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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 11 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

That's it for our live news blog until 08:00 tomorrow. Here's what you might have missed today

Don't forget to send us your photos, videos and stories. Like this corker of fallow deer grazing at Chatsworth:

Deer at Chatsworth
Keith Bown

Rotherham MP supports abuse inquiry appointment

Weather: A breezy and mild end to the day

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Occasional light rain or drizzle over hills will generally clear during the evening, then becoming mainly dry overnight with some clear spells developing, mainly in the east. Gusty westerly winds continuing, especially over hills.  

Hourly forecast

Sheffield basketball stars seek funds

The Sheffield Hatters basketball team needs to raise a minimum of five thousand pounds by the time the season starts in October.

Hatters squad
M Quinn

Last season they won the WBBL National Trophy Title. The Hatters - which is England's oldest women's basketball club - want businesses to come forward to sponsor them and members of the public to donate five pounds.   

Watch: Sheffield's Jess on her biggest fan

Now for many people the epitome of Olympic Sport is the Heptathlon, and Yorkshire boasts the defending womens champion, of course, Jessica Ennis-Hill. 

Just one more day to wait until she gets going, tomorrow lunchtime in with the 100 metre hurdles and then high jump. . And Jessica knows that her biggest fan will be watching at home, her 2 year old son Reggie. 

And he'll not be far from her thoughts. 

Watch: The struggle finding work for Yorkshire's blacks and asians

Abi Jaiyeola

Reporter, BBC Look North

Yorkshire has the highest rates of unemployment in black, asian and minority ethnic communities in the country. Figures seen by the BBC show almost 13% of the BME population is out of work. 

That's more than double the rate in the white population. This comes on the day that a parliamentary report says the Government "must address the inequalities in employment" faced by Muslim people in the UK. 

Have you seen Matteo from Doncaster?

South Yorkshire Police are asking for your help to find missing 21-year-old man Matteo Arnaldi, who has not been seen or heard from in over three weeks.  

Matteo Arnaldi

Matteo was last seen at around 22:00 on Tuesday 19 July in the Warmsworth Road area of Doncaster. 

Concerned family members reported him missing two days later and extensive enquiries have been carried out by officers in the last few weeks.  

Rotherham abuse expert takes over inquiry

Home Secretary Amber Rudd today announced that Professor Alexis Jay will lead the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. 

Alexis Jay

A child protection expert with over 30 years' experience, Professor Jay led the independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham which found that at least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in the town between 1997 and 2013.   

Sheffield bad boy done good

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Today BBC Radio Sheffield's Paulette Edwards was reunited with her former pupil Reagan Denton. 

Paulette and Reagan

He was once one of the most promising boxers on the Sheffield scene, mixing with champions Naseem Hamed and Lennox Lewis. 

But he got involved with drugs, got into trouble, and ended up in prison. He's now running a community gym on the Manor estate called De Hood.    

Barnsley expects: Clancy wheely ready for Rio

Watch: Sheffield boxer Kell Brook training in Fuertaventura

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Sheffield world champion Kell Brook is training hard with less than a month to go before his showdown with probably the toughest boxer on the planet, Gennady Golovkin. 

Sheffield Hatters on search for funding

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

The Sheffield Hatters basketball team needs to raise a minimum of £5,000 by the time the season starts in October.

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Twin buggy-push record attempt by Sheffield dad

Sheffield man John Coats aims to beat the record for running a half marathon while pushing a double buggy with eight-month-old twins inside!

John Coats
John Coats

The record currently stands at one hour 49 minutes. John is raising money for Fertility Network UK because of his family's own help with IVF.  

Check out this array of sporting memorabilia

Auctioneer Rob Lea is at Radio Sheffield this afternoon with an array of historical sporting merchandise.

Like this 1966 World Cup Final Programme:

1966 World Cup Final programme
Rob Lea

This is a Sheffield Wednesday stand seat cushion:

Sheffield Wednesday cushion
Rob Lea

Sheffield golfer Willett tees off in Rio

Danny Wlllett has just teed off as golf makes its first appearance at the Olympics in over a century. 

Danny Willett
Getty Images

Several of the top players have withdrawn due to fears over the Zika virus. But the Masters Champion from Sheffield says he's looking forward to the contest - and he's among the favourites for a medal.  

Weather: Drier conditions but staying cloudy

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Rain will become more patchy later with some sunny intervals expected in the east. Winds will be fresh or strong, and gusty over the hills.   

Hourly forecast

Sport: Chris Wilder confident of new signings for Blades

Sofa so good: Doncaster's DFS reports strong sales figures

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Doncaster based furniture business DFS say they are doing better than expected. 


They've reported this morning that revenues are up 7%. The company's share price has gone up 12%. 

DFS say they expect Brexit to be bad for business, but at the minute they've not seen any drop in demand.  

Conditions at ASOS warehouse in Barnsley under fire

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has called for an inquiry into staff conditions at an ASOS warehouse in Barnsley.  

Asos warehouse

Mr Smith said he fears the leading online fashion retailer "is the new Sports Direct", in reference to that company's recent scandal over poor working practices.   

ASOS disputes the claims and has invited Mr Smith to visit the warehouse. 

Sheffield mum raises funds for treatment for rare cancer

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A Sheffield mum is trying to raise funds for treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer so that she can spend more time with her baby daughter. 

Charley Ashton with baby Aurelia
Charley Ashton

Charley Ashton's only hope is immunotherapy, a ground-breaking development offering the possibility of a cure, but not available on the NHS.

If I don’t make it I hope to be able to help others in the same situation as me. That’s why, should it happen and we don’t raise enough, on my death, any money raised will go to the Rarer Cancers Foundation."

Charley Ashton

Watch: What it's like to be Asian and out of work for a decade

New figures this morning show the economic disadvantage faced by black and Asian people in Sheffield. They have the highest unemployment rate in the country.    

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Best 'elph-ant safety' joke

The herd of elephants in Sheffield are still bringing joy to our lives. 

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Man hospitalised in Doncaster attack

A man's been seriously assaulted in Doncaster Town Centre. The 52-year-old is in hospital with critical injuries. He was attacked early yesterday morning in Printing Office Street at 04:00. 

Printing Office Street

A 27-year-old man has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm.    

Sport: Reds to benefit from Stones transfer cash for years to come

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom says the money they'll receive from John Stones move to Man City will benefit the club for years to come. 

John Stones
Getty Images

The Reds will gain around £6.6m for Stones after inserting a 15 percent sell-on clause when he moved to Everton.   

Fracking sweetener fails to charm in Doncaster village

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

An offer of payment to communities to allow fracking on thier doorstep has been met with scepticism in one Doncaster village. 

Anti fracking sticker

The Department for Communities and Local Government said it was exploring the possibility of making direct cash payments to households where fracking happens.

It's not changing the minds of Parish Councillors in Misson where company IGas is seeking permission to drill an exploratory well.  

Jane Watson and Peter Edwards

It's not going to be ten thousand pounds in your back pocket. And let's not forget that this is dependent on the profits, the taxes from the revenues, and that's dependent on the sites actually being profitable so we may not get anything at all. "

Parish Councillor Jane Watson

There are other costs that are too high, the risk of damage to the environment, the fact that people's house prices will be blighted by the presence of this, and in fact I don't think any amount of money would compensate us for what we stand to lose."

Parish Councillor Peter Edwards

Black and Asian people in Sheffield have the highest unemployment rate in the country

Sheffield has the worst unemployment rate for black and ethnic minorities in the entire country - and it's more than 3 times that of the city's white population.  

Job Centre window

The unemployment rate for BME people in England stands at 9.4%.

In Sheffield, just over 20% of the BME community is unemployed.

Travel: Heavy traffic on A1 north of Doncaster

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic, heavier than usual on the A1 in South Yorkshire on the Doncaster by-pass Northbound in Adwick-le-Street between the A1(M) J38 and the Burgwhallis turn off. 

Weather: More rain this morning with some patchy sunshine later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

What a lovely Novemb.... er August morning. Outbreaks of rain will continue. Rain will become more patchy later with some sunny intervals expected in the east. Winds will be fresh or strong, and gusty over the hills.  

Good Morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Kate here, slightly bleary-eyed from staying up to watch the GB gymnasts and divers in Rio.

Check out this view from the team GB block shared by Sheffield swimmer Max Litchfield last night. 

Olympic village night panorama
Max Litchfield

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