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  1. Live updates on Monday 18 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today. We're back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Here are five of the big stories from today:

  1. Tempers may flare at public meeting over the revised HS2 route in South Yorkshire
  2. Pokemon Go has helped fight crime in Doncaster
  3. Men and women can 'just be friends' - well, almost.
  4. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are good at being 'bobbies on the beat'
  5. Kids have had an un-bee-lievable idea at a Barnsley school.

And just in case you don't believe me - watch below...

See you tomorrow.

Your views: Meeting in Mexborough over HS2 proposals

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Residents from Mexborough near Doncaster who could see their homes demolished to make way for the new HS2 railway line are meeting tonight to discuss what they should do. 

The meeting's at Mexborough Academy at 18:00 and tomorrow HS2 are holding a drop-in information session between 12:00 and 19:00 at the Mexborough Resource Centre.

Mexborough Shimmer estate

The company building the line, HS2 Limited, announced earlier this month they wanted to move the line further east because it no longer intends to build a station at Meadowhall. They say it will cut costs and cut journey times. 

But that will mean knocking down the new Shimmer Estate which is still being built. The new route will lead to the demolition of 600 homes nationally, with 200 of them going in Mexborough.  

Mexborough Shimmer estate

We'll have more on this story tonight on BBC Look North 18:30 on BBC1.

You've been sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page: 

Cut the journey time by how much? The only people that will really benefit, once again, is the ones in London!!! Why should WE be penalised for that? There has been far too much of our countryside etc. ruined by all the building that has overtook it."

Beverly Dalton-kirby

It's a big waste of money, put the money into the rest of the railway lines they are a disgrace. ..clean them up and sort the scruffy trains out...."

Lindsay Ramsden

I know people who bought houses on that estate with no inkling this was going to happen. Turning people's lives upside down. I don't agree with it at all anyway. Such a lot of government funds to gain a little extra traveling time. Who's going to benefit from this. There are much better ways I'm sure to spend the money."

Diane Sockett

It is all a con to provide London workers with out of town accommodation. Don't be fooled it is not for the benifit of the north. Remember London is full"

John Cale

HS2 is not needed. A time saving of 20 minutes has to assume no delays. Upgrade existing routes and trains will achieve just as much time saving. Bin HS2."

Alan Lockley

Weather: Enjoy the heat, while it lasts

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Tonight, dry with clear spells. Warm and humid with low's around 16C (61F).

The hottest day of the year so far is predicted tomorrow. 

But it looks set to break by the weekend.

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Headlines: 'King Coal' dies and northern leaders write to PM over Brexit

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Among the headlines in South Yorkshire this evening:

HEATWAVE: 8 exotic hot-spots Sheffield will be hotter than tomorrow

Sheffield Star

Jake Kean

Sheffield Wednesday sign goalkeeper Jake Kean after his contract with Norwich was terminated by mutual consent.

Read more

Watch: Barnsley school buzzing with bee keepers

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

Forget maths and English - beekeeping is the most popular class at one school in Barnsley. Holy Trinity has got it's very own apiary and some very willing young beekeepers. 

They've even been selling the honey to make money for the school. 

How hot is it where you are?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Feeling a bit stuffy? 

image of deck chairs on a beach

It's currently hotter in Barnsley than it is in Los Angeles and Brighton.

In Rotherham, it's hotter than Beijing.

Sheffield's the same temperature as Lagos, Nigeria.

and Doncaster's hotter than New York!

Compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world, including some of the hottest and coldest inhabited places, here

'King Coal' Richard Budge dies at 69

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The British mining mogul Richard Budge who was dubbed "King Coal" has died at the age of 69. 

He made his name during the privatisation of the UK's coal mines, buying up large parts of the industry, and until 2001 led the firm that became known as UK Coal. 

He was declared bankrupt three years ago.

Richard Budge

Missing man seen on city centre CCTV

Officers investigating into the disappearance of 69-year-old David Leedham have issued a CCTV still of a man believed to be Mr Leedham in Sheffield city centre.  

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

Mr Leedham was last seen at around 11:00 on Saturday 16 July in the Gleadless Road area of Sheffield. He has made no contact with family or friends since, and police have issued two public appeals for information and sightings as part of their ongoing investigation.    

Police say his lack of contact is highly out of character and concerns continue to grow. 

Have you seen David? Call 101 

'King Coal' dies at 69

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Richard Budge, the businessman who was crowned “King Coal” after he successfully spear-headed the purchase of State-owned British Coal’s mining assets in England when the industry was privatised over 20 years ago, died today at the age of 69.

More to follow.

Man of Coal - Richard Budge

Chesterfield's Labour MP shows support for Trident

The Labour MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins, says he's confident the majority of Labour MPs will vote in favour of trident. 

MPs will vote this evening on whether to replace the four Vanguard submarines that carry Britain's trident nuclear missile system at a cost of £31bn. 

The SNP is opposing renewal, the Labour party is split on the issue. 

But former Shadow Defence Minister, Mr Perkins says he'll vote as he pledged to at the general election

North of England council leaders demand Brexit talks

BBC News England

Leaders of five combined authorities, including Sheffield, have written to the Prime Minister saying the north of England needs a "strong voice" in Brexit negotiations. 

The letter was signed by leaders from Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, North East and West Yorkshire combined authorities.  

Photo montage of Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, North East and West Yorkshire and European flag

It requested a meeting with Theresa May, who has not yet commented, "at her earliest convenience".

It stresses it is "vital" the north's voice is heard "loud and clear".

Warning not to swim in open water this summer

Police and fire officials are asking you to refrain from swimming in open water this summer.

They're reminding people that even though the weather is warm, the water might not be and there are a number of hidden dangers.

Ladybower reservoir
Ladybower reservoir

We don’t want to stop people from enjoying any warmer weather this summer, but lakes, rivers and flooded quarries hide a multitude of dangers beneath the surface. Although the water might seem inviting, freezing temperatures, hidden currents and debris underneath the water can all pose grave dangers."

Richard BattyInspector, South Yorkshire Police,

Crown Court trial begins following Chatsworth death

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A Crown Court trial begins today following the death of a man at the Chatsworth Horse Trials in 2013. 

Frederick Bolton from Sheffield died from injuries sustained when riding his motorcycle on the Chatsworth Estate. 

Derbyshire Dales District Council is prosecuting the Chatsworth House Trust and event organiser Felicity Jane Reason for alleged Health and Safety offences. 

They both pleaded NOT guilty at an earlier hearing. The trial at Leicester Crown Court is expected to last a number of weeks.

Office for the day: Conisborough Castle

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Conisborough Castle

Lucky @BBCLookNorth, they get to drop me down a deep hole today.    

I've been given rare access to Conisborough Castle basement to look for old graffiti. 

The task involves Dave (here wearing orange) dropping me down a 30ft hole.

I'll let you know how I get on...

Conisborough Castle

Weather: A sunny day for most across the region

BBC Weather

Mostly dry and very warm with spells of sunshine, just a small chance of a shower. 

Maximum temperature 27C (81F).

Weather graphic

Headlines: Bank of the North proposals and under-reporting of race hate crime

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The latest headlines from Sheffield and South Yorkshire this Monday lunchtime: 

Watch: Flying saucer over South Yorkshire?

BBC Weather Watchers

Spotted in South Yorkshire: A flying saucer?


Apparently they're lenticular clouds. They're more usually seen near mountain ranges and instead of being blown along by the wind, they tend to hover or appear stationary and the wind blows through them.

Thanks BBC Weather Watcher, Wendy Scott @Wendspix1 for the video.

Labour party proposes 'Bank of the North'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A Labour government would set up a "Bank of the North" to improve infrastructure and create high-skilled jobs, the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is promising.  

John McDonnell

He says a network of regional banks would work alongside a National Investment Bank to help get an extra £500bn pounds into the economy and transform some of Britain's most deprived areas. 

In a speech in Sunderland, which voted to leave the EU in last month's referendum, John McDonnell says the result showed our economy is failing too many people.

Listen: Race hate in South Yorkshire going unreported?

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There are concerns that people aren't reporting race hate crimes in South Yorkshire. 

Research by BBC Yorkshire suggests that many victims are choosing not to report verbal or physical incidents to police. 

Imams, religious charities, and individuals have told the BBC they don't have confidence in the police or the justice system. We've been talking to people in Rotherham:

Summer's here: Get your camera out!

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thank you for tweeting all your lovely summertime photos this morning. 

These wonderful views from @ellieil@wearenosmirk@OurCowMolly

Summer view South Yorkshire
Ellie Beykzadeh.
Peak District foxgloves
From the balcony up at Chatsworth Farm Shop
Jo @wearenosmirk
From the balcony up at Chatsworth Farm Shop
Summer farming in Sheffield
Our Cow Molly
Summer farming in Sheffield

Fire service attends hundreds of medical ‘break ins’ in unique 999 collaboration

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says it has attended more than 1,800 ‘medical break-in’ incidents since July 2014 - when it became the first fire service in the country to take on this type of work.

Firefighters provide humanitarian assistance at emergencies where people are thought to be in need of urgent medical attention, but where ambulance service paramedics cannot get to them, for example when they are locked indoors.

The work used to be carried out by police officers, so is helping to save thousands of hours of police time each year. 

The scheme was the first of its kind in the country when it was first trialled in Rotherham in September 2014, but has now been adopted by other UK fire and rescue services.

Welcome to South Yorkshire's 'Listening Project'

The BBC's Listening Project aims to capture the nation in conversation. It's a partnership with the British Library.

And this week, the listening project is coming to South Yorkshire with a week-long special of different conversations on BBC Radio Sheffield.

So let's hear today's conversation; it's between Alex from Doncaster and her friend Chris. 

They met on Twitter in 2014 and around a year later they took the plunge and met up in person, with Chris travelling up from Bristol to see Alex in Doncaster. 

They've faced their individual challenges - Alex was physically assaulted in 2001 leaving her with some brain damage and memory loss and Chris has gone through a divorce. But could they have a future together as more than just good friends?

You can hear all the conversations from our region via the BBC Listening Project, here.

Have you seen missing man David from Sheffield?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

David Leedham
South Yorkshire Police

Concern's growing for a man not seen by his family or friends since Saturday morning.

69 year old David Leedham, was last seen in the Gleadless Road area of Sheffield, close to the Medical Centre. 

He has a bus pass, and may have been to a local Sainsbury's. 

David is 5ft 3ins and was wearing canvas type shoes. Mountain Rescue are carrying out searches in targeted locations - according to the police. 

Have you seen him? Call police on 101. 

Public meeting to discuss revised South Yorkshire HS2 route

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A public meeting to discuss the revised HS2 rail route through South Yorkshire will be held in Mexborough tonight.

HS2 graphic

People in the town are angry at the new proposals, which would see 200 homes demolished, including a housing estate that's still being built. 

HS2 Limited says the plan would save £1bn.  

Shimmer Estate Mexborough

People living on the Shimmer estate, which is being built by Strata Homes, have been told their properties are likely to be bulldozed.

Shimmer Estate Mexborough

Didcot power station: Search resumes after demolition

BBC News England

Search efforts for three men killed in the Didcot power station collapse have resumed after the remainder of the boiler house was demolished.  

A remote demolition brought down the decommissioned site at about 06:00 yesterday in a unique operation using remote-controlled robots.

Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61 - both from Rotherham -  and Chris Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, were trapped under rubble on 23 February.

Pokemon Go credited with 'helping fight crime' say police in Doncaster

Pokemon Go players "helped fight crime" after thwarting a burglary, South Yorkshire Police said.

Officers were called to the Wheatley area of Doncaster on Saturday when players called 999 after seeing what they thought was a theft taking place.

Pokemon graphic on smart phone

The force said two men had been arrested on suspicion of burglary in relation to the incident.

Police car and Pokemon image
South Yorkshire Police
Pokemon Go players search real-life locations for digital creatures

I never thought I would write this headline but ‪#‎PokemonGo has helped fight crime."

Police statement

Good luck: Graduation at Sheffield University

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Have you noticed the city's become a little quieter of late? The students are departing for another summer.

And at Sheffield University, they're celebrating graduation day!

Sheffield University
Sheffield University students
Sheffield University

Headlines: Meeting later for revised HS2 route and Didcot search continues

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

  • A public meeting to discuss the revised HS2 rail route through South Yorkshire will be held in Mexborough tonight
  • The search to find the bodies of three men buried in rubble at Didcot Power Station continues this morning.Two of the missing men, Ken Cresswell and John Shaw, are from Rotherham
  • Concern's growing for a man not seen by his family or friends since Saturday morning. 69 year old David Leedham, was last seen in the Gleadless Road area of Sheffield, close to the Medical Centre

Weather: Lots of sunshine for most of us

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry a bright start with some cloud around first thing. 

Most places enjoying a largely dry and warm day with some good spells of sunshine, but we could still see one or two heavy showers particularly throughout the afternoon. 

Feeling humid with highs of 26C (79F). 

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Looks like another lovely day across South Yorkshire. 

Full weather report coming shortly.

Coverage of all the big stories across South Yorkshire until 18:00. Got a story? Get in touch

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