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Rotherham Council told to apologise to abuse whistleblower

Rotherham council has been criticised by the government Ombudsman over the way it investigated complaints into the charity Swinton Lock which supports CSE survivors, and the woman behind it, Jayne Senior.

Blurred image of teenager against Rotherham landscape
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It's after Jayne Senior complained that council officials raided her charity without proper explanation.

She had blown the whistle on how the council, police and social services had failed to deal with the abuse of at least 1,400 children.

The ombudsman found the council delayed investigating the issues, was slow to provide evidence of the complaints and didn't keep the charity regularly informed of progress.

Rotherham Council has now been told it should apologise to both Jayne Senior and the Swinton Lock charitable organisation.

Watch: Hotter than Honolulu!

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

How did you spend the warmest day of the year so far?

It was hotter than Honolulu in Yorkshire yesterday. Is that going to continue today?

Here's my forecast:

Young people and landscape, Doncaster

Dominique Moore finds out how young people are engaging with the landscape near Doncaster.
Actress Dominique Moore visits forests, moors and parkland around Doncaster to find out how young people here are using the countryside. 

Rural landscapes in this area tend to be sandwiched between motorways, airports and industrial parks, but there are places to escape for a breath of fresh air, if you look carefully. And in Bawtry Forest, you won't just find trees. You might also bump into a couple of tanks or a helicopter from a film set, at the home of the largest paintballing centre in Europe. Owner Karl Broadbent says that young people think about the outdoor spaces through the prism of the computer games they play at home. 

Being tied to a screen can adversely affect your mental health, according to young graduates Megan Humphries and Helen Earnshaw, who are part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's 'Tomorrow's Natural Leaders' scheme. They are setting up an eco-therapy project to enable people to improve their mental well-being in the outdoors at the Trust's Potteric Carr Reserve. 

Dominique also meets 19 year old Suzanne Lines, an apprentice with Flying Futures, at Hatfield Moor. Learning survival skills on the National Citizen's Service course helped her discover a passion for the outdoors which she had never suspected. Now she leads groups of young people in alternative provision education, building fires and searching for adders on the Moor. 

The last visit is to meet the lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which hosts 'ranger' training for young people on week-long courses in animal husbandry. The large carnivores are always popular with teenagers, according to Rachel Ford. But it's a shock for Dominique to go behind the scenes and visit the Meat Store. Hand-feeding the wallabies, on the other hand, is hard to resist.
Garry Monk

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Another big name announced for this year's Tour de Yorkshire

The reigning Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet is the latest star rider to confirm he'll take part in this year's Tour de Yorkshire next month.

Greg Van Avermaet
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One of cycling's biggest names, Mark Cavendish, will also make his return to the sport from injury at the race which starts in Beverley.

Cavendish has won 30 stages of the Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish.
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Reigning Tour de Yorkshire champion Serge Pauwels will be back to defend his title this year.

The Belgian has just completed the Tour of the Basque Country, and says the winning the race here is one of the highlights of his career.

Serge Pauwels winning last year's Tour de Yorkshire
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Retired 2016 victor Thomas Voeckler will also be present in an ambassadorial role.

The race starts in Beverley on May 3, 2018.

Broadcaster aims for Monte Carlo in a banger

BBC Radio Sheffield's Toby Foster is taking part in a "Bangers & Cash" charity rally from Sheffield to Monte Carlo in September.

Painted car bonnet
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It has to be completed in a second-hand car worth less than £650.

The bonnet eventually gets auctioned off to raise funds for the young homelessness charity Roundabout and BBC Radio Sheffield is running a competition to design it.

Listen: Place of safety opens for refugees in Sheffield

A new sanctuary centre is opening on Chapel Walk in Sheffield today for refugees in the city.

It follows the closure of the Northern Refugee Centre in 2016.

Sarah Eldridge, one of the co-ordinators of the City of Sanctuary organisation says that closure left some people without the support they needed to adjust to their new lives:

Listen: Sheffield drive-by shooting 'mistaken identity'

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has told the BBC the drive-by shooting in Sheffield on Wednesday was almost certainly aimed at the wrong target.

The windows of two houses on Bransby Street at Walkley were hit at just after 23:00 on Wednesday night.

One of them was the home of an elderly woman.

Commissioner Dr Alan Billings has been talking to BBC Radio Sheffield's Toby Foster this morning:

PM pays tribute to BBC Yorkshire's Len Tingle

The leaders of two major parties are the latest to pay tribute to BBC Yorkshire's former political editor Len Tingle.

Len Tingle
BBC

Len died earlier this month from cancer. He was 62.

Theresa May said Len was a "wonderful advocate for Yorkshire".

Meanwhile, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described Len as "a joy to be with".

Ammunition cases found at Sheffield 'drive-by' examined

Police investigations are continuing after two houses were damaged in a "drive-by" shooting in Sheffield.

Police car
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It happened on Bransby Street in Walkley just after 23:00 on Wednesday night.

Police cordoned off the area after a downstairs window in one of the houses was broken.

A witness said she heard gunshots "in quick succession" followed by the sound of a car driving away.

Officers have been examining a number of ammunition cases found at the scene.

No one was injured in the incident.

Legal threat over Virgin Trains East Coast rail franchise

The transport secretary is being threatened with legal action if firms running East Coast mainline trains are allowed to bid for future contracts.

Virgin train
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Stagecoach and Virgin were told they could exit the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise three years early after reporting losses.

Renationalisation group Bring Back British Rail wants "action to stop this happening again".

Chris Grayling's office said there was "no basis for legal action".

Friday's Yorkshire weather: BBQ time again!

BBC Weather

Early low cloud or mist will disperse to leave a fine day with plenty of sunshine.

Most places will feel pleasant in the sunshine with only a gentle westerly breeze.

Staying dry tonight with clear periods for most.

weather graph
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Three arrested following Rotherham teenager stabbing

Three men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Rotherham on Wednesday evening.

Rotherham st
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A black BMW is reported to have pulled up on Wellgate around 19:00 and three men got of the car, approaching a black Audi A3.

The 19-year-old driver of the Audi, is then reported to have been pulled from the car and punched in the face.

He also sustained a stab wound to his back.

The three men, two aged 24-years-old and a 26-year-old, are in police custody.

Latest on the trains this Friday morning

Train services from Yorkshire's main railway stations seem to be running pretty smoothly so far this morning.

You can check the latest information on your journey from National Rail Inquiries right here:

Severe disruption: A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Nottinghamshire northbound severe disruption, between J34 for A614 Bawtry Road and J35 for M18.

A1(M) Nottinghamshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J34 A614 Bawtry Road and J35 M18, because of a vehicle fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Yorkshire's top stories today

Yorkshire's top stories today include:

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night.

In pictures: Yorkshire's sunniest spots

Well, what a scorcher it has been today!

We thought we'd share some very nice sunny scenes with you from across Yorkshire today, starting off in Scarborough:

Scarborough
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Roundhay
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Roundhay
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Teenager stabbed in Rotherham after being pulled from car

A 19-year-old man is in hospital after being pulled from a car and stabbed in Rotherham.

Wellgate
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South Yorkshire police say they were called out to Wellgate in Rotherham at just after 19:00 on Wednesday.

They've been told a dark car pulled up, four men got out and went up to an Audi A3 containing two men.

The 19-year old driver of the Audi was pulled from the car, punched in the face and stabbed in the back.

One of the four attackers then smashed the Audi's windscreen before getting back into the dark car and drving off with his companions.

The teenage victim has been treated for his injuries in hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Man left with broken jaw after train attack

A man has been left with a broken jaw after he was attacked on a train between Leeds and Sheffield.

Police
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It happened at about 22:15 on Saturday when a 20-year-old man was set upon by three other men in the corridor near a toilet.

The man was left with "serious facial injuries", including a broken jaw, which meant he had to go to hospital.

Police say they're looking for a white man in his 20s and a man of mixed race, with curly hair who was in his mid to late 20s.

Police cordon to stay for rest of day at shooting scene

Police in Sheffield have launched an investigation after multiple gunshots were fired in the city last night.

Scene
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Two houses were damaged, with their downstairs windows being damaged by bullets but no-one is reported to have been injured.

A cordon is still in place on Bransby Street and is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day as forensic officer do their work.

One woman told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I heard what sounded like multiple gunshots in quick succession then I heard something smashing, like a window, and then a car driving off.

Ammunition casings found at the scene have been recovered and will be forensically examined over the coming days."

Supt Paul McCurrySouth Yorkshire Police

How hot? This hot...

We all know it's sunny - but just how hot is it?

Weather expert Paul Hudson's been totting it up and here's what he's seen:

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New pressure for 'safe standing' at football grounds

The government's coming under fresh pressure to allow football fans to stand at Premier League and Championship games - a move banned after safety concerns following the Hillsborough disaster.

Football seating
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Ministers have recently rejected calls to allow "safe standing" in what are known as "rail seats" which can be locked in an upright position.

But now the Conservative MP for Nottingham North, Alex Norris, thinks the idea should be reconsidered.

Rail replacement on Northern

BBC News Travel

A replacement bus service is running on northbound Northern trains between Doncaster and Brough this afternoon.

Services are being diverted via Selby due to signalling problem at Goole.

There is a normal service southbound.

Cherry blossom flourishing in Sheffield

The cherry blossom is in full bloom at Abbeydale Park Rise in Sheffield.

The street, where residents put up Christmas lights on the trees, has been one of the flashpoints between Amey, South Yorkshire Police and anti-tree felling protesters.

Abbeydale Park Rise
Paul Selby

The tree felling programme has been paused after a series of clashes.

Sheffield City Council which is planting new trees after removing existing ones, says those earmarked for felling are either "dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory".

Campaigners have argued many of the trees classed by the council as "damaging" or "discriminatory" are healthy specimens which should not be cut down, saying amendments to surrounding pavements and roads should be made instead.

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J33 for A630 Catcliffe.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound at J33, A630 (Catcliffe), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Health chief urges action in your 40s to prevent dementia

An unhealthy lifestyle in your 40s and 50s could contribute to dementia later in life, a health chief in Sheffield has told councillors.

High blood pressure is a particular danger sign which could trigger dementia in later years, advised Emma Dickinson, commissioning manager at Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.

Blood pressure being taken
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Her warning came as councillors on the adult social care scrutiny board discussed support for people with dementia in the city.

Poor lifestyle, in particular, high blood pressure, heart and circulation problems can have an affect. Along with the public health messages we already do about preventing heart attacks and strokes, we should also be saying a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia. That message is not well understood and we are keen to get it out."

Emma DickinsonCommissioning manager at Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

Watch: Forensic teams at Sheffield shooting incident

The BBC understands the home of an elderly woman is at the centre of a police investigation after reports of an attempted drive-by shooting in Sheffield last night.

People on Bransby Street in Walkley have told the BBC they heard something sounding like rapid gunfire and the woman's front window was smashed before a car was heard driving away.

Uniformed police are going door-to-door while specialist officers carry out forensic work. The road remains cordoned off:

Firefighters test response to chemical emergency

South Yorkshire’s fire crews have taken part in a training exercise at Sheffield Arena practicing what they would have to do if a crowd of people were exposed to a chemical.

Firefighters on chemical attack training
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Ten fire crews from Parkway, Elm Lane, Central, Rotherham, Birley Moor, Tankersley and Thorne fire stations took part.

Station Manager Nicholas Abbott said the crews are always ready to respond to a range of incidents from fires to road traffic collisions:

We issue lots of guidance to our crews about the different sorts of scenarios they might come across in the line of duty, but really the best way of preparing our response is to test it out for real."

Nicholas AbbotStation Manager

Internet snookered draw at Sheffield's Crucible

Organisers of the first round draw for the World Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield have been snookered by technology.

Snooker tables at Crucible theatre
BBC

It was due to take place at 10:00 this morning, but a problem with internet access at the theatre meant it had to be put back.

The snooker tournament starts on Saturday.

Listen: Late night gunfire in Sheffield suburb

Residents in a Sheffield suburb have been describing the moment they heard gunfire last night in what's thought to have been an attempted drive-by shooting.

The BBC has been told shots were fired through the window of a house on Bransby Street next to Ruskin Park at Walkley.

The road remains cordoned off with what appear to be shell casings visible on the street with numbered markings placed next to them by the police.

This woman lives nearby:

Residents near Sheffield shooting incident report rapid gunfire
Witnesses to a reported shooting describe hearing gunfire like something "from a video game"

South Yorkshire firefighters train for major incident

South Yorkshire’s fire crews have been taking part in a training exercise to test their response in the event of a major incident.

Firefighters in training exercise
SYFR

Ten fire crews took part in the exercise yesterday with a number of volunteers acting as casualties at Sheffield Arena.

Firefighters training next to Sheffield Arena
SYFR

Cat safely home after 60-mile round trip on a lorry

A cat who had been missing for two weeks suddenly reappeared after he jumped out of the back of a supermarket lorry in Sheffield.

Dexter the cat
RSPCA

Six-year-old Dexter had in fact been on a 60-mile trip from Sheffield to Wakefield and back again in the back of a wagon.

He was spotted by staff coming out of the lorry at the supermarket in Penistone Road, Hillsborough. The RSPCA were called and they contacted his owner, who lives in Sheffield, after they read his microchip.

Dexter’s owner, Gaynor, said: “We were starting to think something terrible had happened. It’s amazing he ended up back home and didn’t leap out anywhere else. I can’t believe it."

She was only around the corner so I met her right away. Dexter leapt from the carrier into her arms and purred. He had obviously missed her! Even I shed a tear."

Insp Kim GreavesRSPCA

Listen: Residents near Sheffield shooting incident report rapid gunfire

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The BBC understands that last night’s shooting incident in Sheffield may have been a drive-by attack.

Sources have told the BBC that shots were fired through the window of a house on Bransby Street next to Ruskin Park at Walkley at around 23:10 BST.

The road remains cordoned off. These residents described what they heard:

Rail travellers: Signal failure at Goole

BBC News Travel

Northern trains are at a stand between Gilberdyke and Hatfield and Stainforth due to signal failure at Goole.

Breaking'Shots fired' in Sheffield suburb

Residents living around Bransby Street at Walkley, Sheffield say shots were fired in the area last night at 23:30.

Bransby Street police cordon
BBC

There is no more information from South Yorkshire Police at the moment.

The whole of Bransby Street is cordoned off with a number of police vehicles at the scene this morning.

Rother Valley Country Park campsite plans to be discussed

Plans for a campsite at Rother Valley Country Park go before planners in Rotherham today.

Delves Lane
Google

The site off Delves Lane near Wales village includes 129 pitches for caravans and 34 pitches for tents, a children's play area and a dog wash area.

Plans for a Gulliver's theme park have already been approved to the north of the site.

Despite being on greenbelt the campsite is also being recommended for approval because council officers say it would create jobs and stimulate tourism-based demand for services.