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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Thanks for joining us today for live coverage from across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday morning.

    Remember, if you've got a story or a picture you'd like to share with us, get in touch.

    I leave you with one of my favourite pictures from Tuesday: Ellie Beykzadeh sent us this great photograph of a double rainbow in Sheffield city centre earlier this afternoon.

    Double rainbow in Sheffield
  2. Weather: Snow over the Pennines and widespread frost

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Strong winds easing slowly overnight. Clear spells with one or two showers.

    Clouding over after midnight with showery rain moving southeastwards, with snow over the Pennines. 

    Frost developing quite widely.  

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  3. Sheffield scientists use new 'worm' gel to preserve tissues and cells

    Scientists in Sheffield have developed a new approach for the long-term storage of biological tissue and blood samples, with the aim of making blood transfusions easier.

    Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Warwick have found that using a special gel, which forms a soft network of tiny "worm"-like particles in water, prevents damage to red blood cells that have been frozen at low temperatures for long periods of time.

    The study has been led by Professor Steve Armes (pictured below) from the University of Sheffield and Professor Matthew Gibson from the University of Warwick.

    Professor Steve Armes
  4. Sheffield singer McClure attempts to sell copies of Big Issue North

    Howard Pressman

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Jon McClure, the lead singer of the Reverend and the Makers, has been in Sheffield today trying to sell copies of the Big Issue North.

    He's was one of the famous names taking part in something called Vendor Week. I caught up with him outside the Town Hall to see how he was doing.

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    Video caption: jon McClure in Sheffield city centre
  5. Sheffield MP invites Business Minister to visit Forgemasters

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Clive Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield South East, has invited Business Minister Anna Soubry to visit Forgemasters in Sheffield.

    Mr Betts says the South Yorkshire firm has been affected by the downturn in demand for steel products, but it needs to be seen as an essential strategic player in the nuclear, defence and energy sectors.

    In a letter to Ms Soubry, he says he hopes the government and the company "might work together in the interests of everyone and the economy".

    Clive Betts
    Quote Message: If the government is serious about supporting a thriving and sustainable Northern Powerhouse it needs to understand it requires a long term industrial strategy which recognises that skills and capacity cannot be switched on and off like a light-bulb." from Clive Betts Labour MP for Sheffield South East
    Clive BettsLabour MP for Sheffield South East
  6. Latest headlines: Council tax in Barnsley to rise by 4% and dog lucky to be alive after septic tank fall in Deepcar

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

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

    • Council tax in Barnsley is set to go up by 4%, which includes a 2% rise to pay specifically for adult social care  
    • One of Sheffield's famous sons has been getting a taste of life as a Big Issue seller. Jon McClure, lead singer with Reverend And The Makers, is taking part in what's called Vendor Week to help highlight the issue of homelessness and the work of Big Issue North
    • A Border Collie is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning in a septic tank in her owner's garden in Deepcar near Stocksbridge
  7. Congestion on Corporation Street due to broken down lorry

    BBC Travel

    One lane's currently blocked and there's queuing traffic on A61 Corporation Street northbound in Sheffield between the Bower Street junction and the A61 Corporation Street junction. 

    It's because of a broken down lorry. There's congestion to Shalesmoor Roundabout.

    Map
  8. Sheffield Wednesday striker joins Italian side until end of season

    Sheffield Wednesday striker Sergiu Bus has joined Italian side US Salernitana on loan until the end of the season.

    The Romanian has only played three times this season, and has not started a game since April 2015.

    The 23-year-old joined Wednesday on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia in February 2015.

    The Owls currently sit seventh in the Championship table, one point outside the play-off places.

  9. Border Collie survives septic tank fall in Deepcar

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    A Border Collie is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning in a septic tank in her owner's garden in Deepcar, near Stocksbridge.

    Hazel Higgins and her partner, David Bew, of Manchester Road, discovered 15-year-old Kia’s plight after their other dog became agitated, indicating something was wrong.

    Hazel, a former dog agility trainer, eventually found Kia in their 8ft-deep septic tank. The lid had come off due to the recent extreme wet weather.

    The couple managed to pull the dog to safety and took her to the vets where she was treated for shock and septicaemia and after two days was able to go home.

    Hazel Higgins and her border collie Kia at the entrance to the septic tank
  10. Lead singer of Reverend and the Makers sells the Big Issue in Sheffield

    Howard Pressman

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    I caught up with Jon McClure, the lead singer with Reverend and the Makers, this afternoon in Sheffield.

    He's been selling copies of the Big Issue magazine in his home city today.

    It's all part of something called Vendor Week which is promoting the work of The Big Issue.

    Other well known figures who are taking part in the week across the UK include Belle and Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch and actress Maxine Peake.

    Jon McClure
  11. Latest headlines: Defence continues in Rotherham child sexual exploitation case and MP tells Business Secretary to 'pull his finger out' over British Steel

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

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

    • The defence is continuing in a court case relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham
    • Council tax in Barnsley is set to go up by 4%. The plan includes a 2% rise to pay specifically for adult social care 
    • The Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, Angela Smith, has called on Business Secretary Sajid Javid to "pull his finger out and start battling for British steel"
  12. Police release e-fit following sex assault on teenager in Doncaster

    Police officers investigating a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in Doncaster have released an e-fit of a man they would like to talk to.

    e-fit issued by South Yorkshire Police

    The incident is believed to have occurred during October half term, between Saturday 24 October 2015 and Monday 2 November 2015.

    The victim is said to have been walking along Frenchgate in Doncaster town centre when an unknown man approached her. The man is then believed to have asked the girl to walk with him to West Laith Gate, where it's reported that he sexually assaulted her .

  13. Council tax set to rise by 4% in Barnsley

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    Barnsley Council has joined the other local authorities across South Yorkshire to announce plans to raise council tax from April.

    The amount you pay will go up 4% from April, which includes a 2% rise to pay specifically for adult social care.

    Barnsley Town Hall
  14. Match preview: Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley

    Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing Aiden McGeady (pictured), who joined the club yesterday, will be included in the squad for tonight's match against Burnley at Hillsborough.

    Aiden McGeady

    Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, defenders Glenn Loovens, Daniel Pudil and midfielders Barry Bannan and Sam Hutchinson are all available.

    Match facts:

    • Sheffield Wednesday have won only one of their last eight games at Hillsborough against Burnley
    • Wednesday have not lost in the Championship at home since the end of August, going 11 unbeaten
    • Both Wednesday and Burnley have taken 13 points from their last six Championship games. Only Hull (15) and Birmingham (14) have claimed more in that time
  15. Weather: Some sunny periods but feeling cold this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Another very windy afternoon with gales in places. 

    Variable amounts of cloud with some sunny periods, especially further east and a few showers, mainly in the west where they will turn wintry on hills. Feeling cold.  

    Weather graphic
  16. Chris Neal seeks game time after Doncaster Rovers loan move

    Goalkeeper Chris Neal says the lure of first-team football was key to him moving to Doncaster Rovers from Port Vale on transfer deadline day.

    Chris Neal

    The 30-year-old joined Rovers on a 28-day loan and could go straight into the side for tonight's League One home match with Walsall.

    Neal told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I need to get out and play some games. My contract is up at the end of the season, so it's important as a goalkeeper to be playing."