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  1. Live updates on Tuesday 16 August 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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Burton players celebrate Jackson Irvine's goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Club-record signing Jackson Irvine nets against Sheffield Wednesday as Burton Albion earn their first-ever Championship win.

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Five things we learnt today

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

We'll resume coverage tomorrow at 08:00, thanks for joining us today.

Some of the things we've covered include:

  • A student from Sheffield has been arrested at Buckingham Palace
  • Sheffield is to honour Jessica Ennis-Hill and Bryony Page for their Olympic silver medals
  • The BBC has revisited Park Hill flats in Sheffield to see who lives there now after making a documentary there in 1965
  • Virgin Trains East Coast say planned strikes are off
  • and football fans will pay tribute to former Owls player Dalian Atkinson tonight

Student from Sheffield arrested at Buckingham Palace

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A student from Sheffield allegedly tried to break into Buckingham Palace with a knife hidden in his shoe. 

25 year old Hang Zhang was arrested by police at the entrance to the palace on Friday afternoon. 

Police say they found a folding pocket knife when they searched him and he's been charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

Buckingham Palace image

Virgin Trains East Coast strikes 'called off'

The planned industrial action on the Eastcoast Mainline has been called off according to Virgin Trains. 

Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast were due to stage three 24-hour strikes this month, including one on Bank Holiday Monday.

The RMT said train guards, station staff and some drivers were set to take part in the walkouts. 

Virgin Trains

We’re pleased that the RMT has agreed to suspend industrial action and continue talks. We had put in place detailed contingency plans which would have seen our timetable run as normal, nevertheless this news will be welcomed by our customers and people."

David HorneVirgin Trains

Weather update: as you were

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Here's a weather forecast you can take to the bank. 

I'm not sure how you'll pay it in, but you can take it.

We'll see that burning ball of gas again tomorrow. (usual clause; keep your receipt)

Weather graphic

Trampolining, how hard can that be?

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

You've seen the trampolining at the Rio Olympics.

You climb on, you bounce, throw a few shapes, and come away with a medal - easy.

Aye, right.

Our reporter Andy Kershaw didn't have a Team GB spot for Tokyo 2020 in his sights.

Perhaps just as well. Don't laugh 'til you try it.

Andy Kershaw tries trampolining

Ex-Owls player 'threatened to kill' his father

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The former Sheffield Wednesday player who died after being tasered by police had reportedly threatened his father's life. 

48-year-old Dalian Atkinson had been in a "manic state" when he visited his father's home, according to his brother, Kenro, in an interview with the Sun newspaper. 

Dalian died 90 minutes after being tasered by police who were called to the Trench area of Telford in Shropshire.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa fans will hold a minute's applause later to pay tribute to Atkinson.

Clapping will start ten minutes into their game against Huddersfield at Villa Park;10 being the 48 year old player's shirt number. 

Dalian Atkinson
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Rape investigation in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are checking CCTV from the Darnall area of Sheffield following reports of a rape.

A woman says the attack took place around midnight on Saturday in Staniforth Road.

Staniforth Road

Nicola Adams secures a medal in Rio

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Boxing ace Nicola Adams, who trains in Sheffield, is guaranteed an Olympics medal after making it to the boxing semi-finals. 

It wasn't an easy victory but she has secured a bronze medal at least.

Nicola Adams
BBC Sport

Travel flash: A1 closes for air ambulance

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Severe delays, queuing traffic and the A1 is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again.

This is northbound at J36 Warmsworth Road, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads. There's Congestion to J34 A614 Bawtry Road.  

The air ambulance has had to land to give help following a crash there.

Olympians to get special event in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The achievements of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Bryony Page are to be celebrated in Sheffield.

They both won silver medals in Rio; Ennis-Hill for the heptathlon and Page for Team GB's first ever female trampoline medal.

A council spokesman said they send heartfelt congratulations to them both and believe they will inspire others across the sporting city to follow in their footsteps.

The event to honour the pair is still being finalised.

BBC Sport
Bryony Page
BBC Sport

'Zombie knife' ban welcomed in South Yorkshire

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The forthcoming ban on so-called 'Zombie knives' this week is being described as a move to protect people from the glamorisation of violence.

The knives, which have a long, serrated edge and are often marked with blood-like paint on the handle, are commonly advertised as a collectors item.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, Dr Alan Billings, says the knives being on sale emphasises the threat of violence. The ban on their sale, import and manufacture comes in on Thursday.

They have been too easy to obtain via the internet, sometimes for as little as £10. They glamorise violent behaviour and we need to protect people from them."

Dr Alan BillingsPolice and Crime Commissioner- South Yorkshire

Fire service urges people to check electrical goods

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

South Yorkshire fire service is warning people to have appliances checked after a cooker fire in Barnsley.

It seems to have been started by an electrical fault.

People are also urged to sign up for notices about product recalls which they might otherwise miss.

Cooker fire

Time for Nicola Adams to get busy in Rio

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

At the Rio Olympics, Boxer Nicola Adams, who trains in Sheffield, could guarantee at least a bronze if she wins her first fight. She's in action this afternoon. 

We don't want to speak too soon but surely another TeamGB gold is in the offing given her abilities.

My colleague Jonathan Buchan spoke to her about training in Sheffield before she set off for Rio. Have a listen.

Nicola Adams
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Blood donor appeal in Sheffield region for 'missing types'

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in Sheffield to commit to saving lives by registering as new blood donors during its Missing Type campaign. There's a reduction internationally of people who become donors, it's down by almost 30% compared to ten years ago. 

Officals say half of all donors in England are over 45 and are keen to recruit younger people to donate blood to help meet needs now and in the future.

There's information here on how to donate.

Blood donation

Dressage: the work behind the serenity we see in Rio

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Dressage; it's meant to look as if the horse is doing it all on its own. The rider is meant to look as though they're there..well..just for the ride.

But what we've seen at Rio 2016 masks years of touch work in training. 

We've been for a glimpse into the effort involved at a dressage centre in Barnsley.

Penistone Barnsley

Yorkshire quintet in England squad

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's Joe Root (pictured), Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and David Willey have all been named in England's one-day squad to face Pakistan.

Joe Root

The England selectors have announced a 15-man squad for the ODI series starting on Wednesday 24 August at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.  

The full squad is: E Morgan (capt) (Middlesex), M Ali (Worcestershire), J Bairstow (Yorkshire), J Buttler (Lancashire), L Dawson (Hampshire), C Jordan (Sussex), A Hales (Nottinghamshire), L Plunkett (Yorkshire), A Rashid (Yorkshire), J Root (Yorkshire), J Roy (Surrey), B Stokes (Durham), D Willey (Yorkshire), C Woakes (Warwickshire), M Wood (Durham).

Weather: large bright thing seen in sky

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

We're in England.

It's the middle of the school holidays.

It really should be raining.

Something like this has been seen in the sky by millions of people.

All a bit weird.

Who knows how long it'll last.


Lotto money for support group to help vulnerable women in Sheffield

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A range of organisations across the region are getting lottery grants.

They include TogetherWomen Projects which is being given £306,439 to continue its project supporting an emerging community of women from Eastern Europe in Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds, who are becoming increasingly marginalised.

Together Women project
Together Women

Ex-Owls player Dalian Atkinson death: Investigators examining Taser data

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A team of investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining data from the Taser used on Dalian Atkinson yesterday.

The ex-footballer died after the device was fired by police in Trench, Telford.

The IPCC says it is overseeing the police's "post-incident procedures". It is also interviewing the officers involved and speaking to local residents, in addition to gathering police logs and radio transmissions.


Drugs raid in Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are seen hear forcing their way into a house in Rotherham in a drugs raid.

They've targeted a series of homes in Eastwood.

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Joy for Rio dressage Gold talent-spotter

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The woman who coached Team GB's dressage gold medal winner says she's overjoyed at her victory.

Debi Thomas from Chesterfield nurtured Charlotte Dujardin for sixteen years from when she was just four-years-old.

Debi Thomas dressage coach

Cricket: Yorkshire v Lancashire

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Lancashire remain on top against Yorkshire in the County Championship.

Yorkshire managed to avoid the follow-on but it's the Red Rose who're enjoying the upper-hand.

You can get the live score here.

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The giant concrete estate once condemned as an eyesore is flourishing again but who has moved back to Park Hill?
The giant concrete estate once condemned as an eyesore is flourishing again but who has moved back to Park Hill?

Watch: Gold is the new goal for Sheffield trampolinist

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

After bagging a silver medal in the women's trampoline in Rio, Sheffield's Bryony Page is setting her sights even higher. Her coach, Paul Greaves, says he's barely slept since her win and is now back on home turf.

Your headlines this morning

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • Rotherham town centre has one-in-four shops standing empty
  • Assessments for autism in children sees hundreds waiting for checks in South Yorkshire
  • and Sheffield is top dog for budget Bank Holiday breaks

Rotherham's empty shops

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The number of empty shops in Rotherham town centre is now standing at more than one-in-four.

Rotherham council is now going to spend over 100 thousand pounds on a firm of consultants to come up with a future role and purpose for Rotherham in an increasingly competitive market. 

Barnsley assault appeal

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police are asking for help after a woman was attacked from behind near Barnsley town centre.

She was attacked near this pub on Pontefract Road heading towards Cundy Cross.

Pontefract Road, Barnsley

Watch: Sheffield is 'No 1. break destination'.

Oli Constable

The steel city is deemed to be the best value place for people looking for a bank holiday break in the UK.

According to TripAdvisor, the city is ranked first in the TripIndex - an annual study - with a three-night stay averaging £706, including every bit of spending.   

Sheffield is in easy reach of many attractions and the Tropical Butterfly House at North Anston is reckoned to be the top local attraction. 

Football on the radio later

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

It's commentary of the Owls and the Millers tonight on BBC Radio Sheffield,  plus reports on Doncaster, Sheffield United and Chesterfield.   

Team badges
BBC Sport

Park Hill flats: Then and now

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

One of the landmarks of Sheffield is featured on the BBC news website today. It's Park Hill flats. 

The BBC did a documentary there in 1965. They've been back to see how its changed.

It's called "Park Hill - who lives here now?".

Park Hill flats

History repeating: Yorkshire once again basks in Olympic glory

Four years ago, Yorkshire's athletes were leading Team GB to a record medal haul, and would have finished 12th if it were an individual country - ahead of Jamaica, Brazil and Spain.

Further medals in the Paralympics, including two golds for wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, capped off a brilliant sporting summer.

Four years on, and Yorkshire's once again proving the White Rose county can hold its own. This is where we stand right now:

Medals table

And with Leeds's Nicola Adams and Ripon's Jack Laugher due to go into action later today, that medal count could be set to rise and rise...

Autism screening: Growing wait for worried parents

Jenny Eells

More than three hundred kids in South Yorkshire are currently waiting for autism diagnosis.

National guidelines say children should be seen within three months - but figures uncovered by BBC Sheffield show more than a third of young people living here are waiting longer. 

It's worst in Rotherham with people waiting on average thirty weeks to start the process.

Autism screening

Weather: Very complicated; sunny. The end

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright,

Sunshine-y day....

Abbie doesn't sing the forecast.

Good morning: Welcome to today's coverage

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The sun has got its hat on..hip hip hip hooray.

Not singing at the back?

Kettle therapy it is.

Weather forecast on its way...and the top stories from our patch.

Here's the view from our back window. At least they've taken the bars off.

Send us one of yours if you fancy.

Our back window view