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Police renew appeal over missing Sheffield woman and daughter

A fresh appeal has begun in to the disappearance of 22-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter.

Besfortha Bharaj  and her daughter Elia
South Yorkshire Police

Besfortha Bharaj and her daughter Elia were last seen on Thursday 20 April in the Shirecliffe area of Sheffield at noon.

This new photograph has been published by South Yorkshire Police anyone with information is being asked to call 101 and incident number 1193. 

Green Party launch manifesto in Sheffield

Charlotte Rose

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Green Party is in Sheffield making a manifesto commitment to scrap tuition fees, reinstate educational maintenance grants and guarantee funding for universities after Brexit. 

The party's former leader, Natalie Bennett, will contest the seat in the Sheffield Central constituency.

Speaking outside the University of Sheffield, deputy leader Amelia Womack outlined the party pledges and said corporations and businesses should stump up the money for the policies.

The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrats and UK Independence Party are also set to launch their manifestos soon.

Wildlife takes shortcut through cemetery

You might have to watch where you walk at the Sheffield General Cemetery this afternoon if the picture below is anything to go by.

The local wildlife are taking advantage of some spring shadows to sneak a shortcut:

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Our five top stories today

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

That's all from us for today, we'll be back tomorrow from 06:30 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Yorkshire. 

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night, but before we go, let's look back at some of our top stories from today: 

  1. Man quizzed over murder of Hebden Bridge teenager 22 years ago is released
  2. Sheffield man expected in court over terror offences
  3. Missing York man: Search extends to London
  4. Dashcam footage leads to prosecution of dangerous driver
  5. Red Arrows blaze a trail across Yorkshire skyline

See you tomorrow.

Watch: Rewarding the man who helped start it all

It's the proper thing to do when you're a champion boxer!

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua surprised his former coach, Sean Murphy, with a car to say thank you for introducing him to boxing.

Joshua now trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

He's preparing to take on Wladimir Klitschko in an attempt to add the vacant WBA Super and IBO heavyweight belts to his IBF title at Wembley on Saturday.

Watch Anthony Joshua: The Road to Klitschko on BBC One tonight, from 22:45.

Man jailed over beer excise evasion

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield news

A Rotherham man has been given a 20 month jail sentence for excise duty evasion after knowingly dealing with over 25,000 litres of beer.

Pallets of  beer
HMRC

Brett Driver, aged 52, from Cornwell Close in Rawmarsh was caught unloading the alcohol worth nearly £30,000 from a lorry inside a Sheffield warehouse in 2013.  

Pallets of beer
HMRC

Driver admitted that he knew the beer "wasn't right", but said he was merely providing a temporary storage facility for an unknown third party, adding he had taken five similar deliveries over the previous eight weeks, earning £400 in cash each time.

He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday. 

Listen: Will Evans signing divide Blades fanbase?

With Ched Evans closing in on a return to Sheffield United, what do the fans make of a potential return for their former number 9?

BBC Radio Sheffield broke the news yesterday afternoon that a fee has been agreed between the Blades and Chesterfield, with the 28 year old due to have a medical later this week. 

Evans was at Sheffield United when he was convicted of rape back in 2012; a conviction which has since been quashed after he served two and a half years in prison. 

This was the reaction from United fans on BBC Radio Sheffield's Football Heaven last night: