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  1. Police scam warning over 'Black Friday' bargains

    People in South Yorkshire are being warned to watch out for scams and fraudsters as online retailers cut their prices today for "Black Friday".

    A person using a computer

    Not every website selling items is legitimate and potential buyers are being urged to be cautious when shopping online to avoid getting scammed, according to South Yorkshire Police.

    Dannielle Lee, the force's cyber-protection officer, said: "The latest figures from Action Fraud show UK shoppers were conned out of almost £13.5m last year, an increase of more than 20% on the year before.

    "Action Fraud has also revealed they've seen a 30% surge in online shopping fraud over the pandemic as many of us have switched to online shopping in light of Covid-19 restrictions."

    Checking reviews of websites to ensure they're legitimate, using a credit card and being wary of suspicious emails and texts can help you avoid losing money to scammers, Ms Lee added.

    Black Friday originated in America and is the day after Thanksgiving when US retailers start their Christmas sales.

  2. Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A chilly day. Most places will stay dry with large areas of cloud and only a few bright or sunny intervals.

    Staying dry and chilly this evening with patchy fog forming:

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  3. Coronavirus tiers in Yorkshire: What we know now

    Much of Yorkshire will be placed into tier three coronavirus restrictions - the highest tier of the government's alert system - from next week, it's been confirmed.

    Two women in York

    People living in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire will all be under tier three - "very high alert" - restrictions from Wednesday 2 December, the government says.

    The restrictions mean people living in tier three areas can only meet other households in outdoor public spaces like parks, where the "rule of six" applies.

    Pubs and restaurants in tier three areas will be closed except for those offering deliveries or takeaways.

    However, from next Wednesday, gyms and close-contact beauty services like hairdressers will be able to open in all tiers.

    People in all tiers who can work from home should continue to do so, the latest guidance adds.

    Meanwhile, York and North Yorkshire will be in tier two - "high alert" - restrictions from next Wednesday, the government has confirmed.

    Under tier two, no household mixing is allowed indoors and the "rule of six" applies outdoors.

    Pubs in tier two areas can only open if they serve "substantial meals".

    The new tiers will be reviewed in 14 days, the government says.

    The tier rules
  4. Mayor calls for speedy exit from tier 3 restrictions

    The Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, says the county must not stay in tier three coronavirus restrictions "a moment longer" than than it has to.

    Dan Jarvis

    South Yorkshire is to be put into tier three "very high alert" coronavirus restrictions when the current England-wide lockdown ends next week, the government has confirmed.

    Writing on social media, Mr Jarvis said: "We must not stay there a moment longer than we have to."

    "We need better test and trace. Better, fairer support for our people and businesses. And above all a credible road map out," he added.

  5. Analysis: Yorkshire's post-lockdown tiers unveiled

    James Vincent

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    To nick someone else’s joke - we’ve been on the verge of tiers all day. Now we know...

    Well, at least we thought we knew until the government’s postcode checking website crashed.

    Those places in tier three - South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and the Humber region - will want information on how they can get out of it - and when.

    Remember all the back and forwards we had when places were negotiating with the government on the last set of tiers? That’s changed too.

    Locally, there will be no say on which tier places go into. The government is telling them.

    There are tough times ahead for places in Tier 3.

    In West Yorkshire, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees have had higher measures since the start of August.

    They’ve tightened over time and now could possibly last until March...

  6. Yorkshire's post-lockdown Covid tiers to be set out

    Most of Yorkshire is expected to be placed in the two toughest tiers of coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday.

    Woman in mask next to Christmas tree

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out the plans in the Commons later, with a review promised by 16 December.

    BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she understood only a "handful" of areas would be in the lowest tier.

    Most areas would be in tier two with "significant numbers" in tier three - the highest level.

    Differences between the tiers include limits on where households can meet up - for instance, in the new tier one, the rule of six applies indoors and out.

    In tier two, the rule of six remains outdoors but there is no household mixing indoors.

  7. The Spending Review and Yorkshire

    James Vincent

    Political Editor BBC Look North

    You know what it's like - get the Spending Review document... first thing you do is CTRL+F it for 'Yorkshire'.

    Don't tell me I'm the only one doing that.

    There weren't many returns for that search this time around - but it's not a normal Spending Review.

    The new Levelling Up Fund of £4bn will be open to all parts of the country - meaning the north will have to compete with other places for money.

    Changes to the Green Book, the rules government uses for deciding whether a project is value for money, mean that schemes up here might get another look.

    And we finally got some detail on the Shared Prosperity Fund - the stack of cash designed to replace EU regional development money.

    Towns and cities up here will be looking very closely at how they can get that - having had first dibs on a lot of the money given out by the EU in the past.

    Find out more with the key points from today's announcement here.

  8. Multi-million pound investment for Yorkshire travel planned

    Millions of pounds worth of funding is being promised to Yorkshire for improvements to transport from 2022, the government has announced.


    The Sheffield City Region, which encompasses South Yorkshire, is getting £171m to improve transport with a new bus rapid transit link, according to the Treasury.

    There's also funding for improvements to the A1 between Doncaster and Darrington near Pontefract.

    In West Yorkshire, £30m is being given to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to pay for active and sustainable travel across Bradford, which includes new cycle lanes.

  9. Search for South Yorkshire volunteers for vaccine trials

    A Sheffield hospitals trust has been chosen to trial the latest Covid-19 candidate vaccine.

    A person with a syringe

    Researchers from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust are calling on 330 people in the area to take part in the study which will involve about 30,000 people worldwide.

    The trust is one of 17 places across the country to be selected.

    The phase three study will test the safety and effectiveness of a new two-dose vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, the trust said.

    The study will be open to adults living in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area, irrespective of whether they have had Covid-19 or not.

  10. Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    A dull, breezy and generally dry morning with some light rain possible at times.

    The afternoon will see some periods of brightness.

    Tonight will be overcast with outbreaks of rain around midnight:

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  11. 'Groundbreaking' cancer research to start in Sheffield

    A dedicated centre for research into mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, is being launched at the University of Sheffield.

    Asbestos sign

    The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world, with 2,700 new cases of the disease - caused in most cases by exposure to asbestos - diagnosed each year.

    The new dedicated centre will be the first of its kind in the country and is being paid for by a national charity, according to the University of Sheffield.

    Professor Angela Mary Tod, from the university's Health Sciences School, said: "Finding an effective treatment or a cure for the terrible disease is obviously the main priority for researchers and clinicians worldwide.

    "But here in Sheffield we are uniquely focused on patients’ experiences in order to drastically improve the support and care they receive.

    "Our groundbreaking work will help to establish the gaps in existing knowledge and also help to identify future research priorities."

  12. Appeal over fight between dog walkers in Barnsley

    Police are appealing for witnesses after two dog walkers were seen fighting last week in Barnsley.

    Penistone and District Bowling Club

    The two women are reported to have started fighting on Back Lane near Penistone and District Bowling Club at about 13:00 on Monday 16 November.

    Police are also treating this as a suspected hate crime after a man who was also present received verbal abuse, South Yorkshire Police say.

    It's thought several people saw the incident, with video footage being captured on mobile phones.

    Any witnesses are asked to get in touch with police.