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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 11 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 our live coverage on this very grey and miserable Thursday.

We're back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

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

  1. Unconscious boy pulled from the water at Hillsborough Leisure Centre
  2. IPCC to search police buildings for Hillsborough material
  3. Warning after slug pellets left in Rotherham Park
  4. Fines after dead people's blue parking badge abuse
  5. Yorkshire Ripper deemed fit for mainstream prison

I feel like this photo sums up today - it was uploaded onto the BBC Weather Watchers website by Mitch.

See you tomorrow!

Peg on washing line

Wildsmith called up for England U21s

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith has been called up to England's U21 side for their Euro qualifier against Norway.

The 20-year-old is yet to play an under-21 game for his country.

Wildsmith kicking a ball
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Weather: Rain getting heavier tonight

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Much cooler and cloudier than Wednesday, with further pulses of showery rain spreading northwards, possibly turning heavy, persistent and locally thundery during the afternoon. Winds mainly light. 

Sheffield Wednesday 'lost their heart and soul' this fortnight

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Head Coach Carlos Carvalhal tells me this has 'probably' been his most challenging fortnight at Sheffield Wednesday.

He feels the side have not played with their heart and soul in last couple of games, but says it will be back this weekend.

Recruitment wise, he still wants to add to the squad in the next week and backs the Chairman's sensible approach for the future of the club.

Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance scores a century as Yorkshire set up a chance of a victory over Nottinghamshire at Scarborough.

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Heading to Leeds Festival this weekend? Pack your poncho

Oli Constable

If you're making your way north this weekend for Leeds Festival, it's going to be wet and very likely muddy.

There's even yellow weather warnings in place over the weekend for rain, so maybe an ark would be more useful.

Ponchos and wellies

Rotherham Social services ask for ban on men approaching vulnerable girl

Oli Constable

Rotherham Social services staff are calling for a High Court judge to intervene to protect a vulnerable teenage girl they say is being sexually exploited by four men.

Lawyers representing council bosses in Rotherham, want a judge to order the men to stay away from the youngster.

In late 2014, Mr Justice Keehan made civil court orders against 10 men from the Birmingham area, who had sexually exploited a teenage girl who was in local authority care, following "bold and novel" legal moves by council bosses.

Lawyers representing Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council now want a judge to take similar steps. 

Royal Courts of Justice
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Unconscious boy pulled from the water at Hillsborough Leisure Centre

Oli Constable

A 14-year-old boy has been pulled unconscious from the water at the swimming pool at Hillsborough Leisure Centre today.

Staff at the leisure centre performed CPR on the boy whilst the pool was evacuated.

The boy regained consciousness and was taken to The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield by ambulance and everyone at Hillsborough Leisure Centre would like to pass on their best wishes to the boy and his family."

Tim HicksGeneral Manager

Barnsley's D'Almeida out for season

BBC Sport

Barnsley midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will miss the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments in a reserve game.

D'Almeida only signed for the Reds two weeks ago.

D'Almeida training for PSG
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Sessi D'Almeida

Barnsley's D'Almeida out for season

Barnsley midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will miss the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments in a reserve game.

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IPCC to search police buildings for Hillsborough material

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to supervise more searches of South Yorkshire police buildings to try and find any further material that may assist in it's Hillsborough investigation.

The IPCC says extensive searches were carried out in various locations at the start of their inquiry, but there could be more material that's now relevant.

It also says a decision on whether it will investigate a complaint by Hillsborough families about the former Chief Constable David Crompton has been delayed, while they wait for further evidence to come forward. 

David Crompton outside Police HQ
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Watch: Funding boost for Sheffield employment projects

Oli Constable

A project to improve employment opportunities across the Sheffield City Region has received a £2.7m funding boost.

The two-year project is part of the Building Better Opportunities, a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Carl Hawkes is from the South Yorkshire Housing Association, he says they'll be helping about 600 people:

Sausage role: Search on for 'best banger' judge

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Can you tell your Lincolnshire sausage from your Cumberland? Well, if so, we've found the perfect job for you.

The British Sausage Week 2016 is looking for a "senior sausage selector" to taste hundreds of sausages from the best butchers across the UK.

Master Butcher Keith Fisher is the head judge for the British Sausage competition and will be interviewing any successful candidates, with the competition running from 31 October.

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Barnsley celebrates best year for GCSE results

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

More Barnsley families will be celebrating today than ever before as the borough announces its best GCSE results.

The proportion of students in the town attaining five or more A* - C grades, including maths and English, has increased by 5% on last year’s results, to 55%.

Another first for the borough is that results at this point are above last year’s national average.

The students have demonstrated great hard work and commitment, which has really paid off. I’d like to congratulate them and wish them well for the future."

Tim CheethamCouncillor

Doncaster UFC fighter taking on Jack Hermannsson in September

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Scott Askham, a fighter from Doncaster, will take on Jack Hermannsson in Hamburg on Saturday 3 September in his latest UFC bout.

Scott last fought at UFC London back in February, where he earned the $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for a first round knockout win over USA's Chris Dempsey.

This extends his professional MMA record to 14 wins and just 2 losses and sets him up for his bout against UFC debutant Jack Hermansson, from Sweden.

He says UFC fighter Conor McGregor is a great asset for the sport:

New rules to stop London Road restaurant becoming club

Sheffield Star

A Sheffield restaurant will not be allowed to operate as a nightclub again after new licensing conditions were imposed. 

London Road
Sheffield Star

Your views: Does high expectation cause too much pressure

Paul Walker


GCSE day; often as nerve-wracking for parents as it is for young people.

We all have hopes for our children and grandchildren.

But can high expectations cause too much pressure?

We live in a world where every kid's special; wins at sports day, illiteracy is common place & reading is considered middle class. What pressure?"


I left school with really bad grades. Failed maths and geography. Now I'm 37 and an operations manager for a logistics company. I've gained more experience since leaving school. Far too much pressure on kids now. I'd be proud of my son whatever his results."


Sadly there will always be pressure on pupils so long as the system measures performance using grade achievement, plain and simple.


GBBO: Our Val becomes internet hit

Oli Constable


If you haven't seen the Great British Bake Off yet, this is your warning. Scroll away, because there might be a few spoilers in this.

Contestant Val Stones, who is from Conisbrough, has made quite an impression if a quick search on Twitter is anything to go by!

Becky for example knows her buttercream...

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I don't quite get this - is she getting help from the cakes? Is that cheating?

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Thomas knows what's up!

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And then there's Jenni... Sorry, but we're going to fall out.

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Sheffield United target 'not within budget'

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been to speak to Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder this morning about some of the players they've been rumoured to sign.

Millwall have apparently said Byron Webster is not for sale. The Blades also quoted £1.5m and £750k for other targets, which is out of their price range.

United have also enquired about about Wigan defender Craig Morgan.

Byron challenges for the ball
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Listen: Barnsley's Somme exhibiton

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Yesterday we spoke about the new exhibition that's opened at Experience Barnsley.

I went along to find out what it was about and it moved me to tears.

This story is about James, a British soldier, who wrote love letters back home...

Warning after slug pellets left in Rotherham Park

Oli Constable

Rotherham Council is warning dog owners to be on their guard after slug pellets were scattered in a local park.

Worried dog walkers contacted the council after spotting a line of pellets which had been left in Boston Park earlier this week.

The council have moved the pellets and any dead slugs that could pose a danger to pets or wildlife.

It's not known who left the pellets.

Slug and pellets

Fines after dead people's blue parking badge abuse

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two men in Rotherham have been fined after using the blue parking badges of people who have died.

They were made to pay a total of £1,127 after using the badges to park their cars in Rotherham town centre in three separate incidents.

These are further examples of blue badges being used for the convenience of people who are not entitled to use them. To use a blue badge that was registered to a person who is now deceased is disgraceful and this council will take the strongest possible action against such crimes."

Denise LelliottCouncillor
Blue badge

A woman was also ordered to pay £400 after using her daughter's blue badge.

Watch: GCSE results day

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Congrats if you're collecting your GCSE results today!

I've been to Handsworth Grange College this morning to see the results reveal!

Yorkshire Ripper deemed fit for mainstream prison

The Yorkshire Ripper has been moved from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Frankland jail in Country Durham. It's a move that could save the tax payer up to £250,000 a year.

In 1984 he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to the facility in Berkshire. Now medical experts have ruled him mentally fit to be kept in a regular prison.

Peter Sutcliffe
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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a diagnosis doctors use if someone is experiencing a cluster of psychological symptoms.

These include "psychotic experiences, such as hearing voices or seeing things that don't exist (hallucinations) and having unusual beliefs that are not based on reality (delusions).

I saw him in Armley [prison in Leeds] when he was on remand. He was no more a schizophrenic than I was. I thought this guy was not mentally ill."

Dr Stephen ShawRetired criminal psychiatrist

Fire service praised for spotting eyesight problem

BBC Radio Sheffield

Fire service staff

A Sheffield woman has hailed the life changing impact of a fire service referral scheme which saw her given vital help with her eyesight after a fire in her home.

Dawn Caney, 60, was referred for specialist sight loss support from after fire service staff noticed cataracts may have contributed to the blaze.

She was referred for help thanks to ‘Optimeyes’- a new partnership between South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and Royal National Institute of Blind People.

The scheme delivers a simple five minute sight screening tool to assess sight problems.

Nearly 5,000 people have now been offered the assessment by the fire service in South Yorkshire, with at least 40 people referred to a local sight charity.

GCSE success for Sheffield students

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

I've been at Handsworth Grange in Sheffield to see some of the GCSE students who are collecting their results this morning.

Their hard work seems to be paying off!

School kids in hall
School staff at desk

Yorkshire Ripper's history behind bars

More on the Yorkshire Ripper being moved from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital to Frankland Jail in County Durham.

Between 1975 and 1980 Sutcliffe preyed on women across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. He mutilated them and beat them to death.  

Peter sutcliffe
Rex Features

Sutcliffe was initially sent to Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight but after three years he was moved to Broadmoor in Berkshire,after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

A former lorry driver from Bradford who now calls himself Peter Coonan, he was caught when police found him with a prostitute in his car in Sheffield.

They became suspicious and found he had a fake number plate and weapons including a screwdriver and hammer in the boot.

Yorkshire Ripper moved from Broadmoor to prison

Peter Sutcliffe has been moved from Broadmoor, the Prison Service has confirmed.

Earlier this month medical experts ruled him mentally fit, meaning that he would no longer need treatment at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

Peter Sutcliffe
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It's understood he has been transferred to Frankland Jail in County Durham. 

In 1981, he was convicted of 13 murders and seven attempted murders and given 20 life sentences.  

The BBC understands that transferring Sutcliffe to a prison could save up to £250,000 a year.  

BreakingYorkshire Ripper moved from Broadmoor

Peter Sutcliffe has been moved to Frankland Jail.

More to follow. 

Sheffield boxer sets up gym in Calais 'jungle'

Paul Walker


We've all seen the infamous Calais refugee camp on the news where thousands of desperate people live with wholly uncertain futures.

Imagine then going to live close-by to the camp and setting up a boxing gym for refugees.

It sounds unlikely and it might sound weird, but that's what 25-year-old Josh McDonald from Sheffield has done. 

Sheffield City Region gets £500,000 to help jobless

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Building Better Opportunities project has received half a million pounds to help support adults who have been out of work.

The project, which is joint funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, hopes to instill confidence and develop entrepreneurial skills.

Man teaching another man to cook
Jim Varney

Murder investigation after Rotherham man found on moorland

Oli Constable

There's a murder investigation in North Derbyshire after a man's body was found on the moors near the A628 close to the Woodhead Tunnels.

The body of the 34-year-old man from Rotherham was found on Monday.

Police say a post mortem examination has now indicated that he was murdered.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in that area last weekend.   

Woodhead Tunnels
Gareth James

Weather: Grey

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Much cooler and cloudier than yesterday, with further pulses of showery rain spreading northwards, possibly turning heavy, persistent and locally thundery during the afternoon.

Winds mainly light.

Barnsley fire: Building is a crime scene

Oli Constable

Barnsley Council say they have served notice on the owners of the former Co-operative and Chicago Rock building following a fire last week.

They want to know the owner's plans for demolition.

They say the building site is still a crime scene so the council are currently limited on what action they can take.

The A628 West Way will remain closed until further notice and a safety cordon is still in place with security guards in the area over the weekend and bank holiday Monday.

Burnt Chicago Rock building

Man charged in backpacker murder

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police in Australia have charged a 29-year-old Frenchman with murdering the former Chesterfield College backpacker, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, in Queensland.

They say that there was "absolutely no indication of any form of radicalisation or any political motive in relation to this matter".

Mia, 21, was from Wirksworth in North Derbyshire.

Mia Ayliffe-Chung
Amy Browne/PA

Good morning: Welcome to our live page

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.

It's looking grey and drizzly today, so probably best to catch-up on the Great British Bake Off if you're staying at home.

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We've just started a Facebook Live talking to Frederika Roberts, a health and well-being expert - so if you've got a question for her, join the discussion.