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Help wanted to find Hull man following bail breach

Humberside Police are asking for help to locate 31-year-old Mahfuzur Tarafdar from Hull for a breach of his bail conditions.

bail breach
Humberside Police

He was bailed from court to an address in Sheffield last week but now cannot be traced.

It is believed he now may be in the Hull area against the terms of his bail.

Sir Cliff v BBC
The singer wins BBC privacy case at High Court but how did it get to this.

Rush hour road closures start for Sheffield cycle race

Roads are being closed in Sheffield ahead of a cycle race coming through the city centre later today.

Barriers in Sheffield city centre lining the road
BBC

The Sheffield Grand Prix, part of the British Cycling Circuit series, starts in a couple of hours time with Arundel Gate, Tudor Square, Pinstone Street and Norfolk Street all being closed.

A full list of road closures can be found here.

Closures have been in place since 12:00, with them expected to be lifted by 22:30.

Man dies after crashing on 'wrong side of road'

A 32-year-old man has died following a crash in the Beighton area of Sheffield yesterday.

A57 road near Beighton
Google

Police say the driver of a red Audi A3 was travelling on the A57 towards Swallownest before crossing onto the wrong side of the road and hitting a van.

The driver of the Audi was pronounced dead at the scene.

It happened at about 17:00 on Tuesday 17 July near the bend from the Beighton Road roundabout.

The driver of the white Ford Transit van, a 23-year-old man, is still in hospital with serious injuries.

Watch: Train fire delays Sheffield departures

If you're traveling on the railway today, it's worth leaving a little extra time if you're heading south from Sheffield.

A train fire between Derby and Chesterfield is blocking the route.

Passengers on the CrossCountry train, from Derby to Glasgow, were led onto the tracks and to safety by staff.

Cladding replacement work could start in September

Work to replace cladding on a Sheffield tower block, which was removed following the Grenfell fire disaster, is expected to start in September after the council approved the plans.

Hanover tower block without cladding
BBC

The cladding on Hanover Tower in Broomhill was taken down last June after it failed safety tests.

The work could cost about £4m.

The city council says it's working with residents to reassure them that the materials used will be safe, but some say questions still need to be answered.

Festival to donate money to local park

The organisers of Sheffield's Tramlines Festival are donating £10,000 to Hillsborough park as a thank you for being allowed to take it over for two weeks, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Music fans
BBC

Council bosses struck the deal, although the Friends of Hillsborough Park group said the amount was less than it expected.

The park will be fenced off for a fortnight to allow time for preparations for the festival.

The council hopes there will be a long partnership between the festival and the park.

It's Tramlines 10th anniversary and Hillsborough Park, with a capacity for up to 40,000 people, is its biggest ever venue.

Hillsborough Park
Geograph/Graham Hogg

Andy Chaplin of the Friends group said he was surprised at the final figure, but there was plenty of things which needed improving in the park.

He said: "We had hoped for more and had previously agreed with the Parks Management that a good use for a higher figure would be for improved field drainage.

"If it is £10,000 then we can always suggest a use for it - improvements to the playground, walled garden, lake, entrances or pavilion."

Tramlines has erected giant fences around the perimeter of the park but people will still be able to use the library, playground, bowling green and walled garden without a pass.

Plans for student flats at Park Hill expected to go ahead

Plans are expected to be approved for the next phase in the redevelopment of Sheffield's Park Hill flats, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Park Hill, Sheffield
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The plans will provide living accommodation for students, with 74 units being built.

An application for the third phase of the redevelopment has been submitted to Sheffield City Council by Alumno Student Developments Limited and Urban Splash as joint applicants.

It will be considered by the council's planning and highways committee at a meeting next week.

Developers are also applying to create a range of mixed-use commercial space around South Block, where the student accommodation would be housed, car parking spaces and cycle storage.

Phase two of the plans, which is expected to provide almost 200 residential units, commercial space and car parking, was approved in 2017 and work is set to begin this year.

The first phase, which saw the regeneration of 263 flats, of which almost 100 were classed as affordable homes, was completed in March 2016.

The committee is expected to grant both planning permission and listed building consent when the plans are discussed at a meeting of the council's planning and highways committee when it meets at Sheffield Town Hall on Tuesday, July 24.

Five due in court over burglary

Dave Wade

BBC News

Five people have been charged in connection with an aggravated burglary in Hucknall.

maple leaf way
Google

It happened in Maple Leaf Way (pictured) in the early hours of Monday. Arrests were made in Somercotes and Sheffield.

  • A 29-year-old man, from Thrybergh, Rotherham, has been charged with aggravated burglary, dangerous driving, threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
  • A 23-year-old man, of Kimberworth, Rotherham, has been charged with aggravated burglary and dangerous driving.
  • A 23-year-old woman, from Thrybergh and two men, aged 23 and 27, from Nottingham, have been charged with aggravated burglary.

They're all due at Nottingham Magistrates Court today.

Sir Cliff 'aimed to right a wrong'
Sir Cliff Richard's solicitor says the singer's motivation to take the BBC to court was not for personal gain.

Yorkshire's most dangerous pets

Yorkshire has 93 dangerous wild animals, including a crocodile, being kept as pets, according to the Born Free Foundation (BFF).

Crocodile
Born Free Foundation

The international wildlife charity has revealed the figure as it wants the government to change the law to stop people from keeping the animals in "unsuitable environments".

The BFF asked councils around Yorkshire about which dangerous animals were registered with them to be kept in private hands, this is the list:

  • Nine cats including six leopard Cats
  • 10 antelopes
  • 25 ostriches
  • One crocodile
  • 33 snakes including western diamondback rattlesnakes, monocled cobras and puff adders
  • 15 bison
Bison
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Currently, under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976, anyone in Britain can keep a dangerous wild animal as long as they obtain a licence from their local authority.

The licence application requires them to demonstrate that the animals are properly contained and not at risk of escape.

MP 'stepping back' after doctor advice

The MP for Sheffield Hallam Jared O'Mara says he's stepping back from Parliamentary duties on the advice of his GP.

Headshot of Jared O'Mara
House of Commons

It follows his resignation from the Labour Party last week.

Mr O'Mara says he recognises these are important times in relation to Brexit negotiations, and asked the Speakers office to make a reasonable adjustment to allow him to vote in the debates this week.

In a statement he said that hadn't proved possible.

Sir Cliff Richard: 'It's wonderful news'

Sir Cliff Richard says he "can't believe it" after winning more than £200,000 in damages against the BBC.

Sir Cliff Richard waving
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It's over coverage of a police raid on his Berkshire home carried out by South Yorkshire Police in August 2014.

The singer claimed the BBC's reporting of the raid, which was part of an investigation into historical child sex allegations, was a "serious invasion" of privacy.

Sir Cliff was never arrested or charged over the allegations, which dated back to 1985.

Hugging friends in court, Sir Cliff said: "I'm choked up. I can't believe it. It's wonderful news."

Announcing his ruling, Mr Justice Mann said the BBC had infringed the star's privacy rights in a "serious and sensationalist way".

During the hearing the 77-year-old told the judge that coverage, which involved the use of a helicopter, was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy.

BreakingSir Cliff wins his case against the BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has won his High Court privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home carried out by South Yorkshire Police.

More to follow

Cliff Richard: Ruling on singer's suing of the BBC due

A ruling is expected today on whether the BBC invaded Sir Cliff Richard's privacy by filming a police force's raid on his home.

Sir Cliff
(Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Officers searched his home in Berkshire after an allegation of a historical child sex assault was made to South Yorkshire Police, but prosecutors later said there would be no charges.

The singer, 77, said the BBC's reporting, which involved a helicopter filming his home, was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy.

The BBC disputes those claims.

A High Court judge is due to announce his ruling this morning

South Yorkshire Police previously agreed to pay Sir Cliff £400,000 and, according to his lawyers, the singer is seeking damages at the "top end" of the scale from the BBC.

World Cup hero at brothers pre-season game

Sheffield's football star Harry Maguire brought a little World Cup magic to Gainsborough Trinity FC's pre-season friendly against Chesterfield.

Harry Maguire talking to fans
BBC

He was at the Northolme to see his brothers Laurence and Joe go head-to-head for the opposing sides.

Maguire, who scored for England in their 2-0 win over Sweden, signed autographs for fans.

He tweeted later to say what a "great night" he had.

More than 900 people turned out to watch the game.

Long queues formed at half-time as people waited to have their photo taken with one of the heroes of England's World Cup campaign.

Yorkshire weather: Cloudy and warm

BBC Weather

A partly cloudy day is expected, with a mix of warm, sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower

Any showers will fade this evening, with some spells of late sunshine.

It'll be dry and partly cloudy overnight, with some clear spells.

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BBC

Decision day on tower block cladding

Cladding which failed fire tests on a tower block in Sheffield could be replaced if the city council agrees to the plan today.

Hanover House
Google

The cladding on Hanover Tower in Broomhall failed safety checks carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The work would cost the authority nearly £3.5m.

The metal cladding was added to the 16-storey tower block during a recent refurbishment.

The council said people living in the 125 properties would not need to move out while the work takes place.

However, temporary accommodation would be provided if they had any concerns.

No hosepipe ban for Yorkshire

Yorkshire Water have confirmed there is no hosepipe ban at present in our region, although they are urging customers to use water wisely.

Hosepipe
BBC

However, millions of people outside of Yorkshire will be affected by the first hosepipe ban of the summer in England.

United Utilities (UU) said a temporary ban affecting 7 million people in the north-west of England from 5 August would "safeguard essential supplies".

It said reservoir levels were already low and hot weather was forecast for the rest of July.

Sheffield cycle race to bring rush-hour road closures

A cycle race in Sheffield city centre tomorrow will mean there will be rush-hour road closures in place.

A graphic showing the race stops
British Cycling

The Sheffield Grand Prix, part of the British Cycling Circuit series, starts tomorrow afternoon with Arundel Gate, Tudor Square, Pinstone Street and Norfolk Street all being closed.

Some closures start at 12:00, with other roads closing at 16:30.

The closures are expected to be lifted by 22:30.

Sheffield councillors £1,000 to food bank

A Sheffield food bank has been awarded £1,000 from councilors in a bid to combat food poverty in one of the city's most deprived areas.

Foodbank
BBC

Councillors Ben Miskell, Jack Scott and Julie Dore, who represent Arbourthorne and Norfolk Park ward in the city, say they've awarded the cash to the S2 Food Bank, ahead of the launch of the government's Universal Credit programme in the city.

Last year the Food Bank distributed 46 tonnes of food and helped feed over 6,000 clients from its two centres on Cary Road and Duke Street.

Coun Miskell said: "We're very worried about how Universal Credit in Sheffield is likely to impact the most vulnerable in our community.

"Hearing the stories from areas where the rollout has happened already are heart-breaking.

"That's why we've prioritised supporting the S2 Food Bank, who continue to do amazing work.

Man wanted from absconding from North Sea Camp

People in Boston are being asked to keep an eye out for a man who has absconded from HMP North Sea Camp.

Lincolnshire Police say not to approach Stephen Spencer, but call 999.

Stephen Spencer
Lincolnshire Police

34-year-old Spencer absconded between 04:45-07:00 today.

Spencer is originally from Doncaster and has links to Sheffield and Rotherham.

Former club secretary loses bid to separate Hillsborough trial

A bid by the former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary to have his trial heard in a separate courtroom from Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield has been rejected.

Graham Mackrell and David Duckenfield
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Graham Mackrell, 68, is charged with breaching health and safety and safety at sports ground legislation following a fatal crush on the terraces at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in April 1989.

Mr Duckenfield, 73, is accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool supporters.

Earlier, lawyers for Mackrell argued that his case should be heard by a different jury.

But the application was turned down by a judge at Preston Crown Court and both men will stand trial together on January 14 next year.

Both defendants are set to enter their pleas at a pre-trial hearing at Preston on September 10

Unemployment figures fall

There's been another big drop in unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Unemployment figures
BBC

Latest figures show the number of people out of work in our region fell by 19,000, between March and May, to 122,000.

Unemployment now stands at 1.4 million nationally.

Watch: Thunderstorms and hail stones

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There were some cracking thunderstorms last night in some parts of Yorkshire.

Click here to find out if you're going to see any today:

In pictures: How dry are our rivers and lakes?

Millions of people have been waking up this morning to the news there will be a hosepipe ban across parts of north-west England.

But how dry is it looking across Yorkshire?

Bradfield
Sue

Bradfield near Sheffield (above) and Langsett near Penistone, Barnsley are two places that are showing drier conditions.

The lakes and reservoirs have seen levels drop considerably, as shown in photos taken by BBC Weather Watchers.

Langsett
Mandy

What's it like where you live? Are your reservoirs looking low?

Are rivers or streams disappearing? Send us your photos.

Sheffield park to reopen after £275,000 refurbishment

Norfolk Heritage Park will get one of the best outdoor play spaces in the city when it opens later today, according to the council.

Norfolk Heritage Park
Google

A combined funding package from Public Health Sheffield and Cutlers View Housing Development has resulted in a playground makeover worth £275,000.

Yorkshire weather: Thunder on the way

There'll be some sunshine today, but scattered showers will develop with a risk of thunder.

This evening the showers die away to leave it dry after dark with clear spells.

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BBC Weather

Five arrests in two counties after burglary

Dave Wade

BBC News

Four men and a woman have been arrested in Sheffield and Somercotes after a burglary in Hucknall.

maple leaf way
Google

Nottinghamshire Police were called to Maple Leaf Way at about 02:00 this morning to a report that several people had fled the scene after a burglary.

A 27-year-old man who confronted the group was treated in hospital for an injury to his hand.

Police tracked one car they believed to be involved to Sheffield, where three men, aged 23, 27 and 23 were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary by South Yorkshire Police following a collision.

Another car was found in Mount Crescent, off the Clover Nook Estate in Somercotes, where a 23-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were arrested, also on suspicion of aggravated burglary by Derbyshire Police.

Replacing tower block cladding to cost £346,000

Sheffield City Council is set to spend £346,000 replacing cladding on a tower block which failed a fire safety inspection in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Hanover Tower Block with green cladding
BBC

Last year, the council said a single element of covering on the Hanover tower block on Exeter Drive, Broomhall, failed the inspection.

After further tests on the material, Sheffield Council claimed they did not contain the same material agreed with a contractor.

A report to the council's cabinet says there's an urgent need to get the cladding replaced.

"Government funding may cover the costs of this scheme," the report said.

"However this has not yet been fully confirmed. In order to allow this work to progress, it will be initially cash-flowed from funds allocated for essential investments."

Sheffield cyclist saddles up to say thank you

A cyclist from Sheffield, who was seriously injured two years ago in a crash, is undertaking a coast-to-coast cycle ride to raise money for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Liam on the floor with his leg strapped up
Liam Reid

Liam Reid was knocked from his bike and ended up in the Northern General Hospital where he was told he'd require immediate surgery and was at risk of losing his leg.

The six-and-a-half hour operation saved his leg and just six days after the accident he was able to wheel himself down the aisle to marry his long-term partner.

Now he's back on his bike and is taking part in a coast-to-coast challenge next month to raise money for the hospital charity to say thank you.

Have you seen missing man Stephen?

Police are appealing for urgent help finding Stephen Walker, who went missing from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield yesterday.

Headshot of Stephen Walker
South Yorkshire Police

Police say the 46-year-old has a medical condition that needs urgent treatment.

Stephen is 5ft 10in (1.78m) and of medium build, with a ginger beard.

He was wearing a baseball cap, red t-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and a dark top.

Appeal after car flips in Sheffield

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car flipped on to its roof and the driver and passenger fled the scene.

The view of Maltravers Road
Google

A black BMW was travelling along Maltravers Road near Park Hill, when it crashed with a bollard and landed on its roof.

The occupants then left the scene, police said.

The car also hit a gold Hyundai Santa Fe in the crash at about 20:20 on Saturday.

The passenger of the Hyundai suffered a minor head injury.

Higher Sunday roadworks speed limit tested

Drivers across Yorkshire could be allowed to travel at higher speeds through motorway roadworks on quiet days like Sundays.

Roadworks
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Speed limits could be increased from 50mph (80km/h) to 60mph (97km/h) when there is less activity by road workers, Highways England announced.

The M1 through South Yorkshire has most recently been hit with a speed limit, as Highways England carried out upgrades to turn the network into a smart motorway.

Highways England will test the plan, which is aimed at reducing drivers' frustration in roadworks.

The agency said there were nearly 300 incidents a week of drivers entering coned-off areas or subjecting road workers to physical or verbal abuse on motorways or major A roads.

Sheffield Kate Bush fans re-enact Wuthering Heights video

A bevy of crimson-clad Kate Bush fans came home as part of a world-wide event where people re-enact the singer's Wuthering Heights video.

Professional dancers help with the moves
Tim Dennall

More than 150 people were 'running up that hill' at Sheffield's amphitheatre in mass homage to the British singer.

It was part of an annual event across the world called The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever 2018.

Organiser Linda Ball said: "It was a tremendous day. There was a lot of drama and expressive moves."

Call for Sheffield by-election following O'Mara resignation

Some Labour MPs are calling for a by-election in Sheffield Hallam, following Jared O'Mara's resignation from the party.

Jared O'Mara
HOUSE OF COMMONS

Mr O'Mara was suspended in October 2017 over a series of online posts and claims he verbally abused a woman.

He was reinstated on Tuesday, with party officials saying he should attend training and be given a formal warning.

Mr O-Mara said he felt he'd been treated like a criminal during the suspension and resigned on Thursday, saying: "The Labour Party no longer shares my commitment to the true definition of equality and compassion."

Labour's John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, said: "If Jared O'Mara wants to remain as MP for Sheffield Hallam the best thing he could do is resign so he can stand as an independent.

"A by-election in Sheffield Hallam is what we should be having."

Yorkshire weather: Rain and cloud

Any brightness first thing today will soon be replaced by cloudy skies with some rain at times.

The rain will turn increasingly showery this afternoon with the odd thundery downpour possible.

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BBC Weather