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  1. Rotherham abuse whistleblower Jayne Senior investigated
  2. Funeral held for British backpacker killed in Australia
  3. Jessica Ennis-Hill opens Chatsworth Fair
  4. Toddler airlifted to hospital after serious injury
  5. Live updates on Friday 2 September 2016

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By Oli Constable

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Five things we've learnt today across our region

Oli Constable

That's it from me today, but I'll be back Monday morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Thanks for being with us today - let's recap some of the things we didn't know when we got up this morning:

  1. Rotherham abuse whistleblower Jayne Senior is to be investigated
  2. The Chatsworth Fair was opened by Sheffield's Jess Ennis-Hill
  3. Barnsley's new market opened - then closed - then reopened again after a power cut this morning
  4. Money is being raised after a woman on holiday was crushed by a 15-stone gas canister
  5. And a Sheffield man has gone bananas... by growing them in his back garden

See you on Monday, have a great weekend!

Noah makes first entry into top 10 baby names for boys

The name Noah has entered the top 10 most popular boys' names for the first time, while Amelia has remained the most popular for girls, the Office for National Statistics said.

The list of most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2015 also showed Oliver has remained top for boys.

Among more unusual choices were 17 boys and 15 girls who were named Baby.


Watch: The charity that helps retired police dogs

Oli Constable

A charity which helps retired police dogs remain with their handlers is appealing to the public to support their fundraising police dog competition tomorrow.

Fireside K9 is run entirely by volunteers and helps the dogs which have dedicated their lives to working in often dangerous situations. Handlers become solely responsible for them on retirement and they can't get insurance for vets' bills.

The competition, that will feature South Yorkshire police dogs, is at Temple Newsam in Leeds - and the money raised can mean the difference between life and death for the animals.

'Significant progress' in Doncaster children's services

Efforts to improve children's services in Doncaster have shown "significant progress", a government watchdog has found.

Ofsted said it saw no cases where children were judged to be at risk following a monitoring inspection.

It followed an inadequate rating in a full inspection last year.

Doncaster sign

Get your brollies at the ready....

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

What's store for the weekend's weather?

See my forecast here...

Rollercoaster crash victim's 'shut Smiler ' plea

Smiler rollercoaster

A victim of the Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers - in which two South Yorkshire teenagers were seriously injured - has called for the ride to be shut indefinitely after 30 people were trapped in a new incident.  

Leah Washington, 17, from Barnsley, had one of her legs amputated, while her 18-year-old boyfriend, Joe Pugh, also from Barnsley, shattered his knees in the accident on 2 June 2015.

The ride was evacuated and later reopened yesterday after a piece of rubber came away from one of the carriages.

Chanda Chauhan

Chanda Chauhan, from Wednesbury, said news of Thursday's evacuation took her "straight back" to last year's crash.  

It shouldn't put people's lives at risk. Until they sort it out it should be closed."

Chanda Chauhan

Sheffield man grows bananas in his back garden

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Bananas... in Sheffield?

We're not talking ripe and ready to eat in a supermarket, instead Austin Grant is growing them in his back garden.

Austin with banana plant

Austin bought the plant from a high street garden centre about nine years ago and they're now about 15ft high.

Now he's starting to benefit from the fruits of his labour and the banana fruit is starting to ripen.

He says he knows lots of recipes using bananas, which is a good thing because he has a dozen plants!


Sir Cliff confident 'right conclusion' will be reached with review

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sir Cliff Richard is confident that those reviewing the decision not to press charges in the abuse case against him will "come to the right conclusion".

The singer was the subject of a long-running South Yorkshire Police investigation, which centred on sexual assault accusations dating between 1958 and 1983 made by four men.

Cliff Richard
Getty Images

He was never arrested or charged and his case was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service in June on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

But at the beginning of August an application under the victims' right to review scheme was lodged by an accuser - challenging the decision by the CPS not to pursue a case against Sir Cliff.

New war memorial to be unveiled in Sheffield

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A new sculpture's being dedicated at a war memorial in Sheffield this weekend.


The ceremony will be led by the Bishop of Doncaster and the statue will be unveiled by Michelle Ping, a paramedic and Royal Navy reservist from Sheffield who was awarded the top military honour of being Mentioned in Despatches, for saving the life of a wounded soldier in Afghanistan.

The war memorial at Storrs Wood and the new statue are the work of Stoneface, otherwise known as artist Andrew Vickers.

Day = made!!

Cathy Booth

Journalist, BBC Look North

I'm at the Chatsworth Fair today and look who I've bumped into. It's the Great British Bake Off's very own Paul Hollywood!

Check out my chat with him on Look North this evening.

Cathy and Paul

Listen: Sheffield group calls for more to be done to help refugees

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The group City of Sancuary is to present a petition to the Sheffield City Council next week, calling for more to be done to help refugees.  

A total of 44 Syrian refugees have been resettled in South Yorkshire since 2014.

Mike Reynolds of the group says the campaign is on a national as well as a local level.

Rotherham abuse whistleblower Jayne Senior investigated

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

An investigation is being held into complaints against the woman who first exposed the child sexual abuse scandal in Rotherham.

Jayne Senior was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June for services to child protection.

Jayne Senior

Rotherham Council said it had received three complaints, and "an independent investigation is now under way". 

Funeral held for British backpacker killed in Australia

Peter Spencer

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Australian media are reporting that a private funeral has been held for the Derbyshire backpacker Mia Ayliffe Chung (pictured right), who was stabbed to death last month.

The 21-year-old former Chesterfield College student was killed in a knife attack at a hostel in North Queensland.

Mia spent most of the year living at the Surfers Paradise where she worked at The Bedroom nightclub but left in August to spend three months working on North Queensland farms to extend her holiday visa. 

PA/Amy Browne

Jess Ennis-Hill opens Chatsworth Fair

Oli Constable

Sheffield's Jess Ennis-Hill has opened this year's Chatsworth Fair, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

The Olympic champion, who picked up a silver medal in Rio, is the President of the Chatsworth Fair.

Jess Ennis-Hill
Chatsworth Country Fair

Your headlines this afternoon in South Yorkshire

BBC Radio Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Watch: Toddler airlifted to hospital after serious injury

Oli Constable

A three-year-old girl has been airlifted to Sheffield Children's Hospital after suffering a serious back injury in a fall in Bentley, Doncaster yesterday.

Emergency services were called to a property on Washington Grove at around 16:00 after reports of a child with a serious injury.

The girl was flown to the hospital in a life-threatening condition, however is now said to be stable.

Firefighters called after 'smoke' seen at Barnsley market

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's been a rocky start for the new market in Barnsley, after the fire brigade were called and the centre was evacuated after "smoke" was spotted following a power cut.

The council says it was actually exhaust fumes from the back-up generators at the site.

Barnsley Market

About 150 shoppers were evacuated from the new market that opened today, and the power is now back on.

Listen: Ray Matthews runs his 63rd marathon in 63 days

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Marathon runner Ray Matthews is running his 63rd marathon in as many days as he raises money for charity.

The Maltby runner is running 75 marathons in 75 days to celebrate his 75th birthday.

He's even made a friend along the way...

University of Sheffield completes project to fund fresh water well in India

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

More than 1,000 people in India have been given access to fresh drinking water thanks to a University of Sheffield project.

A new water bore-well was completed last month, meaning 1,070 people in Andhra Pradeshl, India, can now drink safe water.

Water well
University of Sheffield

Life Water, sold in all the University of Sheffield’s cafés and restaurants , is a charity providing clean drinking water to communities that need it.

For every bottle of water sold, funds are raised towards the construction of new fresh water wells in India.

Watch: Power cut closes new Barnsley market

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Teething problems on the launch of the new market in Barnsley today after the power went out.

Around 150 shoppers have been evacuated following a power cut at the opening of the Barnsley market.

The power is now back on and traders are returning to their stalls.

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Evacuation at new Barnsley market after power cut

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The newly-opened Barnsley market has been evacuated.

I was talking to some of the shoppers when the power went - we were then told to get out.

Around 150 people have now been evacuated.

I'll update you with more soon.

Watch: Stocksbridge department store opens

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

South Yorkshire's got a new department store - at a time when a lot are struggling and fighting for survival.

This one is in Stocksbridge at the new Fox Valley development, and I've been along to see the grand opening.

Watch: Bryony Page inspires young athletes at her trampoline club

Jamie Campbell

BBC Radio Sheffield

Bryony Page went back to her trampoline club yesterday for the first time since winning her Olympic silver medal at Rio.

One athlete there, Millie Evans, said she has been inspired by Bryony to go to the Olympics herself.   

Sheffield drug dealers who made £2.6m ordered to pay back just £20,000

Sheffield Star

A gang of Sheffield drug dealers made millions from their evil trade but will have to pay back just a tiny fraction – with two ordered to hand over just £1.

Cash and drugs
Sheffield Star

West Way reopens in Barnsley

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A main Barnsley road has reopened this morning after it was closed for more than two weeks.

The A628 West Way had been closed after fears the former Chicago Rock nightclub would collapse following a fire that destroyed the building.

Road Closed

Latest stories across South Yorkshire this morning

BBC Radio Sheffield

New department store

M1: All lanes reopen are car overturns

BBC Travel

The M1 has fully reopened after a car overturned on the northbound carriageway at junction 33.

There are still some delays whilst traffic gets back to normal.

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Listen: Fundraising for woman who was crushed by falling gas canister on holiday

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Laurie Jay Balfour, 25, from Edlington near Doncaster is in intensive care in Greece after being crushed by a 15 stone gas canister during a night out in Zante last month.

Whilst her family are by her bedside, her friends here have started a fundraising campaign to help her adjust to life when she gets back home.

Her friend Laura spoke to me this morning.

Travel: M1 northbound delays after car overturns

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and there's queuing traffic with long delays after a car overturned on the M1 northbound at J33.

There's congestion all the way back to J31 and on the M18.

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Weather: Cloudy and damp, sun possible later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy for most with some outbreaks of light rain in places through the morning.

Bright or sunny spells across the north by the afternoon with these developing further south into the evening, although with the odd isolated shower.

Your live coverage across South Yorkshire today

Oli Constable

Good morning! Oli here until 18:00 bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

We'll bring you a full weather forecast shortly, and there are problems on the M1 this morning. 

More details soon...

Wendy Scott

Another great picture from Wendy Scott in Stannington this morning - got something you'd like to share? Get in touch!