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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Updates on Monday 4 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Thank you for your cloud pictures today including this one from Clare in Sheffield which was taken up in the fields at Whirlow Farm....

Sunset at Whirlow
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Don't forget to get in touch with us if you have a photo or story you'd like to share.

Curtis Main

Portsmouth sign striker Curtis Main from Doncaster Rovers for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal.

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Latest headlines: Driving test delays in Sheffield causes concern and Owls hand one year contract to Semedo

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • Concerns are being raised about delays in booking driving tests. Figures revealed by the BBC in Yorkshire reveal an average waiting time of 15 weeks in parts of Sheffield
  •  UKIP has a strong future in South Yorkshire politics, says the party's leader in Rotherham. 
  •  Sheffield Wednesday have given a new one-year deal to Jose Semedo.

The elephants have arrived

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These are the big elephants that will be helping to highlight the work of the Sheffield Children's Hospital.

They'll be part of the biggest public art trail the city has ever seen.

There is even a BBC Radio Sheffield elephant to look out for too.

The night 40 years ago punk rocked Sheffield

Sheffield Star

Four decades ago today The Clash rocked, if not the casbah of their later hit, a Sheffield venue at an iconic gig.

The band's Black Swan live debut, supporting The Sex Pistols, is documented as the night punk moved overground amid a blistering heat wave.

Black Swan, back in its punk heyday
Sheffield Star

Frecklington agrees a new deal with Rotherham United

Weather: Outbreaks of rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Outbreaks of rain through the evening, which will be heavy at times, will become lighter after midnight. 

Rain will begin to ease towards the end of the night, although remaining cloudy, and a cool northerly breeze developing.  

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Police warn residents after suspicious activity in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police in Rotherham are advising residents to be vigilant after three men were seen acting suspiciously in the garden of a property.

The men, who are described as of medium build, wearing hoodies and tracksuit bottoms, were seen in the back garden of a property on Scholes Lane just after midnight on Saturday 2 July.

The men appeared to be trying to get access to an outbuilding but ran from the property when they were disturbed by the owner who contacted police.

Nothing was taken and the men left the scene on foot and headed into nearby woods which can be accessed via the Wentworth, Thorpe Hesley and Kimberworth areas.

Scholes Lane
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Rio preparations going well says Ennis-Hill

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

Tomorrow marks exactly one month to go until the start of the Rio Olympics. Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill says her preparations for the games are going well. 

Last month she recorded the second best score in the world this year to win her first heptathlon since the 2015 World Championships. 

The 30-year-old Olympic champion won the IAAF Combined Challenge in Germany. 

She says she's particularly pleased with her recent performance in the long-jump:

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Press Association

Long jump has been a really difficult event for me for so long and I've always had the potential to jump further with my runway speed and technical elements but it's never come together. So to actually jump 6.60 was just incredible. I looked at the board and couldn't quite believe that I'd done it."

Jessica Ennis- HillOlympic Champion

Latest headlines

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • Almost three hundred jobs are at risk in Yorkshire after Sainsbury's announced it's to close its Netto stores
  • Tomorrow marks exactly one month to go until the start of the Rio Olympics. Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill says her preparations for the games are going well
  • The Leader of UKIP in Rotherham says it's time to rebrand the party after Nigel Farage steps down as leader

Music night goes with a bang in Sheffield

Kat Harbourne

We've been talking about the fireworks that were set off in Sheffield around 10pm last night.

They were part of the last night of the Music In the Gardens mini-festival.

I was at the event last night and managed to film some of the pyrotechnics above the Botanical Gardens.

Driving test delays in South Yorkshire

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Learner drivers across South Yorkshire are facing excessive delays waiting for a test. In some places - there are delays of nearly four months. 

The longest test tailbacks are found in Sheffield at the Middlewood Road centre where the wait is 15 weeks. 

And in Barnsley it's 10 weeks.

But it's better news for learner drivers in Rotherham - you'll only have to book eight weeks ahead.   

L plate
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Elephants on their way to Sheffield

The Herd of Sheffield is on the move...

These elephants are part of the biggest public art project to ever hit the city!

Keep your eyes peeled...

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Time to rebrand says leader of UKIP in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been reacting today to the news that Nigel Farage has stepped down as the leader of UKIP.

Mr Farage said his political ambition had been achieved through the Brexit vote.

UKIP's only MP, Douglas Carswell, tweeted a smiley face when the announcement was made.

Caven Vines the chair and leader of UKIP in Rotherham said it was time for the party to rebrand.

Douglas Carswell tweet
Press Association

We're now going into another era if you like, we're going now into being a proper political party....It's like anything else - he's been at the helm for well over twenty years now. People get tired and its time for people to step aside and let newer blood come in."

Caven VinesChair and Leader of UKIP in Rotherham

Sheffield mowers create the perfect Wimbledon lawn

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

Look North tonight will feature the electric mower system from Sheffield that's being used to keep Wimbledon courts in trim.

If you can't wait until then here's a sneak preview from our reporter James Vincent....

Missing Doncaster pensioner found safe and well

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have said that 77-year-old Brian Barnes who went missing in Doncaster this morning  has been found safe and well.

Farage leaves legacy of division says Doncaster MP

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Doncaster MP Ed Miliband says Nigel Farage, who's quitting as UKIP leader, leaves behind a legacy of division. 

Mr Farage made the announcement at a news conference in Westminster earlier today.

The politician says his work is done post-Brexit and says he wants his life back. 

Nigel Farage
AFP/Getty Images

It's a legacy, as we saw in the referendum campaign, of stirring up division. I thought that poster was disgusting about breaking point. I respect the decision that's been taken in this referendum but I'm not sorry to see Nigel Farage leave the political scene.

Ed MilibandDoncaster MP

Ann Summers TV drama set in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Earlier today I mentioned that Sharrow Vale Road in Sheffield was going to be on the telly tonight.

It was one of a number of locations in the city featured in the ITV drama "Brief Encounters" - which starts this evening and follows four women whose lives are transformed by Ann Summers parties in Sheffield in the early 1980s.

The writers of the series say they plumped for Sheffield because the city had " a good warm feeling", offered lots of diverse locations and was really cinematic.

Our reporter Kat Cowan was fortunate enough to have a quick tour of one of the sets and she's sent me some pictures she took during her visit.

TV set
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Ambulance
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TV set
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Willett drops into Wimbledon in style

Masters champion Danny Willett apparently jetted into Wimbledon via helicopter as he joined other golfing stars for a day out at the Championships.

The 28-year-old from Sheffield, who in April became only the second Englishman to win the Masters, posted a photograph on Twitter of himself and wife Nicole standing in a field ready for take-off this morning, saying: "Wimbledon bound! Shouldn't be any traffic en route!". 

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Just hours later they were in the Royal Box on Centre Court - a welcome break from the golf course, where the world number 9 has missed the cut in two tournaments in the last two weeks. 

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Belles face Man City in last eight of Continental Cup

Doncaster Rovers Belles have been drawn against league leaders Manchester City in the Continental Cup quarter-finals.

Doncaster Belles
The FA

Meanwhile, London Bees, who knocked out Chelsea Ladies on penalties on Saturday, will travel to fellow-Women's Super League Two side Sheffield FC Ladies.

The ties will be played on 6-7 August.

Weather: Cloud will increase this afternoon

BBC Weather

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BBC

A bright or occasionally sunny day with broken cloud. This cloud will increase with outbreaks of rain in the north later, and spreading to all parts during the evening. Feeling warm in sunshine.  

Police renew appeal over missing Sheffield woman

Fears are growing for the safety of a 22-year-old woman who has not been seen when she left the Parson Cross area of Sheffield at about 02:00 on Friday.

Nicole Greenaway is about 5ft 3ins, of medium build and was last seen wearing a pink, woolly coat and carrying a rucksack.

Nicole Greenaway
South Yorkshire Police

PC Pete Roche said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for Nicole’s welfare and I would urge anyone who has seen or heard from her since Friday to contact us.“We know Nicole has friends in London, and in the Hackney area in particular, and that she also has plans to attend an event there on the 10th of this month."   

Jose Semedo: Sheffield Wednesday midfielder signs new contract

BBC Sport

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo has signed a new one-year contract to stay with the Championship club until the end of 2016-17.

Semedo joined Wednesday from Charlton in July 2011, having rejected a new contract at the Valley.

Jose Semedo
Getty Images

The 31-year-old former Portugal Under-21 player has made 156 appearances since signing for the Owls.

He started his career with Sporting Lisbon, and has also had spells in Italy with Cagliari and Casa Pia.

Netto store closures: About 80 jobs at risk in Doncaster and Sheffield

We've got some more details of how many stores in South Yorkshire will be affected by Sainsbury's decision to end its trial tie-up with Netto.

Two stores in Doncaster and two stores in Sheffield - employing a total of about 80 staff - are among the 16 affected across northern England.

Staff will go through a consultation in the coming weeks, with the supermarkets expected to close in August. It is understood Sainsbury's will attempt to redeploy affected staff where possible. 

Hundreds of jobs at risk in North as Sainsbury's ends Netto venture

Sainsbury's is to end a joint venture with Danish budget supermarket Netto, closing 16 stores in the north of England and putting 400 jobs at risk. The stores are to close during August, Sainsbury's said. 

Netto store
Netto

The first of the stores opened in Moor Allerton in Leeds in November 2014.  

It was followed by sites in Cleckheaton, Doncaster, Ellesmere Port, Hull, Lincoln, Lymm, Manchester, Ormskirk, Sheffield, Salford, Southport and Brookfield near Stockport.  

The tie-up was an attempt to rival discounters such as Aldi and Lidl but Sainsbury's said "changing dynamics" in the grocery sector were behind the "difficult decision" to end the trial.

Latest headlines: Appeal for witnesses after two cyclists injured in Doncaster hit-and-run and Sheffield one of worst places for dog attacks on postal workers

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Police are appealing for witnesses after two cyclists were injured in a hit-and-run crash in Doncaster
  • Nigel Farage is standing down as leader of UKIP saying he'd achieved his goals in last month's referendum. Steve Winstone from UKIP in Sheffield says there's still a role for the party in making sure the withdrawal from the EU goes ahead properly
  • Sheffield is one of the postcode areas with the highest number of dog attacks on postmen and women

Police search for missing pensioner in Doncaster

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Concern is growing for the safety of a missing 77-year-old man from Doncaster, police say.

Brian Barnes was last seen at about 09:00 this morning in the York Road/Watch House Lane area of the town.

Brian Barnes
South Yorkshire Police

Mr Barnes is 5ft 3ins, of medium build, with grey/brown receding hair. He was last seen wearing brown shoes, black trousers and a black/blue mohair cardigan with a pale blue bomber jacket.

Officers are carrying out inquiries in the local community and want to hear from anyone who knows where he may be.

Music In The Gardens: Going out with a bang in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Were you wondering what was causing all that noise in Sheffield around 10pm last night?

Well it was the firework display to mark the end of the Music In the Gardens mini-festival at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield.

Fire works at Music In the Gardens
Peggy Walker

A number of bands including James, The Feeling and UB40 took to the stage across last week.

Last night the music was provided by Unite the Union Brass Band and The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra.

Have you seen this man? Police seek 28-year-old after spate of burglaries

Police are asking for the public to help them find 28-year-old Rotherham man Joe Concannon,who's wanted in connection with a number of aggravated burglaries in Swinton earlier this year.

Joe is about 5ft 9ins tall, slim and has short brown hair. He has a small tattoo on his left ear and a number of tattoos on his right arm.

Joe Concannon
South Yorkshire Police

Your pictures: Skies over Loxley

A big thank you to Jenny Bray who has sent in this picture of the sky in Loxley, taken yesterday.

If you'd like to see one of your photos on our live page then don't forget to get in touch with us.

Loxley sky 3/7/16
Jenny Bray

Dog attacks on postal workers: Sheffield among worst offenders

The number of attacks by dogs on postal workers remains "unacceptable", with over a third of incidents happening at the front door, a new report shows.

The Royal Mail launched its annual Dog Awareness Week with a survey showing  about seven attacks a day are being reported around Britain.

And Sheffield is one of the postcode areas with the highest number of dog attacks on postmen and women.

Dog at door
BBC

Although the number of attacks is 10% down over the past year, the number of incidents usually increases during the summer holidays.

Dr Shaun Davis, Royal Mail's director of safety, said: "This summer, we are appealing to dog owners and their families to help reduce the numbers of attacks, particularly at the door and in the garden." 

Latest headlines: Cyclists injured in Doncaster hit-and-run crash and Barnsley haven't ruled out second bid for Walsall striker

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories across South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Two cyclists have been injured in a road accident in the Doncaster area. One of them has serious injuries
  • A new TV drama series set in Sheffield starts tonight. "Brief Encounters" tells the story of four friends who start working for Ann Summers back in the 1980s
  • Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom hasn't ruled out making a second bid for Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw

Weather: A bright and sunny morning

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A bright or occasionally sunny day with broken cloud. This cloud will increase with outbreaks of rain in the north later, and spreading to all parts during the evening. Feeling warm in sunshine.  

Cyclists injured in Doncaster hit-and-run crash

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Two cyclists have been injured - one seriously - when they were hit by a car in a hit-and-run crash in Doncaster.

A silver Ford Mondeo was driving along Cadeby Lane towards Melton Road at about 01:00 yesterday when it collided with two cyclists travelling in the same direction.

One of the cyclists, a man in his 20s,suffered serious injuries. The other cyclist, a man in his 30s, suffered minor injuries.They were both taken to hospital.

Police have appealed for any witnesses and the car driver, who failed to stop at the scene, to contact them. 

Cadeby Lane
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Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Morning, Katie here. I'll be bringing you news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the region until 18:00.

One of the stories we'll be covering today is finding out why Sharrow Vale Road in Sheffield is going to be on the telly tonight.

Sharrow Vale Road
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