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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016

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Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 0800 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Don't forget to get in touch if you have a story or picture you would like to share.

Weather: Rain will tend to ease later

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Generally cloudy, with outbreaks of rain. These locally heavy. Rain will tend to ease later in the night, with some clearer spells developing by dawn.  

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Listen: The first signing of the summer for Chesterfield

Chesterfield have made their first signing of the summer.

Striker Kristian Dennis has joined the Spirerites after his deal at Stockport came to an end.

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Congestion in east end of Sheffield due to earlier accident on M1 slip road

BBC Travel

Meadowhall lane closed on entry slip road to M1 and queuing traffic northbound at J34, A631 (Meadowhall).

It's because of an accident earlier on and barrier repairs. 

Congestion on A6178 Attercliffe Common to Arena Square and on A631 Shepcote Lane to the Tinsley Park Road junction.  

Brighton midfielder to miss both legs of play-off semi finals against the Owls

Brighton have been unsuccessful in their appeal against midfielder Dale Stephens' red card. 

That means he will miss both legs of the play-off semi finals against the Owls.

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Leader of Liberal Democrats at Sheffield Council steps down

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Sheffield City Council, councillor Colin Ross, has decided to stand down for personal reasons.

Colin Ross leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council
Lib Dems

Mr Ross, 63, announced he would not be standing for re-election as leader of the Liberal Democrats in a group meeting last night.  He will remain a backbench councillor representing Dore and Totley ward.

Nick Clegg, Sheffield's Liberal Democrat MP, said no other councillors elected in the elections last year received as many votes as Mr Ross, showing the "huge support" he has from constituents. 

Five in court in Sheffield charged in police helicopter camera case

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Five men have appeared in court over misusing the South Yorkshire police helicopter camera to look at people who were naked or having sex.

The men include two serving officers, a retired officer, and two pilots, were arrested as part of a South Yorkshire Police investigation into reports the force helicopter had been used for inappropriate filming.

The charges relate to four alleged incidents between 2007 and 2012. 

All five have been charged with misconduct in a public office and will appear at Sheffield Crown Court next month.

Sir Cliff Richard file sent to Crown Prosecution Service

BBC News England

Prosecutors have received a full file of evidence regarding the singer Sir Cliff Richard and alleged sexual assault, the BBC has learned.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it will now make a decision as to whether to bring charges or not.

Sir Cliff was interviewed in 2014 and 2015 by South Yorkshire Police investigating a claim of a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s.

His spokesman has always said the allegations were "completely false".

Cliff Richard

Cat dies after being attacked by robber in Thorne

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police are appealing for witnesses after four men broke into a flat in St Nicholas Road in Thorne on Sunday 1 May.

The men are said to have searched the flat before taking some money. A woman inside the flat suffered minor injuries when she was assaulted by one of the men.

During the incident the woman's three-year-old cat was kicked by one of the offenders. It died five days later on Friday 6 May as a result of the incident.

Detective Constable Nina Frost, the investigating officer, said: “This was a nasty attack and I am thankful that the woman in the property was not seriously injured. I would like to appeal to anyone who knows who could be responsible to come forward and contact police." 

St Nicholas Road

Latest headlines: Bassetlaw hospital transfers patients to Doncaster due to staff shortage and Sheffield health worker jailed for sex abuse

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • A Doncaster health trust has suspended emergency surgery at one of its hospitals because it hasn't got enough staff. Patients needing emergency surgery at Bassetlaw Hospital are being transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary as the trust tries to deal with a staff crisis
  • South Yorkshire police - who've travelled to Kos in Greece in the search for Ben Needham - say any potential witnesses shouldn't be scared to come forward
  • A 50-year-old Sheffield man has been jailed for 19 years for sexually abusing vulnerable girls and women  

Deputy leader at Lincolnshire County Council takes on role in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council is to become the new Commissioner for children’s social care at Rotherham Council. 

Councillor Patricia Bradwell - The deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council
Rotherham Council

Councillor Patricia Bradwell is currently Lincolnshire's deputy leader and has executive responsibilities for Adult Care and Health Services and Children's Services.

She has been appointed as the Children’s Social Care Commissioner at Rotherham Council by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

She will replace Commissioner Malcolm Newsam, who is leaving this week after completing 18 months in the role, but will continue in her roles with Lincolnshire County Council.

Sheffield MP writes to National Audit Office over plans to close BIS unit in city

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield central MP Paul Blomfield's writing to the National Audit Office asking them to investigate the decision to close the Business Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield. 

The move will see 250 jobs moving from Sheffield to London. 

Critics say the move will cost rather than save money.

Sheffield man jailed for 19 years for sexually abusing vulnerable girls and women

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A 50-year-old Sheffield man has been jailed for 19 years today for sexually abusing vulnerable girls and women.

Owen Smith, from Hawley Street in the city appeared before Sheffield Crown Court to be sentenced after being found guilty of multiple sexual offences.

Owen Smith
South Yorkshire Police

Following a trial last month at Sheffield Crown Court, Smith was found guilty of five counts of rape, two charges of sexual assault and one count of trafficking.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Stephen Evans, from Sheffield’s Child Sexual Exploitation team, said: “This is a significant prison sentence for an individual who preyed on vulnerable girls and women at risk of sexual exploitation.

“His behaviour is simply despicable, and I’m pleased he is behind bars where he can cause no further harm to vulnerable members of our community." 

Disabled youngsters hope to impress at Barnsley athletics competition

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Hundreds of athletes from clubs and schools across the region have been taking part in a Yorkshire regional athletics event at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium in Barnsley today.  

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Ian Spencer from Disability Sport Yorkshire, who helped to organise the event, said hopefully the next Hannah Cockroft or Hollie Arnold will be taking part and continue the tradition of Paralympic athletes from the region who have started out in grassroots competitions.

Disabled athletes at the regional qualifiers are aiming for a place in their regional team at the National Junior Athletics Championships on the 2-3 July 2016 at Warwick Athletics Stadium.

Watch: Pets at risk from electrical fires

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue are warning of the dangers of leaving phone chargers, e-cigs and tumble dryers on, unattended.

They say while the number of fires generally has been reduced over the last decade, the number of home electrical fires is going up. They dealt with 190 house fires involving electricity last year.

Sixty thousand people in the UK have lost a pet in an electrical fire. 

They say don't buy cheap, unbranded chargers, don't leave things to charge overnight or beyond the recommended charging time, don't overload sockets and keep electrical items away from flammable materials when charging.

Pets home alone

Ched Evans: Footballer to get new rape trial date

BBC News England

Footballer Ched Evans will find out a date for his new rape trial at a hearing later this month.

The former Wales international and Sheffield United player had his conviction for rape quashed at the Court of Appeal in London in April.

A hearing to make trial arrangements in respect of Mr Evans, 27, will be held at Mold Crown Court on 27 May. The striker was originally convicted in April 2012 of raping a 19 year old woman at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Ched Evans
Press Association

Amir Khan: Kell Brook fight will never happen

BBC Sport

Amir Khan says a fight against rival Kell Brook, from Sheffield, will never happen, despite his devastating knockout defeat by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Following Khan's unsuccessful foray into the middleweight division, a match between him and IBF welterweight champion Brook seemed natural.

But Khan said Brook is not a big enough name and they simply do not get on.

"Eddie Hearn [Brook's promoter] keeps saying Brook is a big draw, but he's not," said Khan. 

Canelo Alvarez, left, is hit by Amir Khan during their WBC middleweight title fight Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Associated Press

Moorland fire: Fire Service release pictures

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

South Yorkshire Fire Service have been sharing these pictures of the moorland fire they helped Derbyshire Fire Service tackle yesterday.

Ten crews were dealing with the blaze near Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District.

Fire fighters will check today to make sure it has not re-ignited.

Fire fighters on Moorland
South Yorkshire Fire Service
Fire fighters on Moorland
South Yorkshire Fire Service

Weather: Risk of thunder

BBC Weather

Cloudier with outbreaks of rain edging further north through the afternoon, likely to become heavier later with the risk of thunder. A cooler, breezier day with high's around 19C (66F) and a moderate or fresh Northeast wind. 

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Latest headlines: Concerns in Commons over staff shortages at Bassetlaw hospital and Flying Scotsman sets off on summer tour

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

  • Patients at Bassetlaw Hospital who need emergency surgery are being transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary because of staff shortages. Concerns have been raised in the Commons about it today
  • South Yorkshire Police searching for Ben Needham have made a new appeal for information in Kos
  • The Doncaster built steam engine, the Flying Scotsman, starts its summer tour of the UK today