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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 23 August 2016

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By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt today in South Yorkshire

Oli Constable

Thanks for being with us today, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

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

  1. Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says the Didcot handling is a national scandal
  2. A horse is stable (get it?) after getting stuck in a ditch
  3. Anger after Hillsborough memorial used as 'Pokestop'
  4. Recycling seems confusing for some residents in Sheffield
  5. Caller Katie gets her own tour of BBC Radio Sheffield

In other news, I've drawn Val in our Great British Bake Off office sweepstake - we're a competitive bunch.

See you tomorrow!


Barnsley fire: West Way to be closed over the weekend

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley council's warning it may be sometime before West Way and Wellington House can be re-opened following a fire last week.

The former Chicago Rock nightclub on Wellington Street was severely damaged in the blaze and the historic building may have to be demolished.

David Shepherd from Barnsley council says it's causing considerable disruption.

If you're going to the Barnsley versus Rotherham United match at the weekend, you're advised to avoid West Way and leave in plenty of time as there is likely to be major disruption with the road closures in place.


Weather tonight: Dry and warm, muggy overnight

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry tonight with long clear periods, and perhaps some patchy mist forming in rural locations. Staying warm and muggy, especially in towns and cities.

Weather graphic

Watch: Hillsborough Pokestop 'ill-thought out'

Kat Harbourne

The man who blasted a Pokestop at the Hillsborough memorial as “distasteful” and “inappropriate" says he doesn't think it's malicious.

A Pokestop is part of the Pokemon GO augmented reality game in which players use their phones to chase animated characters in real-life places.

Ian Richardson has instead put it down to a computer error and says he thinks the landmarks were assigned automatically by the developers software.

Virgin challenges Jeremy Corbyn train footage

BBC News England

Virgin Trains has questioned footage showing Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a "ram-packed" service.

In a film shown on The Guardian, the Labour leader said he was experiencing a problem "many passengers face every day" on the London to Newcastle train.

The company says the service, which runs through Doncaster, had plenty of unreserved seats available.

CCTV footage of Corbyn
Virgin Trains

Watch: The future bus for Sheffield?

Oli Constable

Ever wondered how bus companies choose their buses?


Well me neither...

But if you have, at this annual event the bus group First Bus holds a competition to put different buses through their paces.

They are tested for their handling and fuel efficiency.

Police search for metal owner

Oli Constable

In the early hours of Saturday morning, police officers discovered some metal after stopping a Ford Transit van on Holbrook Avenue, Holbrook, Sheffield. 

The driver, a 19-year-old man, was interviewed under caution following the discovery of the metal objects which are believed to have been stolen.

Police now want to trace the owner and would like to hear from anyone who was information as to who it could belong to.

The metal cylinders have Micron Filter Unit 2 written on them in yellow. 

South Yorkshire Police

Start of the Scarborough annual cricket festival

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Yorkshire are taking on Nottinghamshire in a four day game at the town's North Marine Road ground.

It's the 130th year of the festival being played in Scarborough, an event which attracts thousands of visitors.

The festival also brings a big economic boost for the seaside resort.

Weather: Ice cream worthy

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Dry with long clear periods, and perhaps some patchy mist forming in rural locations. Staying warm, especially in towns and cities.  

Your views: Anger over Hillsborough memorial Pokestop

Oli Constable

There's been a big response to the Hillsborough Pokestop story we posted earlier.

Here are a few comments from our Facebook page:

The idea of making monuments poke-stops is to have more people visit them I'm unsure how it's distasteful at all more people will come to the area and view the memorial because of it."

Daniel Eaton


Matthew Barber

What a joke, people constantly looking for a reason to be angry at the world, the game encourages people to get out and learn about their surroundings and history."

Brett Oldfield

The war memorial at Bolsterstone church was also a Pokestop for a while 😡."

Kathryn Proost
Pokestop screenshot

Sheffield restaurant takes curry award

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Cutlers Spice took the award for Yorkshire Team of the Year 2016 at the English Curry Awards last night.

The Indian restaurant, near Gleadless Townend, won the award in Manchester, and was also nominated for Chef of the Year.

Curry Awards
Cutlers Spice

Listen: Do you know a budding young writer?

Oli Constable

A new project to inspire younger people to explore their creative writing is starting in South Yorkshire today.

It's organised by Hive South Yorkshire and Vicky Morris from the organisation says they're aiming to reach people across the region:

Hive is also running a network of free writing groups in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, and you can find more about that on their website.

Anger after Hillsborough memorial used as 'Pokestop'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The online game Pokemon GO has been branded "distasteful" and "inappropriate" after it emerged a memorial in Sheffield to the Hillsborough disaster is being used as a "Pokestop".

Ian Richardson, who is originally from Liverpool but now lives in Sheffield, noticed the Pokestop had been linked to the site.

Pokemon GO is an augmented reality game where users use their smart phone to catch animated characters in real-life places.

Ninety-six fans died in the Hillsborough disaster, the UK's worst sporting disaster, which took place in April 1989.  

Pokestop screenshot

Ever wondered what it's like to be a TV presenter?

Well, this is what it looks like!

This was taken just before Look North's lunchtime bulletin today...

Look North camera

Blades bid for Byron

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield understands from London-based sources that Sheffield United have made a bid for Millwall defender Byron Webster.

Only a couple of weeks ago, Webster signed a new contract with Millwall in a deal that will keep him at The Den until 2018.

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Caller Katie gets her own tour of BBC Radio Sheffield

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Katie Higgins is from High Green, Sheffield, and she got in touch with Rony last week, hoping for someone to bring her to the Heritage Open Days that we have next weekend...  

Well, after not too much persuading, we sent a car to pick Katie up and take her on her own personalised tour of the newsroom!

She's been an absolute delight and we're so glad to have been able to make her day.

She's also a Sheffield United fan and here she is giving our Sports Editor Andy Giddings a grilling!

Katie and Andy Giddings

South Yorkshire police dogs take top awards

Oli Constable

Two South Yorkshire police dogs and their handlers have scooped first and second place at the British Police and Services Canine Association dog trials in Birmingham.

Rocky and handler PC Steve Gill, and Evo and handler PC Adrian Noble, from South Yorkshire Police and Humberside’s Joint Specialist Operation Unit, proved they were a cut above the rest by claiming the top two spots for the ‘Service Dog of the Year’ award.

Police dog
South Yorkshire Police

Listen: What happens when you pull your emergency parachute?

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Tony Russell-Ward from Sheffield has jumped out of planes more times than he can remember, because he was in the parachute regiment.

I spoke to him earlier about when he had to pull his emergency chute, on a jump over Norfolk

Tony pulls the red handle

Your pictures: Sun in South Yorkshire

Oli Constable

Malcolm has uploaded this brilliant photo of Carlecotes this morning onto the BBC Weather Watchers website.

It's going to be almost 27 degrees today, so if you're out enjoying the sun, send me a photo!

Carlecoates landscape
Malcolm Bailey

It looks very bright and warm out of our office window today - I'm not jealous at all!

You might have sunshine, but I have this... You always know someone's come back from holiday when cake randomly appears in the newsroom.


Villagers “worried” about mast bid

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

People living in Coal Aston are worried about a possible new mobile phone mast being put up in the village.

The application, that's been submitted on behalf of O2 and Vodafone, has been submitted to the council to build the 17.5 metre mast.

Proposed site of the phone mast

Our survey shows there is significant local concern about how this installation could hurt our landscape and what its approval could mean for the Coal Aston green belt in the future."

Alex DaleCouncillor

Listen: 'This could be the Sheffield Eagles' last season'

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

The head coach at Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club says if new investors don't come forward in the next few weeks this could be the last season for the club.

Director of Rugby, Mark Aston, says they have enough money to complete this season, but anything beyond that is in serious doubt.

Rio: Team GB's record breakers return home from Rio

Oli Constable

Sheffield-trained athletes, including Nicola Adams, posed with their medals in front of the British Airways jet that carried them home from Rio this morning.

The plane landed at Heathrow after more than two weeks of gold medal success.

Plane pic

Finding your bag at baggage reclaim might be a bit more difficult...

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Mo Farah inspires 90-year-old to take up running

Kat Harbourne

Yesterday on the Breakfast show we were talking about the Olympics, and we had a call from Graham in Handsworth.

He said he was inspired by Mo Farah, so he now gets up at 08:00 every morning and runs in the garden for an hour!

Well we were so impressed by Graham's story that we went up to see him...

This guy is 90-years-old!!

Did you see A628 Sheffield crash at the weekend?

Mick Lunney

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Police want to hear from anyone who saw a crash on Saturday afternoon on the A628 Woodhead Pass.

At about 15:30 on Saturday 20 August, a black BMW driving along the Woodhead Pass towards Manchester, was involved in a crash with a grey Vauxhall Vivaro van and a silver Vauxhall Corsa, driving in the opposite direction towards Sheffield.

A 24-year-old man driving the BMW and a 56-year-old man driving the Vauxhall Corsa both suffered minor injuries. 

The driver of the Vivaro van, a 53-year-old man, is in hospital with serious injuries.

A628 ariel

Touchdown: Olympic heroes land at Heathrow

Oli Constable

Team GB's triumphant Olympians have landed at Heathrow following the most successful Games in more than a century.

A total of 320 athletes and staff travelled back from Rio in a gold-nosed British Airways Boeing 747 with "victoRIOus" emblazoned on the side.

Yesterday it was reported that the majority of podium athletes from Team GB were supported by the EIS in Sheffield.

BA 2016 plane

Your views: Recycling

Paul Walker

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

We've been talking rubbish this morning and whether you know what waste should go where.

New figures have shown that although we're recycling more stuff, the proportion of waste that's being rejected,is also going up.

So are you putting the wrong things in the wrong bins?!

You've been getting in touch with your views on recycling...

Recycling should not be a profitable business. It's a global need, it should be a nationalised industry and why not have all the fit for work unemployed helping recycle to receive their benefits a few days a week."


Recycling's good. We're in Barnsley and we recycle everything we can. Washing tins and milk bottles etc. It's confusing though about plastics because some of our plastics can and some can't be recycled. Cardboard and outer labels and papers are used for multi-fuel burner that we burn."


Why when Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Chesterfield offer a free green bin service for garden waste does Sheffield NOT? We have a poor second class service in Sheffield, why can we not have the same as neighbouring councils?"


Sharks snap up Zach Gachette

Peter Spencer

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Sheffield Sharks have announced the return of guard Zach Gachette who has signed a new one year contract at the club.

Gachette returns to Sheffield after playing for London Lions last season.

It comes after a four year stint at Sharks back in 2011.


Listen: Is recycling too confusing?

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

We're recycling more rubbish now than we were five years ago - but not all of it escapes landfill.

Despite the total amount we're recycling only going up marginally, the amount of waste being rejected for recycling has risen over the past four years - mainly because we're putting the wrong stuff in the wrong bins.

You've been telling us just how confusing recycling can be...

Roads still closed after Barnsley town centre fire

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The A628 Westway is still closed and Barnsley. The council says Wellington House is shut too, as the fire damaged club is not yet deemed safe.

I've taken the photo of the burnt out shell below and there were reports yesterday that the building might have to be demolished.

Barnsley fire

Weather: Dry and hot

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Generally cloudy at first, with perhaps a little rain for north Yorkshire, then becoming dry and sunny through this morning.

Becoming hot inland, with the highest temperatures across Humberside, while coastal areas will be cooler and also becoming breezy.

For South Yorkshire, it's looking dry with temperatures hitting 27 degrees.

Firefighters rescue horse trapped in a ditch

Oli Constable

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have rescued a horse which was stuck in a ditch in Mosbrough.

Crews were called just after 09:00 on Monday after the horse, called Cruz, had slipped and was trapped in a narrow gap unable to get back up. 

Horse and fire crews

With the help of a vet and the owner, they were able to get an animal sling around Cruz and drag him out.

Once out he was able to stand up and is now recovering from his ordeal. 


Sarah Champion: Didcot handling is a national scandal

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says the authorities handling of the fatal collapse at Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire is a national scandal.

It's six months to the day since the collapse of a boiler house there during demolition work. Two men from Rotherham and one from South Wales were killed.

Their bodies have yet to be recovered, and Sarah Champion says that is completely unacceptable

Didcot collapse
Thames Valley Police

Team GB athletes to fly home today

BBC Sport

The Team GB athletes are flying home today after their monumental effort in Rio over the last few weeks.

Some of our Olympic medalists will be on the flight, including Sheffield-trained athlete Nicola Adams who won gold over the weekend.

The gold nosed plane, nicknamed victoRIOus, will touch down in London later on this morning.

British Airways

Good morning: Welcome to our live coverage

Oli Constable

Full weather forecast on the way soon. News, sport and travel updates from across the county can be found right here, thanks for joining us. 

Weather graphic

It's going to be the hottest day of the week today, so enjoy it while you can because it's going to get colder and wetter.

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