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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Live updates on Wednesday 24 August 2016

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By Oli Constable

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Five things we've learnt today

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. Hillsborough investigators appeal for witnesses from April 1989
  2. And the appeal is met with anger by families
  3. Campaigners have been trying to stop last orders at a local pub
  4. A former Chesterfield College student stabbed to death in Australia
  5. A Norwood canal tunnel has opened for the first time in 100 years

And it's the return of the Great British Bake Off tonight, so I'm expecting LOADS of cake and goodies to be brought into the office tomorrow as the staff here suddenly thing they are Mary Berry...

On your marks, get set, bake!

Bake Off contestants

Watch: Real Junk Food Project gets new trailer kitchen

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

An event was held in Doncaster town centre to celebrate the arrival of a new kitchen.

The kitchen is in a trailer donated by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service which means that the organisation The Real Junk Food Project can operate their new café and community hub.

I've been down to the café on Scot Lane to find out more.

Experience Barnsley opens new exhibition dedicated to the Somme

Oli Constable

Stories Of The Somme, a new exhibition at Experience Barnsley, opens today commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

It's a free exhibition which tells the story of the Somme through the eyes of those who may not have come home.

Below is a picture of William Hirst, a whistle-blower, whose whistle is part of the new display.

A photograph of William Hirst
Experience Barnsley

Westwood called up for international duty

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieren Westwood has been called up for the Republic of Ireland squad for their up coming games with Oman and Serbia.

Westwood has played for his country 18 times since making his debut back in 2009, which included the side which made it into the last 16 of the European Championships in France in the summer.

Kieren Westwood
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Lawyer: Hillsborough appeal 'dead end'

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

One of the lawyers representing families at the Hillsborough disaster says he's mystified as to why detectives  have today issued pictures of 19 people they want to speak to as witnesses to the disaster.

They're all people seen on CCTV images outside gate C before it was opened leading to the fatal crush.

The police say the release of the photos is part of the criminal investigation "Operation Resolve".

But lawyer Elkan Abrahamson says he suspects the investigating team - who are investigating South Yorkshire police - are still trying to deflect blame for the disaster:

Your photos: Lift off

BBC Weather Watchers

You've been uploading lots of photos onto the BBC Weather Watchers website today, including this brilliant pic from Wendy Scott in Stannington.

Got a photo you want to send in? Email me by clicking here.

Bee on a flower
Wendy Scott

Listen: Arrest made in backpacker murder

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police in Australia have given more details on the murder of a former Chesterfield College student.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, from Wirksworth, was attacked in a backpacker's hostel in North Queensland by a man who shouted the phrase "Allahu Akbar" -- meaning God is Greatest.

A 30-year-old British man was critically injured.

A man from France has been arrested.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says they're not looking for anyone else...

GCSE results day: Young people's happiness and well-being

BBC Radio Sheffield

Tomorrow, as some of you may know, is GCSE results day - and for some young people it can be very stressful.

Got a question about how to calm your nerves? How to remain positive if things don't go exactly to plan?

Tomorrow we're speaking to Frederica Roberts, an expert in the field of happiness and resilience.

Email us by clicking here and we might be able to answer them on our Facebook Live in the morning at 08:00.

Weather: Warm and dry, cloudier later

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

It's been a dry afternoon so far across South Yorkshire. Cloud may thicken later to give a risk of some evening rain, possibly thundery.

Winds light and with onshore breezes developing coasts will be cooler.

Highs of 23 degrees Celsius. 

Tasered footballer had CPR for 35 minutes

Dalian Atkinson

Doctors battled in vain for 35 minutes to save former Sheffield Wednesday footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered by police, the inquest into his death hears.

Your headlines this afternoon in South Yorkshire

BBC Radio Sheffield

Latest: School 'shocked and saddened' by backpacker's death

Amy Nagy

BBC Radio Sheffield

The school where former Chesterfield College student Mia Ayliffe-Chung went has said how shocked and saddened they are by her death.

Mia, 21, went to Anthony Gell School in Derbyshire.

She was killed after being stabbed in a backpackers' hostel whilst travelling in Australia.

We knew Mia as a student with so much joy and energy who was well-liked by her friends and teachers."

Paul LovattHead of Pastoral Care at Anthony Gell School

Latest Hillsborough police appeal 'a waste of money'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A woman whose brother died in the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989 has described the latest appeal for witnesses as a waste of taxpayers' money.

Louise Brookes lost her brother Andrew in the disaster.

She's reacted angrily to a new appeal from detectives involved in Operation Resolve who're trying to trace 19 men and say there are still gaps in their knowledge of what happened on the day.

Investigators have been appealing to the public for more information from those who were near gate C when it was opened.

Leppings Lane Hillsborough

Barnsley fire: Building surveyor on site

Oli Constable

Barnsley council has said that a building surveyor is carrying out an inspection of the former Chicago Rock building.

They say that an English Heritage representative has been visiting the listed building after a blaze over the weekend destroyed a lot of the interior.

There's still concern that the building is unstable and could collapse, with demolition still an option.

Chicago Rock building

Hillsborough is venue for first flooding consultation

Oli Constable

People are being asked for their views on how £83m of investment should be spent on protecting Sheffield homes and business from flooding.

The consultation, to take place at the Hillsborough football ground, will be hosted by Sheffield City Council in a bid to to try to prevent the devastation seen in 2007.

Hillsborough under water

Hillsborough was one of the worst-affected areas in the floods of 2007 and many businesses that operate there suffered terribly. We now have a great opportunity to deliver the flood protection a major European city like Sheffield deserves."

Cllr Bryan LodgeCabinet Member for Environment

Magna teams up with first aid charity

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Magna has teamed up with first aid charity St John Ambulance to promote lifesaving skills for families. 

St John, who provide first aid training across the country, have chosen the Rotherham attraction to host free live demonstrations of lifesaving skills on Thursday 1 September and Sunday 4 September.

The demonstrations at Magna form part of Save a Life September, an annual campaign by St John Ambulance to teach lifesaving skills to members of the public and raise awareness of the importance of first aid.

They will be carried out by volunteers and will show techniques to deal with choking, severe bleeding and heart attacks, plus help on the recovery position and CPR.

First aid
St John Ambulance

Listen: I love you will u marry me

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Frances Byrnes from Sheffield had walked past that bridge on Park Hill, and wondered who the lovers were.

She set off an a quest to find them and made a radio documentary about the process, in the hope that there'd be a romantic happy ever after.

But as detailed in a recent article for The Observer, what she discovered was a rather different, sadder story.

Clare Middleton, who lived in Sheffield, died of cancer a few years after Jason, her partner, proposed.

Watch: What do you want from a pub?

Oli Constable

We've been talking about the demise of pubs today after The Plough at Sandygate could be turned into a supermarket.

Dave Pickersgill is from Sheffield's Camra, the campaign for real ale.

Watch: Computer animation used in Hillsborough witness appeal

Kat Harbourne

Do you recognise any of the people highlighted in the video below?

Investigators are looking to identify 19 men who were at the football ground on the day of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster.

It's part of their criminal investigation, but they say the men have done nothing wrong.

Latest: Police trying to establish motive after backpacker stabbing

Oli Constable

Queensland Police have described the death of a former Chesterfield College student as "a senseless act of violence

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, 21, who is from Wirksworth in Derbyshire, was stabbed to death in a backpacking hostel.

Two girls pose for the camera
Amy Browne/PA Wire

We don't have any motive at this stage. We're taking a number of statements in relation to what exactly was said on the evening."

Ray RohwederDet Supt Queensland Police

Watch: Norwood canal tunnel opened for the first time since collapse

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

An 18th century canal tunnel in Yorkshire has been opened up to the public today for the first time since it collapsed over a century ago.

The Norwood Tunnel near Kiveton was the longest tunnel in the country when it opened back in May 1775.

I've been along for a look inside.

Tasered ex-Sheffield Wednesday footballer inquest opened

BBC News England

An inquest has opened into the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson, who was tasered by police. 

Dalian Atkinson

Watch: Killamarsh recycler turns trash into treasure

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Yesterday on the phone-in we were talking about rubbish, after new figures show many of us still get very confused about what we can and can't recycle.

A few of you told us you just can't be bothered.

Someone who can be bothered is businessman Jon Murcott from Killamarsh. He's set up a tree nursery using stuff that was destined for landfill!

What do you know about Rossington?

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Every Wednesday we create a Rough and Random guide to somewhere in South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire.

Today we're in Rossington in Doncaster.

I want to know anything and everything you know about Rossington (new or old) please!

Get in touch with me here.

Rossington ariel

Mawson still a Red after bids turned down

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

I'm hearing there have been no bids for Barnsley FC defender Alfie Mawson that have been "anywhere near the clubs valuation" despite continued speculation.

Barnsley have turned down numerous offers from clubs around the country.

Alfie Mawson challenges for the ball
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'Lardy Lads' cycling the length of the country for charity

Paul Walker


They call themselves the Lardy Lads. But there's nothing 'couch potato' about what they're going to do.

I'm not sure I'd fancy it, lots of effort needed and it involves leaving the house...

They're cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats, to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association and a skin cancer charity after the recent deaths of close friends

They're embarking on this challenge on Tuesday and are hoping to cycle between 80 to 100 miles a day for 12 consecutive days.

Mountain bikes
Two men on bikes

Sheffield's Bryony Page heaps praise on her South Yorkshire training base

Paul Walker


Team GB's silver medal-winning trampolinist, Bryony Page, is now back from Rio after notching up the country's first Olympic medal in the sport.

She got a silver and says her training base in Sheffield and the support team there made all the difference to her chances.

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Your views: Is your local still your local?

Dan Green

BBC Radio Sheffield

This morning we've been talking about pubs, and if your local pub is still your local watering hole.

It comes after another campaign to stop a pub being turned into a supermarket.

The Plough Inn at Sandygate has been empty since April 2016 and 600 people have signed a petition to stop it being turned into a convenience store.

There's a whole sequence of pubs about Chesterfield turned into Co-ops or Tescos and all are well used. You only have to stand at tills at the big supermarkets and see trolleys groaning under the weight of cut price ale to see why pubs are an endangered species."


Haven't we heard this story before, save our pub? Remember the Crisp Inn in Ashgate Chesterfield? The 'locals' in uproar to save their valuable pub and fought off Tesco from opening a store. Where are they now that it is stood empty and dilapidated?


Smoking ban hit the pubs, and supermarkets sellling cheap alcohol 24 hours. High rents on pub properties and breweries have got too greedy."


Latest: Chesterfield College student killed in Australia

Oli Constable

A former Chesterfield College student, who was stabbed to death whilst backpacking in Australia, has been named as Mia Ayliffe-Chung.

The 21-year-old, who is from Wirksworth in Derbyshire, had been backpacking around the world for almost a year.

Police say it was a possible "extremist" attack after the suspect is said to have shouted "Alluha Akbar".

Amy Browne/PA Wire

Former Chesterfield College student stabbed to death in Australia

Oli Constable

A former Chesterfield College student has been stabbed to death while backpacking in Australia.

The 21-year-old woman, believed to have studied psychology at the college, was killed in what police say was a possible "extremist" attack. The suspect is said to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the incident.

A British man, aged 30, is in a critical condition.

Police in Australia

Campaigners trying to stop last orders at local pub

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Campaigners are calling for Sheffield council to intervene to save a pub at Sandygate from being converted into a supermarket.

The Plough Inn was listed as a community asset last year but has since shut down.


Traffic: West Way disruption following road closure

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic at the Alhambra roundabout in Barnsley after West Way is still closed following the fire at the Chicago Rock nightclub last week.

The road is likely to be closed until at least Monday.

Weather: Dry and warm

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any early mist will soon clear, then a dry day with bright or sunny spells.

Cloud may thicken later to give a risk of some evening rain, possibly thundery.

Winds light and with onshore breezes developing, coasts will be cooler.

Watch: Do you recognise these people?

Kat Harbourne

Hillsborough investigators are looking to identify 19 men who were at the ground on the day of the disaster in April 1989.

It's part of their criminal investigation, but they say the men have done nothing wrong - they are wanted as witnesses to what happened just before the infamous opening of gate C that led to the fatal crush.

Pictures of the men from CCTV footage have been released online this morning.

Good morning: Welcome to our live coverage

Oli Constable

There's a full weather forecast with Owain on the way shortly. News, sport, and travel updates from across the county can be found right here, thanks for joining us. 

This is the sunrise over Misterton this morning, so thanks for Buster9 for uploading that onto the BBC Weather Watchers website.


It's going to be slightly cooler today when compared with yesterday, but there'll still be plenty of sun around, so send us your snaps!

Want to get involved? Drop me an email here.