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  1. Updates on Friday 5 February 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    The Local Live team will be back on Monday at 08:00 with more live updates from across South Yorkshire. 

    Have a great weekend and if you are out and about and you take a lovely picture like this image of Redmires Reservoir in Sheffield sent in by Ann Gregory this afternoon then get in touch

    Redmires reservoir, Sheffield
  2. Rotherham main jailed for abusing teenage agirl

    A man has been sentenced to four years in a young offenders' institute for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

    Mark Hastie, 20, pleaded guilty to five offences, including sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

    Mark Hastie

    Hastie, of Fleming Way, Rotherham, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today.  

  3. Weather: A dry and fine end to the day overnight minimum 5C

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A breezy evening with one or two showers possible, followed by a mainly dry night with some clear spells and winds gradually easing. 

    Becoming chilly later in the night, with localised frost possible in sheltered locations. Temperatures falling to 5C.

    Saturday will be a dry, bright day, clouding over in the afternoon. Sunday will be cloudier but milder.

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  4. Latest headlines: Police investigate second gunfire incident in Mexborough and Rotherham child sex abuser jailed

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include: 

  5. Sheffield to become an NHS 'innovation centre'

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    The Sheffield City Region has been announced as one of seven innovation centres to modernise how the NHS delivers care. 

    Nurse by hospital bed

    'Test Beds' are new collaborations between the NHS, academics and technology companies aiming to use technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service. 

    Successful ideas will then be shared across the country.

  6. Your views: Reaction to clothing waste advice from Sheffield University psychologist

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    Is your wardrobe full of clothes with the tags still on? Do you buy stuff in the sales that you barely wear?

    Drawn image of woman behind slogan 'nothing to wear'

    Psychologists at the University Of Sheffield are looking at how we can be less wasteful when it comes to fashion. They say too many of us have a wardrobe that's like a "veritable Narnia of forgotten characters". 

    Here are some of your thoughts about the items in your wardrobe: 

    Quote Message: I have a Lee Cooper denim jacket I bought back in 1976, I don't wear it anymore but I'm loathed to part with it although it's too big." from Judy
    Judy
    Quote Message: I have a jumper that my mum knitted my dad when they got married in 1953. Dad's no longer with us but when I put it on it brings back great memories and he feels close." from Bev
    Bev
    Quote Message: Nothing wrong with holding on to good old clothes I'm wearing an 18-year-old shirt today! from Des
    Des
  7. Locals tell of fear after Mexborough gunfire

    Kevin Larkin, Doncaster reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    I've been on Victoria Road in Mexborough after the second gun-related incident in the town in as many days.

    Victoria Road
    Image caption: Victoria Road, Mexborough

    This afternoon there was still police activity at the house where it's reported a gun was fired through a window.

    No one was hurt and the family living there have been taken to safety.

    One neighbour has shared this photo from last night with the BBC:

    Victoria Road
    Image caption: Victoria Road, Mexborough

    She described watching armed police turn up:

    Quote Message: You could see the glass shattered, you could see the bullets, six big muscly men with massive guns, you couldn't get out of your house, you weren't allowed to get out of your house." from Victoria Road resident
    Victoria Road resident
  8. New train carriages on the way in Yorkshire on Arriva franchise

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    More details about plans to get rid of unpopular Pacer trains on Yorkshire's rail network have been announced today. 

    People on train

    Arriva, who will take over Northern Rail in April, has announced they're buying 281 Spanish-built carriages to replace the Pacers. 

    The £500m contract will see the new 100mph air conditioned trains introduced from 2018. 

  9. Doncaster burglar has sentence reduced by Appeal Court

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    A prolific burglar from Doncaster who was jailed after sneaking into a family's home as they watched TV has had his sentence cut on appeal. 

    Forty-three-year-old Andrew Lowe has 20 convictions for burglaries and attempts and had been out of prison only a month when he went into a house in Bentley last May. 

    He was caught when the householder heard a noise outside. Lowe was jailed for four years, but Appeal Court judges today said that sentence was "excessive" and his term was cut to just under two years and five months.

  10. Sport: Rotherham United sign Chris Burke until the end of the season

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Rotherham United have completed the signing of the Birmingham midfielder Chris Burke until the end of the season. 

    It follows the news that former club record signing Jordan Bowery had been released.

    Chris Burke
  11. It's clearing up now but it's been a bit misty today

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    Even on a day off our reporters never stop observing. BBC Look North's James Vincent has been out taking a few photos. Here's his shot of an eerie woodpile at Redmires:

    Stacked timber and misty path at Redmires

    This one he's entitled Stanage Edge of the World:

    Stanage Edge in mist

    Hope you can see clearly now the mist has gone James

  12. Police step up patrols after Mexborough gunfire

    Kevin Larkin, Doncaster reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    South Yorkshire Police have put more officers on the streets of Mexborough after the second gun-related incident in as many days.

    Last night police were called to Victoria Road in Mexborough after reports a gun had been fired through the window of a house.

    Victoria Road
    Image caption: Victoria Road, Mexborough

    The family living at the house were not injured and have been taken to safety.

    Officers believe it may have been a targeted attack and are appealing for anyone with information to contact 101.

    Quote Message: I understand that this will be extremely concerning for members of the Mexborough community. At this stage, we cannot say whether the two incidents are linked however it does appear that they were both targeted and that there is no wider threat to the community. Residents can be reassured that we have got a number of resources in place to bring those responsible to justice. ” from DI Mark Monteiro South Yorkshire Police
    DI Mark MonteiroSouth Yorkshire Police

    Three men arrested yesterday in relation to a gunfire incident on Frederick Street in Mexborough on Wednesday have now been released on bail.

  13. Latest Headlines: Police investigate second gunfire incident in Mexborough and Rotherham United sign Chris Burke

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

    • Police are looking into reports of more gunfire in Mexborough near Doncaster
    • A prolific burglar from Doncaster who was jailed after sneaking in to a family's home as they watched TV has had his sentence cut on appeal 
    • Rotherham United have just signed Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Burke until the end of the season 
  14. Your views: Newly-listed local statue

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    "Concrete doughnut with holes in it", "squashed owl's face" or "a modern masterpiece".

    Whatever you think about this Barbara Hepworth sculpture in Chesterfield, it's here to stay, as one of 41 post-war pieces of public art across England that's been given Grade II listed status.

    Hepworth statue in Chesterfield

    Rosewall (Curved Reclining Form) took shape between 1960 and 1962. But as BBC Radio Sheffield discovered, not all passers-by are keen:

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    Video caption: People tell BBC Radio Sheffield what they think of a newly-listed Barbara Hepworth statue
  15. Seven things you might not know about Sheffield’s Jess Ennis-Hill

    Sheffield Star

    Sheffield’s Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill turns 30 on Thursday.

    This is shaping up to be another memorable year for the London 2012 poster girl. Here we pick out seven things you may not know about her

    Jessica Ennis-Hill
  16. Government urged to give more for Sheffield flood defences

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The government's being urged to give more for flood defences in Sheffield. In a letter the council leader Julie Dore says prevention is far cheaper than fixing the damage caused by flooding. 

    Flooding in Ecclesfield in 2007

    Julie Dore says £20m more is needed for schemes in the city.

    In all she says protection measures will cost £43 million but the government has just earmarked £23m of that. 

  17. Sport: Sheffield Wednesday make major signing to help Premier League promotion push

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Sheffield Wednesday have completed the signing of Norwich striker Gary Hooper for an undisclosed fee.

    Hooper signing contract

    The 27-year-old scored six goals in his last games for the Owls before the end of his initial loan spell. He's signed a three-and-a-half year contract.

  18. Weather: Continuing to turn drier and brighter this afternoon, milder weekend in store

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Bright or sunny spells developing this afternoon with a high of around 10C. 

    Dry through this evening and overnight with some mist and fog patches and a low of 5C. Drier at the weekend and milder. 

    Hourly forecast
  19. Reports of second gunfire incident this week in Mexborough

    There are reports of a second shooting in two days in Mexborough near Doncaster with residents last night told by police to "stay in your homes". 

    Police haven't yet responded to the BBC's request for a comment but they put out an appeal yesterday over a gun being fired on Frederick Street on Wednesday.

    Residents have told BBC Radio Sheffield the latest incident happened at around 20:00 to 21:00 last night on Victoria Road in the town. One man described what he saw: 

    Quote Message: All the road were taped up by police, there were crime scene investigators with little markers all over the road, I think they were looking for evidence of gunfire. People were having to be escorted in and escorted out. It were quite scary, the police were saying stay in your homes."