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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on 17 December 2015

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Thanks for having a look at your BBC Local Live page for Sheffield and South Yorkshire. 

    I leave you this evening with a reminder of this g...g...g...great news from today.

    Still Open All Hours is back in Doncaster - and back on our screens with a new series starting on Boxing Day on BBC1.

    There's a Happy Christmas for you!

    Still Open All Hours: Cast
  2. South Yorkshire Police facing 'substantial savings and cuts' in 2016

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    Here's South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Doctor Alan Billings, telling me about the government grant for South Yorkshire Police.

    It's now expected to be reduced by almost £1m next year. He says this is bad news for the force...

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    Video caption: PCC Alan Billings on £1M reduction in government grant for South Yorkshire Police
  3. Weather: Dry with a few light showers possible later

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    But count yourselves lucky, temperatures are still high for December!

    Weather graphic
  4. Listen: Chesterfield FC Team news

    BBC Sport

    Chesterfield interim manager Mark Smith speaks to BBC Radio Sheffield ahead of the Bradford game.  

    He's confirmed that Chesterfield will be without Sam Morsey for Saturday's visit by the Bantams.

    Morsey's serving a two-game ban after picking up his tenth booking of the season in Tuesday night's cup defeat at Walsall.

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    Video caption: Chesterfield interim manager Mark Smith ahead of the Bradford game

    Full reaction on Football Heaven, BBC Radio Sheffield from 18:00.

  5. Fishy friends make a welcome return to the Don

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Now for some great news!

    Atlantic salmon are returning to the River Don following an absence of about 150 years. 

    The leaping fish are now being seen at Aldwarke Weir on the eastern edge of urban Rotherham. Look at them go...

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    Video caption: Atlantic salmon are returning to the River Don following an absence of around 150 years

    Thanks to 18-year-old Oscar Downing from Harry and Oscar Films for the pictures and footage.

    Remember, this is YOUR page. Got a story or a picture you'd like to see on here? Get in touch!

    Quote Message: Due to dramatic improvements in water quality over the last 20 years our rivers are the healthiest they have been in modern times, and we are working hard to maintain what we have achieved so far and to further improve water quality and biodiversity." from Environment Agency
    Environment Agency
  6. Latest headlines: Licence given for fracking in the Peak District and South Yorkshire Police grant reduced by £1m

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Sheffield News

    • Rotherham Council could be getting some of its powers back - a year after they were stripped away by government   
  7. Coronation Street star-spotting in Sheffield

    Liz Roberts

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Taking a break from the political scene, I didn't hesitate to shamelessly ask Chris Gascoyne (aka Corrie's Peter Barlow) for a selfie when I bumped into him in Sheffield today. 

    Chris is currently starring in Aladdin at the Lyceum.

    Thanks for the selfie Chris!

    Liz Roberts and Chris Gascoyne
  8. South Yorkshire Police grant to be cut by almost £1m

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    The government grant for South Yorkshire Police is to be reduced by almost £1m.

    In his statement in November, the Chancellor, George Osbourne, said that the police grant for next year would be the same.

    Doctor Alan Billings, South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, has said his office is now expected to raise additional funding by increasing the charge to council tax payers by the maximum permitted.    

    Doctor Alan Billings
    Quote Message: This settlement allows nothing for inflation, including increasing demands on the force and pay awards, which will have to be found either by putting up council tax or making further savings or both." from Doctor Alan Billings South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
    Doctor Alan BillingsSouth Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  9. Bus crash site 'an accident waiting to happen'

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Melissa Hewitt, a bus driver who started a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing where a teenage girl was killed in Sheffield, has called the site "an accident waiting to happen".

    Summer Lee Seymour, 15, was hit by a bus on Friday on Haymarket at the junction with Castle Street.

    A 17-year-old boy was injured and remains in a serious, but stable condition in hospital.

    Summer Lee Seymour

    More than 4,100 people have signed the petition calling for a pedestrian crossing where Summer was killed.  

    Quote Message: Only yesterday I had somebody walk out in front of my bus and I had to slam my brakes on." from Melissa Hewitt Bus Driver
    Melissa HewittBus Driver
  10. Rotherham Council may get some powers back a year after they were stripped away by government

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    More on the news that some powers may be returned to Rotherham Council.

    Five commissioners were put in charge of the council in February this year after an inspection revealed it wasn't fit for purpose. 

    They replaced the cabinet following the Casey Report's criticism of its woeful response to child exploitation. 


    The commissioners now say that some services - including housing, public health, planning and highways - should be put back in control of councillors. 

    If the plans are approved by government the powers could be returned by February next year. 

    Commissioners will remain in charge of children's services, adult social care and licensing.   

  11. Glenn Roeder departs from Sheffield Wednesday committee

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Glenn Roeder has this afternoon left Sheffield Wednesday. 

    He was part of the football committee set up by chairman Deyphon Chansiri, all members of which have now left the club. 

    Chansiri is quoted on the club website saying:

    Quote Message: I will continue to make the difficult decisions in the best interest of the club. The committee will continue to evolve, I therefore need to ensure it is populated with the best mix of expert advisors available to me." from Deyphon Chansiri Chairman
    Deyphon ChansiriChairman

    The club say they will be making no further comment on Roeder's departure. 

    We discuss the departure tonight on Football Heaven on BBC Radio Sheffield from 18:00 . 

  12. BreakingRotherham Council may get some powers back

    Rotherham Council could be getting some of its powers back - a year after they were stripped away by government. 

    More to follow.

  13. Flanderwell Autism Resource Centre in Rotherham to close

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A special educational unit for children with Autism in Rotherham has been ordered to close after health and safety experts said faults in the building presented a serious risk to children with special educational needs.

    Flanderwell Autism Resource Centre in Rotherham was opened in May 2014 and catered for 10 pupils who couldn't be educated in mainstream schools.

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    Video caption: Flanderwell autism resource centre is to close

    The centre "wasn't popular with parents" says the report and in July last year it was inspected by a council health and safety expert who raised concerns that children with autism were at risk of absconding or becoming trapped in a locked room or toilet owing to faulty door locks. 

  14. Fracking: Peak District National Park licence gets go-ahead

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    The vote in the House of Commons yesterday to allow fracking for shale gas below national parks and other protected sites has led to the Oil and Gas Authority issuing a licence for fracking to go ahead under the Peak District.  

    The proposals, first set out in July, would only allow fracking 1,200m below national parks, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and World Heritage Sites.

    The drill rigs would have to be positioned outside the boundaries of the protected areas.

    BBC Fracking Graphic

    But the Campaign to Protect Rural England fiercely opposes the plans: 

    Quote Message: While it is unsurprising that the government has wasted little time in offering licences following the vote yesterday, it is lamentable that ministers have wasted so much time in outlining the clear and promised safeguards we desperately need if fracking is to go ahead anywhere." from Emma Marrington Rural policy campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England
    Emma MarringtonRural policy campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England
  15. Still Open All Hours: Back in Doncaster and on your screens this Boxing Day

    Howard Pressman

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    We're back in Doncaster this Christmas for Still Open All Hours. 

    A Boxing Day episode will launch the latest series of the sitcom that first aired with David Jason and Ronnie Barker in 1976. 

    Granville is now running the store and there's a new generation of customers to squeeze every penny from. 

    Don't they look a festive lot? Can't wait!

    Cast of Still Open all Hours

    To find out more about the show, tune in to my show on BBC Radio Sheffield today from 16:00.

  16. Fracking licence awarded for Peak District gas exploration

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    MPs voted yesterday to allow fracking for shale gas below national parks and other protected sites.  

    The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) now says the licence blocks handed out by the government include land for shale gas exploration in three National Parks: the Peak District, the North Yorks Moors and Exmoor.

    Peak District
    Quote Message: With a fracking licence issued... the National Park could suffer huge environmental, visual and infrastructure intrusion on its perimeter. This, and the process in general, makes a mockery of the government's manifesto pledge to ensure this remains the most beautiful country in the world." from Emma Marrington Rural policy campaigner, CPRE
    Emma MarringtonRural policy campaigner, CPRE
  17. Body found in Sheffield canal formally identified as Adam Miles

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Police have formally identified a man found dead in a canal in Sheffield on Monday as 20-year-old Adam Miles from Killamarsh.  

    Mr Miles went missing after his office Christmas party at a hotel in Sheffield city centre on Saturday 12 December.

    His family have been informed and are receiving support from specialist officers.

    There are "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death, police say.

  18. Sheffield's Brightside and Hillsborough sees 83% rise in university entries

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    There's been a big increase in the number of people going to university from one area of Sheffield, according to new figures from university application body Ucas.

    Sheffield's Brightside and Hillsborough constituency has seen an 83% rise in university entries compared with 2006. 

    But in the regional table, the Yorkshire and Humber region is in sixth place - with fewer than one in three people going on to university:

    1.London 38.6%2.South East 31.8%3.North West 31.5%4.East of England 31%5.West Midlands 30%6.Yorkshire and the Humber 29.9%7.East Midlands 28.3%8.North East 27.8%9.South West 27.6%