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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume on Monday from 08:00
  2. Latest updates on Friday 22 July 2016

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By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt today in South Yorkshire

Oli Constable

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

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. The body of an 11-year-old boy was pulled from a canal in Rotherham last night
  2. Work finally starts on the UK's first tram-train project
  3. A miniature pony has been dumped with painful maggot-infested wounds
  4. The UK's first double hand transplant performed on Doncaster man
  5. And sometimes even Cinderella goes on a night out in Sheffield, and loses her shoe

We hope you have a great weekend and if you're lucky enough to be going to Tramlines, Look North's Shamir Masri has got you covered!

Shamir Masri previews Tramlines this weekend

Weather tonight: Thundery to start getting cooler tonight

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Scattered heavy and thundery showers will die out this evening, and with some clear spells and light winds overnight, patchy mist may form by morning.

Weather graphic
BBC

New go-kart centre planned for Sheffield

Oli Constable

Wide shot
Team Sport Karting

A new indoor go-kart centre is to be built near Meadowhall after being granted planning permission.

The £1.5m development will see TeamSport, who currently operate 18 other tracks, open up their latest on Shepcote Lane, Sheffield.

The site where the track will be built
Google

Set to open in January 2017, the project will create 40 new jobs, and will be built in a currently derelict industrial unit.

The track is expected to be multi-leveled, over 800m long, and have ramps that will mean 20 karters can race at a time.

Sheffield is a thriving city with so much to offer its’ residents and visitors, it will be fantastic to now add the thrill of indoor karting to the list."

Dominic GaynorManaging Director of TeamSport Karting

Work started on UK's first tram-train project

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The tram-train scheme that will link Sheffield and Rotherham by tram has finally started building work, six years after it was initially given the go-ahead.

The project has been plagued by delays, but I've seen workers today planning to lay track and marking gantry points for the new station.

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Rotherham Council launch suicide prevention campaign

Oli Constable

Rotherham Council has today launched the first phase of a suicide prevention campaign in an attempt to encourage men to speak out.

Supported by South Yorkshire Police and the NHS, the campaign aims to get middle aged men talking about their concerns.

Suicide poster
Rotherham Council

Nationally, men aged 45 to 59 had the highest suicide rate in 2014 for the second year in a row, a trend that is reflected in Rotherham.

We know that the majority of men who take their own lives aren't known to mental health services so we are encouraging anyone who is having suicidal thoughts or feeling the pressure to talk to someone before it is too late."

Councillor David RocheRotherham Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health

Miniature pony dumped with painful maggot-infested wounds

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pony was dumped in an old coal yard and left to fend for herself in Barnsley.

The animal welfare charity was called by a concerned member of the public at around 20:45 last night to an abandoned coal yard on Lund Hill Lane, Royston.

Pony
RSPCA

The wounds were sore, infected and infested with maggots. Poor little Maggie must have been very uncomfortable and in a lot of pain."

Lynsey HarrisRSPCA Chief Inspector

Hoyland man charged with attempted murder after shooting

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man's been charged with attempted murder following a shooting in Sheffield last week.

Jamie Lee Howden, 26, of Barber Street in Hoyland, has appeared before the city's magistrates' court, after a shooting in Chapeltown last Friday night.

Map
Google

Police were called to Burncross Road at around 23:00 after reports of shots being fired.

Nobody's believed to have been injured during the incident.  

Strike action could affect Doncaster to London trains

Oli Constable

Virgin East Coast could face strike action next month after union members are unhappy with the way cost-cutting measure were being implemented at the company.

The rail union RMT has announced that they will vote next week on whether to launch industrial action.

Train
PA

Virgin East Coast runs services from Doncaster to London King's Cross.

The ballot result is due on Tuesday 9 August.

Police appeal for witnesses following canal death

Oli Constable

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an 11-year-old boy died in a canal near Rotherham last night.

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Google

Emergency services were called to a bridge on Stonerow Way near Parkgate retail park at 19:00 last night after reports of a young person entering the water and disappearing.

The body of an 11-year-old was pulled from the water around 4 hours later.

Flowers by canal
BBC

We are working to establish the full circumstances in the lead up to the incident but we would appeal for anyone who was in the area between 6pm and 7pm, and may have seen a group of young people or has any information, to please get in touch.”

Graham SteadTemporary Detective Inspector

Your headlines this afternoon

BBC Radio Sheffield

Christian bookshop re-opens after lorry smash

Oli Constable

exterior of bookshop
BBC

The Christian bookshop that was hit by a lorry on Tuesday has now re-opened after the building was declared safe.

The shop,  on West Street, was hit by the lorry just before 13:00.

debris inside
BBC

Debris still lies at the front of the shop, crushing a stand that holds "get well soon" cards, and the shop say it will be cleared in due course.

No-one was injured in the crash.

Flowers lay beside canal following boys death

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Flowers beside canal
BBC

Locals have been laying flowers beside the canal where an 11-year-old boy died last night in Rotherham.

The body of the boy was pulled from the water at around 23:00 yesterday, after emergency services were called to someone being in the water.

Listen: 'Riot model village' to be brought to Orgreave

Riot close up
L-13

A man with an unusual fascination with RIOTS is in South Yorkshire next week - and is bringing his project to Orgreave.

Artist Jimmy Cauty, formerly a musician with the KLF, has teamed up with producer Alistair McGregor to look at the causes and effects of riots - and our reaction to them.

Shipping container
Thomas Mayer

It's called the Aftermath Dislocation Principle, or ADP for short.

Creator Jimmy Cauty has been telling how recent events in London, as well as Orgreave in 1984, have inspired the project...

Jimmy Cauty on with Rony

Watch: 'It's better than any lottery win' says double hand transplant patient

Oli Constable

A Doncaster man who became the first person in the UK to undergo a double hand transplant says he feels "whole again" after the operation.

Chris King, who is from Rossington, lost both of his hands in an industrial accident.

Chris King on how his life has changed since getting his new hands

The operation was done at Leeds General Infirmary, which specialises in hand transplants. There are currently four people on the waiting list.

Weather: Warm but risk of showers tonight

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

If you're getting off work early today (it's Friday after all!), then it looks like the weather will stay cloudy but warm.

It should stay fairly dry throughout South Yorkshire this evening, and any showers will be short but heavy, so it might be worth taking a poncho with you if you're going to Tramlines this evening!

Weather graphic
BBC

New Chief Constable to start early at South Yorkshire Police

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire police is starting his job early.

Stephen Watson, who's currently the Deputy chief constable at Durham, will begin his new role here on Monday morning.

Stephen Watson
South Yorkshire Police

Technically he'll be the interim Chief Constable while David Crompton remains suspended following the Hillsborough inquests.

He is to retire anyway at the end of November.

Tramlines to take over Sheffield this weekend

Tramlines crowd shot
Tramlines

The UK's biggest inner-city music festival, Tramlines, is set to turn Sheffield into a huge festival site this weekend.

Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, and the Dandy Warhols are just some of the acts to play the main stage at Ponderosa Park, with hundreds of fringe acts playing throughout the city.

Tramlines main festival
Tramlines

You can follow the Tramlines coverage across the weekend on our Facebook and Twitter sites.

University of Sheffield professor to feature on new Robot Wars series

Just when you thought they had all been laid to rust, the metal warriors that smashed and crashed onto our screens a decade ago are back.

The University of Sheffield's Prof Noel Sharkey is going to be named as one of the judges when the hit BBC Two show Robot Wars returns on Sunday.

Noel Sharkey
BBC
Noel Sharkey (L) on Robot Wars spin-off show Techno Games

The show sees competitors pitting home-built robots against menacing house robots who, with a decade of technological developments behind them, promise to be more destructive than ever.

Driver tests positive for cocaine on Sheffield road

A driver has tested positive for cocaine after he was stopped performing a U-turn on City Road, Sheffield last night.

Not only was he found to taken cocaine before driving, but after a search of his car police found £160 worth of cannabis and almost £140 of brand new women's clothing.

Cocaine
South Yorkshire Police

The driver wasn't only arrested for drug driving, but he was also arrested for disqualified driving, driving without insurance, possession of cannabis, drink driving, and shoplifting.

Black Lives Matter rally in Sheffield today

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

There's a peace walk and rally in Sheffield later today in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in America.

It comes after the high-profile killings of black Americans like Alton Sterling.

I spoke to the organiser Ross Walcott on my mid-morning programme earlier on why he wanted to get involved:

Black Lives Matter Sheffield event organiser speaking to Rony

Similar events have already taken place in other cities in the UK.  

HS2 meeting in Rotherham today

Oli Constable

Rotherham council are holding public meetings at Bramley Village Hall today to talk to people about the impact of the new proposed HS2 line.

The new route saw a proposed station in Meadowhall scrapped in favour of a stop in Sheffield city centre. 

Train on viaduct
HS2

There is also the future option of HS2 services extending onwards to the existing Meadowhall station, Rotherham, or Barnsley or the development of a parkway station somewhere in South Yorkshire.

The sessions take place from 12:30 to 20:00 in Bramley.

There's also been drop-in sessions in other affected areas like Mexborough.

David Blunkett to collect honourary degree

Oli Constable

The Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett will join thousands of students collecting their degrees from the University of Sheffield today.

The former MP for Brightside will get an honourary degree in recognition for his contribution to British politics. 

David Blunkett
University of Sheffield

He joined the Department of Politics three years ago at the same university where he studied as a mature student in 1969.

Watch: Scene of where 11-year-old boy recovered

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

This is where the body of an 11-year-old boy was found near Parkgate, Rotherham.

Police were called to the canal yesterday after reports of a young boy being in the water at 19:00 last night.  

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The body was found near the bridge just off Stone Row Way.

The boy's family have been informed and are being supported by officers, police said.  

Watch: City music festival Tramlines kicks off tonight

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Sheffield's popular music festival Tramlines starts today and will be on across the weekend in the city.

Rapper Dizzee Rascal is the headliner tonight at Ponderosa Park, but there are acts on at fringe venues throughout Sheffield today.

Shamir Masri previews Tramlines

How does this happen?!

Oli Constable

Sheffield City Council have found something rather odd on their Town Hall steps...

They've just tweeted this photo of a lost shoe and keys with the hashtag #DrinkResponsibly.

Losing a set of keys is sort of understandable, but a shoe?

Shoe and keys
Sheffield City Council

Weather: Showery start turning dry tonight

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A rather cloudy start with some showery rain, becoming brighter but also scattered heavy showers developing turning locally thundery.

Through the evening showers gradually dying out, with some warm sunny intervals to end the day in most places.

Owain Wyn Evans with the outlook for the next 24 hours.

Body of missing 11-year-old boy found

The body of an 11-year-old boy has been recovered from a canal in Rotherham.

Police were called to the canal, behind the Parkgate shopping park, shortly after 19:00 last night.

Canal
BBC

They searched over night after receiving reports of a young boy in the water.

This morning, police confirmed that they had recovered the body of the boy close to where he went missing.

Map graphic
Google

Listen: Sheffield City Council to stub out smoking in playgrounds

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Parents dropping their children off at more than 150 Sheffield schools will soon see signs asking them not to smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes in the playground.

Councillor Mary Lea is Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure and spoke to me this morning:

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, speaking to Toby

It's a policy Barnsley Council is also considering adopting.

Body found in search for 11-year-old boy in Rotherham canal

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

CSI van
BBC

Police have confirmed to me in the last few moments that they have recovered the body of an 11-year-boy, after a 13-hour search in a Rotherham canal.

They were called to the canal, behind the Parkgate shopping park, shortly after 19:00 last night after reports of a person in the water.

map graphic
Google

A lot of the police activity was focused around a bridge off Stonerow Way, close to where the boy went missing.

Police continue search for 11-year-old boy in Rotherham canal

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

map graphic
Google

We're following the story this morning about a young boy who was last seen in a canal behind the Parkgate shopping park.

A lot of the police activity is centering around a bridge on Stonerow Way near Rotherham as they try and find the 11-year-old.

Police were called last night, just after 19:00, to reports that a boy was in the water.

Your headlines this morning

BBC Radio Sheffield

Police searching for boy in Rotherham canal

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police tape on bridge
BBC

I'm at the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal near Parkgate in Rotherham where police are looking for an 11-year-old boy who they say was last seen in a canal.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service were also called out to the canal shortly after 19:00 last night.

Canal
BBC

We'll bring you the latest as we get it.

Watch: Doncaster man becomes first person in the UK to have double hand transplant

Chris King, from Rossington, says he feels "whole again" and looks forward to holding a bottle of beer after becoming the first person in the UK to undergo a double hand transplant.

The 57-year-old lost both his hands, except the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine at work three years ago.

Chris King on how his life has changed

The operation was done at Leeds General Infirmary, which specialises in hand transplants. There are currently four people on the waiting list.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Constable

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

Weather wise, we're expecting highs of 23C today and we'll give you a forecast with Owain soon.

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BBC