sheffield as a refugee from war-torn Somalia with his family when he was four. 

He said European and international migrants living in Sheffield “enrich our lives and the society we live in.”

This city that has welcomed me, my family and many others which I call home is very diverse and it’s only right and proper that Sheffield City Council should reflect that reality. As Sheffield’s first Somali councillor, I’d like to think I’m making my own small contribution to that particular cause. I am proud and honoured to be a councillor and I intend to work hard with courage, conviction and humility while also striving to make a positive difference.”

Roman signal station discovered on forgotten frontier in Sheffield

Archaeologists working at Whirlow Hall Farm have discovered the site of a Roman signal station high up on a hillside overlooking Sheffield and its surrounding moors.     

construction trenches
Time Travellers

The site is located between the Roman forts at Templeborough (under the modern ‘Magna’ centre between Rotherham and Sheffield) and Brough (situated in the Hope Valley near Bradwell).

It would have formed part of a system for communication along the line of what was then the northern frontier of the Roman Empire.

Volunteer archeologists
Time Travellers

The local volunteer archaeology group who are co-ordinating the project have been thrilled by the discovery as it goes a long way to demonstrating the existence of the frontier running right through the Whirlow landscape where they have been predicting it to be located. 

Weather: Some brighter conditions but cloud staying this afternoon with some showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Some sunny spells and just the odd shower by afternoon. Breezy at times. Any showers soon dying out with much of the night dry with some clear spells for a time. However, thicker cloud will bring some patchy rain by Saturday morning.  

Hourly forecast

Latest headlines: Tata steel meeting under way and Hillsfest hopes to change suburb's image

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Watch: World's largest bouldering wall erected in Sheffield

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Thousands of outdoor and extreme sport fans will be descending on Sheffield this weekend for the annual Cliffhanger event.

Cliffhanger poster
Sheffield City Council

It's home to the British Bouldering Championships, a short powerful version of rock climbing. The event is free and offers the chance for people to discover new outdoor sports across the city centre. 

Watch the bouldering wall being constructed on Devonshire Green and organiser Matt Heason talking about the event:

Sheffield's elephant herd: Your views

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

So we think it's great to see the elephants on the streets finally. The one outside the Town Hall was designed by the Arctic Monkeys.

Arctic Monkeys elephant
Herd of Sheffield

I loved wandering round yesterday and seeing all the lovely elephants. Hopefully some of their good luck will have rubbed off. 🐘🐘

Ellie Harrington

Some are still at the warehouse waiting to be taken to their new home before Monday.

Elephants in warehouse
Herd of Sheffield

These are great!! I wonder though how long before one turns up in a student's kitchen at 4am one morning?!

Martin Singer

In the pink outside the City Hall:

City Hall and elephant
Herd of Sheffield

Tata board meets to discuss UK steel

The board of Tata Steel is meeting in India to discuss the future of its UK steel operations.

Tata signs

It is expected to "pause" the sale of the main Port Talbot plant, but go ahead with the sale of its speciality business, which employs 2,000 people in Hartlepool, Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

South Yorkshire community champion gives up on area

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A man who has railed against crime and dumping of rubbish in his community says he's giving up the battle.

Stuart Boardman is a long-standing community activist from Hexthorpe near Doncaster who's moving out because he says his family can't put up with the violent crime and anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping any more. 

Torn sign about flytipping

He said a couple of knife crimes last month were the final straw but he has long complained that the constant mess isn't being dealt with.

Rubbish spilled onto street from bin

South Yorkshire Police have said police and community support officers have dealt with seven breaches of the Public Spaces Protection Order this week - but they're educating young people about anti-social behaviour and that reports of anti- social behaviour are down in Hexthorpe for the third year running.

Blingest elephant in the Sheffield herd

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The super shiny Steel City Elephant has arrived outside Sheffield Hallam University and is getting a lot of love from these schoolchildren. 

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 Steel City was designed by graphic design graduate Tom Clayton, and has lots of hidden details.

Studded detail on elephant
Sheffield Hallam University

A factory in Sheffield has won a design award

A revolutionary, glass-walled factory, which sits at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s new advanced manufacturing campus, was recognised at the regional awards ceremony for the Constructing Excellence Awards and goes through to the national final.  

Factor 3050
University of Sheffield

Factory 2050 which opened last last year is home to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG), which has installed cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, advanced robotics and new programming and training tools to drive its research.

Factory 2050 is a £43m development, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, each of which have contributed £10m.

Parents say concerns about Rotherham school not being listened to

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Parents at Wentworth Primary Church of England School in Rotherham say their concerns about how the school is run are not being listened to.

Wentworth School

This comes after the school's SAT tests were annulled this week after pupils were "over-aided" during their test and their answers changed.

Wentworth School

Now parents say there are other urgent issues they want to be dealt with.

Alison Needham had two children aged 10 and 11 at the school, but she has pulled them out.

My son in year six needed additional support with his learning, I didn't find that he was getting enough support, he was becoming increasingly frustrated. I'd asked for meetings, I just wasn't getting anywhere. I was concerned about their wellbeing, they weren't happy at school and I just wanted better for them. None of my concerns were being addressed so I thought it was time I did something about it."

Wentworth is a Church of England school run by the local authority and in response Rotherham Council said they've appointed a new executive head from another school to offer support and they're conducting an independent review.

Latest headlines: Decision on Tata's UK sites expected today and Sarich returns to Sheffield Steelers

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

BBC Radio Sheffield trumpets its own elephant

 BBC Radio Sheffield is on the Herd of Sheffield trail! 

Elephant outside BBC Radio Sheffield

The lovely Tin Lizzy arrived in the pouring rain at 03:00. Good job she had her trunks on!

Sport: Sarich makes dramatic return to Sheffield Steelers

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Rod Sarich is coming back to the Sheffield Steelers.

Rob Sarich
Sheffield Steelers

He played 577 games for the Steelers before opting to retire earlier this year.

But he will return for the Steelers pre-season training camp and compete in the teams Champions Hockey League campaign.

Yorkshire's specialist heart surgery to continue

It has been confirmed that specialist heart surgery will continue in Leeds for adults and children born with heart defects thanks to NHS England has announced today.

Sheffield musical icons outside an iconic venue

More of the Sheffield herd of elephants have gone on display overnight. Roisin Murphy of Moloko and Jarvis Cocker appear below outside the Crucible

Elephant with Sheffield musicians
Mr Gee

The elephant was sprayed freehand and the other side features Joe Cocker, Alex Turner, the Human League and John McClure of Reverend and the Makers.

Mr Gee

Watch: Shimmer estate residents still absorbing shock of HS2 threat

Strata Homes are meeting HS2 and the Department of Transport this afternoon over plans for the high speed rail route through Mexborough. People living on the Shimmer estate, which is still being built, have been told their homes are likely to be bulldozed and they are pleading for a change of heart:

Shimmer estate residents

Latest headlines for Sheffield and South Yorkshire

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Weather: Cloudy but it will brighten up

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain across the region, perhaps heavy in places. Rain will die out from the west during the morning to give some sunny spells and just the odd shower by afternoon. Breezy at times.  

Weather with Abbie

A61 in Worsbrough closed both ways

BBC Travel

The A61 in Worsbrough has been closed in both directions between Blackburn Street and Bank End Road because of an accident and fuel spillage.

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Guess what turned up overnight outside BBC Radio Sheffield?

Kate Linderholm and elephant

I'll be here with updates until 18:00 do send us a story or photo if you have one to share.