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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Thanks for joining us today and have a lovely evening. 

We're back tomorrow from 08:00 with more stories from across South Yorkshire. 

I'll leave you with one of our best stories today. 

After Danny's Masters win, "Team Willett" finally reunited in South Yorkshire!

Danny Willett and family
BBC

Weather: A chance of rain but mainly dry tonight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Staying largely cloudy this evening and overnight with occasional outbreaks of light rain or drizzle...

Weather graphic
BBC

More with me on BBC Look North tonight from 18:30 on BBC1.

National Coal Mining Museum enjoys record visitor numbers

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield has recorded the highest number of visitors since it opened nearly 30 years ago

The museum, at the former Caphouse Colliery in Crofton, saw more than 138,000 people visit last year.

It says it's also benefited from an increase in donations.

Visitors at National Coal Mining museum
National Coal Mining Museum
National Coal Mining Museum
BBC
National Coal Mining Museum
BBC

More on BBC Look North tonight at 18:30.

Watch: Yorkshire team in Himalayas research to improve military performance

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A team of military staff from Yorkshire are in the Himalayas climbing some of the world's highest mountains in the so-called "death zone". 

It's part of research by Leeds Beckett University to improve military performance.

Dealing with terrorists who base themselves at high altitude can cause problems for soldiers, this research aims to help with that. 

Major Chris Wright, from Sheffield, explains more:

Latest headlines: Europe ready to take action on Chinese steel dumping and Danny Willett introduces 'Team Willett' to media

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

  • The European Union says it's ready to take further action if necessary to counter steel dumping by China. Meanwhile, the fate of 2,000 jobs at Tata sites in South Yorkshire still hangs in the balance
  • South Yorkshire's latest sporting hero has been showing off more than just his Masters green jacket this afternoon. Danny Willett and his wife Nicole have been talking to us with their new son Zach
  • Police in Sheffield search for a robber who stole money from a betting shop after spraying what's thought to be petrol on the shop counter

Watch: Danny Willett returns to South Yorkshire after 'team effort' at Masters

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Danny Willett, freshly crowned 2016 Masters Champion from Sheffield, is pictured with his wife Nicole and new baby son Zak. 

Willett even remembered to wear his Green Jacket when he introduced the young man to the media today at Lindrick Golf Club in South Yorkshire. 

Willett has today paid tribute to the team behind him...

Armed robbery at bookies in Sheffield: Can you help?

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police in Sheffield are searching for a robber who stole money from a betting shop. 

Just before 18:00 last Saturday evening, a man, believed to have been carrying a handgun, walked into Corbett bookmakers on Stannington Road. 

He left the premises on an orange off-road type motorbike in the direction of Hillsborough.

If you can help, call 101.

Ladybower Reservoir's looking nice in the sun

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Steve Wain for this great shot of Ladybower.

Want to join the nation's favourite conversation? 

Become a BBC Weather Watcher, here.  

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Man and boy bailed in Balby murder investigation

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A 17-year-old boy and a 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a man at his home in Doncaster have been released on bail.

Christopher Cumpsty, 43, was found dead at the house in Cross Street, Balby at about 04:30 on 11 March.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple injuries.

Christopher Cumpsty
Police issue

Watch: Yorkshire giraffe enjoying a bit of massage therapy

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Staff at Yorkshire Wildlife Park have been using massage therapy on an 11-year-old giraffe.

He's had some aches and pains due to his old age.

They're happy with how it's going! 

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A real South Yorkshire welcome home for Masters golf champion

BBC Sport

Danny Willett has arrived back at his home club, Lindrick Golf Club in Worksop, to the delight of his family.

Nicole and David Willett with their new baby
BBC
Nicole and David Willett with their new baby
BBC
David Willett and son
BBC

Danny claimed a shock Masters win with a superb five-under-par 67 as 2015 champion Jordan Spieth crumbled during a thrilling final round on Sunday.  

BreakingLead EU referendum campaigns named

BBC Politics

Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe have been designated as the official Leave and Remain campaigns in June's EU referendum.  

More here.

Watch: Sheffield City Sauce mural in new Hendos offices

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Henderson's Relish are making themselves at home in their new offices in Sheffield with the help of local painter Chris Ashmore.

The famous site of the former Henderson's Relish factory is to become University of Sheffield pub.

To have a look at some of Chris' other murals, look on his Facebook page.

Doncaster gets cycle-ready ahead of Tour de Yorkshire

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Doncaster in a few weeks, a new cycle hub has been opened in the town.

Funded by Sport England and delivered by Cycle Yorkshire, there are four new hubs across Yorkshire. 

Cycle Yorkshire hope they're a further step towards a countywide cycling legacy for all generations and abilities.  

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Dangerous dogs in Yorkshire: Sheffield man speaks of his attack

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Police forces across Yorkshire have seized 644 dogs, all suspected to be banned breeds, in just three years. It's part of a much bigger problem nationally.

Paul Coleman, a former postman from Sheffield, is living with the results of a dog attack.....  

More on BBC Look North, tonight 18:30

Calls for businesses in Yorkshire to support gambling addicts

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Sixteen per cent of people in Yorkshire know someone whose gambling problems have affected their work - the highest rate in England. 

The research by Reed in Partnership is revealed in a new report into the effects of gambling on people's work

Roulette machine
BBC

More than a quarter of working adults in our region say they'd like to hide their gambling from work colleagues. 

The report calls for businesses to take more action to support staff.   

Gambling machines
BBC

Massage therapy works for lame giraffe at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

An 11-year-old giraffe at Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster has been receiving treatments more commonly given to racehorses to help with age-related aches and pains.

Behanisin the giraffe
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Rangers noticed Behanisin was slightly lame on his left foreleg and had a sore shoulder. 

He's been receiving laser therapy and treatments from a pulse massage machine from equine chiropractors. 

Staff at the park say the giraffe is responding well to the therapy.

More on BBC Look North tonight, BBC One at 18:30.

BreakingGleadless Valley stab death: Victim named by police

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

A 22-year-old woman who died after being stabbed in Sheffield yesterday has been named by police.

Leigh-Anne Mahachi was stabbed in Spotswood Close, Gleadless Valley, at about 08:15 yesterday. She was taken to hospital, but died a short time later.

Leigh-Anne Mahachi
South Yorkshire Police

A post-mortem examination was carried out last night which found she had died as a result of multiple stab wounds.  

A 37-year-old man from Colchester has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being interviewed by detectives.

Have you 'herd' of BBC Radio Sheffield's elephant competition?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Time is running out... 

Have you designed yours yet?

Herd of Sheffield logo
Herd of Sheffield / Sheffield Children's Hospital

As part of one of the biggest art projects seen in Sheffield this year, BBC Radio Sheffield is giving you the opportunity to design an elephant for the radio station.

Your elephant could then be part of a sculpture trail of painted elephants dotted around Sheffield city centre.

Designed elephants in the Winter Garden
BBC

The closing date is due this Sunday so just print off this application form and get designing! 

Anyone can take part - but if you're under 18 your form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Laughton Junior and Infants are doing really well:

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South Yorkshire's weather: A dry and bright afternoon

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see plenty of dry and bright conditions, though with a few heavy, scattered showers.

There'll be light winds and top temperatures will be about 14C (57F).

Weather forecast
BBC

South Yorkshire Police in clampdown on drug driving

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

South Yorkshire Police are clamping down on drug driving. 

Roadside drugs kits are used by officers if they suspect a driver may have drugs in their system, alongside field impairment tests which have always been used when a driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  

Here's how they work:

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Latest headlines: Question mark continues over future of South Yorkshire steel jobs and Blades fans warned over Spireites clash

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

Football: Ticket warning for Spireites vs Blades

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police say the fixture between Chesterfield and Sheffield United is sold out for Blades supporters and they're advising fans without tickets to stay away. 

A spokesman for the Derbyshire force says the game is the biggest of the season at the Proact and officers on the day will be joined by colleagues from British Transport Police and South Yorkshire Police. 

Officers will also be using the newly-issued body-worn video cameras and there'll be specialist dogs on duty to detect drugs and pyrotechnics.

Can you offer a retirement home to Leon and June?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Can you offer Leon and June a home? 

June and Leon
Channel 4/Gogglebox

Not those two! The ones below...

Rain Rescue in Sheffield are looking for the perfect retirement home for Leon and June.

The crossbreed dogs were named after the Channel 4 Gogglebox TV stars and are equally inseparable.

Leon and June dogs
Rain Rescue

Can you find Leon and June a home? 

Contact Rain Rescue.

Register to vote: Deadline next Monday

BBC Politics

There are elections taking place on 5 May but you will only be able to vote if you’ve registered to do so – and the deadline is next Monday.

Ballot box
BBC

If you are not already registered, you can do so by visiting the following website: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

And, if you want to find out more about the elections then you can visit the voter information website here or the BBC News elections homepage.

Wisden: Bairstow and Stokes named Cricketers of the Year

BBC Sport

England's Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have been named as two of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.

Yorkshire's Bairstow (left), 26, scored 1,108 runs in Yorkshire's County Championship victory and also helped England win the Ashes.  

All-rounder Stokes (right), 24, was named following a "string of match-changing performances", including his 198-ball 258 against South Africa in Cape Town.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow
Getty Images

RSPCA: 'The Dangerous Dogs Act isn't working'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

Breeds banned under the 1991 act include pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas and Argentine mastiffs.

The RSPCA's call comes as it emerges that 185 banned dogs were seized in South Yorkshire over the last year - part of a bigger picture nationally which has been revealed by the BBC.

Infographic and picture of a banned dog
BBC / Getty Images

The RSPCA says the assessment process is hugely problematic because it is based on the dog's appearance rather than genetic heritage.

The animal welfare charity says there's no robust evidence that shows breeds such as pitbull terriers are any more likely to show aggression than other types of dog.

Golf and Sheffield: The love affair continues

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A civic reception and a star on the Sheffield walk of fame are being planned to celebrate Danny Willett's win at the US Masters

But has seeing a local lad win the green jacket inspired you to have a go at golf? 

Brian Marsden from Darnall has been bigging up the benefits of the game for more than 20 years now. 

He's managed to convert his wife Janet and now the whole family are "putting" in time on the course. 

They brought some of their clubs into the BBC Radio Sheffield studio for me to take a look at...

Pub fight in Bawtry: Do you know these men?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

CCTV footage of men
South Yorkshire Police

Police investigating an alleged fight at a pub in Bawtry last month are keen to trace these men, as it's believed they could help with the investigation into the incident.

It's reported that a group of men were involved in the fracas in the beer garden of The Turnpike pub in High Street at about 22:55 on Saturday 26 March.

Can you help? Call 101.

Yorkshire Half Marathon: Looking back on the sun and fun

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Thanks to Sheffield running club The Steel City Striders for sharing some of their pictures from Sunday's Yorkshire Half Marathon.

Over 7,000 runners in one city with a lot of sunshine. 

Congratulations to all who took part and all who supported the runners!  

No Pain No Gain written on the road in chalk
Steel City Striders
Runners in the Yorkshire Half Marathon
Steel City Striders
Runners in the Yorkshire Half Marathon
Steel City Striders
Runners in the Yorkshire Half Marathon
Steel City Striders

Your views: Almost 200 dangerous dogs seized in South Yorkshire

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

You've been reacting to news that almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years.

A total of 644 of those were in Yorkshire, with 185 in South Yorkshire. 

This is what you've had to say on Twitter:

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Barnsley FC: Heckingbottom on 'massive' win against Oldham

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Barnsley kept alive their play-off hopes with a 2-1 win over Oldham last night. 

The Reds are now just three points off sixth placed Gillingham who lost 2-1 at home to Wallsall.

Caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom gave me his reaction to the victory:

Tata in Stocksbridge: If the plant closes, 'it'll become a ghost town'

Kate Linderholm

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Tata Steel, which is ending its loss-making UK operations, has agreed to sell Scunthorpe steelworks for £1 to a British-based investment firm in the hope of protecting more than 4,000 jobs

But there's still no news as to what might happen to the Tata plants in South Yorkshire where more than 2,000 jobs hang in the balance.

I've been to Stocksbridge to meet workers who are facing an uncertain future:

Dangerous dogs: Dogs Act fails to stop sale of dangerous breeds

Clare Frisby

BBC Look North, presenter

Police forces across Yorkshire have seized 644 dogs, all suspected to be banned breeds, in just three years, according to new research by the BBC

The Dangerous Dogs Act was brought in 25 years ago after six-year-old Rukhsana Khan was attacked in Bradford. 

But it's failed to stop breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier from being bred and sold. 

Banned dog breed
BBC

Sheffield Steelers' Rod Sarich: 'It feels like the right time to retire'

Peter Spencer

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Steelers head coach Paul Thompson has confirmed that Rod Sarich has advised him of his plans to retire following the club's League Championship winning season.

Sarich is fifth in the club's all-time appearances with 577 games played, scoring 81 goals, 279 assists for 360 points.

I spoke to Rod and he says: "It feels like the right time to retire":

Photo credit: Dean Woolley

Robbery in Rotherham: Do you recognise this man?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Police are asking for your help to trace the man in this CCTV image who they'd like to speak to in connection with a robbery in the Thorpe Hesley area of Rotherham.

CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

At about 21:25 on Monday 14 March, it's reported a 13-year-old boy was pushing his off-road pit bike along Upper Wortley Road when he was approached by two men unknown to him.  

It's claimed one of the men was carrying a knife and they threatened the boy before stealing his bike.

Police investigating the matter have now released a CCTV image of a man they believe could help with their investigation.

Yorkshire Half Marathon official pictures available to view

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Did you take part in the Yorkshire Half Marathon? 

If you did, your pictures are now available to view. Just sign in with your bib number, here

Sheffield running club the Steel City Striders took some great pictures also!

We like this Minion's running style...

Minion running half marathon
Steel City Striders

Watch: UK steel and the sale of Tata - What are the options?

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

You've heard in the news that the proposed sale of the Scunthorpe Steelworks hasn't yet completed. 

Meanwhile, the fate of 2,000 jobs at Tata in South Yorkshire still hangs in the balance. 

There's now been more than two weeks of uncertainty for workers at plants in Rotherham and Stocksbridge. 

So what are the other options for the rest of Tata's business beyond Scunthorpe?:

Weather: Brighter, light winds and top temperatures of 14C

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A few mist or fog patches first thing, these slowly clearing throughout the morning, and we should see brighter conditions across South Yorkshire.

Nearly 200 banned dogs seized in South Yorkshire in three years

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield, Local Live

Almost 5,000 dogs suspected of being banned breeds have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years - and 185 of those were in South Yorkshire. 

The RSPCA wants the Dangerous Dogs Act to be changed so dogs are banned on the basis of behaviour not breed.

Breeds banned under the 1991 act include pitbull terriers, Japanese tosas and Argentine mastiffs.

Kerry Stevens was attacked by a pitbull when she visited a stranger's flat: