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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 3 August 2016

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By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learnt today

Oli Constable

Thanks for joining me today, I'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

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

  1. Samurai swords taken off South Yorkshire streets during police weapon amnesty
  2. E.coli gets the blame for Doncaster tap water ban
  3. On-street car parking prices to go up in Sheffield
  4. 180 Sheffield jobs saved after Government shake-up
  5. A sheep gets its head stuck in a bucket - it's worth a look!

Before I go, I gave you Jackie's family enjoying the elephants this morning; they've been following the trail around the city and say it's way better than Pokémon GO!

Here's our elephant, affectionately named Martyn, being looked after by Jackie's granddaughters. It's good to know he's getting a lot of love!

Painted elephant
Jackie Pickering

If you want to get in touch with any of your photos, I'd love to see them and hopefully I'll be able to post some of them tomorrow.

Have a good evening!

Police investigate indecent exposure in Rotherham

Oli Constable

Police are investigating reports a teenage boy exposed himself to a nine-year-old girl and her friend on The Wellway in Sunnyside at about 18:30 yesterday.

The teenager is described as being about 15-years-old, white and believed to have been wearing a green and black Nike top and black tracksuit bottoms. 

Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries in the area and would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

The Wellway map

Your pictures: More from last night's sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

We've been inundated with amazing pictures of the sunset last night over South Yorkshire.

I've taken a look on the BBC Weather Watchers website and chosen a handful of the incredible photos that have come through.

Maltby sunset
Purple sky

Do you have a photo you want to share with us? Get in touch and you could see it on our live page soon.

Can't wait to see some of your snaps!

Severe congestion on the M1

BBC Travel

Slow traffic and queues on the M1 southbound between J33 Sheffield Parkway and J32 M18 because of an earlier broken down vehicle. 

There's severe congestion to J34, at Meadowhall and on A630 to the A57 junction.

Victory as 180 under-threat civil service jobs stay in Sheffield

Oli Constable

Union officials have welcomed reports that Civil Service jobs set to be moved from the region to London will remain in South Yorkshire.

A campaign was launched after news that around 250 jobs in a business department office in Sheffield would be transferred to the capital under cost-saving and "modernising" plans.

We welcome the fact the Government recognises the value in having policy work located outside the capital and it just underlines how unnecessary and wrong it is for the business department to revert back to being so London-centric."

Mark SerwotkaGeneral Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union

Eight reasons to visit Sheffield Oktoberfest this week

Sheffield Star

Sheffield Star

Need a reason to go to Sheffield Oktoberfest? We’ve got eight here!

Could this solve Sheffield's traffic problems?

BBC News England

It may look like something from the future, but China's long-awaited "straddling bus" ran its inaugural test in Hebei province this week.

The 2m-high Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) straddles the cars below, allowing them to pass through.

Powered by electricity, the bus is able to carry up to 300 passengers in its 72ft long and 25ft wide body.

Bus Alternative

Maybe this is what we need on Sheffield's streets?

Samurai swords among weapons taken off the streets

Oli Constable

Over 180 weapons are now in police possession and unable to fall into criminal hands following a three-week surrender in South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Police launched the weapons amnesty to provide a way for people to dispose of any firearm or knife safely and quickly, with no fear of being prosecuted for possession.

Gun amnesty
South Yorkshire Police

Weather: Bright and breezy

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It should become both cloudier and windier as the day progresses, with showers merging to give some longer spells of rain in the west later.

You can see the full weather forecast here.

Your photos: Last night's sunset

Oli Constable

Seraphina Rose got in touch with me to share her stunning sunset photos from last night.

She took them from her bedroom window in Woodhouse, Sheffield, and they look amazing!

Seraphina Rose
Seraphina Rose

Thanks to Seraphina for sending them in - got a photo that you'd like to share? Get in touch!

We'll share some more later this afternoon.

Local artists wades in on car parking price increase

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Daily news cartoonist James Whitworth has tweeted us this picture he drew, after Sheffield City Council announced they're increasing their on-street car parking charges.

Earlier this week they published a report online to increase charges in areas outside the city centre.

It has since been deleted from their website.

View more on twitter

Our Cow Molly going udderly great

Oli Constable

You may remember that local dairy farm Our Cow Molly recently bagged themselves a fridge-load of awards?

Well, they've just started selling their milk in more places than ever!

Our Cow Molly

They've recently just paired up with the supermarket The Co-operative Food.

The family-run business has also won the BBC's Future Food Award.

E. coli blamed for tap water ban in Doncaster

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Yorkshire Water has confirmed that E.coli has been the cause of an alert over supplies in the the Thorne area of Doncaster.

The company says it's traced the source of the problem but won't say where it was, however, their investigation has centered on an industrial site.

The company says people should continue to boil drinking water until at tomorrow at least.

E coli
Science Photo Library

Clegg: Keeping Sheffield jobs 'partial victory for common sense'

Mick Lunney

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam MP and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the Government's decision to keep 180 civil service jobs in Sheffield is a partial victory for common sense.

It reverses a decision to transfer 250 jobs from the Department for Business Skills and Innovation to London.

70 jobs will still move.

He says the government should now guarantee the rest of the jobs will stay in Sheffield and apologise to workers whose lives have been turned upside down.

Nick Clegg

Owl keeper shows me his hooters

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been milling around the Bakewell Show this afternoon taking in the sights and I've just bumped into Derek.

He works with birds of prey and was kind enough to show me the owls he's brought to the show.

Man with Owl

I'm live on BBC Radio Sheffield between 13:00 and 16:00 from the Bakewell Show

Sheffield rehouses 44 Syrian refugees

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

The Home Affairs Select Committee says some local authorities “are not pulling their weight” when it comes to resettling refugees.

It has called on local MPs to encourage councils to take refugees from places like war-torn Syria.

In South Yorkshire, only Sheffield has rehoused any refugees, taking 44.

Tent in refugee camp

Dozens of guns handed in to police following amnesty

Oli Constable

Over 50 weapons have been handed in to South Yorkshire Police following a three-week surrender across the region. 

Getty Images

In total, there were 50 firearms handed in, including eight from Rotherham, five in Barnsley, 30 in Sheffield and seven in Doncaster.

South Yorkshire Police launched the amnesty to provide a way for people to get rid of any firearm, ammunition or knife safely and quickly, with no fear of being prosecuted for having it.

I am pleased with the number of weapons handed in during the three-week period. One less firearm on the streets is one potential less victim of crime."

Steve WhittakerSouth Yorkshire Police

Anger over proposed parking charges increase

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Earlier this week Sheffield City Council published an online report saying they were planning to increase on-street parking charges in areas outside the city centre.

The Federation of Small Businesses has slammed the idea saying any increase will "hit traders who are already struggling to survive."

Now that council report has disappeared from the internet.

People have been telling me how might affect their business.

Bakewell Show: Paulette's big hammer

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I'm at the Bakewell Show today, enjoying the weird and wonderful things that they have to offer.

Here's me with my bigger hammer, trying to hit a bell (there's a joke in there somewhere!!)

I'll be live on BBC Radio Sheffield, from the Bakewell Show, from 13:00.

Peterborough United player having medical at Rotherham

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Peterborough United winger Jon Taylor is having a medical at Rotherham United today, after a fee between the two clubs was agreed.

Taylor, who joined Posh a couple of years ago, has played 54 league games for the side.

Jon Taylor

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 gold - so all this week we are going to hear from them.

This week, I've been guiding you through the ones to watch...

Watch: 180 Government jobs saved after shake-up

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The jobs, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Peace Gardens, were due to be moved from Sheffield to London.

They have now been saved after a shake-up by new PM Theresa May.

Around 70 jobs are still at risk.

What's your connection to Firth Park?

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Today, I'm in Firth Park for Rony's rough and random guide. It's where we collect your stories of a place in South Yorkshire or North East Derbyshire.

What's your connection? Drop Rony an email, we'd love to here it!

Firth Park
High Street

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing on Sheffield estate

Sheffield Star

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident on a Sheffield estate  yesterday evening.

Sheffield Star

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder following a reported stabbing.  

Listen: On-street car parking charges to increase in Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Earlier this week Sheffield City Council published a report online saying they were planning to increase on-street parking charges in areas outside the city centre.

The Federation of Small Businesses has slammed the idea saying any increase will "hit traders who are already struggling to survive."

But now, that council report has disappeared from the internet.

I've been to Hillsborough, one of the areas affected by the new price increase.

Sometimes, ewe just have one of those days...

Oli Constable

Cannon Hall Farm posted this video on their Facebook page last night.

They say the best thing about working on a farm is that you never know what mischief the animals are going to get up to next...

Watch: Man walking coast-to-coast - barefoot!

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

On Boxing Day 12 years ago, the world was shocked by the images of the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Lee Todd watched the scenes unfold on TV and the image of a single shoe washing up on the shore amid the debris stayed with him.

He discovered there are one billion people in the world without shoes - many of them children.

He is walking between Skegness and Liverpool. He left on Saturday and spent the night in Sheffield.

 I caught up with him earlier this morning before he headed off.

Listen: Barnsley sign Torquay United skipper

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley's latest recruit knows he has a battle on his hands to get first team football.

Centre half Angus MacDonald signed a two year deal with the Reds yesterday.

The former Torquay skipper told last night's Football Heaven that he has to work hard to get a place in the side, and his former boss Kevin Nicholson says he's got a bright future.

Thorne boil notice enters sixth day

Oli Constable


Yorkshire Water have said that residents near Doncaster won't be able to drink their tap water until at least Thursday, after high bacteria levels were found in the water supply.

Customers will receive a £30 'goodwill gesture' for the inconvenience.

We are encouraged that sample results are improving, but we need them to be completely clear before we can lift the boil order notice. Once again, we would like to thank local residents for their ongoing patience."

Charlie HaysomYorkshire Water

Your headlines this morning

BBC Radio Sheffield

Your weather pictures

BBC Weather Watchers

South Yorkshire is looking great if our Weather Watchers are anything to go by.

It's looking like a bright and warm morning (so let's enjoy it whilst it lasts)

Rotherham scene

Do you have a photo you want to send in? Either join our Weather Watchers here, or email me by clicking here!

Sheffield jobs saved in government shake-up

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

More than 150 government jobs, that were due to be moved from Sheffield to London, have been saved - because of a shake-up by the new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Two hundred and fifty jobs at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield were at risk because of plans to centralise policy making in London.

There were protests by staff earlier in the year.


But Mrs May has now re-organised her government, meaning some of the jobs have simply moved to another department and will stay in Sheffield.

Around 70 jobs are still at risk, and Marion Lloyd from the PCS Union says while it's good news for some, there's little to celebrate. 

Weather: Bright start getting windier tonight

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Brightest during the morning, with some sunny spells and perhaps a few showers.

It should become both cloudier and windier as the day progresses, with showers merging to give some longer spells of rain in the west later.  

Trains still disrupted following bridge collapse

Oli Constable

London-bound trains are still being disrupted this morning after a bridge collapsed at Barrow Upon Soar, near Loughborough.

East Midlands Trains say they're running a 'near normal timetable' today following overnight work.

They say trains are not stopping at Loughborough and a bus replacement service in place between East Midlands Parkway and Leicester.

Bridge collapse

Network Rail say a team has been working overnight to try and clear the debris and repair the bridge.

National Rail Enquiries

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Constable

Hello! It's a bright day across South Yorkshire today, which means it's a perfect day to go elephant hunting! We'll bring you the full weather forecast shortly. 

Jackie Pickering

Jackie Pickering sent us this snap of her granddaughters enjoying the elephants in the Sheffield sun - have you seen many? Send me your photos!