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  1. Updates on Friday 29 January 2016
  2. Live news, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Gemma Ashcroft

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Your live news, sport, weather and travel updates from Sheffield and South Yorkshire have finished for the day.

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 on Monday.

    I'll leave you with this wonderful photo of Barnsley Town Hall taken earlier today which was sent in by Rita Britton.

    Barnsley Town Hall
  2. Weather update: Showers later with frost expected tonight

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Further showers are expected later this evening, then clearer and colder with isolated wintry showers over Pennines. 

    A frost will form, especially in the countryside. 

    Remaining breezy.  

  3. Do you have old suits clogging up your wardrobe? We may have found a use for them

    Kat Harbourne

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    If you're planning a spring clean then we might have found a home for your old suits.

    A woman from Sheffield has set up a social enterprise offering to suit and boot men who have an interview but can't afford new clothes. 

    Take a look at my video below. Watch to the end and you'll find which celebrity has donated some rather flashy shoes:

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    Video caption: A new social enterprise has been started in Sheffield
  4. Refugees donate food to Sheffield

    Sheffield Star

    Food banks in Sheffield have received a bumper food donation from a very surprising source – refugee camps in Calais.

  5. Full programme for Sheffield Adventure Film festival revealed

    The full programme of the 11th annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) has today been announced.

    It'll be returning to the Showroom Cinema from 11-13 March and there'll be over 100 films featuring 32 locations from around the world.

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    Quote Message: ShAFF has a unique place in the annual calendar of outdoor film festivals and this year we are truly proud we can offer the very best of adventure films alongside supporting and raising the profile of local talent." from Matt Heason Festival Director
    Matt HeasonFestival Director
  6. Rotherham man who stole Christmas presents jailed for six years

    A Rotherham man has been jailed for six years after admitting six burglaries.

    The court was told that Darren Smith, 39, of Princes Street, Rotherham, had been in the Woodlaithes area of the town in the early hours of Tuesday 29 December last year and had broken into two homes stealing electrical items and children’s toys.

    Smith pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to six years in jail after he also admitted four other burglaries.

    Darren Smith
  7. Latest headlines: Police in Rotherham hunt three masked men and man who stole children's presents is jailed

    Rebecca Kerry

    Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  8. Tree-felling 'frenzy' in Sheffield after survey results released

    Sheffield Star

    Trees across Sheffield have been axed in what residents called a felling "frenzy" this week - days after the results of household surveys on the topic.

    Tree stump
  9. Rotherham attempted armed bank robbery: Live update from the scene at 17:00

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    As we've been hearing, three masked men broke into the Yorkshire Bank in Broad Street in the Parkgate area of Rotherham this morning and threatened staff with what are believed to be shotguns.   

    Police cars at the scene

    I've been at the scene for BBC Look North today. 

    At 17:00, I'll update you with the very latest information on Periscope. Follow me on Twitter for a notification when it starts.

  10. Barnsley sign Leicester City midfielder Jak McCourt

    BBC Sport

    Barnsley have signed Leicester City midfielder Jak McCourt for an undisclosed fee until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old had a loan spell with Port Vale earlier this season, making three appearances in all competitions.

    He could make his debut for the Tykes in Saturday's trip to Swindon.

  11. Watch: Sheffield BIS closure is 'shocking news' - Council leader

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    The leader of Sheffield City Council has reacted angrily to news the government plans to close the Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield by 2018.

    Julie Dore says it goes against everything the government's been promising for the north of England since the general election.

    The government says the decision to close the Sheffield office by 2018 "has not been taken lightly". The unions are being consulted and will be involved throughout the process, it adds.

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    Video caption: Sheffield Council leader reaction to BIS closure
  12. Latest headlines: Three masked men in attempted armed robbery in Rotherham and Sheffield MP accuses government ministers of 'having it in' for steel city

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  13. Reports: Three leading businesses are financially supporting Forgemasters

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    There are reports that three leading businesses have underwritten nearly £30m in bank loans to Sheffield Forgemasters.

    The Unite union says the fact that companies like BAE, Babcock and Rolls-Royce are backing Forgemasters is good news for the steel industry. The union's now calling for more government support. 

    Forgemasters say agreements between the company and its finance partner are confidential.

    Forgemasters gates
  14. Watch: 'It were chaos' - Eyewitness account of Rotherham attempted armed robbery

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    I've been speaking to eyewitnesses of the attempted armed robbery at a bank on Broad Street in Rotherham this morning. Take a look at what they saw:

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    Video caption: Eyewitness to Rotherham attempted bank robbery

    Rotherham Police say three masked men broke into the bank and threatened staff with what are believed to be shotguns. The guns weren't fired but one member of staff was reportedly assaulted. 

    The men fled the scene and nearby, on Rawmarsh Hill, its reported that a 40-year-old female pedestrian was hit by a suspected stolen vehicle. Police are linking the two incidents.

  15. Harry Potter fan receives wedding proposal...with help of an owl

    Alice Olusoga

    BBC Radio Sheffield


    What do you do when you want to ask the girl of your dreams to marry you and she's a huge Harry Potter fan? You enlist the help of an owl, of course...

    Pete Tingle

    Pete Tingle, from Sheffield, recruited Isaac the Great Grey Owl at the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston for his romantic gesture. Isaac flew in, carrying the ring in a pouch, for Pete to propose.

    PS: Laura said "Yes". Congratulations!

    Pete Tingle and Laura
  16. Weather update: Sunny spells expected this afternoon with winds decreasing

    BBC Weather

    Rain will clear leaving some sunny spells. Some showers developing over higher Pennines. 

    Winds will decrease slightly, but still gusty.

  17. Carlos Carvalhal: 'Wednesday will treat Shrewsbury with respect'

    Mark Ansell

    BBC Look North reporter

    I've been talking to Carlos Carvalhal ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup Fourth Round tie with Shrewsbury tomorrow.

    He says they're treating them with the the same respect as any other club.

    Carlos Carvalhal
  18. Bank staff left 'shaken and distressed' by attempted armed robbery

    More details have been revealed about an attempted armed robbery at a bank in Rotherham this morning which has led to an ongoing major manhunt in the town for those involved.

    Police cordon in Rotherham

    At about 08:50, officers were called to Yorkshire Bank in Broad Street after an alarm was activated. Three men with covered faces are understood to have threatened staff with what are believed to be shotguns.

    The guns weren't fired but one member of staff was assaulted by the suspects. The other staff have been left "shaken and distressed", police say.

    The men fled and it's reported a woman pedestrian in her 40s was involved in a collision with a suspected stolen vehicle. Her injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening. Police say this was a "linked incident".