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  1. Rotherham taxi licensing 'loophole' exposed
  2. TV presenter Charlie Webster speaking to family
  3. Fire service still at Chicago Rock fire in Barnsley
  4. Live updates on Friday 19 August 2016

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By Oli Constable

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Five things we've learnt today

Oli Constable

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

In the meantime let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. Fire service still at Chicago Rock fire in Barnsley
  2. TV presenter Charlie Webster speaking to family 
  3. Rotherham taxi licensing 'loophole' exposed
  4. Gatecrasher to make Sheffield comeback on Saturday
  5. Man arrested after mosque bomb threat

I've been asking for your favourite snaps too as today is World Photo Day and loads of you have got in touch.

Cross Eyes Sheffield tweeted us this photo earlier- it's their rose-tinted view of Devonshire Street on an otherwise grey day.


Your brief weather tonight - grey, wet and windy. Try and have a good weekend!

Former Rotherham boss takes Eastleigh FC job

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Former Rotherham United player and manager Ronnie Moore has joined Vanarama National League side Eastleigh FC as their new boss.

The BBC Radio Sheffield pundit joined the Spitfires this afternoon and says he's proud to be at the helm.

View more on twitter

BBC Listening Project: Your chance to join the conversation

BBC Radio Sheffield

Is there a conversation you've been meaning to have with a loved one, but just not got round to it? Well here's your chance.

The Listening Project is a partnership between the BBC and the British Library, capturing conversations between friends and loved ones about the things that matter to them.

Our mobile recording booth is coming to Firth Park in Sheffield from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August and Sir Nigel Gresley Square in Doncaster from Tuesday 30 August to Saturday 3 September.

To book your conversation, get in touch here.

The booth on a beach

Former Sports Minister calls for celebrations following Olympic success

Oli Constable

Team GB’s remarkable Olympic success in Brazil should be celebrated in a series of events across the country, says former Sports Minister Richard Caborn.

Mr Caborn, who used to be MP for Sheffield, says he'd like to see regional celebrations, as Britain sit second in the medal table having taken 56 medals.

Here in the Sheffield region we have got a fantastic group of athletes who have been made and trained in the region – the likes of Jess Ennis-Hill, Bryony Paige, the divers and swimmers at Ponds Forge, the boxers at the EIS where Nicola Adams is based."

Richard CabornFormer Sports Minister
Richard Caborn

Watch: Take a bow! Shooting for gold

Kat Harbourne

So when I was asked what Olympic discipline I would like to train in, archery seemed like a decent sport.

No running, no sweat, and besides, how hard can it be?

Your headlines this afternoon

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

Watch: New police dogs put through their paces in Sheffield

Oli Constable

South Yorkshire Police have been putting their latest recruits through their paces at Sheffield Interchange.

The dogs, that specialise in finding drugs,  are put into a 'live' environment to make it as real as they can before they're used on the streets.

View more on twitter

Rotherham mosque thought to be one of several locations to receive threats

We told you earlier that a man has been arrested by anti-terror police investigating a bomb threat sent to a mosque in Rotherham.

It's now emerged police believe the letter sent to the Jamia Masjid Abu Bakr mosque in Eastwood, Rotherham, on 1 August is one of a number sent to locations around England.

These include religious establishments, police stations and residential addresses in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and Avon and Somerset. 


M1 delays after broken-down vehicle

BBC Travel

Getting away early on a Friday? Well, if you're going southbound on the M1 you might want to delay your journey.

There's quite a bit of traffic from junction 32 of the M1 and it's slow going.

Highways England
Highways England

Strong winds warning issued for South Yorkshire

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Tonight, a spell of unseasonably strong winds, accompanied by heavy, blustery showers, is expected to reach the south- west of the UK during the early hours of Saturday.

Throughout Saturday, it will move across many parts of England and Wales with winds expected to be about 40-50mph.

Delays on public transport after car gets stuck on tram route

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

There's problems on public transport this afternoon after a car was stuck on the kerb at Netherthorpe.

The car blocked one lane of traffic and the tram line and meant trams had to terminate at Cathedral.

It's now been moved, but there's likely to be delays as the service gets back to timetable.

Car on tram route

Watch: Minichiello on Rio 2016

Oli Constable

Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello has said that Sheffield sport is in a good place following the Olympic success of the heptathlon.

Theresa May backs Osborne's 'Northern Powerhouse'

BBC Politics

Theresa May has vowed to press ahead with George Osborne's "Northern Powerhouse" despite having fired him as chancellor.

Theresa May

In a Yorkshire Post article, the prime minister promised to "help the great cities and towns of the North pool their strengths and take on the world".

This includes backing a bid to bring cycling's world championships to Yorkshire.

The Northern Powerhouse is the name attached to the government's bid to create a rival economy to London and the South East in the north of England.

It involves devolving new powers from Whitehall, improving transport links and creating new regional mayors to act as figureheads for their regions.

Yorkshire are 14th in the medal table!

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Ever wondered where Yorkshire would fall if they were an independent nation at the Olympics?

Well, with a dozen medals, they sit above Usain Bolt's Jamaica and host nation Brazil.

Olympic medal table graphic

Your photos: World Photo Day

Oli Constable

We're after your favourite photos across South Yorkshire today in celebration of World Photo Day.

We've had some brilliant photos coming into us, including this one from Rick Midgley overlooking Sprotbrough Lock.

sprotbrough lock
Rick Midgley

Steven Johnson got this great pic of a rainbow over Hillsborough.

Steven Johnson

And our afternoon presenter Paulette snapped this cracking shot of band The Feeling playing at Music in the Gardens - notice how she's backstage!! It's alright for some...

The Feeling

Got one you'd like to share? Drop me an email by clicking here!

Vincent Sasso

Championship side Sheffield Wednesday re-sign defender Vincent Sasso on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee

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Man arrested after mosque bomb threat

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

A 43-year-old man has been arrested after a bomb threat was sent to a Rotherham mosque.

This is the Jamia Mosque on Russell Street, in Eastwood.

The man from Plymouth has been arrested under the Malicious Communications Act by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Outside of the mosque

M1 slow after double breakdown

BBC Travel

The M1 southbound is slow after a broken down vehicle is blocking the exit sliproad at junction 32 for the M18.

There's a second breakdown between junction 31 at Sheffield and junction 30 at Worksop also going southbound.

Traffic queuing
Highways England

There's queuing traffic and speed restrictions are in place approaching the incidents.

Map of accidents

Get Inspired: Archery

Kat Harbourne

As part of the BBC's Get Inspired initiative, I've had a go at an Olympic sport that means no running or sweat!

Archery then was the perfect choice...


And I STILL managed to injure myself! (Britney microphone not involved).


Woodhead Pass closed after lorry crash

Oli Constable

The A628 Woodhead Pass in Dunford Bridge is closed after an accident involving a lorry.

There is queuing traffic in both directions at the Dunford Bridge turn off because of the crash.

Dunford Bridge

BreakingWoodhead Pass closed

Oli Constable

The Woodhead Pass is closed in both directions after an accident involving a lorry.

It's advised that you use an alternative route until it's cleared.

We'll bring you more as we get it.

Your pictures: Sunset over South Yorkshire last night

BBC Weather Watchers

This is a brilliant sunset taken by Wendy Scott over Stannington last night.

Today is also World Photo Day, so I'm wanting to collect as many of your favourite snaps as I can! Got a photo you'd like to share? Get in touch.

Wendy Scott

Fundraisers bare all for bears at wildlife park

Oli Constable

Brave volunteers are being asked to bare all in a sponsored streak to raise funds for endangered polar bears later.

The annual naked fun run is aiming to raise £10,000 to help conservation efforts for the species whose numbers fallen sharply recently.

The annual Bare All for Polar Bears will take place at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, home to four of the majestic animals, tonight (when the day visitors have gone home!)

Naked man in foil blanket wearing a polar bear mask
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Can you help? Man seriously injured in Rotherham

Oli Constable

A man was found with serious head injuries in Brecklands this morning.

The man was found close to the Stag Roundabout at about 06:45 and was taken to hospital, where he currently remains in a serious but stable condition.

Police believe that the man may have walked up Wickersley Road towards the roundabout before to the incident, possibly with a group of three to six other men.

Stag Roundabout

The area where this incident happened is a very busy part of town at that time of the morning and I would like to ask that anyone who saw of group of people, believed to be men, walking towards the roundabout, or who saw what happened to contact us."

John DimberlineDetective Sergeant

Listen: Rio success for Team GB

Dan Green

BBC Radio Sheffield

We're celebrating the last two weeks in Rio this morning, after another haul of medals for Team GB yesterday.

We've seen the best away Olympic performance, smashing the medal target that was set by UK Sport.

Let's re-live some of those highlights...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Sheffield tonight

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a rally by Jeremy Corbyn in Sheffield tonight.

He will be speaking in Barker's Pool from 18:00 as part of his campaign to retain the leadership of the party. 

In 2015, he addressed over 1,000 people outside The Crucible theatre in Sheffield during his original leadership campaign.

Corbyn speaking to crowd
Jeremy Corbyn at the 2015 rally

Gatecrasher to make Sheffield comeback tomorrow

Kat Harbourne


It's 20 years since Gatecrasher in Sheffield opened, and after burning down in 2007 it's BACK this weekend!

Gatecrasher The Reunion takes place at the former Embrace in Barker's Pool. Will you be there?

Gatecrasher fire

Your pictures: World Photo Day

Oli Constable

Today is World Photo Day and we're collecting some of your favourite pics across South Yorkshire. Got one you'd like to share? Get in touch!

Guy has got in touch on Twitter and says there's nowt like a brew up - or not! Milo's got other plans...

Cat in a box
Guy Forshaw

Joe has sent us some of his favourite snaps, including the elephant at Crystal Peaks. He says they're sightly unconventional, no landscapes or anything, but we love them!  


And this amazing photo is over the Rother Valley last night. Incredible.

Keep them coming, I'll be posting them throughout the day!

Rother Valley

New signing Moore to make debut on Saturday

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Moore this morning on a three-year-deal.

He is now expected to make his debut at Millwall tomorrow, replacing George Long.

It's a tough business, but it's up to him. He needs to get his head down and decide which way his career goes."

Chris WilderSheffield United manager on George Long

Rotherham taxi licensing 'loophole' exposed

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A committee of MPs looking at the issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham say there's a big legal loophole over the licencing of taxi drivers.

The commissioners running Rotherham council have introduced tight new rules, but taxi drivers can get round them.

Sheffield MP Clive Betts says drivers can get their licenses elsewhere and then pick up customers in Rotherham.

Moore signings for Sheffield United today

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield United are expected to tie up the signing of Cardiff City goalkeeper Simon Moore today.

We understand the Blades agreed a £500,000 fee for the 26-year-old who underwent a medical at the club yesterday. 

Simon Moore Goalkeeper
Getty Images

TV presenter Charlie Webster speaking to family

Oli Constable

The television presenter Charlie Webster, who's seriously ill in hospital in Rio, has been able to speak to her family after being brought out of a medically-induced coma.

She's originally from Sheffield.

She's still in intensive care after contracting a rare strain of malaria after taking part in a 3,000-mile charity cycle ride to Rio.

The hospital says she is still on a life support machine.

Charlie Webster on a bike

Fire service still at Chicago Rock fire in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

South Yorkshire Fire service say they're still dealing with that big fire in the centre of Barnsley.

The old Chicago Rock nightclub caught fire early yesterday morning in the former Barnsley Co-operative building.

The fire service say they scaled back their operation early this morning with only two fire engines being there.

West Way was closed overnight because of it.

Weather: Dry start turning wet later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry band cloudy start to the day, but turning wet around midday as outbreaks of rain spread northeast.

These perhaps turning heavy across the hills, before easing away from the southwest later. Feeling cooler than recently.  

Good morning: Welcome to our live coverage

Oli Constable

A full weather forecast will be coming your way shortly with Owain, but a quick glance at the weather chart looks like it'll be wet and cloudy. Back to normal then?

It's also World Photo Day today, so I'm after your favourite photo from South Yorkshire that you've taken this year. Got one to send in? Get in touch!


This is my favourite pic, taken in the city centre on a wet summer evening.