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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 12 August 2016

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Wes Hoolahan

Norwich City are held to a goalless draw by Sheffield Wednesday, who were without absent striker Fernando Forestieri.

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Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede's brace helps Aston Villa to comfortably beat Rotherham and claim their first win in more than six months.

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Conor Hourihane celebrates Barnsley's opening goal against Derby County

Captain Conor Hourihane creates both goals against Derby as Barnsley earn their first Championship win since promotion.

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Goodbye: Five things we learnt today

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Here are a few of the big stories from today.

  1. Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill wows another Olympic crowd
  2. There may be residual delays on Virgin's East Coast services this evening and on the same line, there are planned strikes over bank holiday
  3. Nottinghamshire's not happy about Bassetlaw joining Sheffield City Region
  4. Celebrations in Sheffield for World Elephant Day
  5. We found Britain's best train announcer on a train from Sheffield

Serious assault in Balby – can you help?

Detectives investigating a reported assault in Doncaster want to hear from you if you saw what happened.

Between 13:00-13:15 on Wednesday 10 August, an 18-year-old man was assaulted by a man in Walpole Close, Balby.The victim sustained serious injuries to his upper body, legs and face, believed to have been caused by a knife.

Walpole Close

Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw what happened, or may know who is responsible.The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, of a medium/stocky build and wearing a cream baseball cap, a light-coloured t-shirt and three-quarter length camouflage trousers.The victim is in hospital in a stable condition. Call 101 or send an email.

Weather: Broken cloud with a chance of the odd shower

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

TONIGHT: We'll see some broken cloud overnight but also some clearer spells as well as one or two isolated showers. Temperatures getting down to 16C (61F). 

TOMORROW: Variable amounts of cloud will linger throughout Saturday but we should see some sunny spells as well. Maximum temperature of 19C (66F).

Weather graphic

Future of Sheffield basketball team hangs in balance with funding shortfall

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Sheffield Hatters

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

Last season they won the WBBL National Trophy Title and The Hatters is England's oldest women's basketball club. 

The first lady of English basketball, head coach Betty Codona OBE, says she's hoping businesses will come forward to sponsor them, and that members of the public will donate five pounds.

Residents ‘outraged’ over plans to turn historic Sheffield shop into pub

Sheffield Star

Oakwell Carpets and flooring
Sheffield Star

Many people living on Cross Hill, in Ecclesfield, signed a petition and sent letters of objection after an application was submitted to change a former carpet shop into a micro pub.  

Nottinghamshire kicks back at Sheffield City Region

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Bassetlaw's economy and public services will deteriorate if it joins the Sheffield City Region - Nottinghamshire County Council says.

The deal will see Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley join together under a directly-elected mayor in charge of transport; housing and economic investment.     

Graphic showing Sheffield City Region

Bassetlaw and Chesterfield want to join too - but Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire county councils want their own devolved region using existing county borders.  

Ennis-Hill fails at 1.92m

Steve Backley

Four-time European javelin champion on BBC TV

Jess had a smile on her face. I think she knew that was too much for her.  

Ennis-Hill clears 1.89m

BBC Sport

Jessica Ennis-Hill has just had a PBPB (post baby personal best) and she is ELATED! 

Still, Tony Minicello - not a flicker. 

Man dies following collision in Balby

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A 29-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries in a Doncaster collision last weekend has died in hospital.    

Darren Cunningham
South Yorkshire Police

At around 05:45 on Saturday 6 August, a black Vauxhall Corsa and a black BMW 5 series were involved in a collision in Balby Carr Bank, which resulted in a further collision between the BMW and the 29-year-old pedestrian.  

The man, who's been named as Darren Cunningham, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he died yesterday morning.   

Sheffield's Ennis-Hill makes strong start in Heptathlon high jump

BBC Sport

It's been a strong morning in Rio for Jessica Ennis-Hill in her defence of her heptathlon title.

She flew over 1.74m in her opening high-jump attempt has just cleared 1.83m and is yet to fail.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is safely over 1.80m.

Amazon expansion in South Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Amazon, Doncaster

The online retailer Amazon has announced it is to create 500 new jobs in South Yorkshire. 

The company is to open what it calls another fulfillment centre in Doncaster to meet  growing customer demand. 

The new site at the iPort development  will be the third in the town and the company will begin recruiting staff this summer.

Doncaster, Amazon warehouse

Workmen 'looking into' cause of Sheffield sink hole

Oli Constable

Sheffield sinkhole

Workmen are investigating following the closure of Hounsfield Road in Sheffield. 

It's thought a sewage drain collapsed just inches from parked cars

Painting 'Herd to Herd' on World Elephant Day

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

All around Sheffield there are 58 elephants for the Herd of Sheffield art trail. Have you seen them all yet?

The project's highlighting the work and raising money for the Children's Hospital Charity.

It's World Elephant Day today and to celebrate, I've had a head to head painting competition with Dan Hobson from the Sheffield Star.

Whose do you think is the best?! 

Listen: How will the Yorkshire Ripper be treated in a mainstream prison?

BBC Radio 4

In 1981 Peter Sutcliffe admitted being the Yorkshire Ripper and described his killing spree as something that "grew and grew until I became a beast"

For the last 32 years, he has been detained at Broadmoor, the high security psychiatric hospital, having been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Now, a mental health tribunal has decided he is sane enough to be transferred to a prison.

Dr Mike Berry, a clinical forensic psychologist, explained to the World at One's Shaun Ley how to treat someone who has committed such crimes.

Evens for Sheffield's Willett

BBC Sport

Sheffield's Danny Willett takes to the tee in Rio 2016.

He starts round two at level par.

Constituency apprentice role with Sheffield Heeley MP

BBC Politics

Louise Haigh, Sheffield Heeley MP has posted an advert on Twitter for a new apprentice:

People can apply directly, here.   

Louise Haigh MP
Louise Haigh MP

Ennis-Hill does what Ennis-Hill does: Wins

BBC Sport

Defending champion Jessica Ennis-Hill got her heptathlon campaign under way in fine style on the first morning of competition.

Ennis-Hill ran 12.84 seconds in winning the fourth heat to give herself an early lead after the first of the seven events.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

In damp, cold conditions her compatriot and rival Katerina Johnson-Thompson finished second in the third heat in 13.48 secs to lie 11th.

Brianne Thiesen Eaton, considered the main danger to the two Britons, lies sixth.

The hurdles are one of Ennis-Hill’s strongest events, and while this was down on the extraordinary 12.54 secs she clocked on the first morning in London four years ago, the wet track and consistent drizzle rendered this an excellent start.

Trains: Major disruption between Doncaster and Grantham until 18:00

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Delays graphic
National Rail

Emergency services have dealt with an incident between Doncaster and Grantham and all lines have reopened. Services are returning to normal, however delays of up to 90 minutes are still expected until approximately 18:00.

There are some alternative travel options for Virgin Trains East Coast passengers

  • CrossCountry services on any reasonable route
  • East Midlands Trains services between London St Pancras International and Newark North Gate via Nottingham, and London St Pancras International and  Doncaster via Sheffield.
  • TransPennine Express between Leeds / York and Manchester.
  • Virgin Trains between Scotland and London Euston.
  • Northern services between Doncaster / Hull / Retford and Sheffield.

Check your train here.

Nottinghamshire objects to Bassetlaw joining Sheffield City Region

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Nottinghamshire County Council has set out objections to Bassetlaw joining Sheffield City Region.

The County Council is responding to proposals for the Bassetlaw District to become a constituent member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, which would hand control over services like public transport, highways and economic regeneration in North Nottinghamshire to a powerful, Sheffield-based Metro Mayor.

You can see the full response to the consultation here.  

Bassetlaw District Council
Google maps

Bassetlaw joining the Sheffield City Region will lead to a deterioration in the district's economic prospects, public services and local democracy - the very opposite of what it is supposed to achieve. By adding two more layers of Government, they will create confusion and uncertainty about who is responsible for what, which will be damaging for local democracy and accountability."

Nottinghamshire County Council

World elephant day 'Herd to Herd' competition

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

If you've been to Sheffield recently you'll have seen the elephants around the City for the Herd of Sheffield art trail. 

It's to highlight the work and raise money for the Children's hospital charity and there are 58 of them.

Today is World Elephant day and later, I'm having a go at painting my own elephant in a paint off with a Journalist from the Sheffield Star. 

But before all the fun begins, here's Claire to explain more about what's going on today:

Collapsed sewage drain near University closes road

Oli Constable

Hounsfield Road is closed after sewage drain collapsed inches from parked cars .   

Hounsfield Road

BreakingA win for Jess Ennis-Hill

BBC Sport

Jessica Ennis-Hill clenches her fist and gives the camera a thumbs up after finishing first and in a time of 12:84 in her hurdles heat... 

That's faster than at the World Championships in 2015 where she went on to take the title. 

GB's Katerina Johnson-Thompson finished second in her heat of the 100m hurdles in a time of 13:48secs. 

Go Jess: One last selfie

BBC Sport

Jess Ennis-Hill and her team. Ready and raring to go! 

Jess is about to take part in the hurdles on the first day of track and field at Rio 2016.

Coach Toni Minichiello shared this picture. 

You can read his blog here:

Jess Ennis-Hill and team
Toni Minichiello

South Yorkshire Police celebrate world elephant day

Dominic Ball

Championship side Rotherham sign Tottenham defender Dominic Ball on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

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'Normal Bank Holiday service during strike' - Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains says it wants to reassure customers it'll run a full timetable on the East Coast Main Line during industrial action planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Virgin Train
Geof Sheppard

The RMT rail union says its members who work for Virgin Trains East Coast will strike on  Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, as well as on 19-20 August and on 26-27 August in a dispute over jobs, working conditions and safety.

In a statement, Virgin Trains says it's given assurances on each point raised by the RMT union at the start of the dispute and passengers won't be affected by the strike action.

We have worked hard to ensure there are comprehensive contingency plans in place and I want to reassure our customers that our timetable will be unaffected during these walkouts, as well as during any subsequent strikes by the RMT."

Virgin Trains spokesperson

Your headlines this afternoon

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Could it be a golden weekend?

BBC Sport

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill in action today in the heptathlon in Rio. 

Remember the 'Super Saturday' of 2012? Olympic dreams were made, what a day! 

Could we have a repeat this weekend? Let's hope so...  

Less than sporty but want to be part of a World Record?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Barnsley needs you!

If the Olympics looks like a bit to much hard work, this might be more up your street... 

Poster for chair exercising record attempt in Barnsley on Sunday 14th August at Locke Park Summer Gala
Be Well Barnsley

Call to report arson after Barnsley allotment fire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is asking people to report arson to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 following an allotment fire in Barnsley yesterday. 

Firefighters successfully brought the blaze under control.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue tackle blaze in Barnsley
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue tackle blaze in Barnsley
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue tackle blaze in Barnsley
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Daniel's charitable hair

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Ten year old Daniel from Chesterfield has been growing his hair over two years so he can donate it to charity. 

He is due to get it cut soon before he starts big school. His hair will go to the Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for ill children who have lost their hair.   

There are now only 19 days to go, but here's a video he made to explain his project:

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East Coast rail strikes: 'RMT union won't sit back'

Three 24-hour strikes to be held by RMT union members working on Virgin Trains East Coast will involve around 1,800 workers including guards, station staff and some drivers.

Virgin train

The strikes are to be held between Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August and on Bank Holiday Monday on 29 August.

The dispute centres around jobs, working conditions and safety.

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

Virgin Trains East Coast strike dates announced

More on the news that Virgin Trains East Coast rail workers are to hold three 24-hour strikes, including one on August Bank Holiday Monday, the RMT union has confirmed.

Virgin train

Virgin East Coast rail workers last week voted to go out on strike in a dispute over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

The strikes are due to be held:

  • Between 03:00 on Friday 19 August and 02:59 on Saturday 20 August 
  • Between 03:00 on Friday 26 August and 02:59 on Saturday 27 August
  • Between 03:00 on Monday 29 August and 02:59 on Tuesday 30 August

Virgin Trains has previously said it would run a full timetable during any RMT strike action. 

BreakingVirgin East Coast strikes announced

Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast - which runs services through Yorkshire to London -  are to stage three 24-hour strikes, including one on Bank Holiday Monday, in a row over jobs, working conditions and safety, according to the RMT union.  

BreakingThree bailed in connection with Maltby pensioner murder

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Three men who were arrested on suspicion of the murder of Maltby pensioner Tommy Ward on Wednesday 10 August have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.    

Tommy Ward
South Yorkshire police

The men, aged 23, 30 and 35, were arrested in connection to the death of the pensioner, who was found with serious injuries on Thursday 1 October 2015 at his home in Salisbury Road, Maltby. About £30,000 was thought to have been stolen.

Mr Ward died from his injuries in hospital on 23 February.

Rotherham MP welcomes appointment of Alexis Jay

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Alexis Jay
Home Office

Professor Alexis Jay is to be the new chairwoman of the inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales.    

Professor Jay led the Rotherham abuse inquiry, which concluded in August 2014 that 1,400 children in the town had been subjected to sexual abuse.  

Rotherham MP, Sarah Champion has welcomed the news:

Sarah Champion

“I welcome the appointment of Professor Alexis Jay who is well-qualified to take the lead of this crucial inquiry. Having worked with Alexis Jay over the investigation into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, I regard her as an honest and fearless woman who fights for justice and puts victims and survivors first."

Sarah ChampionRotherham MP