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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 29 July 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Five things we learnt today

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

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

Here's a round-up of some of the big stories in South Yorkshire today.

Residents told 'do not drink' tap water

dripping tap
Science Photo Library

Yorkshire Water has told residents in 3,600 properties in Thorne near Doncaster not to drink their tap water.

High levels of bacteria have been detected in the local water supply.

The following postcodes are affected: 

  • DN8 4B
  • DN8 4D
  • DN8 4E  
  • DN8 4H  
  • DN8 4J
  • DN8 4L
  • DN8 4N
  • DL8 4P
  • DN8 4Q
  • DN8 4R
  • DN8 4S
  • DN8 4S
  • DN8 4T
  • DN8 5A
  • DN8 5B
  • DN8 5D
  • DN8 5E
  • DN8 5F
  • DN8 5G
  • DN8 5J
  • DN8 5N
  • DN8 5Q
  • DN8 5R
  • DN8 5S
  • DN8 5T

 Residents are being told not to drink tap water or use it to cook or prepare food. 

Alternative supplies will be delivered to The Thornensians Rugby Club and The Moorends Hotel.

Yorkshire Water would like to apologise to those customers affected by the ‘Do Not Drink’ advice. We are working hard to identify the source of the contamination and carrying out widespread flushing and sampling in the area".

Charlie HaysomYorkshire Water

Sheffield search for a suspected gunman: What happened this morning

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Police cordon
  • Reports were received just after 05:00, that a man had been seen with what was believed to have been a gun entering a disused brewery at the back of Neepsend Lane.   
South Yorkshire Police cordon
Queueing Traffic
  • Between 11:30 and 12:00 Police completed their search, saying they were confident there was no substantive evidence to back up the initial report and reassured the public there was no threat or danger following the incident.    
  • Police thanked people for their patience for the disruption caused by the search.

Weather: Showers will die out for a dry night

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

TONIGHT: Still the risk of some heavy showers this evening which will die out to leave a dry and cool night. Minimum temperature of 10C (50F). 

TOMORROW: A mostly dry and bright day with some sunny spells. There is the risk of isolated showers which could be heavy but very hit and miss. Feeling a little cooler with a maximum temperature of 20C (68F). It'll be similar on Sunday.


Watch: Forget 1966, Charlton brother plays football in Rotherham

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

As part of our look back to 1966, I've been to meet the youngest of the Charlton brothers. 

Tommy Charlton, who lives in Rotherham, was a 20 year old apprentice, when his older brothers Bobby and Jackie played at Wembley in the World Cup Final. 

He now plays a gentler kind of sport every week in Rotherham. "Bob sent me a ticket for the final" he says "but I was too skint to travel down to London, so I watched it on the telly"  

Police gun amnesty in final days

An additional week was added to the weapons surrender to support the launch of South Yorkshire Police’s Organised Crime Group and Armed Criminality campaign.

They've launched a countywide campaign to give members of public the opportunity to safely hand in firearms and knives, until 1 August 2016, to try to remove illegal or unwanted weapons from local communities.

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A look back at 1966

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield has been marking 50 years since England beat West Germany at Wembley today.

There's been a special showing of the match, for listeners, at the radio station. 

Sheffield showing of 1966 England's winning World Cup match

And we've all been getting into the spirit of the 1960s...

What do you think of my effort?! 

I could get used to this look...

Presenter, Howard Pressman

Che Adams: Birmingham City outpriced for Sheffield United's seven-figure target

BBC Sport

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has bemoaned his Championship rivals' 'massive' extra buying potential after being outpriced for one summer target, Sheffield United striker Che Adams.

Blues made an initial bid of £1.2m for the 20-year-old non-league discovery. But they have had a second offer turned down for the former Ilkeston FC man.

"You can name six or seven teams in this division who, if they want a deal doing, can massively overpay to get that deal done," Rowett told BBC WM.

Che Adams

After signing a new three-year deal last summer, Adams netted 12 more goals in a Blades career that has so far brought him 54 appearances, 17 of them as a substitute, earning him a lot of interested admirers.  

BreakingMissing teenager Lily Lewis found

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

15-year-old Lily Lewis from Barnsley has been found safe and well in Sheffield this afternoon.

Lily was reported missing on Wednesday 27 July. Polica have said a massive thank you to everyone who shared the appeal.   

Doncaster men arrested after break-in at car compound

Two men have been arrested after a car compound on Moody Lane in Grimsby was broken into just after 02:00 this morning.

A police helicopter was deployed to the area after reports of two men breaking through the fence.

A 21-year-old and 30-year-old, both from Doncaster, were arrested shortly afterwards. 

Moody Lane car compound

Police are now trying to establish who owns a white Fiat Scudo van which was found nearby.

Have you seen Lily? Police gravely concerned

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Lily Lewis,15, has been missing from Barnsley since Wednesday. 

There have been no sightings of her in almost 60 hours.  

Lily Lewis
South Yorkshire Police

Lily is 5ft 10ins has brown/red hair.

Police and family are gravely concerned for her welfare. 

If you've seen her call 101.   

Watch: Major breakthrough in battle against superbugs

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Scientists at the University of Sheffield develop a treatment that could mark a turning point in the fight against hospital superbugs: 

Three test positive for Zika virus in Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Three people have tested positive for the Zika virus in West Yorkshire. 

The NHS Trust in Calderdale has confirmed that the patients were carrying the infection after returning from overseas. 

So far 50 people in the UK have been infected with Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes found in the Americas.

South America
Baby with Zika
Sheffield United striker Che Adams

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett outlines his rivals' 'massive' buying potential after being outbid for Che Adams.

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Weather: Cloudy with some showery rain on and off this afternoon

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

There will also be some dry spells and even some brightness later. 

A maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

Weather graphic

Two Yorkshire cities compete for Great Exhibition of the North

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Cities competing for exhibition
Ministry for Digital and Culture

Bradford and Sheffield have both made it on to the shortlist to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018. 

The exhibition, which will run for at least two months, will showcase the creative, cultural and design sectors. Its aim is to boost investment and tourism. 

Halifax and Harrogate didn't make it on to the list. 

The chosen venue will be announced in the next few months.

Your headlines this afternoon

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Apology for power cut on Sheffield High Street this morning

Oli Constable

Northern Powergrid confirm that at around 09:30 this morning a power cut affected 346 homes and businesses in the centre of Sheffield, around the Fargate area.

Fargate in Sheffield

Our engineers were able to restore electricity to 320 properties within an hour by supplying power from an alternative source on our network. The remaining 26 customers were back on by 11:57 am. We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused and would like to reassure our customers that we’re not expecting any further disruption whilst we repair the underground cable.”

Northern Powergrid

Watch: South Yorkshire romance takes a trip to Cornwall

BBC Radio Sheffield

Blokes round here might not be famous for their romantic gestures, but that could be about to change...

Drew Michael Frost from Doncaster took advantage of the romantic setting in Cornwall when he chose the causeway at St Michael's Mount to propose to his girlfriend Jess.

Want to know what she said? 

If you've got a video you'd like to share, why not email BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield scientists make breakthrough in fight against antibiotic resistance

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A cream to fight superbugs has been developed here in South Yorkshire. The key facts are:

  • Researchers develop new treatment to prevent bacterial skin infections
  • New treatment can work on antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’, such as MRSA
  • Unlike conventional antibiotics, new therapy doesn’t directly kill bacteria, so doesn’t encourage evolution of resistance 

Here's how this pioneering new treatment can be used on antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA  

MRSA graphic
Sheffield University

Watch: 1966 and the beginning of modern football

BBC iWonder

Tomorrow marks 50 years since England won the World Cup.

But did the 1966 World Cup mark the beginning of modern football?

Excessive celebrations, interest in their "relations" and stratospheric remuneration - the blueprint for the world of the modern football player started to emerge in 1966.  

Chart the evolution of the World Cup WAGs and discover Jimmy Hill's views on kissing:  

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Police search for 'gunman' completed in Neepsend and roads re-opened

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Officers have now completed a thorough search of the disused brewery following reports this morning that a man had been seen entering the site in the Neepsend Lane area of Sheffield, and that he was believed to be in possession of a firearm.

Following the search and enquiries, police say they're confident there is no substantive evidence to this report and want to reassure the public there is no threat or danger following the incident.

Police cordon earlier this morning

In the current climate, we will always take any report of this nature seriously and put measures in place to ensure the safety of the public as this is and will always be paramount. I want to thank the public for their patience and understanding with this incident, as there has been major disruption in Sheffield this morning and we appreciate this has caused significant traffic delays and people being unable to attend their place of work and go about their daily business."

Scott GreenSuperintendent

BreakingPolice cordon lifted in Sheffield

Police have told us no gunman has been found.

More to follow.

BreakingSheffield shortlisted to host Great Exhibition of the North

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture has today announced a shortlist of four to compete to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018.

  • Sheffield
  • Blackpool
  • Bradford
  • Newcastle-Gateshead   

Blackpool Bradford Newcastle-Gateshead Sheffield
Ministry of State for Digital and Culture

The exhibition, which will run for at least two months, will showcase the great creative, cultural and design sectors across the whole of the North, and boost investment and tourism in the region.

The shortlist will now be assessed by the Great Exhibition board before a final selection is made by Ministers. The chosen venue will be announced in the autumn.

The Government's contributing £5m towards the exhibition and a further £15m to a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the North.

Power to resume in Sheffield after cut

Oli Constable

I'm on Fargate, Sheffield, where there's been a big powercut this morning. Shops have been without power for more than 90 minutes. 

Businesses in the area have been told to expect power back at 11:15.


Police in Sheffield searching 'every nook and cranny' for suspected gunman

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Warehouse area in Neepsend

I've been speaking to Police who say they're searching every part of a disused brewery in Neepsend, Sheffield.

They're searching for a man who's reported to have a gun.

They've said the brewery is 8 stories high and so the search may take some time.

Neepsend area

The search has caused road closures in the Neepsend area and has been holding up traffic through the rush hour along Penistone Road, Neepsend Lane and Rutland Road.  

Three test positive for Zika virus in Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Three people have tested positive for the Zika virus in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire. 

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust has confirmed that the patients were carrying the infection after returning from travelling.

So far 50 people in the UK have been infected with Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes found in the Americas, except for Canada and Chile where it is too cold for them to survive. 


The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. The infection is suspected of leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains, known as microcephaly.

Cases of this condition have been centred in north-east Brazil, but the outbreak has affected more than 20 countries in South America.

There is no specific treatment for it and it usually wears off naturally after two to seven days. After a diagnosis patients are cared for by their GPs if needed. There is extremely low risk of contracting it in the UK as the mosquito that transmits the infection is not present in the UK however it can be spread by sexual transmission.”

Dr Gavin BoydCalderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

Power cut on Sheffield High Street

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Businesses are reporting a power cut along Fargate in Sheffield this morning.

We've spoken to one business owner who says power has returned in the last few minutes to her business, but she reports a number of shops along the High Street are still without electricity.

Map of Fargate

Armed officers continue to search Neepsend, Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police are searching a derelict brewery and other buildings for a suspected gunman in the Neepsend Lane, Penistone Road and Rutland Road area of Sheffield.  

Police car at Neepsend

Sheffield shopping centre is today suffering an early morning power cut.

Sheffield Star

Fargate pedestrian precinct and shopping area, between Barker's Pool and High Street, is affected by the electricity failure.

Sheffield Star

Listen: Neepsend 'incident' traffic chaos delays workers

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's a manhunt going on in Sheffield. 

Reports were received just after 05:00, that a man had been seen with what is believed to be a gun entering a disused brewery at the back of Neepsend Lane. 

The area's still being searched - and a number of roads have been cordoned off since, which has been causing big problems for commuters. 

 Lots people nearby can't get into work either, like Ian Fox from Longdens.

Cream to fight superbugs developed by Sheffield scientists

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Sheffield University

A treatment that could mark a turning point in the fight against hospital superbugs such as MRSA has been developed by scientists at the University of Sheffield. 

Bacteria invading a wound or bed sore attach themselves to the skin via sticky patches on human cells.

The scientists have found that proteins make the patches less sticky, allowing the bugs to be washed away. The new treatment prevents around 50 % of bateria from attaching to cells

Can you help Val?

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

It's 50 years since England won the World Cup and you've been sharing your stories on BBC Radio Sheffield.

I've been speaking to Val from Hunter's Bar. It's her Golden Wedding anniversary on the 1st October - and she wants to reunite her four bridesmaids for a big party.

She's still searching for one of them, Kathy Gregory (nee Fletcher) from Holdings Road in Sheffield.

Do you know Kathy? Call us 0114 279 66 99 or send an email.

Kathy Fletcher
Val Nethergate

Watch: Report from police 'incident' in Neepsend, Sheffield

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

'No shots fired' in incident at Neepsend, Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police searching for a man with a gun in Sheffield say categorically 'No shots have been fired'. 

The search continues for a man thought to be within disused land around the junctions of Penistone Road and Rutland Road. There are long traffic delays in the area, avoid it if you can.

Neepsend police cordon
Neepsend police cordon
Neepsend police cordon

Traffic warning in Neepsend area due to 'incident'

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's major disruption in the Neepsend Lane area of Sheffield as police search for a man reported to have a gun in the old Stones Brewery.

The junctions at Penistone Road and Rutland Road onto Neepsend Lane are both closed. 

Police in Neepsend
Traffic at a standstill on Penistone Road, people have been standing outside their cars

BreakingListen: Report from Neepsend where police look for man with gun

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I'm in Neepsend where police are looking for a man with a gun, thought to be inside a disused brewery in Sheffield

There's heavy traffic around Neepsend Lane because of this. Please avoid the area if you can. 

Watch: Sheffield and the World Cup in 1966

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

It's fifty years since the World Cup was staged in England and did you know that Sheffield played a key role in hosting the matches? 

Four of the games were at Hillsborough stadium.

Weather: A cloudy start with patchy rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This weather front will slowly sink southwards throughout the day, although it'll remain rather cloudy well into this afternoon. 

A few bright and sunny spells developing later on, highs today of 20C (68F).

BBC Look North's Owain Wyn Evans has Yorkshire's forecast on Friday 29 July 2016.