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First UK astronaut honoured in York ceremony

The first Briton in space will be awarded an honorary degree in York today.

Dr Sharman

Sheffield's Dr Helen Sharman was a member of the expedition to Soviet Mir Space Station in 1991 and is one of the inspiring women being celebrated by York St John's University.

Dr Sharman will be awarded the degree at York Minster, alongside hundreds of other students who are graduating.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A cloudy start today with spells of rain and perhaps some sleet and snow on high ground.

The rain should clear to leave a mainly dry afternoon with spells of sunshine.

It'll be largely dry this evening with long clear spells, but cloud will thicken after midnight bringing some patchy light rain or drizzle.

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BMW driver 'lucky' to escape skewered car

A motorist who crashed through a fence after skidding off a wet and icy road was "very lucky to walk away", say police.

South Yorkshire Police

Images posted online by South Yorkshire Police show a wooden fence post embedded in the windscreen of the BMW.

The incident happened on the A628 Woodhead Pass yesterday afternoon.

The force said: "This was a classic case of ambition outweighing ability and the driver was very lucky to walk away with minor injuries."

Sheffield broadcaster celebrates 50 years with the BBC

A veteran broadcaster has celebrated 50 years on the airwaves of the BBC.

Gerry Kersey

Gerry Kersey, from Sheffield, started broadcasting on BBC Radio Sheffield 50 years ago today and celebrated the anniversary - of course - by being on the radio.

After being presented with gifts from colleagues, Gerry talked about how the medium of radio has a special connection with listeners.

Gerry still broadcasts his nostalgia show every Sunday.

In pictures: Snow falls on Snake Pass

Motorists driving between Sheffield and Manchester should be prepared for wintry conditions this afternoon, with snow falling on the Snake Pass.

Snow on the Snake Pass
Mark P

The A57 route, which many commuters use to get to and from Sheffield, is looking "slippy" after the latest snowfall, according to one driver.

Snow on the Snake Pass
Mark P

Gritters were out at 14:00 helping to salt the road, according to Derbyshire County Council which manages the road.

Thought for food: Club urges festive foodbank donations

Sheffield Wednesday is encouraging supporters to make donations to a city food bank on the run-up to Christmas.

Two drop-off points will be available from midday on Saturday - one on the south stand bridge and another across the stadium at the Owls Megastore:

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Mumford and Sons pull plug on Sheffield gig

Mumford and Sons have cancelled their "most ambitious" tour, which included a date in Sheffield, because of technical and logistical challenges, the band has said.

Mumford and Sons

The foursome were due in the city on Saturday, but have pulled the plug.

The band said it had to free up space in the schedule "to be able to execute it given some obstacles that have come up in production".

In a statement, the band added original tickets are still valid for the rescheduled date.

'Several fire engines' attend M1 crash

Several emergency services are dealing with a crash in the outside lane of the M1 southbound.

Cars on the motorway
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These pictures, taken a few moments ago, show five vehicles were involved in the crash between junctions 35 and 34.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue says they're in the process of rescuing one person from their car.

Cars on the motorway
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The outside lanes of the M1 are closed as the emergency services deal with the incident.

Fatally stabbed man a 'positive role model' for many

A man who was fatally stabbed outside a cinema near Sheffield was a positive figure in the community, according to people at a gym where he volunteered.

Fahim Hersi
South Yorkshire Police

Fahim Hersi, 22, was stabbed to death when violence flared outside Cineworld at Valley Centertainment in Sheffield on 21 September.

The university student helped out at The Unity Gym Project in Broomhall.

Saeed Brasab, who runs the facility, described Fahim as a "huge part of what we did".

He said: "He was liked by all.

"He was really someone who wouldn't go past an individual without taking the time to speak to people. He was someone who was a positive role model for many."

The facility is now trying to stop young people getting involved in violent crime by educating members.

Nine people have so far been arrested as part of the investigation into Mr Hersi's death.

Sheffield scientist discovers 'spectacular star system'

A scientist from the University of Sheffield is among a team of astronomers who say they've discovered a "spectacular star system wrapped in elegant spiral dust cloud."

Star system
University of Sheffield

Paul Crowther, from the university, is part of a team in Chile who say they've discovered a system containing a spinning star, which could produce one of the most powerful explosions in the Universe.

The team believe the star system, half a billion times further away than our Sun, contains a pair of Wolf-Rayet stars.

They say: "They're among the hottest stars in the Universe and represent the last stage in the evolution of the most massive stars prior to exploding as a supernova."

Professor Crowther said: “It's a mystery how dust, similar to soot from a candle, forms in such harsh environments, but this new system is the most beautiful case seen to date.”

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

It'll be windy today with a lot of cloud around and heavy showers.

Tonight it'll stay windy and cloudy with frequent showers or longer spells of rain, these could be heavy and wintry especially on the high ground.

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Want to work for the BBC? This could be your chance

The BBC is holding open auditions to find someone to join BBC Radio Sheffield.

The Is Me could be your chance to get a year-long BBC contract.

All you need to do is come to open auditions at Rotherham's New York Stadium next month and tell us your story:

Sheffield City Region is 'priority' - Communities Minister

The Sheffield City Region deal is "the priority" for Yorkshire devolution and must be up and running before other arrangements for the county will be considered, the communities minister has pledged.

James Brokenshire

Barnsley Labour MP Dan Jarvis has been the mayor of the Sheffield City region since May, but he's not been able to allocate cash for improvements to transport and to boost the local economy as a deal has yet to be struck.

Communities Minister James Brokenshire has now said that the govenrment needs to help Sheffield City Region's community to start benefiting from the extra money on offer.

Mr Brokenshire said: "The priority needs to be getting the Sheffield City Region up and running, delivering for that community and people getting behind that deal, making it happen."

Yorkshire two-wheeled death statistics revealed

About 17 cyclists and motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured on roads in Yorkshire every week, new figures show.

Brake logo

The statistics have been published at the start of Road Safety Week by Yorkshire-based charity Brake to encourage more drivers to be aware of fellow road users.

Last year, almost 900 cyclists and motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on Yorkshire’s roads.

Brake is calling for drivers to be "bike smart" by slowing down and looking properly at junctions.

The charity also suggests drivers do the so-called "Dutch reach", which means opening the car door using the hand furthest from the handle, which forces drivers to turn and look behind them.

Steve Pettit, who runs a bike shop in Hull, says he isn't at all surprised by the charity's statistics.

He says: "The amount of people who come in that have been knocked off - it's not always their fault, but sometimes it is, if they haven't made themselves visible or they take short cuts."

Children violently robbed in Sheffield cinema

Two teenagers were threatened with a hammer and violently robbed inside a cinema near Sheffield.

Cineworld Sheffield

It happened at about 17:25 in screen eight at Cineworld, Centertainment last night.

It's thought a man demanded the phones from a group of teenagers and punched one of them in the head.

He is then said to have grabbed another boy before leaving.

Police officers are appealing for information into what happened.

Leaves on the tracks put 20 train carriages out of action

Train operator Northern has warned that "excess leaves on the line" mean its trains will be shorter and more crowded.

Northern train

Adverse Autumn conditions mean rails are more slippery and cause "flat spots" on train carriage wheels as the carriages skid when the brakes are applied, wearing down part of the wheel, the firm says.

These carriages then have to be taken out of service so the wheels can be put on a metal lathe and the flat spots removed for safety.

Particularly bad weather conditions last week mean 20 carriages are now being repaired, leading to fewer carriages in service, a Northern spokesman said.

The firm uses jet sprays attached to the front of its trains to put sand on to the tracks to remove the leaf mulch, he added.

Here's Northern's video to explain more:

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Rod Stewart to play Sheffield gig

Rod Stewart's dulcet tones are to echo around Sheffield's Bramall Lane stadium as part of his UK tour next year.

Rod Stewart

The legendary singer will play Sheffield on Saturday 15 June - one of a number of football stadiums and arenas he'll perform at during his 2019 tour.

This show marks the first time there's been a concert at the football club since Bruce Springsteen played two nights at the venue back in 1988, according to Sheffield United.

Sheffield's Danny Willett wins season-ending event

BBC Sport

Sheffield's Danny Willett has won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai - his first title since the 2016 Masters.

Danny Willett
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He carded a four-under final round of 68 to finish on 18 under par, two shots ahead of fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed of the United States.

The 31-year-old nearly hit his tee shot into a stream on the 18th hole before recovering to make par.

Willett won his first major at Augusta two years ago but slipped from a career-high of ninth in the rankings to outside the top 450 earlier this year because of injury and a loss of form.

MP 'not going anywhere' despite no confidence vote

The Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge Angela Smith has said she's not stepping down, despite a vote of no confidence from her own constituency party.

Angela Smith
Labour Party

Members said the MP has been a persistent critic of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and opposed the party's policy on taking water companies back into public ownership.

The motion was voted on on Friday night and received 27 votes to 20.

The former shadow deputy leader of the house said there was a lack of tolerance in the constituency party.

"The reasons I think are entirely related to a lack of tolerance on behalf of some members in the constituency party", she said.

"They don't like people having difference different to theirs and they don't think those different views should be articulated and I find that incredibly worrying."

'Hidden disability' mum abused over disabled parking bay

A woman has said she was abused for "misusing" a blue badge to park because her daughter didn't look disabled.

Rachael Hanley note
Rachael Hanley

Rachael Hanley used her blue badge to park at Meadowhall, near Sheffield, with her two children, when she claims a man verbally abused her and then left a note on her car windscreen.

The note said she had been reported for misusing her blue badge as her daughter "did not look or appear disabled" because she wasn't using a wheelchair.

The mum of two posted on Facebook saying she was "absolutely fuming" at the note, with her daughter collapsing, fitting while vomiting, and needing oxygen in the car park.

Government guidelines state parents of children under three years old can apply for the badge if they need to "be kept near a vehicle at all times", with bulky medical equipment needed to be used.

Future of Yorkshire newspapers secured in buy out

The future of Yorkshire newspapers, previously owned by Johnston Press, has been secured after they were acquired by JPIMedia, a spokesman said.


Johnston Press publishes 150 titles including the Yorkshire Post, the Scarborough News, Harrogate Advertiser and the Sheffield Star.

Johnston Press was one of the largest local and regional newspaper organisations in the UK, but had debts of £220m which were due for repayment in June next year.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Journalists has said it has "significant concerns" about the long-term intentions of the newspapers' new owners.

The union is demanding "a commitment that this is not a transition leading to a carve-up of the group motivated by asset-stripping rather than a commitment to journalism and publishing".

The NUJ is expected to meet Johnston Press management later today.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

There'll be a lot of cloud around today and showers pushing in from the east, especially during this afternoon.

It'll also be breezy and feeling colder.

This evening and tonight will remain breezy with a lot of cloud around and showers continuing to push in from the east.

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Plastics making their way into Yorkshire rivers

Research by scientists in Yorkshire has found microplastics are making their way into the county's rivers.

Plastic in laboratory

Experts at Leeds University say more work is needed to look at the impact of the plastics and if they are reaching the food chain.

Water treatment plants remove 99% of plastics, but scientists say some are being missed and end-up in the sludge used by farmers as a fertilizer.

Inquest opened into four-death collision

Oli Constable

BBC Yorkshire Live

In inquest has opened into the death of four people, including a one-year-old baby, who died when they were involved in a crash with a car in Darnall, Sheffield last week.

Crash scene

Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, and his one-year-old son, Usman Adnan Jarral, died along with Miroslave Duna, 50, and Vlasta Dunova, 41, in Sheffield on Friday night.

All four people died when the people carrier crashed into a VW Golf.

Three men, who were all traveling in the Golf, have been charged with various offences after they were being pursued by police.

Adnan Ashraf Jarral and his son Usman

Mr Jarral's wife, Erica Korscenova, 32, was in court to hear Coroner Christopher Dorries open the inquest.

She had been injured in the crash.

Holding a teddy bear and wrapped in a blue blanket, she broke down in tears as Mr Dorries, with the help of an interpreter, read out the name of her husband.

Mr Dorries adjourned the inquest.

Vlasta Dunova and Miroslave Duna also died in the crash

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and death caused by an accident with aggravating factors.

Elliott Bower, 18, of Harborough Avenue, Sheffield, has been charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He is also charged with handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis.

Declan Bower, 23, also of Harborough Avenue, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing a death.

He is also accused of handing stolen goods, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of driving without insurance, possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.

'Cutting edge' idea to save fire services thousands

Sharing rescue equipment between two Yorkshire fire services will save the taxpayer thousands of pounds, according to the team behind the idea.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services signed a £1.25m contract for cutting equipment which can be used at car crashes.

They say it will save money as both services will know how to use each other's equipment for cross-border rescues.

John Fleck: Scotland call up Sheffield United midfielder

BBC Sport

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck has been added to the Scotland squad for Tuesday's Nations League match with Israel at Hampden.

John Fleck
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He will join up with Alex McLeish's pool of players after they return from Saturday's game in Albania.

The 27-year-old was capped at under-21 level, but has never been involved with the senior set-up before.

On Thursday, John McGinn became the eighth player to drop out of the original squad for the double header.

Labour MP faces no confidence vote after Corbyn attacks

Angela Smith, who is the Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, is facing a no confidence vote from her constituency Labour Party, the BBC understands.

Angela Smith
Labour Party

A motion will be put to delegates at meeting this evening.

It says she's been a persistent critic of Jeremy Corbyn and her attacks on him have damaged the party.

If the motion is passed, the constituency will write to party's chief whip at Westminster asking for the Labour whip to be removed from the MP.

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Alina Jenkins

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a dry day with large amounts of cloud but also a few bright or sunny spells.

Watch my full forecast here:

Traffic and travel: Lane closed as broken down car rescued

BBC News Travel

One lane of the M1 in South Yorkshire will be closed shortly for a broken down car to be recovered.

The car has been moved from the live lanes of traffic and onto the grass verge on the motorway.

The incident happened northbound between junction 30 and 31.

This was the scene there a short time ago:

A car broken down
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Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

There's a lot of cloud with some mist and fog around this morning.

It'll stay overcast this afternoon, with just a few glimmers of brightness.

Tonight will be mild and largely cloudy with the chance of fog in places:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services appear to be running to time at the moment.

However, the 08:34 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

And be aware that Hull Trains continues to run a "reduced" service. For more details, click here.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Sheffield United 'proactive' in banning troublemakers

Sheffield United say it's "proactive" when dealing with potential troublemakers, after latest government figures showed the club handed out the third highest number of banning orders in the country.

Cameras at Bramall Lane
Sheffield United

The 53 banning orders were given out last season, with 62 supporters being arrested at games.

In a statement, the club said it won't tolerate misbehaviour, with the number of banning orders showing how it is dealing with anti-social behaviour.

“We have communicated a number of strong messages to highlight the fact that we are working closely with police forces across the UK to identify a minority who spoil matches for the majority of supporters, including state-of-the-art CCTV system," the statement said.

The Home Office statistics also show there were 3.5 football-related arrests for every 100,000 people attending the matches.

More Sheffield teachers wanted, says government

More teachers from Sheffield are wanted in our schools, according to the Department for Education.

Children at a school
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It is launching a recruitment drive in the city.

The number of teachers working in state-funded schools in England fell to its lowest level since 2013, official statistics showed earlier this year.

Dictionary explores Yorkshire's link to Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans may know their 'squibs' from their 'nifflers', but they may be surprised to learn some of the words could have Yorkshire roots.

Harry Potter books

Research for the Yorkshire Historic Dictionary suggests Harry, Ron and Hermione's vocabulary may have been influenced by the region's dialects.

The dictionary features words that were in use between about 1100 to 1800.

Editor Alexandra Medcalf said it was "plausible" the words and phrases had shaped JK Rowling's wizarding world.

United has second highest football arrests

Sheffield United had the second highest number of supporters arrested last season, according to the latest government figures.

Bramall Lane
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A total of 62 supporters were arrested at games last season, with Birmingham City topping the table with 95 arrests.

The arrests followed incidents such as running onto the pitch, public disorder and alcohol offences.

The Blades also handed out the third highest amount of banning orders, 53 were issued.

Overall, there was a fall in the amount of banning orders in force and a drop in the number of people being arrested at games.

The Home Office statistics also show there were 3.5 football-related arrests for every 100,000 people attending the matches.

Sheffield United Football Club has been contacted for comment.