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  1. Updates on Monday 15 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learnt today

Oli Constable

Thanks for joining me for today's live coverage across South Yorkshire, I'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, take a look at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. Missing Sheffield girl Tamara Carr found safe and well
  2. Violence breaks out at a meeting to discuss the HS2 route
  3. London-bound trains cancelled after bridge collapse
  4. Sheffield sees a sharp drop in home ownership
  5. And a Sheffield train manager has become a social media sensation

I'll leave you with the weather for tonight and it looks like it will be a comfortable and dry night.

Weather graphic

Tour de Yorkshire bikes to be donated to special libraries

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

They were seen as symbols for one of the region's biggest sporting events. Thousands of old bikes - painted blue and yellow, and dotted around the route of the Tour de Yorkshire. 

But now those bikes are being reused and donated to special libraries, so they can be loaned out, free of charge.

It's all part of the Tour's lasting legacy - to persuade more people to take up cycling.

Stuart Whincup reports.

Ward funding to help communities thrive

Oli Constable

Local councillors are starting to allocate £300,000 of "ward pot" funding to community groups and projects that will help their communities thrive.

Last year more than 300 community groups benefitted from "ward pots", with successful bids going towards community groups while others are getting money for local services, equipment and environmental improvements.

Group playing bingo
Sheffield City Council

Grants ranged from £250 to help fund cricket coaching in Nether Edge to £1,000 for computer classes in Parson Cross. 

Brass bands, sports clubs, gardening groups, youth clubs and friendship groups also received funding to tackle local issues such as combatting loneliness and developing skills that can lead to employment.

You can apply for the grant by click here.

Could Sheffield be Britain's most active city?

BBC News England

We all know that exercise is good for us and can help us lose weight, but now organisations across an entire city are trying to encourage as many people as possible to get more active.

'Move More month' brought together universities, the NHS, and two football teams to try to improve fitness levels in one UK city.

John Maguire reports.

Sheffield Sharks snap up Davis

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Sharks' new signing Jordan Davis is coming to Sheffield to win silverware.

The point guard, who played college basketball in Tampa, agreed a one year deal this week.

Davis says he's relishing the challenge of defending the Sharks BBL play off title.

Watch: 'Game changing' HIV drug to be NHS funded

Oli Constable

The High Court has ruled that NHS England DOES have the power to fund the HIV preventative drug, PrEP.

The once-a-day pill, which costs £400 a month per person, works by disabling the virus to stop it multiplying.

The idea is to give it to uninfected men who are having unprotected sex with other men.

Steve Slack is the chief executive of The Sheena Amos Youth Trust, a Sheffield charity for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people...

Rio: Gearing up for the Olympics this weekend

Tanya Arnold

BBC Sport

I'm in Rio ahead of the 2016 Olympics and, before the opening ceremony kicks off at the weekend, I've been taking in these breathtaking views.

You can see some of the medal hopes from our patch on Look North tonight from 18:30.

View more on twitter

Missing Sheffield girl found safe and well

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield teenager Tamara Carr has been found safe and well this afternoon, police have confirmed.

She had been missing since Sunday.  

Officers say they're really grateful to everyone who has shared their appeal.

Sheffield train manager becomes social media hit

Oli Constable

On a day where trains are cancelled, delayed, and the dreaded 'replacement bus service' rings over the tannoy, there's only one man that seems to be able to brighten your day...

Matt Dawson - self-proclaimed train manager extraordinaire - works on the Sheffield to London St Pancras route with East Midlands Trains and he seems to be a shinning light on a grey commute.

Matt Dawson

Passengers seem to want him on the radio - I'm sure we could give him a go...

View more on twitter

And Rob thinks he's destined for TV stardom! 

View more on twitter

First-class service for Jennifer (and her phone battery).

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Demelza is a fan! ANOTHER TV offer on the table?

View more on twitter

If you're heading home and need some cheering up, you might be lucky enough to have Matt as you train manager sometime soon!

Rotherham United sign Kelvin Wilson

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Rotherham United have confirmed the deal to sign Kelvin Wilson on a one year contract.

The centre-half was a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

Injuries have meant his game time has been limited in recent years.

View more on twitter

House-to-house enquiries in search for missing girl

Oli Constable

Tamara Carr
South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police are conducting house-to-house enquiries as they continue their search for missing Tamara Carr.

There's growing concern this afternoon for the missing 15-year-old who's not been seen for two days.

She was last seen in the Shirecliffe Road area of Sheffield.

Ariel of Shirecliffe Road

Tamara is white, around 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build with brown hair that is pink at the ends.

She is believed to be wearing black jeans with a maroon hooded top and black trainers. Anyone who can help is asked to call 101.

Luke McCullough ruled out for the season

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Doncaster Rovers defender Luke McCullough has been ruled out for the 2016/2017 after picking up an injury against York City in pre-season.

It adds to Darren Ferguson's headache after having numerous players sidelined through injury before the season even starts.

Luke McCullough

Some pre-season friendlies have even had to be cancelled to protect the players Ferguson has at his disposal.

Luke McCullough recently extended his contract with the club, meaning he'll stay with Doncaster Rovers until 2019.

Investment in start-up company creates Rotherham jobs

Rotherham Advertiser

At least 40 jobs will be created after the Government announced £440,000 investment in a Rotherham start-up company.

Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy pledged the money for BA Clic to develop and manufacture new products in the kitchen and bedroom industry.  

Search for missing girl Tamara stepped up

Police are conducting detailed land searches and house-to-house enquiries in their search for missing Tamara Carr.

They are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of the 15-year-old girl, who has been missing for more than 48 hours.

Tamara Carr
South Yorkshire Police

Tamara was last seen at around 7.30am on Sunday in the Shirecliffe Road area of Sheffield and there has been no contact from her since.

Tamara is around 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build with brown hair that is pink at the ends.

She is believed to be wearing black jeans with a maroon hooded top and black trainers.

Have you seen Tamara? Do you know where she might be? Please call 101 quoting incident number 201 of 31 July 2016.  

Water watchdog welcomes swift goodwill payment to villagers

Oli Constable

The Consumer Council for Water has welcomed the swift offer of a goodwill payment to 3,600 properties in the Yorkshire villages of Thorne and Moorends, which continue to be affected by a boil water notice.

CCWater – which represents the interests of water consumers – has been working closely with Yorkshire Water to help ensure customers are kept properly informed throughout the incident.

Customers have been told not to drink their tap water since Friday afternoon.

They say they're pleased that Yorkshire Water has made a quick decision to offer a £30 gesture of goodwill to all affected households.


Weather: Thick cloud and isolated showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy and muggy today with isolated showers - you can check out our full weather report here.

Police appeal over wanted man

Police in Sheffield are asking for your help finding wanted man Roger Alexander.

Tje 27 year old is wanted in connection with a number of offences including harassment and assault, which are reported to have taken place in the Parson Cross area of Sheffield over several months.

Despite extensive enquiries, officers have been unable to locate him.

Roger Alexander
South Yorkshire Police

If you see Roger Alexander, you are advised not to approach him.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please call 101 or email quoting incident number 347 of 18 June 2016.

Listen: Today's Rio 2016 preview

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

The Olympic games get underway down in Rio on Friday and our region has a number of athletes going for all this week we are going to hear from them.

I'll be guiding you through the ones to watch.

HS2: Your views

Oli Constable

HS2 train

You may have seen the video from last night's HS2 meeting in Barnburgh.

Lots of you have been sharing your views about it on our BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page, and I've collated a few of them below.

Lots of adults behaving like kids. The organisers knew these meetings would be well attended and other meetings had similar problems. If they had simply picked a larger venue none of this stupidity would have happened (probably)."

Scott Booth

HS2 needs to go ahead. All of the NIMBY people need to think bigger. I bet all of these people use motorways, telephone masts and other infrastructure that will have affected somebody in the past."

Robert Wilde

Why didn't HS2 just ask the people of Yorkshire to vote if they want HS2? How many people from Yorkshire are actually going to use the train to London?"

Emm Watson

How about fixing the existing railway?"

Arthur Love

Sheffield sees sharp drop in home ownership

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

We've talking about home ownership this morning... Because if you thought it was just hard to buy a house in London and the South East, you'd be wrong.

A new study has found that levels of home ownership in England are as low as they were in the 1980s.

The biggest shift towards renting, in recent years, has been in major cities, such as Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield.

I spoke to Stephen Clark, from the Resolution Foundation, and he told me how Sheffield compares to the rest of the country.

Thorne residents told the must 'boil their water until at least Thursday'

Update on the contaminated water problem in South Yorkshire.

Thorne residents have been told they must boil water before drinking until Thursday at the earliest.

Yorkshire water says it is continuing to try to find out what is causing the contamination in the area near Doncaster.  

Dripping tap
Science Photo Library

"We are encouraged that sample results are improving, but we need them to be completely clear before we can lift the boil order notice. Our investigations as to the cause of the incident are progressing well and continue to focus on the Coulman Industrial Estate as a potential source of the problem."

Charlie HaysomDirector of Service Delivery, Yorkshire Water

Tap water drinking ban until Thursday at the earliest

Yorkshire Water say people living in the Thorne area of Doncaster should continue to boil their water before drinking until at least Thursday.

Watch: Osmonds join Linda on her final fundraising mile

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A lady from Doncaster, who set herself the challenge to swim 250 miles to raise money for a charity which supports deaf children and their families, is finishing her challenge today.

Linda Carlo will be greeted by some very special guests - Merrill Osmond and his son Justin!

I've been to see her cross the finishing line in Armthorpe this morning.

Weather: Your pictures this morning

BBC Weather Watchers

Having a look on the Weather Watchers website this morning, you can see it's a very grey morning across South Yorkshire!

Thank you to those who have been sharing their photos today.

A field near Hoyland Nether
Mist in Totley
Cat in Brodsworth

If you want to get involved, you can submit your photo on the Weather Watchers website by clicking here.

Watch: 15,000 Bakewell puddings to go to Japan

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A bakery in Bakewell have made 15,000 Bakewell puddings for two food festivals later this year.

Bloomers Craft Bakery in Bakewell was asked to provide them for the events in Japan.

The journey, by sea from Southampton, will take up to 40 days.

Concerns grow for missing Tamara

Oli Constable

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing 15-year-old Tamara Carr from Sheffield, who has not been seen or heard from for nearly 48 hours.  

South Yorkshire Police

Tamara was last seen at around 7.30am on Sunday 31 July in the Shirecliffe Road area of Sheffield and there has been no contact from her since.

Tamara is around 5ft 6ins tall, of slim build with brown hair that is pink at the ends.

She is believed to be wearing black jeans with a maroon hooded top and black trainers.

Have you seen Tamara? Do you know where she might be? Please call 101 quoting incident number 201 of 31 July 2016.  

Watch: Air Cadets want YOU!

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Air Cadets in Eckington are after more people to join their squadron, as they celebrate their 75th anniversary.

The 2000 Eckington Air Training Corps have close ties with the RAF, with some cadets joining the air force in the future.

Sheffield motorists face parking charge increases

Sheffield Star

Motorists across Sheffield are set to be hit with a 40 per cent increase in parking charges at residential on-street bays.

A report by Sheffield Council says cheaper petrol prices and higher public transport costs mean more people are being tempted to use their cars.

Car parking
Sheffield Star

HS2 'unphased' by Barnburgh trouble

HS2 say they will continue to go to meetings to talk about the proposals, after there was trouble at a meeting last night.

They say they've spoken to more than 3,000 people on the route at a series of information events in the last two weeks.

We recognise that making sure communities know as much as possible about HS2 – and how it may affect them – is extremely important and understand that people will have concerns."

Richard PainHS2

HS2 say they will continue to hold these events, including one tomorrow in West Yorkshire, to provide information and answer questions about the proposed route and next steps. 

Watch: Bloomin' lovely garden to feature on TV tonight

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A woman from Sheffield will be on ITV tonight - showing off her garden.

Marian Simpson was approached by the people who make Alan Titchmarsh's "Love Your Garden" - and as soon as they saw photos they sent a camera crew round.

I've been round this morning to take a look...

Day five of Thorne tap water drinking ban

Oli Constable

A ban on using tap water without boiling it first is set to remain in place for a fifth day.  

Water poured into cup

Some 3,600 properties in Thorne, near Doncaster, have been without drinking water since Friday when high levels of bacteria were found in their supply.

Yorkshire Water said tests to confirm the water was safe to use were ongoing, with bottled water being distributed over the weekend.

Water pallets empty

Yesterday, it issued a warning after receiving reports of bogus callers suggesting the boil first instruction had been lifted.

The boil first order is still in place. Our investigations as to the cause of the incident are ongoing."

Charlie HaysomYorkshire Water

Listen: Chris Wilder on Brayford bid

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has rubbished rumours linking John Brayford with Wigan.

The Blades emphatically stated last night he's had no offers for the full back. 

If you missed our Football Heaven Managers Special, you catch catch-up on it here.

HS2: Police called after trouble flares at meeting

Oli Constable

South Yorkshire Police have confirmed they were called to reports of a disturbance at Barnburgh Primary School on Church Lane last night.

It was reported that a large number of people were trying to enter the school to attend the meeting which caused some disruption.


When police arrived there were many people at the meeting, but they say no criminal offences were reported and no-one was arrested.

A second meeting was held after the first in order to accommodate the significant number of people who attended.

Watch: Trouble flares at HS2 meeting

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Emotions boiled over last night at a meeting about the proposed HS2 railway line.

The new plan is that the line will cut through the Dearne Valley between Rotherham and Doncaster.

The new route is proving controversial in Doncaster and the elected mayor Ros Jones says she is against the plan.

There was a public meeting last night at Barnburgh School in Doncaster, where organisers called the police to keep order.

Watch: Trains cancelled after bridge collapse

Helen McCarthy

BBC Radio Leicester Reporter

Trains from Sheffield to London are being cancelled after a bridge collapsed at Barrow Upon Soar near Leicester.

The bridge collapsed in the early hours of this morning and trains to London St Pancras have been cancelled all morning.

View more on twitter

East Midlands Trains say they don't think the line will open today and a replacement bus service is in operation between Loughborough and Leicester. 

Have your say on new South Yorkshire theme park

Oli Constable

There's a chance to see the latest plans today for a proposed new theme park for South Yorkshire.

Derbyshire-based Gullivers want to build on the old Pithouse West colliery site near Rotherham.

I've been along to the site to see where it could all happen.

Weather: Cloudy with intermittent rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy at first, with a few brighter spells in the east.

Rain will spread across from mid-morning onwards, with most parts seeing light, intermittent outbreaks by late afternoon.

Perhaps some late brightness in the south.

Bridge collapse cancels London-bound trains

BBC News England

Bridge collapse

The sudden collapse of bridge is causing major disruption to trains between Sheffield and London.

The bridge collapsed at Barrow Upon Soar, near Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the early hours affecting the line north of Leicester.

Trains between London and Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield have been cancelled or delayed.

Train Timetable
National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail has been working to clear the route but does not expect to be able to re-open the route quickly.