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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 21 July 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, here's a look at 5 of the biggest stories from our region today:

Weather: Cloudy with rain in places

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

TONIGHT: Cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain developing in places. Minimum temperature 15C (59F). 

TOMORROW: A cloudy damp start with patchy rain at first, slowly brightening up with sunny spells developing, together with the risk of a heavy shower. Maximum temperature 23C (73F). 

Weather Graphic

Watch: Sheffield gears up for Tramlines

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

For the eighth year in a row the Tramlines Festival is taking over the city. 

It's changed a lot over the years it's been here. 

It started as a free festival and last year the main stage swapped locations from Devonshire Green to the Ponderosa.

Here's a taster of what to expect:

View more on youtube

We'll have full coverage on BBC Radio Sheffield and on BBC Look North.

Listen: Bobbie from Doncaster pays tribute to her late mother-in-law

BBC Radio Sheffield

All this week we're dipping into conversations people from across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire have recorded for The Listening Project - talking about things they really want to share with each another. 

Today we hear from Bobbie from Doncaster.

She tells her late mother in law:

"There's something you need to know"

Bobbie tells her late mother-in-law how she feels about her.

When summer's over, take your vitamins

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Package showing vitamin D

Everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter, scientists have recommended. 

One in five people have insufficient vitamin D levels, according to a review chaired by Professor Hilary Powers at Sheffield university. 

The report says we need to triple our daily intake to maintain healthy bones. But officials say that can't be done through diet alone, particularly in darker months.

Vitamins on shelf

More good news: Missing George found

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police have confirmed that missing 84-year-old George Rodgers from Sheffield has been found this afternoon.

He was spotted by a member of the public in the grounds of a church in the Ecclesfield area. Officers are now with him.

Police have said a 'massive thank you to everyone who helped share the appeal to find George and who offered information to help the search'. 

View more on twitter

A story with a happy ending

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

When Doris Wilcock from Sheffield was burgled at the age of 90, she never thought she'd see any of her much treasured jewellery again. 

But three years on she's been reunited with some of it after it was found buried in some woods by some children out playing. Today, I took Doris - who's now 93 - to meet the youngsters who made the discovery so she could thank them.  

Doris Wilcock thanks young people who returned her stolen jewellery

'Freedom Riders' take on transport authority over cuts

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Travellers upset with proposed changes to bus services across Barnsley got together for a protest today.  

The 'Freedom Riders' group, says any changes could leave some people with a diminished service. 

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive says its consulting on the changes and will take into consideration feedback from passengers.

Meeting of Freedom Riders

South Yorkshire Police worst force for fitness

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Officers at South Yorkshire Police have the worst fitness levels in the country, according to data released today

Five per cent of the force's officers failed the compulsory test - a higher rate than anywhere else. 

The annual check involves a bleep test, which involves a series of shuttle runs which get progressively faster.

Police perform fitness 'bleep' test

Sheffield’s 60-year Chinese investment deal built on ‘years of trust’

Cllr Julie Dore
Sheffield City Council

The deal between Sheffield City Council and Sichuan Guodong Construction Group has been over 18 months in the making. Mr Wang, Chairman of the Board and President of Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, has visited Sheffield a number of times. 

Sheffield with Chinese flag

This agreement illustrates our confidence in Sheffield as a city going from strength to strength, with real growth potential. We are looking forward to being a part of this over the coming decades."

Mr Wang, Chairman of the Board and PresidentSichuan Guodong Construction Group

Watch: Sheffield gets ready to throw a party

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Sheffield's being transformed into one big festival site. 

From the arena at Ponderosa Park to local bars, outdoor spaces and free fringe events. 

This weekend promises to be one big party in the city all day and into the early hours, with something for everyone... 

View more on youtube

Increase your vitamin D says official health advice

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have warned we need to triple our daily vitamin D intake to maintain healthy bones in a new report issued to the government today.  

vitamin pills
University of Sheffield

Until now it has been assumed that sunlight would provide the vitamin D needed by most of the population all the year round. We now know this is not true because about one in five people in the UK have a low blood level of vitamin D."

Professor Hilary PowersExpert in Human Nutrition, University of Sheffield
Sunshine across Peak District

Groups most at risk of vitamin D deficiency include:

  • People who don’t spend a lot of time outdoors - such as the elderly
  • Ethnic minority groups with darker skin, which doesn’t make vitamin D as easily
  • Those who cover their skin for religious and cultural reasons
  • People in occupations with limited sunlight exposure – such as night shift workers

Rotherham MP calls on government to 'Get a grip on online child abuse'

Victoria Derbyshire

Rotherham MP, Sarah Champion spoke to us earlier on Victoria Derbyshire.

She says children are being targetted 24/7 because of the rise in technology:  

Discussion about he extent of online abuse of children

Jeremy Corbyn has served Labour well. But Owen Smith is the leader we need: Louise Haigh

The Guardian

"I share Corbyn’s politics – so I’d rather have a Labour prime minister who can put them into practice than a party condemned to opposition. " Louise Haigh

Owen Smith
Getty Images

Virgin Trains East Coast to axe up to 46 jobs, union claims

Virgin Trains East Coast is planning to axe up to 46 jobs at travel centres and train stations along the East Coast Main Line route, including Leeds and Wakefield according to a union.

Virgin train
Geoff Sheppard

The company wants to replace its travel centres with open plan "customer zones", the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said.

Other stations at Doncaster, London King's Cross, Edinburgh, Peterborough, York and Newcastle could be affected.

Watch: Sheffield a city with 'big potential'

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

The agreement between the City Council and The Sichuan Guodong Construction Group is the largest Chinese investment for any UK city outside of London. 

The initial phase will see £220m spent on projects in the city centre over the next three years. 

Chengdu and Sheffield's relationship has developed over recent years

How well do you know Chengdu?

BBC News England

Five things you may not know:

Baby pandas
Associated Press

Tuck into tuna, salmon and eggs or take vitamin D pills – official health advice

The Guardian

People urged to eat food rich in vitamin D or take health supplements to reduce risk of bone disease.  

Salmon and broccoli

Government health advisers are urging everyone to eat more tuna, salmon and eggs or take supplements in order to triple their intake of vitamin D to reduce their risk of bone disease.  

Cyclist killed in Sheffield crash

Sheffield Star

A cyclist died in a crash in Sheffield last night, police have revealed.

The 38-year-old, who has not yet been named, was struck by a black Nissan Micra at the junction of Loxley Road and Wisewood Lane, Hillsborough, just after 8pm.

Loxley Road and Wisewood Lane junction
Sheffield Star

Weather: Sunny spells and staying dry in most places

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy at times with sunny intervals and the risk of a shower - but with most places staying dry. 

Maximum temperature 23C (73F).

Weather graphic

Steelers complete roster with Valdix signing

Peter Spencer


Sheffield Steelers have completed their roster with the signing of Swedish centre Andreas Valdix.

The 31-year-old, who was picked in the NHL draft by the Washington Capitals in 2003, has played in the Austrian EBEL league for HC Innsbruck for the last two seasons.

“I want to play hockey and I want to play where it's good hockey, where the fans are great and I've only heard those things about the UK, so that's why I wanted to play here,” Valdix told BBC Radio Sheffield.

Andreas Valdix
Sheffield Steelers

5,000 miles no barrier to Chinese investment deal

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Map showing distance form Sheffield to Chengdu
Google maps

Sheffield is about 5,080 miles from Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, China.

However, that's no barrier to a £1bn deal that's been 18 months in the making.

Mr Wang and Cllr Dore at signing ceremony in Chengdu
Sheffield City Council

Mr Wang, Chairman of the Board and President of Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, has visited Sheffield a number of times.   

Sheffield really does stand out amongst all UK cities as an outstanding business investment. This agreement illustrates our confidence in Sheffield as a city going from strength to strength, with real growth potential. We are looking forward to being a part of this over the coming decades.”

Mr WangChairman of the Board and President of Sichuan Guodong Construction Group

As well as signing this historic agreement for Sheffield, Councillor Julie Dore and Councillor Leigh Bramall attended the 2016 China Chengdu Innovation and  Entrepreneurship Fair and showcased Sheffield to over 50 countries.  

Triple your daily vitamin D intake say Sheffield scientists

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Tuna salad

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have warned we need to triple our daily vitamin D intake to maintain healthy bones in a new report issued to the government today.

The new recommendation, made by the Science Advisory Committee on Nutrition, comes after a five year review which revealed one in five of us in the UK have insufficient vitamin D levels.  

  • One in five people in the UK have insufficient vitamin D levels
  • The human body makes most of its vitamin D from direct sunlight
  • Oily fish, meat and eggs are also sources of vitamin D

Sheffield cyclist killed in Loxley crash

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A 38-year-old man's been killed after a collision with a black Nissan Micra in Loxley Road, at the junction with Wisewood Lane, just after 20:00 last night.   

Wisewood lane / Loxley Road junction
Google maps

A 67-year-old man's been arrested for causing causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody. 

The 67-year-old man driving the Nissan suffered minor injuries.

Can you help with any information? Call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1107 of 20 July 2016

Barnsley market development progresses

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Here's the latest look for Barnsley Market.

The new hall is part of a £50 million town centre revamp. 

The project sees this major overhaul of the markets, which is already taking shape, as well as new buildings such as a £4m central library.

Barnsley market
Barnsley market
Barnsley market

Want to know more about Chengdu?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Sichuan Guodong Construction Group is one of the largest companies in Sichuan Province.

The company's worth over £1bn.

The £1bn deal was struck following the Leader and Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council's visit to Sheffield’s sister city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China.

Here's an idea of life in Chegdu:

Life in the fast lane in Chengdu

The work agreement with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group is running parallel to increasing civic and cultural ties between Sheffield and the city of Chengdu.  

  • Chengdu is a city of 16 million people
  • It is the fifth largest in China, and largest in Sichuan Province in western China
  • Sichuan Province covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometres (4,749 square miles)
  • Chengdu hosts many international companies and more than 12 consulates. 
  • More than 260 Fortune 500 companies have established branches in Chengdu due to the huge demand of Western China. 

Watch: Sheffield Grand Prix highlights

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

Did you see the cycle race around Sheffield last night?

The full report from the race is available here

Here are the highlights, condensed into 1 minute!

Video courtesy of British Cycling. 

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Chris Lawless (JLT Condor) powered to victory in the Sheffield Grand Prix, penultimate round of the British Cycling Elite Circuit Series, to boost his hopes of overall victory.

The 20-year-old from Wigan took his third win in the series, boosting his reputation as a formidable sprinter following wins in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and the London Nocturne earlier in the season.

Watch: Julie Dore on China deal 'We decide where the money goes'

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Worth £1bn over the next 60 years, Sheffield's deal with Chinese firm Sichuan Guodong Construction Group is said to be the first of its kind.  

Sichuan Guodong Construction is one of the largest companies in Sichuan Province and this deal is said to be the biggest deal of it's kind outside London, and the first time a partnership deal like this has been done by a UK city. 

Council leader says Sheffield will decide how Chinese money is invested

Watch: Your weather in 27 seconds

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon there is a risk of a few isolated showers with some being heavy. cooler than it's been the last few days, highs of 24C (75F).

Watch my 27 second forecast below!

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Sheffield lands billion-pound China deal to create 'hundreds' of jobs

The Guardian

Sheffield has cashed in on the so-called “golden era” of relations between Britain and China, with a 60-year, billion-pound construction deal that is set to change the face of the steel city.   


Crookes sexual assault – do you recognise this man?

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Man police want to tealk to. Light brown hair with beard.
South Yorkshire Police

Police investigating the reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in the Crookes area of Sheffield last week have released this e-fit image of a man they'd like to speak to.  

At around 15:05 on Friday 15 July, it's reported a 14-year-old girl was walking home from school and was going through an alleyway off Cross Lane, Crookes, when an unknown man is believed to have sexually assaulted her.  

Cross Lane area Crookes
Google Maps

The girl ran home and told her parents who called police.

The man is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky build. He was reportedly wearing a burgundy zipped hooded top.

Do you recognise him? We're you in the area? Call 101 or email police.

Have you seen George, 84?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Concern is increasing for the welfare of missing 84-year-old George Rodgers from Sheffield, as the temperatures remain high and no sightings have been reported.   

George was last seen at around 16:00 on Tuesday leaving his home in Ecclesfield, Sheffield. 

His niece posted this on Twitter:

View more on twitter

If you see George, call police on 101.  

Listen: Protest against proposals to cut Barnsley bus services

The so-called Freedom Riders are in the news again this morning. 

Remember them? 

They're holding a "Save Our Buses" meeting at the Community Centre on Church Street in Penistone and then a demonstration in the centre at 12:00. 

Andy Kershaw speaks to George Arthur from campaign group the Freedom Riders

Watch: Sheffield Council Leader announces 'huge' deal for Sheffield

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Sheffield City Council has signed an investment deal with China. 

It's a 60 year agreement with £220m being spent in the city centre over the next 3 years. 

Here's Julie Dore to tell you more: 

Council leader says investment shows 'massive vote of confidence in Sheffield'

South Yorkshire Police worst record in fitness tests

BBC News England


New figures show that more than 1800 police fitness tests were failed by officers in England and Wales over a twelve month period. 

The compulsory test - which has to be taken by all police officers - was taken 93,956 times from September 2014 to August 2015, with 1,863 failures.

The lowest pass rate was South Yorkshire Police with 5% of officers failing.

Your headlines this morning

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Weather: Sunny spells with a chance of showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Plenty of sunny spells across South Yorkshire today and a largely dry and fine day. 

There is a risk of a few isolated showers this afternoon, some could be heavy with the odd rumble of thunder. 

It won't feel as hot as previous days, but still very warm with highs of 24C (75F) 

Owain has the weather

Sheffield signs £1bn 'unique deal' with China

BBC News England

Sheffield City image

Sheffield City Council says it's signed a unique deal with China that will see up to £600 million pounds invested in the city over the next 60 years, with an initial £220m spent on city centre projects in the next 3 years. 

Exact details of what the projects will be are yet to be announced, but BBC Radio Sheffield understands it's likely to include residential and commercial developments and a 5 star hotel. 

Council leader Julie Dore has said the money, announced after council leaders visited Chengdu (below), is the biggest Chinese investment deal outside London.   


Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Julie Dore welcomed by Chinese manufacturing firm
Sheffield City Council

Hello. We're with you until 18:00 with all the big stories of the day for South Yorkshire.

Including more on news that over £1bn is to be invested in Sheffield by a Chinese manufacturing firm over the next 60 years.

It's said to be the biggest deal of its kind outside London.