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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 4 August

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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 being with us today, I'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

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

  1. There was a dramatic fire near Doncaster prison
  2. Drones are being used to inspect churches
  3. Yorkshire Water said water in Thorne and Moorends was safe to drink
  4. Ecclesall school expansion was given the go ahead
  5. A woman was detained for reading a Syrian culture book on a plane

Rony was asking you about your memories of 1976 and Jane got in touch to share her brilliant story. Fingers crossed the weather holds out for your anniversary!

I got married on 25th September 1976 - I seem to remember it was the first day it rained ALL DAY, but it didn't dampen our day and won't spoil our 40th anniversary if it rains again on 25th."


See you tomorrow! Have a great evening.

Couple wanted in connection with hate crime on train

Oli Constable

British Transport Police say a young black man was the victim of an extremely offensive racist gestures made by a man and a woman on a train at 23:00 on Saturday 23 of July.

The train travelling between Chapeltown and Wombwell was packed with people travelling back from the Tramlines festival.

The man police want to trace is described as 6ft tall, of stocky build with receding short, greying, ginger hair. He was sun-burnt and wearing a short sleeved shirt.

The woman involved was white, aged around 50, approximately 5ft 7ins in height with a tanned complexion and shoulder length white blonde hair.

Anyone who can help is asked to call the BTP.

British Transport Police

Local football clubs 'failing disabled supporters'

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Wheelchair at football ground

A charity says local Championship football clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley are failing to provide enough spaces for disabled fans.

Revitalise, the charity that conducted the research, found that the clubs fail supporters who require wheelchair spaces by not even providing half of the spaces that they should.

Disabled supporters have an absolute right to expect the same enjoyable, socially inclusive experience as every other fan and football clubs have a moral and legal obligation to provide this – so come on, Championship, get on the ball!”

Chris SimmondsRevitalise Chief Executive

Dates confirmed for BBC Radio Sheffield’s Open Weekend

Oli Constable

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September you can come and take a behind-the-scenes tour and see our studios, outside broadcast vehicles and newsroom.

Tours take place at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 each day with tickets on a first come, first served basis.

To book your place email us with the words Open Day in the subject bar. Please note that this tour isn’t suitable for children under the age of 12.

It’s all part of the Heritage Open Days where places which aren’t usually open to the public, open their doors once a year.

Heritage Open Days

South Yorkshire fish hit by herpes virus

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

There's an outbreak of a fish disease at the Aston Park Fisheries in South Yorkshire.

Health inspectors Cefas have now implemented controls to halt the spread of the Koi Herpes Virus known as KHV.

They say there are no concerns for human health but it is a serious viral disease for fish which affects all varieties of common and ornamental carp.

Fish dead

Travel update: Lines now clear between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds

Good news if you were worried about betting caught up in those previous two hour delays on the trains...

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Your views: What you remember about the summer of 1976?

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

We've been asking you about your memories of the long, hot summer of '76, after the University of Sheffield started some research into the countrywide drought.

You've been getting in touch with us and telling us what you remember about that summer.

I remember being up at the Dam Flask, just below Bradfield, which instead of being a classic Pennine drinking water and Nature Reserve, was down to the size of 4 swimming pools, with a river either end, the usually submerged old valley farms were in plain view."


Eyup. I was waiting for the arrival of my first daughter in September. My first of four and one son!!"

Market Malc

In 1976 I was digging the roads with a lolly pop stick - the tar had melted and it was great fun. I was ten years old."


In Summer 1976 I was trying to print literature for an engineering company called Acrow in London, famous for its Acrow prop. We had to keep the presses turning over to stop the ink drying on the rollers it was so hot in the print room. We had to keep stirring the inks to stop them skinning and ruining the prints."

David WGrenoside

Want to get in touch? Drop me an email!

Watch: Drones being used to inspect churches

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Drones are now being used to inspect the outside of churches, meaning they don't have to pay for expensive scaffolding.

The drones have cameras on so the contractors can see if any work needs to be done before actually getting up there.

Weather: Possible thundery showers

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will soon build again, with scattered showers likely to develop. These possibly heavy, thundery and prolonged during the late afternoon.

Breezy but winds not as strong as yesterday.  

Virgin train tickets accepted on Northern services

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Following a man being hit by a train near Wakefield, alternative travel options have been put in place to minimize disruption on the network.

CrossCountry passengers are able to use Northern services between Sheffield and Leeds via Wakefield Kirkgate.

Virgin train

Fire near Doncaster prison

Oli Constable

Earlier this afternoon, at about 12:15, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called to a fire at Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster.

Early reports suggested it was a coal shed that was alight at HMP Linderholme.

It later turned out to be a furniture store outside the prison's boundary wall.

At its height, seven fire crews tackled the fire and dramatic pictures show smoke billowing into the sky.

About two hours after it had started, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the blaze was under control and crews remained on site to dampen down the remains of a shed.

There were no reported injuries and an investigation into the cause of the fire is getting underway.

Rail death causes long delays

A man has died after being hit by a train near Wakefield. 

It happened close to Fitzwilliam Station at about 14:00 today.

Police say they are working to identify the man and inform his family and that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The incident is causing delays of up to two hours on train journeys  between Doncaster, Sheffield and Leeds.

Long delays on A1 after crash

BBC Travel

queuing traffic
Highways England

There's queuing traffic, long delays and two lanes closed due to accident on A1 Doncaster By-Pass Northbound between A1(M) J38 and A639.

There's also congestion on the M18 to J2 A1(M)


Delays on trains between Doncaster and Leeds

BBC Travel

Emergency services are dealing with an incident near South Kirby, causing delays of up to two hours to journeys between Doncaster/Sheffield and Leeds.

There is replacement transport between Doncaster/Swinton and Wakefield Westgate 

Delays are expected to continue until 16:30.  

Doncaster prison fire 'under control'

Oli Constable

Six fire engines are at the scene of a building fire next to HMP Prison Lindholme.

A large furniture storage building, outside the boundary wall of the prison, has been destroyed by fire.

The fire is now under control and crews are damping down.

There are no reports of any casualties.


BreakingWatch: Doncaster prison fire

Oli Constable

Simon has sent us this video of the fire at HMP Lindholm near Doncaster.

There are currently seven fire engines trying to put out a blaze thought to be in one of the outbuildings.

BreakingUpdate: Seven fire engines at Doncaster prison tackling blaze

We've been told that there is currently a fire at HMP Lindholme near Doncaster.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are on the scene using seven fire engines to tackle the fire, thought to be in an outbuilding on the site.

This is an ongoing incident and we'll bring you more information as we get it.

Update: Doncaster prison fire

Fire crews are dealing with a blaze at HMP Lindholme.

Seven fire engines are at the scene.

It is thought to have started in outbuildings.

More details as we get them.

BreakingFire at Doncaster prison

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are currently attending a fire at Doncaster prison. 

More details as we get them.

Vimto throwing football fan gets three-year ban

Oli Constable

A man who threw a Vimto drink at a police officer following a pre-season friendly between Grimsby Town and Sheffield United has been given a three-year football banning order.

Two officers were injured when glasses, bottles and other items were thrown during fighting on 23 July.

Brett Houlsworth, 29, from Sheffield, admitted assaulting a policeman when he appeared before magistrates in Grimsby.

The court heard he threw Vimto at an officer at a railway station.


Do you remember about the drought of 1976?

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

From June 22 until August 26 for nine weeks, the weather was consistently dry, sunny and hot.

At Wimbledon in a single day, 400 people were treated for 'exposure to the sun' and umpires were allowed to remove their jackets for the first time.

What was it like for you? How did you keep cool that summer? 

Get in touch

The University of Sheffield want to know for a project they're working on.

Tina McGuinness has been telling me why they're doing the research...

Sheffield council to increase recycling across the city

Oli Constable

Sheffield City Council is to increase the recycling across the city in a bid to save £3.4m by next year.

The plan is to provide a more efficient service, without changing how often the black bins are collected. 


Sheffielders are to be asked for their views on increasing the variety of plastics collected for recycling, such as yogurt pots and margarine tubs.

They'll also be asked about introducing a second recycling bin in place of blue boxes and changing recycling collection days so they're not be the same days as black bin days.

We’re talking to residents at an early stage of these proposals to make sure we get the right balance between keeping their council tax bills low, making it easier for more people to recycle more and tackle the funding cuts from Government.”

Councillor Bryan LodgeCabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council

Last year, Sheffield recycled almost a third of household rubbish and sent less than 1% of waste to landfill, making it one of the best performing authorities in the UK for avoiding landfill.    

To have your say on the changes, you can fill in the survery here.

Listen: Are you ready for the Olympics in Rio?

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Some events have already begun, but the opening ceremony takes place tomorrow evening.

One of the highlights will be whether Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill can win gold again in the Heptathlon.

Here's my Rio 2016 preview...

Rio 2016 preview for Thursday

Listen: Ecclesall school expansion to go ahead

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Sheffield council say they are going ahead with plans to expand Ecclesall Infant School, turning it into a junior school.

It would more than treble in size from 180 pupils to 630.

There are concerns about little children going to such a huge school and also about the impact on the local area.

These are people who live nearby:

Dog rescued from Doncaster house fire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Firefighters wearing breathing masks rescued a dog from a burning house on Maple Avenue in Cantley, Doncaster last night.

Crews from Adwick, Maltby and Edlington stations were called to the fire early on Wednesday evening.

One person had managed to get out and the house was well alight when firefighters arrived.

Maple Avenue

The firefighters gave oxygen to the dog to bring it round and a vet was called.  

It is believed the animal is now recovering well.  

Rainbow over Sheffield today

BBC Weather Watchers

Gail has uploaded this onto the BBC Weather Watchers site of a rainbow over Sheffield today.

If you've got any photos you want to share with us we'd love to see them. You can email me by clicking here or by uploading them onto the BBC Weather Watchers website.


Yorkshire Water: Water in Thorne and Moorends is safe to drink

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

Yorkshire Water has said this morning that the water in Thorne and Moorends, near Doncaster, is once again safe to drink without having to be boiled first.

They said yesterday that E.coli had been found in samples taken from the water supply.


We’ve had several clear sample results and Public Health England agree that is safe to drink the water in the area without having to boil it first."

Charlie HaysomYorkshire Water

Thomson Holidays: 'Crews are trained to report concerns'

Oli Constable

Thomson Holidays has said its airline crews are trained to report any concerns they have as a precaution, after a woman was detained by police for reading a Syrian culture book.

Faizah Shaheen, who is from Leeds, was stopped at Doncaster Airport in July after flying back from her honeymoon in Turkey.

Faizah Shaheen
Faizah Shaheen

She was seen reading the book Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline by crew on the plane.

Thomson say the safety of customers and staff is of primary importance and staff are trained to be vigilant and act appropriately.

We appreciate that in this instance Ms Shaneen may have felt that over caution had been exercised, however like all airlines, our crew are trained to report any concerns they may have as a precaution."

SpokeswomanThomson Holidays

Bedsits in Barnsley built without planning permission

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I've been to Doncaster Road in Barnsley after complaints from neighbours that 14 bedsits have been built without planning permission.

Not only that, but because the council don't know they exist, there are no bins for their rubbish and it has been dumped outside the property instead.


About six months ago, building work finished at this old George Ward motorcycle business, with local residents saying contractors told them there were over a dozen of these bedsits.

Barnsley Council say they're investigating.


Poorly elephant on the mend

Kat Harbourne

The Sheffield Hallam University elephant, that was found to be damaged a few days ago, is being repaired by creator Tom Clayton. 

Elephant being mended
Herd of Sheffield

The Steel Elephant, in Hallam Square outside the university building, was seen sporting a supermarket carrier bag yesterday in a bid to keep him dry.

The Herd of Sheffield have said that he's being patched up.

Elephant with carrier bag

Listen: Woman detained by police for reading Syrian culture book on plane

BBC Radio Leeds

A Muslim woman has been detained by police at Doncaster Airport after she was spotted reading a Syrian culture book on a plane.

Faizah Shaheen, from Leeds, was questioned under terror laws. She says she was made to feel like a culprit, after a member of cabin crew spotted her reading a Syrian culture book on board her honeymoon flight from Turkey.

The 27 -year-old, who helps prevent teenage mental health patients from becoming radicalised, was stopped by South Yorkshire Police in July.

Driving without a licence? no insurance? = car seized

Oli Constable

South Yorkshire Police have seized a Ford Mondeo after spotting it being driven without any insurance.

The driver, who was stopped in Bentley, Doncaster, also didn't have a full driving licence.

The car will be impounded and the legal owner has  28 days to collect it - provided it's fully insured.

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Police confirm honeymoon detention in Doncaster

Police have said they stopped, examined and released a Muslim woman who was spotted on a flight reading a Syrian culture book.

Faizah Shaheen, who works with mental health patients helping to prevent them being radicalised, was stopped after flying back from her honeymoon in Turkey.

South Yorkshire Police say they stopped and examined a woman under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at Doncaster Airport.

They say she was not arrested, she was held for fifteen minutes and was subsequently released.

Faizah Shaheen
Faizah Shaheen

Watch: Flats without planning permission kicking up a stink

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

These flats on Doncaster Road in Barnsley don't have planning permission, which means the council doesn't  know they exist.

Because of this, people living here don't have any bins, so they just leave their rubbish outside.

Neighbours say there are rats and they aren't happy. 

Barnsley Council say they're investigating.

Scott Oxley works nearby...

Muslim woman detained for reading Syrian culture book on plane

Oli Constable

A woman from Leeds, who was detained at Doncaster airport and questioned under terror laws, says she was made to feel like a criminal.

A member of cabin crew apparently spotted her reading a Syrian culture book on board her honeymoon flight from Turkey.

Faizah Shaheen, who helps prevent teenage mental health patients from becoming radicalised, was stopped by South Yorkshire Police at Doncaster Airport in July.

Doncaster Airport

Town council disappointed with Yorkshire Water response to supply problems

Oli Constable

Thorne-Moorends Town Council has said it's disappointment with the response by Yorkshire Water to the recent water supply problems in the area.

They say the initial response by Yorkshire Water was "uncoordinated and haphazard", creating significant concerns to residents.

Distribution of temporary water supplies was poorly organised, and information has been patchy and confusing. Even now inconsistent information is being provided by Yorkshire Water regarding whether water needs to be boiled in some areas.”

Susan DurantTown Mayor
Thorne-Moorends Council

Yorkshire Water say they've finished their investigation into the the cause of the water problem in the area.

They say E.coli is to blame and the boil notice is still in place, meaning those in the affected area should continue to boil water before drinking it.

Weather: Sunny spells with scattered showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Early cloud will break, with some sunny spells likely. 

However, cloud will soon build again, with scattered showers likely to develop, these possibly heavy, thundery and prolonged during the late afternoon.

Breezy but winds not as strong as yesterday.

Full train service to resume after bridge collapse

Oli Constable

Network Rail have confirmed that a full train service will resume today after the first phase of repairs to the partially collapsed bridge in Barrow upon Soar were completed.

A reduced service was in effect yesterday after engineers were able to reopen two of the four lines under the bridge in Leicestershire  while the remaining two lines were reopened to trains with a speed restriction later in the day.

Bridge collapse
Network Rail