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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.  

    I'll leave you with a lovely view out at Stanage my friend Clare took at the weekend.

    Hills and mist around Stanage
  2. Weather: A cloudy night to come, lowest temperature down to 8C

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Thickening cloud this evening will eventually bring some spells of rain. Strong easterly winds will ease through the night. Cloud gradually lowering to give extensive hill fog into Tuesday.

    Hourly forecast
  3. Doncaster children excited for Tour de Yorkshire

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The Tour de Yorkshire trophy has been on its own journey today, being taken to schools in Doncaster ahead of the cycling race at the end of the month

    Below are children at Denaby Main Primary getting fired up about the race which passes close to their school on April 30 2016.

    Children at Denaby Main Primary school
  4. Sheffield scientists investigate sperm-boosting nutrient

    Scientists at the University of Sheffield are starting a pioneering study to investigate if a simple extra nutrient can boost male fertility.

    Professor Allan Pacey and research team at Sheffield University

    Studies have already shown that lycopene, the red pigment compound found most readily in sun-ripened tomatoes, can boost sperm count by up to 70%. Now, a 12-week trial is under way to see if raising blood lycopene levels improves sperm quality.

    It is estimated that one in six couples are unable to conceive – in about half of cases the problem is caused by poor sperm quality.

  5. Danny Willett's family look forward to his triumphant return after Masters win

    Tom Ingall

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    There's quite a homecoming planned for Sheffield's Danny Willetts after winning the Masters golf tournament.

    Danny Willett

    The golfer who finished ahead of defending champion Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood. 

    Willett, who now lives in Rotherham, moves up from 12th in the world, to 9th in the latest golf rankings.

    His brother Matt reckons he'll be getting quite a bit of wear out of that famous green jacket:

    Quote Message: I've spoken to him on the phone and he was so happy. He mentioned the green jacket quite a few times. He'll be wearing that to every formal function we'll be having." from Matt Willett
    Matt Willett
  6. Sheffield University archeologists discover Roman leaders had vast wine estates

    We used to think an army marched on its stomach, but it seems the Roman legions may have been fuelled by fine wine.

    Researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology investigating the vast imperial estate of Vagnari in Italy have unearthed evidence of wine production on an industrial scale.

    Sheffield University researchers digging in Vagnari, Italy

    The excavation team discovered the corner of a wine fermentation and storage room, in which wine vessels with a capacity of more than 1,000 litres were fixed into the ground.             

    The heavy vessels were buried up to their necks in the ground to keep the temperature of the wine constant and cool – a necessary measure in hot climates.

  7. 'We need to get a bit younger' - Sheffield Steelers head coach

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Sheffield Steelers head coach Paul Thompson says age was a factor in not re-signing Russ Moyer, Marek Pintz and Conny Stromberg. 

    The three players are 33, 37 and 40 years old respectively, and Thompson admits while it wasn't the only reason he is trying to lower the age of his squad.

    Quote Message: We do need to get a bit younger. It's not the only factor and obviously you think can we get a bit younger. You take lots of factors into consideration, can we get a bit more energised? But it wasn't THE reason." from Paul Thompson Head coach, Sheffield Steelers
    Paul ThompsonHead coach, Sheffield Steelers
    Marek Pintz
  8. Latest Headlines: Triple fatal Askern driver gets eight years and MP Dennis Skinner ordered out of Commons

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

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

    • A 24-year-old driver is sentenced to eight years at Sheffield Crown Court for the deaths of three people killed on Boxing Day in Askern 
    • The Labour MP Dennis Skinner's suspended from Parliament for the day for calling the Prime Minister "Dodgy Dave" - and refusing to take it back
    • Steel businesses in York and Scunthorpe are sold to a British investment company in an attempt to secure their survival
  9. Eight years in jail for driver who killed three pedestrians in Askern

    Grace Parnell

    BBC News Online, Sheffield

    A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in jail after admitting the deaths by dangerous driving of three people who were killed on Boxing Day in Askern.

    Ricky Joe Hepworth, of Newmarche Drive in Askern, was behind the wheel of a car which ploughed into a group of pedestrians between Sutton Road and Manor Way.

    Manor Way, Askern

    Andrew Tomlinson, 48, and his wife Faye Tomlinson, 54, died following the collision in the Askern area of Doncaster, along with 54-year-old Mandy Deere. 

    Mrs Deere's husband was badly injured.

  10. MP Dennis Skinner sent out of Commons chamber after remarks about PM

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner has been excluded from the House of Commons for the rest of the day after he called the Prime Minister "Dodgy Dave" during exchanges that followed David Cameron's statement on the Panama papers.

    Dennis Skinner MP

    It is the fifth time Mr Skinner, the MP for Bolsover, has been sent out of the chamber.  

    The Commons speaker, John Bercow, called on Mr Skinner, the MP for Bolsover, to withdraw the comments and sent him out after the Labour MP replied:

    Quote Message: This man has done more to divide this nation than anybody else. He's looked after his own pocket. I still refer to him as Dodgy Dave. Do what you like". from Dennis Skinner MP
    Dennis Skinner MP
  11. Masters win for Sheffield's Danny Willett marked in House of Commons

    Sheffield Heeley Labour MP Louise Haigh has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons congratulating Sheffield golfer Danny Willett over his Masters victory - and hailing a golden age of Sheffield sport.

    Here's the full wording of the EDM co-signed by MPs Angela Smith, Paul Blomfield and Clive Betts:

    Quote Message: That this House congratulates Danny Willett on his remarkable victory at the US Masters in Augusta; commends Danny Willett for his steely determination under pressure; notes that he is the first Sheffielder, the second Englishman and only the fourth Briton to win the US Masters; welcomes this golden age for Sheffield sport and notes that in Danny Willett, Jamie Vardy, Jess Ennis-Hill, Kell Brook and Joe Root Sheffielders are dominating UK sport; recognises that their success will be an inspiration for people across Yorkshire and the UK."
    Danny Willett
  12. Doncaster police make Balby murder arrest

    A 45-year-old man been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Christopher Cumpsty last month in Doncaster.

    Christopher Cumpsty

    Mr Cumpsty, who was 43, was found dead at his home in Cross Street, Balby, on 11 March. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from multiple injuries.

    A 41-year-old woman who was previously arrested on suspicion of murder remains on bail.

  13. Tata to contact 'many' potential buyers for its UK steel business

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Tata is to contact "many tens" of potential buyers for its UK steel business, its executive group director has revealed. 

    Tata's Koushik Chatterjee said the aim was to sell the assets as one rather than split up the business.

    Tata Steel sign

    The company's UK plants including those at Rotherham and Stocksbridge were put up for sale today

    Mr Chatterjee told a media briefing that the steel industry is facing its biggest crisis possibly in 50 years.

  14. Watch: Harworth pit tower is demolished

    Another beacon of our mining past has been demolished, with the pit tower at the former Harworth colliery removed to to make way for up to 1,600 homes.

    Built in 1989, just seven years before the pit was mothballed, the tower was visible to drivers using the nearby A1. 

    Here's some wobbly mobile phone footage of the moment the tower came down:

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    Video caption: Harworth Colliery tower has been demolished to make way for a housing development.
  15. Fire at house in Wybourne in Sheffield

    Fire crews have been tackling a fire at Maltravers Crescent at Wybourne this afternoon. 

    Fortunately, no-one was injured but these pictures are a reminder for us all to check our smoke alarms.

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  16. Tour de Yorkshire trophy goes on tour in South Yorkshire

    The trophy from the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race is being taken round schools in Doncaster.

    Tour de Yorkshire trophy

    This is ahead of the race which is at the end of this month. Today, the trophy has been to Town Fields Primary and out to schools in Bawtry and Denaby Main.

    Many of the children at the schools are taking up cycling and are looking forward to watching the race as it goes through Conisbrough.

  17. Tennis ball tribute to pet spotted in Barnsley park

    This touching tribute to a much loved pet was spotted by Amy Hale who was out walking in Locke Park in Barnsley.

    A dog lover has left a box of yellow tennis balls below a notice encouraging other ball-loving dogs to enjoy them as much as their recently departed black labrador Murphy.

    Box of tennis balls underneath poster
  18. Latest Headlines: South Yorkshire MPs in steel talks and Bolsover crash death

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    The top stories this afternoon from Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

    • South Yorkshire MPs meet the Business Secretary Savjid Javid to discuss Tata Steel
    • A man dies following a car crash in Blackwell near Bolsover
    • Danny Willett's three-shot win at the Masters moves him into the world's top 10 for the first time
  19. South Yorkshire MPs to demand help for steel industry from Business Secretary

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    South Yorkshire MPs are meeting the Business Secretary Savjid Javid this afternoon to discuss Tata Steel.

    The Indian steel firm employs more than 2,000 people at its plants in Rotherham and Stocksbridge which it has today put up for sale along with its other UK plants

    The meeting is being chaired by Sheffield Labour MP Clive Betts. 

    Quote Message: We want to know what the government is doing to assist the process and, more importantly, generally what the government is doing to help the steel industry in ways which many of our competitors, say in Germany, are already doing."
    Silhouette of steelworker
  20. Runners praise audience at Yorkshire half marathon

    Well, the race may be over but work is already starting on next year's Yorkshire half marathon in Sheffield with runners already able to register on the website.

    Competitors medal

    Fine weather helped make this year's event at the weekend a success, with some 7,000 runners taking part. 

    Tens of thousands of pounds were raised for charities and Ken Rowe, who ran as Phil the Bin, praised the crowds:  

    Quote Message: The spectators were absolutely fantastic. There was hardly a gap between the start to the finish where there wasn't somebody cheering you on." from Ken Rowe
    Ken Rowe