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  1. Updates have finished on Wednesday 6 July 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks for joining me for a busy day of stories - I'm back at 08:00 tomorrow after an evening pretending I have a Welsh relative while watching Euro 16. 

Do send in a photo, video or news story if you've got one to share.

Here's another joyous burst of colour from the Park Square Roundabout:

Flowers at Park Square roundabout
Nigel Dunnett

Weather: A fine but cloudy evening with more cloud tomorrow

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly cloudy and dry through the evening, with one or two late sunny spells possible. Mainly cloudy and dry overnight, with some light patchy rain or drizzle possible towards the end of the night. Feeling mild.  

Hourly forecast

Sheffield's Park Square roundabout a sea of purple flowers

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

At least if you're stuck in traffic at Sheffield's Park Square roundabout at the moment you've got a glorious view.

Nigel Dunnett

Eight months ago it was planted up with alliums, verbena, poppies and viscaria.

Nigel Dunnett

Now look at it!

Nigel Dunnett

Sheffield band writes song about the 'Maniac of Woodseats'

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Have you ever heard of the "Maniac of Woodseats"? This is a real life story of a man who was jilted at the altar by his bride. 

Article from 1828
Sheffield Archive

When he returned to his home, he tore a hole in the loft, climbed into it and vowed never to leave. His real name was Peter Raeney. 

Two hundred years later a musician stumbled across his story in a local magazine and now Andy Whitehouse from the band The Silver Darlings has been telling me about writing a song about it.

Watch: Exhibition celebrates items made in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Now what have you got in your house that's made in Sheffield? Perhaps you'll have a bit of cutlery in a drawer in the kitchen or a bottle of henderson's relish in a cupboard. A new exhibition in the city is celebrating some of the many things that are made in the city.

New exhibition

Barnsley MP and former soldier's verdict on Chilcot report

Labour MP for Barnsley Dan Jarvis has been talking about the report on the Iraq War:

Dan Jarvis MP
Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis MP said: "The Chilcot Report will help us understand where things went wrong in relation to the decision making process that led to the Iraq War, and crucially, help us identify how we can prevent making similar mistakes again in the future. It is critical that the public have trust in the important decisions such as whether to take our country to war. We must acknowledge that trust was broken with the Iraq conflict. The publication of Chilcot demands that reforms happen now so that we never repeat that flawed process. Only by doing so will we rebuild trust and learn the lessons of Iraq."

Labour MP Dan Jarvis

Latest Headlines: Iraq war not justified and Sheffield student's death an accident

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

  • The families of some of the 179 British troops killed in Iraq have said the official report confirms their view that they died unnecessarily
  • A coroner's concluded a student whose body was found in water at the Porter Brook in Sheffield, died as the result of an accident
  • SATS tests taken by children at a primary school in Rotherham have been nulled, following claims that pupils' answers had been changed

Dennis Skinner pleas for hospital reprieve in Commons

Concerns have been raised in parliament over the future of Bolsover community hospital, following a review of health services in Derbyshire.

Bolsover Hospital

In the Commons, the town's Labour MP Dennis Skinner - known as 'the beast of Bolsover' - asked the Prime Minister to help save the hospital using money that would be saved by Britain leaving the EU.   

When the hospital is gone it's closed it's gone forever. I want him here today to use a little bit of that money, not very much, to save the Bolsover Hospital, save the beds, save the jobs."

Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner

Made in Sheffield exhibition showcases city's talent for design

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A new exhibition opening at the Millennium Gallery showcases Sheffield as a true city of making beautiful things.  It features the world's first 3D printed ocular prosthetics made by Fripp Design and Research

false eyes
Fripp Design and Research

Field Cycles build bespoke framesets for customers all over the world

Field Cycles bespoke road race bike
Tim Smith/Field Cycles

Stunning silverware and jewelery is also on show like this Spice cuff with Silver made by Janet Wass.

Cuff bracelet
Paul Cliff

Made in Sheffield opens at the Millennium Gallery on Wednesday 6 July and continues until Sunday 8 January 2017 – entry is free.

Howzat for a revamp?

Cricketers in Sheffield are set to get a new roof over their heads and ground improvements to the field as part of a major new investment programme in Graves Park.

Children at cricket tournamet showing new pavilion roof

Vital building works on the roof of Graves Park cricket pavilion and major drainage works to the ground will mark the first stage of the park’s £200,000 new improvement programme, largely funded by the recent sale of the run-down Cobnar Cottage. 

Graves Park cricket pavilion, which was built in the 1960's, has desperately needed a new roof for several years. 

Latest Headlines: Iraq war based on flawed evidence and Sheffield student's death 'accidental'

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Listen: Steven Fletcher on why he's signed for Sheffield Wednesday

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Watch: Proposal for new spur to HS2 line

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Major changes to the route of the high speed two rail link through Yorkshire are thought to be under consideration. The BBC has learnt the line could take a very different path in South Yorkshire. A new report will be published by the company building the line tomorrow.

HS2 new route

Cult Sheffield board game may get relaunch

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A Sheffield man who invented a board game 40 years ago is hoping to re-release it and re-ignite a board game culture in the city.

Mike Hayes with board game

Mike Hayes designed "Classic Warlord" in the 1970s:

Forty years ago in a student union bar we got fed up with our lectures and we invented a board game and we've reissued this to take advantage of the fact that there's a cafe culture with board games and we're going to make it big."

Crowd turns out in Sheffield for pro EU demo

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

People in Sheffield have been joining a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall in support of the EU and welcoming people from our European neighbours and around the world.

Demo outside Sheffield Town Hall

Move to lively up Sheffield in the early evening

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Now do you ever stay in Sheffield city centre beyond five o'clock in the evening? 

Well the people at Sheffield's Business Improvement District or BID want far more of us to stay in the city at night and they've launched a campaign to encourage us to do just that. It's called Alive after Five.

Pinstone Street Sheffield
Chris Downer Geograph

Accidental death inquest verdict on Caroline Everest

An inquest heard today into the death of Sheffield student Caroline Everest has recorded a verdict of accidental death. 

Caroline Everest

Caroline who was 18 and from the Walkley area of the city was found dead in the Porter Brook river on the 22nd of November last year. She'd been on a night out at the Corporation nightclub. The coroner said alcohol and hypothermia played a part in her death.  

Former Sheffield MP says Iraq cause of current Labour woes

The former Sheffield MP Helen Jackson says the Labour Party's current difficulties are a reflection of the very deep division over Iraq  

Helen Jackson

The difficulties now are actually a reflection of the very deep division that took place in the years following the invasion of Iraq and was never properly recognised by the subsequent leaders Gordon Brown or Ed Miliband, never properly and openly talked about and recognised."

Helen Jackson

Parents angry at Rotherham SATS test findings

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Parents say they are appalled and have lost confidence in the head and leadership team at Wentworth Junior and Infants school in Rotherham after children's SATS results were nulled.

Letter from school

The Standards and Testing Agency held an investigation into year six tests at Wentworth Infant and Junior School and found pupils' answers had been changed.

Laser Credit Union moves to reassure savers after office closure

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Laser Credit Union in Rotherham is reassuring savers "'we are solvent" after access to their offices has been denied by landlords.  

Notice posted on door of Laser Credit Union

A notice has been posted on the door of the Laser Credit Union in Doncaster saying it is working on setting up an alternative premises.

Rotherham Council has moved to reassure savers with this statement:

Rotherham Council is providing support and assistance to Laser Credit Union, who are temporarily unable to access their usual premises, and are therefore unable to deliver their services. We have offered help and support to Laser to get their services up and running again as quickly as possible. Where individuals have contacted the Council directly, we are working to provide the appropriate levels of advice and practical help in the interim."

Sport: Good news for Sharks and Hatters fans

British basketball will be shown live on the BBC next season. 

That's 32 games including all BBL and WBBL finals. Great news for fans of the Sheffield Sharks and Hatters teams.

Sharks and Hatters players

Chilcot report stronger than expected and Rotherham SATS results voided

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

  • The long awaited report into Britain's role in the Iraq war has concluded the government chose to join the 2003 invasion before all peaceful options had been exhausted -- and there was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein
  • Three men arrested yesterday, in connection with the child sexual exploitation investigation in Rotherham have been realeased on bail
  • SATS tests taken by children at a primary school in Rotherham have been nulled, following claims that pupils' answers had been changed

Hypothermia and alcohol factors in Sheffield teenager’s death

Sheffield Star

Hypothermia, immersion in water and acute intoxication were factors in the death of Sheffield student Caroline Everest, an inquest heard.

Caroline Everest
Sheffield Star

Festival to celebrate Yorkshire's silent cinema legacy

A series of silent movie screenings will celebrate Yorkshire's links to the early pioneers of film.

The Yorkshire Silent Film Festival will show more than 30 films featuring stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy.

Harold LLoyd

The festival, which starts in Doncaster, includes events in Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and Scarborough and runs at 13 venues from today until the end of July.  

Rotherham school's SATS test results rendered void

SATS tests taken by children at a primary school in Rotherham have been nulled after claims that youngsters answers had been changed. 

The Standards and Testing Agency's held an investigation into the carrying out of year six tests at Wentworth C Of E Junior & Infant School. It found children had been "over-aided" during the test.

Wentworth C of E Junior & Infant School
Wentworth C of E Junior & Infant School

Weather: Clouding over this afternoon but staying dry

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Cloud will tend to thicken from the west during the day. Despite this, it should remain dry. Light winds.

Mostly dry tonight with variable, often large amounts of cloud and light winds. Rather mild.

Hourly forecast

Watch: Hundreds join public Eid prayers in Sheffield

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Hundreds of thousands of people across Yorkshire are marking the muslim festival of Eid today - after thirty days of fasting for Ramadan.

Watch: Sheffield's new Diamond Building nominated for carbuncle award

Kat Harbourne

As far as Sheffield University is concerned the Diamond Building is their jewel in the crown. But the structure has been nominated for the "Carbuncle Cup" as one of the ugliest new buildings in the country.

Dad from Sheffield talks about son's death in Iraq as Chilcot report published

A father recalls how the armed forces botched telling him about his son's death in Iraq

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Operation Stovewood arrests update

All three men arrested by NCA officers in Rotherham yesterday,in connection with an independent investigation into non-familial child sexual exploitation and abuse between 1997-2013 (Operation Stovewood), have been bailed while further investigations are carried out.


Following search activity at one address in Rotherham a cash sum, believed to be in excess of £50,000, was found. One of the three men was further arrested and interviewed on suspicion of money laundering.  

Watch: New lap dancing club application in Sheffield's Cultural Quarter

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's plans for another lapdancing club in Sheffield City Centre.This time it's close to Sheffield Railway station at the end of Leadmill Road. It's not far from the Spearmint Rhino club, which got a new licence earlier this year. 

Latest Headlines: Doncaster soldier awaits Chilcot report and Caroline Everest inquest opens

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • A soldier from Doncaster Mike Brennan is one of those awaiting the publication today of the Chilcot report
  • The inquest is being heard today into the death of the Sheffield student Caroline Everest
  • There's controversy over plans for a new lap dancing club in Sheffield city centre

Your views: Anger at plans for new lap dancing club in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There are plans for another lapdancing club in Sheffield City Centre. This time it's close to Sheffield Railway station at the end of Leadmill Road.


Whether you agree with this type of venue or not, Near Leadmill Road is certainly not the place to open one.

Heather Quinn

I don't find it responsible at all opening a lap dancing club a stones throw away from a school, multiple 16-18yr old colleges, a venue that hosts regular 14yr plus events and at the "Gateway to the City" from the station."

Rebecca Anne Walker

I don't see a problem it is a city & lots of cities have them if it offends don't go."

Julie Clifford

If there isn't enough trade it will close. If it's properly run, no issues. Personal choice."

Jane Powell

Ideas for new name for the Diamond Building nominated for carbuncle award

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Sheffielders usually find names for their iconic buildings - the Egg Box, the Wedding Cake and more recently the Cheese Grater.

I wonder what this one will end up being called?  

Diamond Building

Toby Kirkby reckons it should be the Waffle:

one green planet

Other suggestions made on the BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page include the Eyesore and the Lego Building. It certainly divides opinion!

Chilcot report: Injured Doncaster soldier's compensation hopes

Jenny Eells

The findings of the Chilcot report into Britain's involvement in the Iraq War are due to be published shortly.

Mick Brennan from Doncaster lost both his legs in a terrorist attack whilst in combat in 2004 and hopes the results of the inquiry will allow him to re-open his case for compensation...

Everyone like myself knew what we were signing up to and not one of us are moaning about getting injured, we just want to get fair treatment. If people have died for nothing then I think somebody should be held accountable because they went into situations believing lies."

Mick Brennan
Mick Brennan
Mick Brennan

Your Views: Sheffield's Diamond Building nominated for 'Carbuncle' award

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Is this one of the ugliest new buildings in Britain?

Diamond Building

It's a good job the church next door has a certain bird on it keeping the pigeons away otherwise the diamond building would have the coating it deserves."

John Clarke

It is bulky and sort of dominating the historical buildings adjacent to it: the department of music and the church. On the contrary, the elevations are creating a very interesting constrast with the ancient materials used in old buildings around it. I guess it would've looked better if it was smaller in size and if it had some niches in the grid and some variation in the massing. But, overall, I guess it would be unfair to call it the worst building in the UK-I've seen worst in Sheffield and other English cities."

Saif Malhas
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Caroline Everest death: Inquest set to open

An inquest is to be held today into the death of Sheffield student Caroline Everest who died on her way home from a night out.

Caroline Everest
South Yorkshire Police

Ms Everest's body was found in a river on 24 November, two days after she was reported missing.

South Yorkshire Police have said no-one else was involved in her death.

The inquest is due to be held at Sheffield's Medico Legal Centre at 10:00.

Eid Mubarak: Hundreds gather for public prayers in Sheffield car park

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Hundreds of people are gathering at a supermarket car park this morning for Eid prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.

Crowd in car park

Muslims arrived at the Tesco store on Saville Street in Pitsmoor from 08:00 this morning and prayers are now under way.

Eid al-Fitr literally translated from Arabic as the "festival of breaking the fast" involves a range of traditions, including a gathering of family and friends to eat and pray together. 

Sport: Sheffield United bidding for two new players

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has confirmed he has made two bids for new players. 

The Blades have so far made three signings this summer, including that of 27-year-old centre half James Wilson yesterday.

James Wilson
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New application for lap dancing club in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

An application for another lap dancing club at the heart of Sheffield's cultural quarter has been criticised by groups working with children and young people.

The South Yorkshire Development Education Centre, based in the Scotia Works next door to the proposed new club, says it's "deeply inappropriate".

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