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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 Tuesday
  2. Updates on Friday 26 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learnt today

Oli Constable

Thanks for joining us for our live coverage today.

We're back on Tuesday 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. Westway in Barnsley is to remain closed for two weeks
  2. The daughter of woman who was saved by Asda staff praises response
  3. Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was attacked in Sheffield
  4. Police force identifies problem recruiting BME officers
  5. Two arrested after Rotherham man found dead at Woodhead Tunnels

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I hope you have a great bank holiday weekend and if you're planning on doing anything, Monday looks like the best day!

See you on Tuesday!

Sheffield gets ready for the north's biggest outdoor art show

Oli Constable

Thousands of visitors are to flock to the Botanical Gardens next weekend for the biggest outdoor art show in the north.

Art in the Garden is a chance for more than 300 art creators to show off their work and flog their wares.

There is also a programme of live entertainment, an art market, clothing, jewellery, gifts and refreshments, craft demonstrations and an art activity village for children.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Sheffield City Council

Weather: A drier night

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start to the night with plenty of clear periods. It will stay dry into the early hours, but a few mist or fog patches may form towards dawn.

Feeling chillier than of late.  

Watch: Sheffield 'bus surfing' video prompts vehicle refit

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Two men have been filmed clinging to the back of a moving bus in Sheffield.

Bus company TM Travel has begun fitting its vehicles with "anti surf" devices after the footage emerged.

Yes, those needles really are that big

Spencer Stokes

Journalist, BBC Look North

A woman from Barnsley has just done a deal to sell her giant knitting kits through a major department store.

Claire Gelder was working for the NHS until around a year ago and was knitting in her spare time to deal with stress and depression.

She decided to give up her job and turn her hobby into a business.

Claire Gelder
Claire Gelder

Westway in Barnsley to remain closed for two weeks

Oli Constable

The road near to the former nightclub that burnt down last week is to remain closed for two weeks as contractors demolish the building.

Contractors working for the owner of the Chicago Rock building are beginning their work to pull the building down.

Chicago Rock

Brassed Off to be brought back at mining museum this weekend

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

It's 20 years since the film came out, but this weekend a stage version of Brassed Off is being performed in what might be the ideal location. 

The play's being staged at the National Coal Mining Museum at the former Caphouse Colliery in Overton today and tomorrow.

Getty Images

One of the key characters, Danny the band conductor, is played by Reece Andrews, who was a West Yorkshire police officer during the 1984/85 miners' strike.

Watch: Tony's walking John O'Groats to Land's End with MS

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

We spoke to Tony from Sheffield last week, as he walks from John O'Groats to Land's End in memory of his late wife.

His 'Wobbly Walk' aims to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in South Yorkshire.

New UTC college opens on old Don Valley site

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

If you've been past the former Don Valley stadium site recently, you'll have seen the Olympic Legacy Park starting to take shape.

A new University Technical College will open on the old stadium site next month and there will be new stadiums for the Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield Sharks.

I've been along to see how things are progressing.

Daughter of woman who was saved by Asda staff praises response

Oli Constable

The daughter of a woman who had a cardiac arrest in a Barnsley Asda on Saturday has praised the response of the supermarket staff.

Kate Tindall was shopping with her two-year-old daughter when her mum Gail Tindall collapsed near the checkouts.

Asda Barnsley

Speaking to the BBC, Kate said her mum was doing remarkably well considering what happened.

While I was performing CPR on my mum, Asda staff took my daughter to look at some toys. The defibrillator was literally 10 yards away from where mum collapsed, so it was the perfect place for something so awful to happen."

Kate Tindall

Mrs Tindall, 72, was rushed to hospital after her heart stopped for two minutes, but the quick thinking of the staff saved her life.

She's currently recovering well in the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

Recovery Games gets colourful in Doncaster

Oli Constable

About 400 people have taken part in a fun-packed Recovery Games in Doncaster today to celebrate recovery from drug and alcohol dependence.

The event run by Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service at the Hatfield Marina sees contestants work together in teams of eight to 10 people and compete in Gladiator-style events and obstacle courses.


As well as the games, health professionals were on hand to offer help and advice, along with motivational speakers.

And it wouldn't be complete without a colour run...

Colour dash

Yorkshire beat Notts to boost title bid

BBC Sport

Tim Bresnan
Getty Images

Yorkshire close to within five points of Championship leaders Middlesex by wrapping up a 305-run win over Nottinghamshire.

Tim Bresnan

Yorkshire beat Notts to boost title bid

Yorkshire close to within five points of Division One leaders Middlesex by wrapping up a 305-run win over Nottinghamshire.

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Rotherham Council want to close children's homes after concerns

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Rotherham Council says it wants to continue with it's plans to close two of its remaining three children's homes after concerns were raised at both homes through following Ofsted inspections.

Concerns at one home earlier this year included young people smoking cannabis and visiting "addresses of concern".

The closure of Cherry Tree House and Silverwood are part of the council's idea to increase the capacity it has for placing children with its in-house foster carers.

Commissioners will decide on the future of both children's homes and the potential increase in foster care fees at a meeting on the 12 September.

Rotherham sign
Getty Images

Accident on the A1(M) causing delays

BBC Travel

One lane closed and slow traffic due to an accident. Two vehicles involved on the A1(M) northbound between J37 and J38 for the A1 Doncaster By-Pass.

Lane one of two is closed and it's affecting traffic heading away from Doncaster heading towards Wentbridge.

Supermarket staff save grandmother's life after cardiac arrest

Oli Constable

A grandmother who collapsed at an Asda store in Barnsley is recovering after being given life-saving first aid by supermarket staff.

Gail Tindall, 72, had been shopping with her daughter when she collapsed and stopped breathing at the checkouts.


Quick-thinking Asda staff performed life-saving first aid on Mrs Tindall and used a defibrillator before an ambulance arrived.

My colleagues Tina and Sue demonstrated their true professionalism and I’m incredibly proud of both of them. We’re all pleased to hear Mrs Tindall is doing well and we wish her the very best for a speedy recovery.”

Ian JoslinAsda Barnsley general store manager

Your headlines this afternoon

Oli Constable

The top stories from our Sheffield newsroom include:  

The Listening Project wants your conversations

Kat Harbourne

Fancy a natter?

We're capturing YOUR conversations as part of the BBC's Listening Project.

The booth, affectionally named Betty, is in Firth Park until Sunday and you can book your place by emailing us by clicking here.

BreakingTwo arrested after Rotherham man found dead at Woodhead Tunnels

Oli Constable

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of Rotherham man Craig Nelson.

A 41-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody being questioned by officers.

Mr Nelson, also known as Craig Preston, 34, from Wath-Upon-Dearne, was found dead on Monday at Woodhead Tunnels on the moors above the A628.

South Yorkshire Police

Your pictures: National Dog Day

Oli Constable

We've been talking about National Dog Day on our mid-morning programme today and a quick look on the BBC Weather Watchers website shows this amazing shot.

It was taken by Mitch from Askern this morning.

Got a picture you'd like to share? Get in touch!

Dog in fog

Weather: Sunshine and cloud this afternoon

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to see plenty of fine, dry weather this afternoon with broken cloud but also some good spells of sunshine. It'll feel pleasantly warm in the sun with gentle to moderate westerly winds and highs of 20C (68F).   

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Outlines festival puts out call for local talent

Oli Constable

Sheffield's Outlines festival wants local and emerging bands to apply for next year's event on 3 and 4 March.

The festival will be the biggest so far with up to 150 artists on the bill over the two days.

Guitarist on stage
Tarquin Clark

Witnesses sought after fatal Rotherham crash

Oli Constable

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 78-year-old man died in a car crash in Woodsetts.

Hoades Avenue

A Vauxhall Corsa and a BMW were involved in a crash on Dinnington Road, at the junction with Hoades Avenue, Woodsetts at about 18:30 on Sunday 7 August.

The man driving the Corsa was taken to hospital with injuries. He died six days later.

Barnsley buses affected badly by West Way road closure

BBC Travel

Watch: Charred remains of Chicago Rock nightclub to be demolished

Kat Harbourne

This video is what I've just got in Barnsley town centre this morning and a blaze ripped through the old Chicago Rock nightclub.

It's now going to be pulled down after the building can't be salvaged.

South Yorkshire Police dog sniffs out festival drugs

Oli Constable

South Yorkshire Police

Police dog Duke has been busy at the Creamfields festival this week, sniffing out 53 people for different drug offences.

Duke has been stationed at the entrance to the festival site and yesterday saw him find the largest amount of illegal drugs at the event so far.

We always want people to attend festivals and have a great time but drugs are illegal and those dealing or possessing will be dealt with robustly."

South Yorkshire Police
Drug haul
South Yorkshire Police

Listen: South Yorkshire Police 'untrusted' by minority groups

Paul Walker


South Yorkshire Police say they've got a problem with being trusted, especially by people from a minority background.

This comes after figures show that only 2% of potential recruits showing interest in the force are from ethnic minorities and only a quarter of that 2% actually apply.

I've been speaking to Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Barber this morning.

Watch: Police force identifies problem recruiting BME officers

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Out of 2,518 officers in South Yorkshire Police only 86 are from a black or minority ethnic (BME) background, a report for the county's police and crime commissioner has shown.

The force's latest recruitment drive also saw low numbers applying to join, with only 57 BME candidates from a total of more than 900 applicants.

They're now looking at ways to boost the numbers of black and Asian candidates.

I've been finding out why...

BBC's Listening Project in Sheffield today

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield's Listening Project booth rolls into this part of the world today.

We'll be recording conversations between people from across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

Our mobile recording booth will be at Firth Park in Sheffield from today to Sunday, so if you're around, drop in and say hello!

Our Listening Project producer Rav Sanghera explains what its all about.

Listen: Hundreds head to Recovery Games in Doncaster

Oli Constable

About 400 people are taking part in the third annual Recovery Games at Hatfield Marina in Doncaster today.

The competitors are in recovery from drug and alcohol dependence.

Events include Gladiator-style events and obstacle courses - over land and in water.

Neil Firbank from Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service has organised it...

Listen: Chicago Rock building 'to be demolished this weekend'

Kat Harbourne

The old Chicago Rock building in Barnsley town centre will have to be demolished because it's been left unsafe after a fire, according to  David Shepherd, the council's director for economic regeneration .

He says the demolition should take place over the weekend.

BreakingTwo arrested after man dies in Walkley

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police have arrested two people on suspicion of murder after a man died in Walkley last night.

Emergency services were called to a house in Fox Walk following reports that a 47-year-old man had been assaulted.

He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. 

House cordon

The man has not yet been formally identified but his family have been informed and are receiving support from officers. 

A 49-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of murder, currently remain in police custody.

A police cordon remains in place.

Police car

Woodhead Tunnels murder victim named

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man whose body was discovered on moorland has been named by police as Craig Nelson, also known as Craig Preston.

The 34-year-old from Wath-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham was found at the Woodhead Tunnels off the A628 on Monday.

Post-mortem tests found he died from head injuries and Derbyshire Police has launched a murder investigation.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw him in the days leading up to his death. 

Craig Nelson
South Yorkshire Police

Weather: Warmer and drier than yesterday

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine and sunny start, and whilst some fair weather cloud could develop during the day, it will remain dry.

Although less humid than recently, it will be feeling warm in the sunshine.

Good morning: Your live coverage for South Yorkshire today

Oli Constable

Hello and welcome to our live coverage today.

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

It seems a brighter day today as you can see in this picture from Mick taken in Brodsworth.

Haze on the field
Micks Meadow