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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 20 January 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Sheffield and South Yorkshire have finished for the day.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    Don't forget you can get in touch with us anytime with your photos and stories.  

  2. Weather: Cloud will tend to break overnight, widespread frost

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A cloudy start to the evening, perhaps with a little light rain or sleet in places. 

    Cloud will tend to break overnight, leading to a widespread frost and some freezing fog patches by morning.  

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  3. Fall in number of burglaries in Sheffield

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    The number of burglaries across Sheffield fell by more than 20% compared to the previous year, according to police.

    The force's figures show there's been a decrease of 743 in the number of homes burgled across the city in 2015, compared to 2014.In 2014, there were a total of 3,614 burglaries recorded across Sheffield, the lowest yearly total to date at that time.

    However, in 2015 the figure fell further as the force recorded a total number of 2,871 for such offences, a reduction of just over 20%.

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  4. Did you witness a collision in Frecheville on Monday?

    Police officers are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Sheffield on Monday night which left three people needing treatment in hospital.

    Emergency services received reports of a collision on Hopefield Avenue just after 19:00.

    A 20-year-old man driving a BMW suffered serious injuries in the crash and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. A passenger in the BMW, an 18-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

    The driver of an Audi car, a 24-year-old man, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

  5. Kell Brook to defend world title against Kevin Bizier in Sheffield

    BBC Sport

    World champion Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Kevin Bizier in his home city of Sheffield on 26 March.

    Boxer Kell Brook in action

    Brook's third defence of the title he won by beating Shawn Porter in California in August 2014 will take place at the Sheffield Arena.

    Brook, 29, returns after missing a scheduled defence against Diego Chaves in October because of a rib injury.

    He says: "I've fully recovered from the injury and feel stronger than ever."

  6. Watch: Penistone fatal fire mum support Women's Aid campaign

    Kat Harbourne

    We've been hearing today about Claire Throssell from Penistone who's lending her support to the new Women's Aid Child First campaign.

    Claire's ex-husband murdered their two sons in a house fire. She feels the Family Court let her and her sons down because they allowed her ex-husband contact with the children.

    She hopes the new campaign will help change the Family Courts system.

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    Video caption: Claire Throssell lends support to Women's Aid campaign
  7. Listen: Sheffield Forgemasters working closely with unions to minimise impact of job losses

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    There's been another blow for the UK steel industry today, with one of the country's oldest steelmakers - Sheffield Forgemasters - announcing it's cutting up to 100 jobs.

    It comes just days after Tata Steel cut more than 1,000 jobs - mainly in South Wales - and earlier redundancies at other plants across Britain.

    I've been speaking to Gareth Barker, managing director of the Forgings Division at Sheffield Forgemasters:

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    Video caption: Gareth Barker Managing Director of the Forgings Division
  8. Latest headlines: Police investigate reports of shooting in Hillsborough and number of burglaries falls in Sheffield

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories from Sheffield and South Yorkshire this evening include:

  9. Man injured in Sheffield shooting

    Police say they're currently dealing with reports a man has been shot following an incident on Penistone Road in Sheffield.

    Officers were called at 14:00 following reports a gunshot had been heard in the area. 

    A man in his twenties was admitted to hospital a short time later with a gunshot wound to his leg, which is not considered to be life-threatening.

    Part of Penistone Road, close to the junction with Herries Road, remains closed while the investigation continues. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

  10. Listen: Showaddywaddy frontman and his brush with the law in Sheffield

    Paulette Edwards

    BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

    I've been talking to Dave Bartram from 1970s chart-topping band Showaddywaddy on the BBC Radio Sheffield afternoon show today.

    The group performed in Sheffield several times over the years, and Dave told me about one visit to the city when an "over-zealous copper" stopped him on the Parkway:

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    Video caption: Dave Bartram from Showaddywaddy
  11. Travel: A61 Penistone Road North in Sheffield closed

    BBC Travel

    The A61 Penistone Road North in Sheffield is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the Clay Wheels Lane junction and the A6102 Herries Road junction.

    It's because of a police incident.  

    A61 Sheffield
  12. Latest headlines: Union says government is failing to back steel industry and Sheffield burglaries 'fall by over 20%'

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories from Sheffield and South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

  13. Listen: Sheffield paramedic talks about Mount Kilimanjaro challenge

    Rony Robinson

    BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

    Earlier on BBC Radio Sheffield, I talked to Jonathan Stamford who was 21-years-old when he had a brain tumour which meant he had to have some of his face reconstructed.

    A few years later and he's a qualified paramedic in training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

    It's hoped the trip will help raise money for brain tumour research. This is what he had to tell me:

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    Video caption: Jonathan Stamford set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro
  14. Analysis: Why our steel industry is taking a pummelling

    Sheffield Star

    The British steel industry has been pummelled by the strength of the pound, high electricity prices and increased competition from China.

    Sheffield Forgemasters, Sheffield..8th May 2013.
  15. Views sought on Rotherham Council’s budget proposals

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    People are being asked for their views on how Rotherham Council proposes to save almost £21m from its budget over the next financial year.

    Proposals which affect services that could contribute towards the savings have been considered by the council’s Advisory Cabinet and are now out for comment.

    A final package of budget cuts, efficiencies, charges and proposals to change how some services are delivered will be formally recommended next month, before the council’s budget-setting meeting on Wednesday 2 March.

    Rotherham Council graphic

    The deadline for comments is 17:00 on Friday 12 February 2016.

  16. Sheffield plant scientist wins prestigious prize

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    A University of Sheffield plant scientist, Doctor Matt Johnson, has been named as a winner of one of biology's most prestigious prizes - the Society of Experimental Biology's President's Medal.

    Doctor Matt Johnson

    The award recognises Dr Johnson's research on the molecular machinery of photosynthesis

    Working with colleagues at the University of Sheffield, Doctor Johnson located a crucial protein, known as cytochrome b6f, in the photosynthetic membrane of plants.

    His work represents a major breakthrough in understanding how plants use solar energy to power their growth, and provide the Earth's food and oxygen.

  17. Latest headlines: Union says government should shoulder blame for steel job losses and consultation opens over Rotherham Council budget

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far this afternoon include:

    • The Unite union says the government should shoulder the blame for steel job losses in Sheffield. They're going at Forgemasters near Meadowhall
    • People are being asked for their views on how Rotherham Council plans to save almost £21m from its budget in the coming year
    • The Sheffield Steelers take a two-goal lead into the second leg of their Challenge Cup quarter final tonight against Fife Flyers