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Summary

  1. Live updates on Friday 15 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Oli Constable

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

Don't forget to get in touch with us if you take a nice picture over the weekend and you could see it on our Local Live page.

Thank you to Ben Scott for getting in touch with us today and sending us this beautiful picture of the sunrise in Rawmarsh this morning.

Sunrise over Rotherham
Ben Scott

Weather: Largely dry with clear spells overnight

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Occasional rain will affect the region overnight, predominantly in the west and over higher ground, with areas in the east staying largely dry.

This will mostly clear to the south by Saturday morning with some clear spells developing.

Weather graphic
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Rio Olympics 2016: Jessica Ennis-Hill's chance to 'create history' at final Games

BBC Sport

Jessica Ennis
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Jessica Ennis-Hill has a unique opportunity, according to her coach. "This is the last Olympic Games that Jess will do," says Toni Minichiello.

"No British woman has ever retained an Olympic title in track and field. This is an historical opportunity. She could create history."

If anyone is qualified to give the perspective on Ennis-Hill's journey from teenager to Olympic and world champion - and a mum - it is Sheffield-born Minichiello.

He has guided her all the way through her athletics career.

Thousands of people line the route of Yorkshire MP's funeral cortege

David Tracz

Journalist, BBC Look North

A private funeral has been held for the Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was killed last month outside a constituency surgery in West Yorkshire.

Hundreds of people turned out ahead of the service in Batley, to pay their respects...

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher said he was thinking about the Cox family today.

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Chicken and cheese thief jailed

Oli Constable

A 46-year-old man who admitted stealing nearly £50,000 worth of meat, fish and cheese off the lorries he drove has been jailed for 18 months today.

Timothy Noel Green, of Rosemary Road in Beighton, Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court to receive his sentence after entering guilty pleas to three counts of theft at an earlier hearing.

Green admitted stealing quantities of fish worth around £13,000 from a lorry he was driving in September 2013. He also admitted stealing £5,700 worth of chicken drumsticks in October 2013 and nearly £29,000 worth of cheese in November 2013.

On each occasion, Green took the items while transporting the goods to and from businesses and ports/freight terminals.

Chicken drumsticks
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Listen: Local MP warns of second EU referendum vote

BBC Radio Sheffield

Theresa May has said she will "listen to any options" brought forward by the Scottish government over negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union. 

The Prime Minister was on her first official visit since taking office.

The Labour MP for Chesterfield Toby Perkins, who was on BBC Radio Sheffield this morning, has warned the UK could face a second referendum vote - if leave voters don't think they're getting the right action...

Sheffield Wednesday unveil new kit

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Wednesday have today launched their 2016/2017 strips.

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The club says the new home shirt reinvents a Wednesday jersey of the early 1960s, illustrating its traditional colour of blue, punctuated with white pinstripes to enhance the new design.

Adult home short sleeved shirts are priced £55, and a juniors shirt costs £49.

Why don't you get in touch and let us know what you think of the new kit.

Headlines: Local MP warns of second referendum vote and Joe Root out at Lords

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • Local MP Toby Perkins warns UK could face a second referendum vote
  • The funeral of Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler has taken place at Sheffield Cathedral - the service heard how she'd worked to improve the cultural life of the city
  • Pakistan were bowled out for 339 on day two of the first Test against England at Lords. England are 153-4 in response. Sheffield's Joe Root was out for 48

Sheffield MP demands urgent talks over fresh round of bus cuts

Sheffield Star

A Sheffield MP has demanded urgent talks with bus bosses after a fresh round of service cuts and shake-ups.

Clive Betts has reacted angrily to the news that the frequency of buses serving parts of Tinsley is to be reduced from three to one an hour.

A First bus
Sheffield Star

Watch: Funeral takes place of popular Sheffield councillor

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

The funeral of Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler has taken place at Sheffield Cathedral this lunchtime.

The Oxford University graduate became Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure in 2012.

The Mosborough ward councillor had cancer and died last month, leaving her husband, Richard, and teenage daughter, Mary.

The Town Hall flag has been flown at half-mast since her death.

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Watch: Eyesore properties bought by Rotherham Council

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Plans by Rotherham Council to buy and improve 24 long-term derelict properties in Maltby have been given the green light.

The eyesore properties are on Churchill Avenue, which is part of the privately owned so-called 'Little London' estate.

The authority says they're empty and are attracting anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping, adversely affecting the local neighbourhood.

The properties, which have suffered from an historic lack of investment due to being empty for so long, also fail to meet basic health and safety standards.

Pokemon Go: 'Take care by reservoirs' warns Yorkshire Water

We've been talking about the computer game Pokemon Go that's arrived in South Yorkshire this week.

Players have to locate and trap characters called Pokemons in their neighbourhood using their phones.

You seem to be able to find these things at locations across South Yorkshire but it's prompted this warning from Yorkshire Water...

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Sheffield PCs who tackled murder suspect recognised at national awards

Oli Constable

Two Sheffield police officers have been praised at a national bravery awards event for their courage while dealing with a violent murder suspect.

A year ago, PCs Chelsea Rudge and Christopher Beevers entered a burning building in Wincobank in a bid to rescue the dying victim.

While there, another man became violent towards the officers as they tried to restrain him and he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man, Paul Cain, was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court in February this year when he was given a life sentence with a minimum of 21 years.

PCs Chelsea Rudge and Christopher Beevers
South Yorkshire Police

These two officers demonstrated outstanding courage when faced with a violent and dangerous offender and it is only right that their bravery was recognised in a national forum by forces across the country."

David HartleyCh Supt at South Yorkshire Police

Attack in Nice: 'Thoughts with victims and colleagues' say Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service has said its thoughts are with emergency service colleagues working in Nice in France.

At least 84 people are now known to have been killed in the southern French city of Nice, when a lorry was driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day. Several of the victims were children.

Emergency services
AFP
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Sheffield soldier who came back from the dead

BBC News England

Laurence Marriott returned to active service after his "death" but was wounded again. He survived the war
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Households in World War One would await the telegraph boy's knock with a cold fear. Worlds were ripped apart with a few brief words announcing a serviceman's death. 

But some families went through needless heartbreak. Sons, brothers and fathers were reported dead when they were very much alive.  

Laurence Marriott, from Sheffield, of the 41st Field Artillery had his name engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium. He later turned up alive and well.

It turned out he was in an explosion at Hellfire Corner in the Ypres Salient - but his horse took the brunt of the blast. His identity tags were lost in the confusion and were found after he'd been moved. He was therefore presumed dead.

Once recovered, Marriott joined up for a second time. Wounded again, he was sent to recover in Bury, Greater Manchester where he met his wife Mary.

Local councillor 'believed in serving her community' says the Dean of Sheffield ahead of funeral

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

We're covering the funeral of Councillor Isobel Bowler at Sheffield Cathedral today.

The popular Labour councillor for Mosborough had cancer.

Isobel was married and had a teenager daughter, Mary.

The Very Reverend Peter Bradley - the Dean of Sheffield - spoke to the BBC ahead of the service... 

Weather: Most parts dry and bright by this evening

BBC Weather

Thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain from the west during the day.

The odd heavier burst is likely on the hills and becoming breezy, but most parts dry and bright again by evening.  

Weather graphic
BBC

Latest headlines: Funeral of Sheffield council taking place at Cathedral this lunchtime and Owls boss gives assurances over top stars

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • The funeral of Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler is taking place at Sheffield Cathedral at midday
  • We've been told that part of Didcot power station in Oxfordshire is due to be demolished early on Sunday morning. Three men - including two from Rotherham - remain trapped in the rubble after it collapsed in February
  • Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has been given assurances that none of the clubs top stars will be sold this summer

Didcot collapse: 'Please pray three men can be buried soon' says Rotherham MP

We've heard this morning that the last part of the collapsed Didcot Power Station will be demolished this weekend.

The bodies of three men remain trapped in the rubble - including two from Rotherham.

The local MP, Sarah Champion, has tweeted this morning that she hopes the men can be buried soon and the families get some peace.

Didcot power station
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Your views: Pokemon Go fever hits Doncaster

Kat Harbourne

It's fair to say that Doncaster Museum is normally given a bit of a swerve by teenagers ... but is now filled with flocks of young people. 

Why? Well it's all due to the computer game Pokemon Go.  

The museum is what's known as a 'Pokestop' - that's where you can power up to collect supplies for your game.

You've been giving us your views on Facebook this morning.....

Facebook page
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Advice to Maltby residents following suspicious incidents

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police in Rotherham are advising Maltby residents to be aware of a possible scam following several incidents in the past couple of days. 

On Tuesday, police received three separate reports of a group of men approaching neighbouring properties in Salisbury Road, Maltby to have asked for access to the properties to fix a problem with the drainage.

It is understood the men dropped some form of tablet down the toilet before leaving the properties, with the residents’ contact information.

The residents were then contacted a short time later and the men are alleged to have asked for a substantial sum of money from each resident.

This money has not been paid and the residents have notified the authorities, including Action Fraud, who are investigating.

Salisbury Road
Google

Date set for final Didcot power station demolition

BBC Radio Oxford

Didcot power station
Thames Valley Police

The final section of the collapsed Didcot Power Station will be demolished in the early hours of Sunday.  

The bodies of three men - including two from Rotherham - remain trapped in the rubble there after it collapsed in February. 

Safety concerns have been blamed for the delay, which has drawn criticism from the victims' families.

RWE Npower said the recovery operation wouldl resume as soon as the building is demolished and the area declared safe.

Sheffield Ikea store moves closer as highways deal agreed

Sheffield Star

Ikea and Sheffield Council have struck a deal over planned roadworks around the company’s long-awaited city store – a key step towards work finally starting.

Ikea store site Lock house Road
Google

Listen: Funeral of Sheffield councillor taking place at Sheffield Cathedral is open to all

The funeral of Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler will take place at Sheffield Cathedral at midday. 

The Labour councillor for Mosborough died from cancer. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the service. 

Auriel Majumdar is Isobel's friend.... 

Watch: Wakeboarding in the Megatron in Sheffield

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Have you heard of the Sheffield Megatron? This is the Victorian storm drain that lurks below the city's streets.

Well a new video of people wakeboarding inside it is getting a lot of attention online. 

The people behind it - are Salt Street Productions. Take a look...

Latest headlines: Miliband expresses shock over events in Nice and funeral of well-known councillor takes place in Sheffield today

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has expressed his shock at events in Nice
  • Rotherham Council's planning to increase the amount it pays in allowances to foster carers in a bid to cut some of the £13m a year it spends on sending young people to carers outside the borough
  • The funeral of Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler will take place at Sheffield Cathedral at midday

Frenchgate Centre car park re-opens after incident

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Frenchgate centre car park in Doncaster was closed for around two hours from 06:00 this morning amid concerns for the safety of a woman at the site.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police says the car park has now re-opened.

Frenchgate centre Doncaster
BBC

Miliband's 'deep sorrow' over attack in Nice

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has expressed his shock at events in Nice.

At least 84 people were killed in the French city last night, when a lorry was driven into a crowd pavement during Bastille Day celebrations. 

Lorry in Nice
AP
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Weather: Outbreaks of rain during the day

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a dry start, thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain from the west during the day. The odd heavier burst is likely on the hills and becoming breezy, but most parts dry and bright again by evening.  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Morning, Katie here. I'm with you throughout the day for updates from South Yorkshire.

We'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather from across the region.

I'd like to thank Iain Hodgson for his great photo of Howard Street at the top of the Local Live page today.

Don't forget if you've got a story or picture you'd like to share  - get in touch and you could see it on our page too.