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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 26 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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Good evening: Five things we learnt today

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Here are five of the big stories from across South Yorkshire today:

  1. Accusations that HS2 ruffled more than a few feathers in Bramley meeting
  2. The new Chief Constable says it's all about confidence in the force
  3. Drones could soon deliver your parcels
  4. Tramlines early birds catch the worm
  5. Chesterfield turned back the clock for medieval merriment

Police investigating gun shots in Norfolk Park

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police continue to investigate following reports of gun shots at 18:40 last Friday in the Norfolk Park area of Sheffield.

They've made an appeal for information. 

They're also looking at the possibility of links to previous firearms incidents in Sheffield.

Police tape
PA

We believe that the men on the bike were attempting to target a group of men in the street. We are also investigating the possibility that it is linked to previous firearms discharges in the Arbourthorne area."

Temporary Detective Inspector John WheatonInvestigating officer

Could your local betting shop be sold?

Shahid Hussain

BBC Local Live

The answer is maybe.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and Gala Coral must sell about 350-400 shops in order for their £2.3bn merger to be cleared, the competition regulator has said.

The Competition and Markets Authority identified 642 local areas where it said the merger would hit competition.

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral are the UK's second and third largest retail bookmakers, behind William Hill.

Ladbrokes shop
Reuters

Ladbrokes has about 2,150 outlets in Britain and 77 in Northern Ireland. Coral runs 1,850 shops in Britain.

A merger between Ladbrokes and Gala Coral would make it the UK's largest bookmaker.

Weather: Cloudy with rain

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

TONIGHT: Cloudy with rain spreading from the west, one or two heavy bursts possible later. Minimum temperature 14C (57F).  

TOMORROW: A cloudy damp start, soon becoming dry and turning brighter with sunny spells developing. Maximum temperature 22C (72F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Have a business bank account? You need to read this

BBC Business News

Natwest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) have warned businesses they may have to charge them to accept deposits due to low interest rates.

The move, if enacted, would make them the first UK banks to introduce negative interest rates, in effect, charging to deposit money. 

"Global interest rates remain at very low levels... this could result in us charging interest on credit balances" it wrote in a letter to customers.

Personal customers are not affected. 

Bank
Getty Images

Rio Olympic scammers trick victims out of £300K

Sheffield Star

Sports fans are being urged to be on the lookout for scams in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio, which start next month.   

Olympic flag in Rio
Sheffield Star

Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, says it has already received nearly 50 reports of fraud relating to the games, with victims losing a total of £299,935 to criminals.  

Nine years in prison for man who admitted causing two deaths

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

A 34-year-old man's been jailed for nine years for causing the deaths of two men in Ecclesfield in December 2014. 

Jason Maher from Newcastle admitted causing death by dangerous driving and other driving offences at Sheffield Crown Court. 

His car collided with a peugeot driven by 18 year old Kieron Wilders, from Kimberworth, who admitted causing death by careless driving. 

He was disqualified for a year and sentenced to 150 hours of community service. 

Two 19-year-old men, Liam Parkin, from Sheffield and Joshua Fothergill, from Rotherham, were passengers in the Peugeot and died at the scene. 

Medieval merriment in Chesterfield

Kat Harbourne

Now for something you don't see very often...

A dragon wandering round Chesterfield market. 

It's the star attraction today as the town stepped back to the Middle Ages...

Tramlines 2017: Tickets already on sale

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Just two days after the end of the Tramlines music festival in Sheffield plans for next year are underway.

Early bird weekend tickets for 2017 have now gone on sale

Ponderosa Park stage
Tramlines

Watch: Man buried alive resurfaces after 72 hours

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A recovered drug addict and charity worker has been released from a coffin after spending three days buried underground.

John Edwards, 61, was buried on Friday in Halifax and resurfaced on Monday.

He said he had "brought words of light from the grave" to try and reduce the number of addicts' funerals he has to attend.      

A former drug addict from West Yorkshire has been buried underground for 3 days

Have you seen Richard from Sheffield?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Richard Hezseltine
South Yorkshire Police

Police are asking for your urgent help locating missing 48-year-old Richard Hezseltine.

Richard was last seen over 24 hours ago and was reported missing at about 11:00 when family members went to his home in the Waterthorpe area of Sheffield and he wasn't there.

Richard is 5ft 6ins tall, with pale skin, blonde short hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his right upper arm of a heart.It is not known what he may be wearing.

Have you seen him? Call Police on 101.

Watch: New Chief Constable on building confidence in the force

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Stephen Watson, who began his interim role in charge of South Yorkshire Police this week, says he recognises public confidence in the force has been damaged by recent controversies:  

New Chief Constable on restoring confidence in the force

Yorkshire Jets: A sad day for women's sport in Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire Jets are to be wound up after England Netball decided to remove them from Netball Superleague. 

Yorkshire Jets
Empics

The league was expanded from eight to ten teams in June, but Jets, who finished bottom of the table last season, were not offered a place.  

This is a sad day for netball and for women's sport in Yorkshire,"

Mariana PextonJets chairperson

Could drones deliver parcels safely?

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

The government is getting together with the retail giant Amazon to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door.

Amazon will look at the best way to allow hundreds of robotic aircraft to buzz around Britain's skies safely.

Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University, and Pippa Malmgren, co-founder of H Robotics, share their safety concerns with presenter, Justin Webb.

Image credit: Getty Images.

Robotics experts Noel Sharkey and Pippa Malmgren discuss the safety of drone deliveries.

Floral tributes for Rotherham schoolboy after canal tragedy

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Flowers and tributes have been left by the canal near Stonerow Way, Parkgate where an 11 year old boy died last week. 

Subhaan Ali has been laid to rest today.

His body was recovered from the canal last Thursday. Officers say they don't think the circumstances surrounding his death are suspicious.

Tributes for Subhaan Ali
BBC
Subhaan Ali tribute from his loving mother
BBC
Subhaan Ali tributes
BBC

New Chief Constable says he'll work hard to restore public confidence

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Stephen Watson
BBC

The new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire says he recognises public confidence in the force has been damaged by recent controversies including Hillsborough, Orgreave and child sex crimes in Rotherham. 

Stephen Watson, who began his interim role in charge of the force this week, says they must work hard to restore that confidence. 

Man jailed for raping women in Barnsley and Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years for raping two women from Barnsley and Sheffield.

Ethan Wayne Ray, of Colley Road, Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday to receive his sentence after a week-long trial.

Ethan Wayne Ray
South Yorkshire Police

Ray was charged with four counts of rape against his two victims.

The court heard how both women, who were known to him, were subjected to abuse and violence at Ray’s hands.

Weather: Cloudy but mainly dry

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy but bright with some sunny spells, just a small chance of a shower. 

Maximum temperature 21C (70F). 

Weather graphic
BBC

Did you see a gun being fired in Norfolk Park?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police in Sheffield are appealing for information after reports of shots being fired in the Norfolk Park area.

At about 18:40 on Friday 23 July it was reported that two men were seen on a motorbike riding along Samuel Close toward Samuel Road.

Samuel Road area
Google

One of the men was reported to be holding a firearm and witnesses reported hearing three or four shots being fired shortly afterwards. No one was injured, however a porch window at a property on Samuel Road was damaged.

Officers are reviewing CCTV. If you saw anything, call police on 101.

Your headlines this afternoon

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The top stories in South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

  • The new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire says he recognises public confidence in the force has been damaged by recent controversies
  • Protestors who attended an event in South Yorkshire about proposals for the high-speed HS2 rail link say they were unfairly treated by security staff
  • A Sheffield University professor says he's concerned about the growth of drones as Amazon launches new trial 

M1 update from Highways

BBC Travel

Delays continue on the M1 southbound near the junction with the M18. 

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Man 'violently flung' during HS2 meeting in Rotherham

Tom Airey

Reporter, BBC News Online

Bramley Parish Hall / Richard Dickinson's back injury
Google / Richard Dickinson

Protesters who were prevented from accessing an HS2 drop-in event claim unnecessary force was used by security in blocking their entry.  

It's claimed a man suffered a back injury when he was "violently flung" during a "peaceful protest" at Bramley Parish Hall, Rotherham.  

Richard Dickinson says his shirt was ripped when he was grabbed by a security guard at the event, on Friday. The meeting was to inform the public about proposed changes to the HS2 rail line route in the area.

The newly proposed route (purple) will pass between Rotherham and Doncaster as opposed to the original route (yellow) which passed between Sheffield and Rotherham
HS2
The newly proposed route (purple) will pass between Rotherham and Doncaster as opposed to the original route (yellow) which passed between Sheffield and Rotherham

A spokesman for the firm said the security guard's conduct had been "vindicated" by police, but South Yorkshire Police says enquiries are ongoing.

An HS2 spokesperson said: "No restrictions were in place on those participating from the peaceful march from entering the event.

"However, due to the significant number of people, the room was simply not big enough to accommodate everyone inside the venue."

M1 reopens but expect delays for next hour

BBC Travel

The M1 Southbound is now open but 2 lanes still closed on entry slip at J33 due to vehicle fire. 

Normal traffic conditions expected to return between 13:30 and 13:45. 

Info graphic
Highways England

M1 southbound closed at 33 and the M18

The M1 southbound's shut between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, the M18 (Thurcroft), because of a vehicle fire - a car with a caravan attached - and smoke blowing across the road.  

There are delays on the northbound carriageway in the same area. 

Rolling road block on the M1 southbound at 33

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a rolling road-block, a vehicle fire and some smoke blowing across the road.  

Supertram services now resumed on the yellow line

BBC Travel

Supertram service suspended between Hillsborough and Middlewood

BBC Travel

We're hearing that due to an incident, Yellow route trams are currently terminating at Malin Bridge and not serving Hillsborough - Middlewood.  

Supertram graphic
Sheffield Stagecoach Supertram

Bruno sniffs out drugs in Barnsley

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Bruno the police dog
South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police are praising some good work by police dog Bruno.

Officers, along with Bruno, searched a car in the Barnsley area after after a report of the driver snorting drugs. 

A quantity of cannabis was found and a man was arrested.  

Police confirm alleged assault at HS2 protest

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A formal complaint's been sent to the people behind the plans for the high speed rail line HS2, over allegations of "unnecessary force" being used against residents at a public information event in Rotherham last week.

Police have confirmed that at about 19:00 on Friday 22 July they received reports of a disturbance at Bramley Parish Hall and an allegation of common assault.

They say they're in the process of investigating the allegation and enquiries are ongoing.

Residents protest against HS2 in Bramley
BBC

Rotherham schoolboy laid to rest after canal tragedy

Sheffield Star

A Rotherham boy who died in a canal in the first week of his summer holiday has been laid to rest.  

Subhaan Ali, aged 11, of Eldon Road, Eastwood, died after 'getting into trouble' in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Canal near Retail World, Parkgate, Rotherham, last Thursday.  

Subhaan Ali
Sheffield Star

Watch: New trials for delivering goods by drones

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

The government's getting together with the retail giant Amazon to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door.

Amazon's paying for the programme, which will look at the best way to allow hundreds of robotic aircraft to buzz around Britain's skies safely. 

Drones delivering our shopping could become a reality across Britain, says reporter Richard Westcott

Sheffield University professor Noel Sharkey - a robotics expert who co-founded the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and is currently a judge on the BBC's Robot Wars programme - voices concern about the growth of drones.

Prof Sharkey also says he worries that the aviation authorities are interested in safety, but not privacy. He describes a sudden increase in flying drones as a "nightmare scenario".

Noel Sharkey
BBC

We need a broader societal discussion; not just the government and Amazon getting into a huddle for the sake of the economy."

Noel SharkeySheffield University professor

Netball: Yorkshire Jets to be wound-up after failure to win Superleague franchise

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Yorkshire Jets has announced that the organisation will be wound-up as a result of England Netball’s decision not to award a Superleague franchise to the region.   

Yorkshire Jets
Getty Images

We have spent the past few weeks assessing the options for the future of Yorkshire Jets following England Netball’s decision not to award us a place in the Netball Superleague. Yorkshire Jets main role as an organisation has been to produce a Superleague squad, organise matches and run the well regarded Athlete Development Programmes. As a result of these factors, and despite the hard work, commitment and passion from everyone, Yorkshire Jets is left with no role and no other option but to wind-up Yorkshire Jets. Its operations will cease in September 2016."

Mariana PextonChair of Yorkshire Jets
Yorkshire Jets logo
Yorkshire Jets

Police rescue dog locked in car at Centertainment complex in Sheffield

Sheffield Star

Rescued dog
Sheffield Star

Police officers rescued a distressed dog locked in a car in Sheffield as temperatures reached 23C.    

Listen: 'They pushed me into a wall' protester on HS2 meeting in Bramley

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Richard Dickinson
Richard Dickinson

A formal complaint is being submitted to HS2 over allegations of "unnecessary force" being used against residents at a public information event in Bramley last week.

Richard Dickinson claims he was injured by security guards outside the meeting at the Parish Hall:

Richard Dickinson gives his account of what happened at HS2 protest

In response, HS2 say that they "understand how difficult a time this is for the Bramley community" and that due to the significant number of people - "it was necessary to close the event for a short while." 

Your headlines this morning

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Yorkshire young need more 'family support' to get job says charity

Oli Constable

Young people in Yorkshire are struggling to find work because they don't have enough family support - according to a new report

The Prince's Trust says people living in deprived areas struggle because of a lack of social connections. It found around half of young people from poor backgrounds thought they don't know anyone who could help them find a job.

Young person
Prince's Trust

HS2 protesters complain of 'unneccesary force' at meeting

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Bramley HS2 protest
BBC

Protestors who attended a meeting in Bramley about proposals for High-Speed-2 rail say they were unfairly treated by security staff. 

The meeting took place at the Parish Hall on Friday night. Protestors say security guards used unnecessary force and injured this man, Richard Dickinson. 

Richard Dickinson
Richard Dickinson
Richard Dickinson
Richard Dickinson

Mr Dickinson claims the "bouncers" at the meeting also ripped his shirt as he tried to get into the building.

Richard Dickinson
Richard Dickinson

HS2, who hired the staff, say they had to briefly close the event because of a lack of space.    

Rotherham MP 'unresigns' from shadow cabinet

Sarah Champion
Getty Images

Remember Rotherham MP Sarah Champion quitting the Labour front bench during a revolt against Jeremy Corbyn? 

The latest is she's been reinstated after asking for her old job back as shadow minister for preventing child abuse and domestic violence.

When she resigned from the front bench last month, Ms Champion insisted she was not taking part in an organised coup or "siding with anyone", but she believed that his leadership had become untenable. 

The news of Sarah's request for her old job has been trending on twitter with #WelcomeBackSarah

Weather: Dry with a risk of showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Bright spells in the forecast for much of the day. 

We're at risk of seeing some scattered showers throughout this afternoon but these will be hit and miss so you could get away with a largely dry day.