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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 17 August 2016

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By Mick Lunney

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Five things we've learned today

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks for dipping in today, we're back with more news, sport weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

Today we've heard that:

Training exercise for police dogs at Sheffield Interchange

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Four police dogs and their Ministry of Defence handlers got to know commuters as part of an exercise today.

The dogs were there as part of  a 'working partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive  and South Yorkshire Police'. 

Police dog and handler

Weather update: cloud overnight, hazy sunshine tomorrow

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

You won't get wet. 

Extensive outbreaks of darkness overnight, as is customary. But it won't last.

Weather graphic

Somme memories coming to Barnsley town centre

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The popular Experience Barnsley museum in the town hall is to host an exhibition which it says will provoke strong emotions.

It will feature stories from the Somme, detailing the horror and impact of the battle on those involved, as well as those left behind.

Barnsley Council

It brings to life the harrowing stories of the local men involved and gives a rare insight into their lives on the battlefield and back home in Barnsley"

Roy MillerCabinet spokesperson for Place

Rare species of bird's home improved in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The willow tit is rare, and its numbers are threatened globally.

Work to improve Sheffield's Fox Hagg Nature Reserve is now complete. It's been led by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Fox Hagg Nature Reserve
Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

The work means trees used by the birds will have a better chance of thriving there.

Willow tit

Tribute to Doncaster councillor

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The death of Alan Jones was announced earlier today. 

He'd been ill for some time and had been ward member for Norton and Askern since May 2011.

He was married to Doncaster's Mayor, Ros Jones.

We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his wife Ros, daughter Danny and the rest of Alan’s family. Alan was a highly valued and well-liked councillor who worked tirelessly for the Norton and Askern communities. Alan will be deeply missed by his friends and colleagues.”

Jo MillerChief Executive of Doncaster Council
Alan Jones
Doncaster Council

Rio 2016: GB team fail in show jumping title defence

Great Britain's show jumpers had their hopes of retaining their Olympic team title dashed as they failed to make today's second round.

Yorkshire's Michael and John Whitaker missed out on a top-eight spot required to progress. Michael Whitaker's horse, Cassionato, has been withdrawn from the individual competition after showing symptoms of colic.

Two new players within days, says SUFC boss

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says they will step up their efforts to sign at least two players before the weekend's game at Millwall. 

The Blades are still without a win after the first four games of the season.

Wilder's disclosed to us that he almost landed two transfer targets prior to last night's defeat to Southend:

Quad bikes seized by police

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A range of off-road bikes have been seized by police in South Yorkshire. Officers say it followed concerns raised by the public about the risks and nuisance posed. 

Off-road bikes
South Yorkshire Police

Police seized bikes in Stainton and Maltby and say their riders can easily put other people and themselves at risk.

Buckingham Palace arrest update: Sheffield student sectioned

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man accused of possessing a folded knife near Buckingham Palace has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 

25 year-old Hang Zhang, of Hawley Street in Sheffield, was arrested on Friday and charged with possession of an offensive weapon.  Police say he was found near a pedestrian gate of the palace.

Buckingham Palace

He was released on conditional bail and has been told he must stay on the Burbage Ward at the Michael Carlisle Centre, an in-patient mental health facility in Sheffield. That's until his next appearance at court, which is due on September 14th.   

Death of popular Doncaster councillor

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A leading Doncaster councillor has died. 

Councillor Alan Jones represented Askern and Norton for Labour and his widow is the town's Mayor Ros Jones.

He'd been ill for some time.

Wedding dress doesn't veil acrimonious split

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A woman from Chesterfield says interest in her wedding dress on an auction site has risen strongly after she described the reason for its sale. 

In detailing her split from her husband, Samantha Wragg seems to have captured a lot of interest and the dress is currently selling for more than six times the price of it when it was new. 

The dress being worn at the wedding
Joshua Wragg

Your pics: black cat = cool cat

Earlier we featured Black Cat Appreciation Day.

An effort to shake off the stigma of so-called bad luck and links black cats.

Superstitions aside, listener Mark Reeder posted this lovely snap in response to the feature.

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The push up challenge hits the Peak District

Kat Harbourne

The drive to highlight the need for support for former military personnel is really taking off.

The 22 Push-up Challenge is so-called because every day 22 veterans in the US take their own lives and it's catching on all over the world.

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Sport: Defence is no.1 for Barnsley FC

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckiingbottom has told Radio Sheffield that getting defensive cover is his priority in the transfer window. 

After allowing Lewin Nyatanga to leave, the Reds need at least one centre- half. Heckingbottom knows it's something that needs addressing.  

He's been talking to BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Giddings about transfers to the squad. 

Your headlines this lunchtime

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

  • Two people are being held after a police officer was knocked unconscious in Rotherham
  • A former Iraqi diplomat now in Sheffield fears being killed if he's deported
  • and Tommy Steele plays Glenn Miller in a stage show in Sheffield

Tommy Steele becomes Glenn Miller in Sheffield

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

He was the UK's first proper pop star and teen idol. Now as he approaches his 80th birthday, Tommy Steele is in Sheffield preparing for his latest musical. 

He's playing the lead role in The Glenn Miller story, based on the life of the wartime band leader.

Ian White's been to meet him. 

Black cats 'back luck'? Rubbish says Sheffield Cats Shelter

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

You may not have realised that August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation day. 


Well the image of black cats as a symbol of bad luck is well-known, but utterly undeserved, says Sheffield Cats Shelter.

It reports that such a reputation means people sometimes ignore black cats when they're looking to give a cat a new home

So an 'appreciation day' is much needed it says.

What do you think? Do you have a black cat? Stories or good/bad luck?

Tell us and pics are welcome.

Men held after PC 'knocked unconscious' in Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two men have been arrested over a reported assault on a police officer last night in Rotherham.

One man is being held on suspicion of assault and making threats to kill, while another is being questioned over assisting an offender. 

Farquhar Road

Ex-diplomat in Sheffield fears death in Iraq

Shirley Henry

Journalist, BBC Look North

A former Iraqi diplomat who fears he'll be killed if he's forced to leave the UK, is meeting Home Office officials at his Sheffield home today.

Mohammed Al-Dallal and his family came to Yorkshire via Poland. The Home Office says they have to go back there because it was the first safe country they arrived in. 

But the family fear they'll be sent back to Iraq. Shirley Henry reports. 

Open water swimming warning in Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Rotherham Council is urging parents to stress the dangers of lakes, ponds and canals to their children during the summer holidays.

Unseen hazards, and the very cold temperature of water can quickly see a swimmer getting into difficulty.

No swimming sign

Prostitution support group fears it'll fold

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

In Doncaster the Amber Project helps women leave prostitution.

It's running out of money and fears women will go without help, and be forced to carry on selling themselves for sex.

A national charity, Changing Lives, says the work of the Amber Project makes a huge difference.

Unemployment rate drops in Yorkshire

BBC Business News

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber dropped by 7,000 between April and June, new figures show, with the number of jobless in the region now standing at 159,000.

The Office for National Statistics says the UK unemployment total fell by 52,000 to 1.64 million between April and June. 

The UK unemployment rate remains at 4.9%. 

Coming up later on BBC Radio Sheffield, sports action

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

The Football Heaven team bring the best coverage of Barnsley's match tonight. Follow their fortunes and have your say after the match. 

Team logos
BBC Sport

Court appearance for Sheffield student over Buckingham Palace arrest

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A man arrested at Buckingham Palace for allegedly possessing an offensive weapon is due in court today.

25 year-old Hang Zhang is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Police say they found a folding pocket knife on him when he was was searched.

Push up challenge to help combat mental health problems

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's a global initiative to help ex-forces members to cope with mental health troubles.

It's called the "22 push up challenge" because statistics show that 22 US veterans commit suicide every day.

Of course many in this country suffer similar problems when leaving the forces.

Richard Parker from Sheffield is one of them and has post-traumatic stress disorder. He's been telling Paul Walker at BBC Radio Sheffield about the campaign.

Misty and gorgeous view

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Our reporter Andy Kershaw has popped into Derbyshire to do press ups. More on that later.

But he's sent us this splendid view:

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Tributes to ex-Owls player

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Following the death of former Sheffield Wednesday player Dalian Atkinson, fans at Aston Villa, where he went on to play, have paid warm tributes to him. 

They applauded for a minute during the team's match last night.

Atkinson died after being shocked with a police taser during a call out to the home of the ex-player's Shropshire.

Fans in trbute

Weather: Cloud slowly clearing and bright spells 22c

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The cloud shifting by mid-morning and temperatures in the early 20s. 

Which is nice.

Infant criticially injured in Doncaster crash

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

South Yorkshire Police say an 8 week old baby has been seriously injured in a crash on the A1M near Doncaster . The boy is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

The accident happened just before 14:00 yesterday afternoon when a lorry was in collision with the car the baby was in. Both vehicles travelling northbound on the A1M, just after junction 36 for Warmsworth. 

The baby was taken to hospital by air ambulance. The police say they'd like to hear from anyone who saw the accident.   

Air ambulance

Good morning: welcome to our rolling feed of news, sport, weather and travel

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks for joining us on what promises to be a lovely day for weather. 

Full forecast on its way.

Dave Humphries sent in this pic of his dog, Bonnie, in Manvers lake in Rotherham. 

Send us your pics here.

Dog in lake
Dave Humphries