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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 9 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks to Gill from Rotherham who posted this glorious photo to BBC Weather Watchers:

Golden fields in Rotherham

I'll be back with more live updates from 08:00 tomorrow, please get in touch if you have a story, photo or video to share.

Weather: Sunshine and showers to end the day

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Showers will slowly ease through the evening, but some will persist overnight. Away from the showers, it will be fairly cloudy with a few clearer spells. Minimum Temperature 12C.  

Hourly forecast

Emergency services collaborate to reduce pressure on 999 calls

South Yorkshire fire fighters and police officers are joining forces with Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend lower priority incidents and reduce the demand on 999 responders. 

LIFE poster

The "LIFE" team will attend incidents like falls, missing people cases and people at risk of anti social behaviour. 

The scheme has been funded by South Yorkshire Fire Authority for six months.

Sheffield decorator sentenced for defrauding solicitors' firm

A local businessman has been sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for a year following an investigation by Sheffield City Council’s Trading Standards into his fraudulent trading. 

Paint swatches and tin

Lucien Nicholas Carter, of Frickley Road, Sheffield demanded upfront payments of £17,900 for redecorating work at Harthills Solicitors in Rotherham. But less than £4,000 of work was done with faked invoices provided to the firm. 

Watch: Doncaster MP Ed Miliband backs Owen Smith for Labour Leader (again)

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband has endorsed Owen Smith in his battle to oust Jeremy Corbyn.

The Doncaster North MP who failed to win the support of the country himself, says he wants a Labour leader who'll reach out to every part of Britain. He first supported Smith for Leader three weeks ago.

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Tiny elephants stampede to Sheffield's Moor Market

You’ve seen the Herd of Sheffield, you’ve seen the Little Herd and now you’re invited to make a brand new Mini Herd for a trail through Sheffield’s Moor Market, on Thursday 11 August. 

Decorated mini elephant

There are around 40 elephants available, which will all be decorated on Thursday 11 August inside the Moor Market. The decorated elephants will then be part of the market’s Mini Herd, a trail which will take visitors on a hunt around the market with a treat for those who find them all.

Mini elephant among pile of kiwi fruit

It is  free to take part and those who design an elephant can claim it once the trail display finishes at the end of the summer.

Sheffield's Forgemasters gets multi million dollar submarine deal

Sheffield Forgemasters has secured contracts worth more than 30 million dollars to make castings for american submarines.  


It's the company's largest order for almost two years. Forgemasters has been under economic pressure following the collapse of the offshore oil and gas market and says the orders provide a boost for its Brightside Lane operations.  

Jessica Ennis-Hill updates fans from Olympic village

Sheffield heptathlete Jessica Ennis Hill is feeling positive about competing at Rio. 

Jessica Ennis-Hill

This is what she's posted on her Facebook page: 

I am safely in the Olympic village now and resting up watching box sets and generally taking it easy. All the hard work has been done – I had a good training camp and now I am just getting used to the time difference and getting ready for Friday. I have had the time to look at all your lovely messages and want to thank you so much – they really mean a lot. I feel very lucky to have such amazing support. Jess x

Have you seen Alan Booker?

Police in Sheffield are asking for your help to find missing 75-year-old Alan Booker as concerns grow for his welfare.

Alan Booker
South Yorkshire Police

Alan was last seen at around 10:00 this morning leaving his home address in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield.

He has not been seen or heard from since, which is very out of character. 

Sheffield archeologists trace origins of bones found in crypt

Skulls and bones stored under a church date from 1250 to as recently as 1900, tests by experts at the University of Sheffield have revealed.  


Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell, Northamptonshire - home to one of only two 13th Century crypts in the UK - contains the remains of 2,500 people.

Radio carbon dating found some skulls were older than first thought.  


But scientists from the University of Sheffield, who "assumed the ossuary was a medieval thing", were also surprised to find bones from the last century.

Scientists at work

Sport: Stones deal means ker-ching for the Reds

Barnsley Museums secure over £70,000 worth of funding

Barnsley Museums have secured funding of £79,200 from Arts Council England to help develop their charitable organisation.   

Experience Barnsley

Barnsley Museum Heritage Trust supports the work of Barnsley Museums and has an active role in fundraising for the five sites which include Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage, Experience Barnsley and the Cooper Gallery.  

Sport: Man City signing benefits Barnsley

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Barnsley are set for a multi million pound windfall after Manchester City completed the signing of John Stones from Everton for £47.5m. 

John Stones
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The 22-year-old started his career at Oakwell, and Barnsley will get between seven and nine million pounds from a sell-on clause. Stones moves to Manchester City on a six year contract and becomes Britain's most expensive defender.  

Missing Jess found

Police have just confirmed that missing 13-year-old Jess Hall has been found safe and well in the Abbey Lane area of Sheffield this afternoon.  

Man arrested after stabbing in Doncaster

A man's been stabbed in an incident in Doncaster this morning. 

Shady Side

A 35-year-old was taken to hospital after police were called to Shady Side in Hexthorpe. A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding.   

Lottery backed project seeks Sheffield Blitz memories

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A project to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz is looking for volunteers to help with gathering information about what happened during the Blitz. 

Bombed buildings and tram in Sheffield Blitz
Sheffield newspapers

A Sheffield memorial trail is being created at 16 sites around the City with permanent memorial plaques.    

People walking past rubble
Sheffield newspapers

Nearly a tenth of Sheffield's population was made homeless on December 12 and 15, 1940 with over 2,000 people killed or wounded.  

Blitz damage to Burtons
Sheffield newspapers

The project has received £81,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Virgin East Coast strike vote

More on the news that Virgin East Coast rail workers who are members of the RMT union have voted to go on strike in a row over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

Virgin train

The two sides are in dispute over staffing changes, which the company says would have no impact on safety and no compulsory job losses. 

RMT general secretary Mick Cash says: "RMT will not sit back while nearly 200 members' jobs are under threat and also conditions and safety are put at risk by a franchise which is clearly in financial trouble."

David Horne, managing director for Virgin Trains East Coast, says if a strike does go ahead, services won't be affected. 

We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place. I want to reassure our customers that the timetable will be unaffected, should any strike go ahead."

David HorneManaging director, Virgin Trains East Coast

Weather: More cloud this afternoon, showers and bright spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bit more cloud expected this afternoon with some showers but with bright spells in between. 

Showers will slowly ease through the evening, but some will persist overnight. Away from the showers, it will be fairly cloudy with a few clearer spells. Minimum Temperature 12C.

Hourly forecast

Watch: Sheffield museum starts £20m fundraising drive

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

The owners of a Sheffield museum hope to mark its 30th birthday by raising £20 million for a huge expansion.

Sheffield Museum launches

Have you seen missing Jess from Sheffield?

Police in Sheffield are asking for your urgent help to find 13-year-old Jess Hall, who has not been seen since yesterday evening.  

Jess Hall
South Yorkshire Police

Jess was last seen at her home in the Woodseats area of Sheffield at around 23:30 last night. When her family awoke this morning at about 06.40, Jess was not at home.  

Sheffield jeweller provides bling to reward elite divers

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A Sheffield jeweller has done its bit to help produce a new gem in Team GB’s Olympic diving squad.

Stannington medal hopeful Freddie Woodward is now in Rio preparing to compete in the individual three metre springboard - but left safely at home is the diamond-studded lucky charm which has rewarded his success and motivated him to aim higher for the last three years.  

Green + Benz

The 13 diamonds each mark a major sporting achievement and a stepping stone to the Olympics. The pendant was created after Green + Benz MD Helen Dimmick, set up a reward scheme after watching a club diving display at Ponds Forge in 2012. 

Helen Dimmock
Green + Benz

Since 2013 Green + Benz have created key rings for 23 divers and set around 100 diamonds into them, at a cost of over £5,000.    

Freddie and Helen
Green + Benz

Police name woman who died in Rotherham crash

A 52-year-old woman who died following a collision in the Clifton area of Rotherham last weekend has been named as Hasina Idris Mohamed.

Miss Mohamed was pronounced dead at the scene close to Clifton Park on Saturday. Her family are receiving support from officers and have asked that their privacy is respected during this difficult time.   

Hasina Idris Mohamed
South Yorkshire Police

A 51-year-old man driving the Ford Focus was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.  

Sheffield Forgemasters signs $30m US navy submarine deal

Sheffield Star

Engineering giants Sheffield Forgemasters has secured a series of export defence contracts worth more than $30m. The South Yorkshire firm will provide a sequence of castings for the US OHIO submarine replacement programme.

Sheffield Star

Sheffield chiropractor off to Rio to help Olympic athletes

Sheffield chiropractor Ulrik Sandstrom is heading off to Rio today to help track and field athletes at the Olympics.  

Ulrik Sandstrom
Ulrik Sandstrom

The therapist was invited to Rio after performing the same role at the London 2012 Olympics. 

There can be two or three different professionals working on one athlete, and that’s a really exciting part of the job. It has to be a big collaboration between medical professions. "

Ulrik Sandstrom

Report on crash between two trams in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A report has been released on a crash between two Supertrams in Sheffield last October.  

Tram crash

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch found the crash happened in what it describes as "conditions of low rail head adhesion" on the approach to Shalesmoor tram stop. It says tram 120 was not being driven in a manner appropriate for the conditions, and that its brakes did not provide the level of braking the driver expected.  

Tram Crash
Barry Smith

A number of passengers and a member of staff received minor injuries, and the tramway through Shalesmoor was closed for the rest of the day.  

Watch: New scheme to help Yorkshire transgender patients

Adults in Yorkshire who want to change gender could see long NHS waiting lists reduced. Jackie's been on the list for two years -- but should have been seen within eighteen weeks. A pilot project will now offer counselling during the wait.

Steel city looking glorious in the sunshine

Check out this shot by local phogographer Keith Bown: 

Sheffield cityscape
Keith Bown

And here's a damsonfly he snapped in Endcliffe Park:

Keith Bown

Watch: Cartoon highlights concerns about Sheffield gang crime

South Yorkshire police are enouraging people to speak out about gang crime in this short film about Betty a woman who fears leaving her home: 

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Travel: Accident causing delays on M1 Northbound

BBC Travel

M1 lane closed from the entry sliproad from the M18 Southbound. Queing traffic Northbound on M18 due to an accident involving two vehicles.  

Travel: M1 Southbound disruption in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle is causing severe disruption on the M1 Southbound at J31 the turnoff for the A57. 

Health Services in Sheffield can't cope with transgender needs

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The NHS in Sheffield say they can't cope with the increased number of people needing treatment to change their gender, and waiting times are getting longer and longer.

Getty Images

The NHS guidelines says people should have to wait no longer than four months.

The average wait time in Sheffield is nearly a year. 

The targets that we've been set and the resources that we've got to reach that target don't reflect the number of people that are being referred into the service. So actually for several years now the numbers referred in have far exceeded the number that we can put through an assessment process and into a treatment pathway."

Dr Peter Bowieclinical director for the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield man finds a worm in his Tesco cucumber and his complaint goes viral

When Wes Metcalfe bought a cucumber from a Tesco shop in Dinnington, Sheffield, he did not expect it to come with a dead worm.  

Worm burial
Wes Metcalf

So put off was he by the creature wedged inside the packaging, that he turned to Facebook to let Tesco know why it would be a while before he tucked into another cucumber sandwich again.

Tesco's comical comeback and Mr Metcalfe's response to it have gone viral.

Missing teenager found in Rotherham

Weather: A littler cooler but a dry start with sunshine and showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some showers will develop through the morning, these occasionally heavy, but bright or sunny spells in-between. Light to moderate winds. Maximum Temperature 18°C.  

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Ay up, Kate here. We will get to the serious news, the travel and weather but I start with a paltry matter.

Or rather a poultry matter, spotted by BBC Radio Sheffield's early reporter Andy Kershaw:

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