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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 28 July

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learnt today

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

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

    In the meantime, here are some of the big stories from across our region today:

    1. According to some, South Yorkshire's Chief Constable 'should be sacked'
    2. An open top bus attempted to rescue a tree and its rare inhabitants
    3. Two cyclists were injured in a Sheffield collision
    4. Violent threats caused a Sheffield MP to close her office
    5. In future, we'll know exactly when the school Easter Holiday is
  2. Just watching this will make you sweat: Kell Brook prepares for big fight

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Sheffield boxer, Kell Brook's warm weather training is well underway in Fuerteventura.  

    His showdown against Gennady Golovkin is scheduled for September.  

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    Video caption: Sheffield's Kell Brook prepares for his big September showdown against Gennady Golovkin
  3. Weather: Cloudy with some rain likely

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain. Minimum temperature 13C (55F).

    TOMORROW: A grey damp start with patchy overnight rain soon clearing, then a dry afternoon in prospect with plenty of sunshine. Maximum temperature 21C (70F). Light northwest wind. 

    Weather graphic
  4. Your football headlines from across South Yorkshire

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    • Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee has extended his contract with the Owls. The 28 year old has made a total of 142 appearances since moving to Hillsborough in 2012
    • Sheffield United have signed the Bury striker Leon Clarke for an undisclosed fee. The 31-year-old, who scored 18 goals for the Shakers last season, has agreed a 3 year deal
    • Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs says they are preparing to look overseas as they search for a new striker. The Millers have made club record bids for Tom Bradshaw and Lee Gregory but failed to land either of them
    • Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom says they plan to have an extended look at trialist Sessi D'Almeida this week
  5. Sheffield schools to have fixed Easter break from 2018

    Alex Moss

    BBC Local Live

    School classroom

    Sheffield schools are to have a fixed Easter break from 2018 following a public consultation on the issue.

    The change in policy means pupils will have the first two weeks of April off, regardless of when Easter itself falls.

    Schools will still close for the Easter bank holiday as usual but it will mean the half-terms in spring and summer are more even in length.

    A consultation with parents and staff found more than 800 out of 1,200 respondents favoured the change.

  6. Sheffield protest to protect tree and rare butterfly

    Mark Ansell

    BBC Look North reporter

    The campaign to stop trees being cut down and replaced in Sheffield is continuing despite protesters being told they have no more legal options. 

    In Nether Edge campaigners have hired an open top bus to allow residents to get a closer look at a mature elm tree that's set to be felled by the Council. 

    The rare white letter hair-streak butterfly shelters in the tree which is one of the reasons campaigners want it to stay. The council says they've received advice from an Independent Tree Panel and will make a final decision on the tree soon.

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    Video caption: Campaigners drive open top bus to protest against removal of rare Elm
  7. Action plan to improve South Yorkshire community

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    A month ago, Rotherham Council launched an action plan to tackle some of the problems faced by people living in the Eastwood area of Rotherham. 

    They promised a 'Superblitz' on litter & illegal dumping, anti-social behaviour and the bad landlords who rent out properties there. 

    5,000 people live in Eastwood and 30% of them are under 15. We've also learned that there's a 27% turnover of people in the area every year. 

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    Video caption: New Action Plan for area
  8. SERCO 'working hard' to improve Doncaster Prison

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Inside Doncaster Prison

    SERCO, the company which runs Doncaster prison, say they've been working hard over the past year to improve. 

    It comes after figures from the Ministry of Justice revealed standards in jails appear to have got worse in the 12 months to the end of March, with Doncaster being named as one of 6 of serious concern.

    However SERCO say a new Director and management team have been appointed and there's been improved training and support for Prison officers leading to levels of violence being reduced.

  9. Open top protest to protect endangered Sheffield Elm

    Mark Ansell

    BBC Look North reporter

    Bus protest

    Campaigners hope a rare butterfly can save a Sheffield tree from being felled. 

    They say the white-letter hairstreak butterflies are very rare and the Elm is their sole foodplant.  

    They live in an established Elm tree on Chelsea Road in Nether Edge - the tree (location shown below) has been earmarked by Sheffield City Council for felling as part of it's controversial tree replacement scheme. 

    Graphic showing location of tree on Chelsea Road

    People campaigning against trees being cut down and replaced in Sheffield have been told they have no more legal options

    The work is now expected to go ahead, although the city council have said they will continue to consult residents. 

    Campaigners have said they'll continue to fight the tree felling.

    Elm tree protest
  10. Weather: A rather cloudy afternoon across South Yorkshire

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Outbreaks of rain spreading from the west. 

    A few southern parts remaining drier for longer. 

    Some of this rain will be rather heavy, especially on high ground, although easing later on with further bright spells. Highs of 21C (70F)

    Weather graphic
  11. South Yorkshire chief constable 'should be sacked'

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    David Crompton

    Calls have been made for South Yorkshire Police's chief constable to be fired after it emerged he was not facing dismissal for misconduct.

    David Crompton was suspended after the Hillsborough Inquests due to "eroding trust and confidence" in the force.

    Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Dr Alan Billings said Mr Crompton would be required to either retire or resign.

    But Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven said he should be sacked and accused the PCC of lacking "backbone".

    Lord Scriven
    Quote Message: I believe he should be sacked for poor management, for not dealing with the problems of South Yorkshire Police and for bringing it in to disrepute. It's clear that [Dr] Billings does not have the backbone to take the strong action that's needed." from Paul Scriven Lord of Hunter's Bar
    Paul ScrivenLord of Hunter's Bar
  12. Update: Cyclists injured in Sheffield collision

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    Chesterfield Road

    At 09:00 this morning, two cyclists were involved in a collision with a silver Shogun estate on Chesterfield Road. 

    One of the cyclists, a 57-year-old man taken to hospital with serious injuries. They're not believed to be life threatening.

    The other cyclist was 24 years old. He's believed to have suffered minor injuries.

    The driver of the car is not believed to have been injured

    The road, between Beeton Road and Derbyshire Lane reopened at 11:45. 

    Car involved in collision
  13. Lloyds to axe 3,000 jobs and shut another 200 branches

    BBC Business News

    Banking group Lloyds has accelerated its job-cutting scheme, axing a further 3,000 posts.

    It has also doubled its planned branch closures, with 200 more set to vanish from High Streets by the end of 2017, although we don't know yet how many of those will be in our region.

    Lloyds bank branch

    The bank attributed the cuts to changes in people's banking habits, and the effects of interest rates remaining low in the wake of Brexit. 

  14. Still no sign of missing 15-year-old Lily

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Lily Lewis

    Police in Barnsley are asking for your help to find missing 15-year-old Lily Lewis.   

    Lily's described as about 5ft 10ins tall with brown/ginger hair.

    She was reported missing 10:00 yesterday when she left her home address in the Ardsley Road area of Worsbrough.  

    Lily is wearing her hair half up and half down and is also wearing black leggings and a grey hooded top. She is of a slim build and has brown eyes.

    Have you seen her? Call police on 101.  

  15. Swinton: Summer trend for DIY Ford convertibles?

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    South Yorkshire Police have said Swinton has become a design locality for DIY Ford Cabriolets.

    This 'convertible' was found last week.  

    Ford Ka with roof cut off

    And today, Police find this botch job:

    Ford with roof cut off
    Ford with roof cut off
  16. Rotherham CSE survivor nominated for role model award

    BBC News England

    A victim of Child Sex Abuse in Rotherham has been shortlisted for a national award for being a positive role model. 

    The nomination is part of the National Diversity Awards, which are taking place in September. 

    Jessica's story formed part of the articles in the Times newspaper in 2013 that first exposed CSE in Rotherham.

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    Video caption: 'Violence just became normal'