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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 6 May

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Don't forget to get in touch if you have any nice photos or a story you would like to share with us.

Drug dealers are a 'scourge to our city' say police as 12 arrested

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Twelve people have been arrested this afternoon as part of a covert operation into suspected drugs activity and organised crime in Sheffield. Addresses were raided in the Manor and Arbourthorne areas of the city.

Police operation
South Yorkshire Police

Sheffield Commander, Chief Superintendent David Hartley, said: “The operation was designed to target and dismantle a number of organised crime groups (OCGs) and to disrupt the supply and distribution of class A drugs across the city.

“Those who are involved in drug dealing are a scourge to our city. My resolve, along with every officer at Sheffield, is to find these people and bring them down, taking away their liberty to ensure we keep the public safe.

The three women and nine men, aged between 17 and 48-years-old, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Searches of the properties are still on-going, however an amount of suspected class A and B drugs have so far been seized from three of the five addresses raided as well as a large quantity of cash.

George Long

Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long agrees a two-year contract extension with the League One club.

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Latest headlines: Government office closure examined and contempt juror sentenced

The top stories from South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • The National Audit Office has confirmed it will look into the decision to close a government office in Sheffield and move the posts to London
  • Two jurors - including one from Sheffield - who admitted being in contempt of court have been given suspended prison sentences by the High Court in London.
  • The medical director of Sheffield's hospitals has admitted that improvements are still needed. The Teaching Hospitals Trust has been rated as "Good" by the Care Quality Commission

Goalkeeper agrees new deal to stay at Sheffield United

Weather: Some clear spells to start the night

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Showers are largely expected to die away during the evening leaving some clear spells to start the night, but becoming rather cloudy with some patchy mist and hill fog forming overnight too.

weather graphic
BBC

Listen: How did Radio Sheffield's Bernie Clifton get to present a Kerrang music award?

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Now BBC Radio Sheffield's Bernie Clifton has got a call up to the Kerrang Music Awards.

He's not receiving one... but  giving one.

Bernie's link with rock music is a curious one. He recently became linked to a death metal band after a track of theirs was entered on the sleeve of Bernie's recent album.  

Kerrang's Editor James McMahon heard about the story and thought it would be a great idea to get Bernie to hand out one of their awards at a big do tonight.

Suspended sentence for contempt juror

The Royal Courts of Justice in London
Reuters

A woman who was a jury member in a Sheffield Crown Court trial has received a suspended sentence for contempt of court.

Deborah Dean sent letters to two convicted sex offenders revealing details of jury deliberations that she had taken part in in October 2014.

Women of Steel single

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

As you may know the Women of Steel statue will be unveiled in Sheffield city centre on Friday 17 June.

It celebrates the women who kept Sheffield's steelworks running during both world wars 

To commemorate the event three local music giants - John Reilly (Boy On A Dolphin and Acoustic Angels) John Parr (St Elmo’s Fire) and local super pop producer Eliot Kennedy have written a song, called “Women Of Steel”

BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast show will give the tune its first play a week today and have a chat with Eliot and John Reilly. The single cover is pictured below.

Women of Steel single cover
John Reilly

Sheffield MP welcomes probe into closure of Sheffield office

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

It's been announced this afternoon that the National Audit Office is to look into a decision to close a government office in Sheffield and move the posts to London.

The Business, Innovation and Skills office is due to close as part of a re-organisation programme.

The Auditor general Amyas Morse has now told the PCS union that there will be a "value for money" study into the move. 

Louise Haigh, shadow civil service minister and Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, said: "It is hugely welcome that ministers involved in this farcical decision will finally be held to account by the chief auditor for their fantasy claims that moving jobs to London from a cheaper base in Sheffield will save money." 

Louise Haigh
Labour Party

Latest headlines: National audit office to look into closure of Government office in Sheffield and local charity urges pet owners to neuter their cats

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  • The National Audit Office has confirmed it will look into the decision to close a Government office in Sheffield and move the posts to London
  •  Sheffield's hospitals have been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission
  • A Rotherham animal charity is urging people to get their cats neutered. Rain Rescue say they've seen a huge surge in the number of abandoned cats

National Audit office probes closure of Business Department office in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

National Audit Office
National Audit Office

The National Audit Office is to look into a controversial Government programme that includes the closure of a regional business office and relocation of jobs to London. 

Auditor general Amyas Morse has told a trade union there will be a "value for money" study into a Business Department programme which includes the closure of an office in Sheffield. 

The study will include the planning, analysis and oversight of the programme, he told the Public and Commercial Services union. 

A union spokesman said: "This is a very welcome development that we hope will shed some light on the plans, which we still think should be scrapped. " 

Travel: Road closure update

We've been talking this afternoon about the A19 Askern Road in Doncaster which has been closed by police.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire police says officers are currently at a property on Askern Road following concerns about the welfare of a man on the roof of one of the buildings.

The road closure has created slow traffic in both directions between the Arksey Lane Junction and the Victoria Road junction.

A diversion is in place.

Arkey Road graphic
BBC

Ronaldo and Sheffield star in new football advert

A new Nike advert has drawn together Portuguese footballer Christian Ronaldo and Sheffield city centre.

In the five-minute film the footballer bumps heads with a ball boy from Sheffield at an England v Portugal match and they change places.

Nike advert
Nike

The next morning Christian Ronaldo wakes up in the body of the young ball boy and has to get used to life in Sheffield.

Which includes being driven to football practice by his mum. 

view of Sheffield in Nike Advert
Nike

Meanwhile the Sheffield ball boy wakes up in the body of Christian Ronaldo and has to get used to a very different life style.

Christian Ronaldo training
Nike

The Sheffield ball boy improves so much that he eventually makes the England team - helping Harry Kane to score a goal - before he collides with Ronaldo again and they go back to their own bodies.

Road closed in Doncaster due to police incident

BBC Travel

The  A19 Askern Road in Doncaster is closed and there is very slow traffic in both directions between the Arksey Lane junction and the Victoria Road junction.

It's because of a police incident.

There is a diversion in operation - via Victoria Road, The Avenue and Arksey Lane.  

Arksey Road
Google

Sheffield students reminded that EU voter registration deadline has been extended

Plans to introduce 20mph speed limit in Greystones and Whirlow

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield City Council wants to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Greystones and Whirlow.

It says reducing the speed of traffic in residential areas will reduce the number and severity of accidents.

In a recent consultation leaflets were delivered to more than 4,000 properties and 69 people, including the Head Teacher at Silverdale School and the Cycle Touring Club, registered their support for the20 mph limit.

Twenty five people objected to the principle of introducing the new speed limit in this area but the council says the reasons for making the speed limit order outweigh those objections.

A proposal will now be submitted to the Cabinet to introduce the 20mph speed limit.

20mph zone
Sheffield City Council

Who've you got in Euro 2016?

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Great excitement at BBC Radio Sheffield this lunchtime when the Euro 2016 sweepstake draw was announced.

This is the moment our sports reporter Jonathan Buchan found out he'd got Germany....

Euro 2016 sweepstake draw
BBC

Not such a happy face for our Sports Editor Andy Giddings.

He's just found out he's got Poland.

Euro 2016 draw
BBC

Government still failing to protect people against flooding say MPs

A committee of MPs is warning that the government is still failing to protect people against flooding. 

The Commons Environmental Audit Committee says there needs to be a long term strategy to tackle the problem. 

Ministers say they're working on a twenty-five year plan.  

MPs criticise lack of government flood planning.

Clocking off for the hot weather in Barnsley

Motorcyclist dies in collision on Doncaster road

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A 32-year-old motorcyclist has died following a collision on Armthorpe Road in Doncaster.

It happened at around 22:15 yesterday evening close to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Police say no other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident.

The man's relatives have been informed and are receiving support from specialist officers.

Armthorpe Road in Doncaster
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Former Blade spells out what England needs to do ahead of Russia game

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

England defender Kyle Walker admits there are issues to be addressed defensively ahead of Euro 2016.

England begin their tournament against Russia on Saturday, with the former Sheffield United full back about to embark on his first major international tournament.

But Walker says the rearguard is not as a bad as has been made out.

Kyle Walker
Reuters

Obviously there's a few tweaks that we need to do both offensively and defensively but we're putting that into motion now and hopefully it all sets into plan for the Russia game."

Kyle WalkerEngland and former Sheffield United footballer

Weather: Dry for most this afternoon

BBC Weather

Early cloud and any mist will gradually clear back to the coast leaving another warm day with sunshine. 

Dry for most but isolated showers will develop during the afternoon, especially over the Pennines. Staying cooler near the coast.  

Weather graphic
BBC

Latest headlines: Family of missing Rotherham man criticise search operation and rock stardom beckons for Radio Sheffield presenter

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • The family of a Rotherham man - who's been missing since the collapse of a boiler house at Didcot Power station in February have criticised the rescue mission
  • The NUT have called a public meeting for parents and teachers to discuss changes to the school holidays in Barnsley. The union says the move will 'cause chaos' for parents, especially those who have children at different schools
  • BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Bernie Clifton is presenting an award at the Kerrang music awards tonight

Sheffield Hospitals rated as good

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has found Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to be Good after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission. 

The trust was rated as Good for being safe, caring, effective, responsive and well led. Overall CQC rated the trust as Good.

The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Northern General Hospital, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital and the community services were rated as Good. 

The Weston Park Hospital was  rated as Requires Improvement overall, although caring was rated as outstanding at the hospital.

The full report, including ratings, is available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RHQ

Hallamshire Hospital
BBC

Arrest made in connection to Fitzalan Square incident

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection to an incident just off Fitzalan Square, where a 28-year-old man was found with life-threatening injuries.

The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

The 28-year-old man remains in hospital in a critical condition.

He was discovered unconscious and with a serious head injury at the bottom of the stairs that lead off Fitzalan Square and down towards Pond Street, at around 13:20 on Monday, 6 June.

Bottom of stairs that lead off Fitzalan Square and down towards Pond Street
Google

Look North appeal for relatives of the Sheffield Pals

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

A British Grenadier Guardsman keeps watch during the Battle of the Somme
Press Association
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Have you got any photos of your relative who fought?

Perhaps you have some medals?

As the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme approaches - Look North is hoping to look at some of the stories from the Sheffield City Battalion.

Please get in touch if you have a story to share.

Barnsley MP urges Parliament to mark Somme centenary

Former soldier Dan Jarvis has called for Parliament to hold a special debate to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme next month. 

The Labour MP for Barnsley Central, a former Army major who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, raised concerns that with just a few weeks to go before the anniversary, the Commons has not arranged a "planned moment" to mark it. 

Dan Jarvis
PA

He said: "It is important that young people engage in commemorations, but it is also important that we here in this House seek to engage with the commemorations as well."

Acting culture minister David Evennett said: "I totally endorse his comments and I will have a word with the Leader of the House and Mr Speaker, who obviously are the responsible authorities, but I would certainly back that." 

The Battle of the Somme took place between July 1 1916 and November that year and was one of the bloodiest battles in history. 

House prices 'expected to fall' in the short term

BBC Business Live

Chartered surveyors are predicting a short-term drop in house prices in some areas over the next three months - the first fall in more than six years.    

House prices chart
BBC

Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) who work in estate agents said they expected price reductions in the Yorkshire and Humber region, as well as East Anglia, South East England and South West England.

However, Rics said the fall was likely to be short-lived.

"Sadly, for the many young people looking to enter the property market, it is unlikely that we are seeing the emergence of a more affordable market," said Rics chief economist Simon Rubinsohn.

Young Doncaster golfer being tipped for great future

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Eleven-year-old Josh Berry from Doncaster is already being tipped for great things in the world of golf.

The youngster has just been up in Scotland for the US Kids Golf European Championship.

His handicap so far this year is five.

He was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield earlier and before leaving the radio station he gave me a quick tip about the best way to tee off  -so watch closely.

The sharp-eyed among you will have spotted that, yes, that is a microphone stand and not a golf club.

We don't tend to have many of those lying around at the station!

Listen: Rotherham families unhappy over search operation at Didcot

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The family of one of the Rotherham men still missing following the Didcot power station collapse in February have been talking to BBC Radio Sheffield.

The military is being drafted in to help find the bodies of the three men still missing under the rubble. 

Steve Hall the son-in-law of Ken Cresswell isn't happy about the search operation and says he doesn't feel that he can trust anybody.

BBC Radio Sheffield's Kat Cowan has been following the story...

Bernie Clifton and ostrich to appear at Kerrang! Awards

BBC News England

Ostrich-riding entertainer and BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Bernie Clifton is to appear at the Kerrang! Awards after a blunder saw death metal songs listed on the back of his CD.

Bernie Clifton
Mel Day

The 80-year-old entertainer said he was "absolutely devastated" when tracks by the band Abhorrent Decimation were mistakenly printed on his album cover.

But he has since invited the band to his home in Derbyshire, and said they were "absolutely charming".

He is due to present an award at the annual music awards show later.

Listen: Will the England band be allowed into Euro 2016?

The England Supporters Band, formed by fans of Sheffield Wednesday in 1993, say they expect to be allowed in to the first match against Russia on Saturday...but haven't had confirmation yet.

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Latest headlines: Families unhappy over search for missing Rotherham men and former Blade admits England have defensive issues ahead of Euro 2016

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • The family of one of the Rotherham men still missing following the Didcot Powrr Station collapse in February say there has been a cover-up
  • Teachers' union the NUT has called a public meeting for parents and teachers to discuss Barnsley Councils' plans to shorten the summer holiday next year
  • England defender and former Sheffield United player Kyle Walker admits there are issues to be addressed defensively ahead of Euro 2016

Watch: Rotherham climber 'abandoned Everest peak to save me'

BBC News England

We're covering the story today of the ex-serviceman from Rotherham who abandoned his Mount Everest climb close to the summit to save a fellow mountaineer.

Leslie Binns was just 500m from the Everest's summit when he turned back to save Sunita Hazra.....

'Huge surge' in number of cats being abandoned, says South Yorkshire charity

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Meet Mambo and May.

The nine-week-old kittens were found abandoned in a skip by a member of the public and are now being cared for by South Yorkshire charity Rain Rescue.

Mambo and May nine week old kittens being cared for by Rain Rescue
Rain Rescue

The organisation says it has seen a huge surge in the number of cats being abandoned on the streets and receives numerous calls and emails each day asking them to take in litters of unwanted kittens.

Lauren Sanderson, the deputy charity manager, says: "Cat owners really must start to do the responsible thing and neuter their cats. 

"Small rescues like ourselves are simply overloaded and cannot cope with the volume of cats and kittens we are being asked to help."

Weather: Cloudy start but it will thin and break

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Early cloud and any mist will gradually clear back to the coast leaving another warm day with sunshine

Dry for most but isolated showers will develop during the afternoon, especially over the Pennines. Staying cooler near the coast.  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Morning, Katie here. I'll be with you until 18:00 with  news, weather, travel and sport updates from across South Yorkshire.

Don't forget to get in touch if you have any stories or pictures you'd like to share with us.