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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 February 2016
  2. News, travel, sport and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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 Thursday morning.

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

    I'll leave you with this lovely photo of the setting sun at an icy Wortley Hall in Barnsley taken earlier today by John Leigh:

    Setting sun at an icy Wortley Hall, Barnsley
  2. Weather: Outbreaks of rain spreading from the west overnight

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Clouding over with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west and persisting through a good part of the night.

    The rain will be preceded by snow over the Pennines. 

    However, much of the region should become dry by the morning.  

    Weather graphic
  3. Retro: When football came home to Sheffield for Euro 96

    Sheffield Star

    It’s one of the defining moments in Sheffield’s recent history, the year football really did come home to England – and our city was packed to the rafters with fans.

    Danish football fans in Sheffield
  4. Sheffield student in final of national fashion competition

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A Sheffield student is one of 17 finalists in a national fashion competition, the final of which will be judged during the world famous London Fashion Week.

    Marika Fujita is studying fashion in the newly renovated GPO building in Sheffield. The old post office is now being used by Sheffield Hallam University.  

    The competition has been organised by Fashion Awareness Direct, a charity supporting young people to bridge the gap between education and the fashion industry.

    Marika Fujita
  5. Thousands call for Cobnar Cottage sale to be reversed

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    A 13,000-signature petition has been given to Sheffield City Council today calling for the sale of Cobnar Cottage to be reversed. The building, which stands in Graves Park, was auctioned-off last week.

    The Friends of Graves Park say the park was gifted to the people of Sheffield and the council, as the trustees, should be listening to the people of Sheffield.

    The council said it had hoped to raise £80,000, but the cottage was actually sold for £152,000 and all the money will be spent on capital projects in the park.

    Cobnar Cottage
  6. Watch: Controversial Bowie mural in Sheffield is 'fitting tribute'

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    We've been talking about a David Bowie mural in Sheffield city centre which has sparked controversy online this afternoon.

    The work on Division Street was painted by graffiti artist Trik.

    It's been the subject of much criticism today, but these people in Sheffield think it's actually a real work of art and a good advert for the arts in the city.

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    Video caption: A Bowie mural in Sheffield sparks criticism, with some saying it doesn't look like him.
  7. Latest headlines: Plethora of petitions handed in to Sheffield City Council and city's Bowie mural makes national news

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    The top stories in South Yorkshire this evening include:

    • Petitions are handed into Sheffield City Council asking to preserve the city's trees, reverse the sale of Cobnar Cottage and to call for a new crossing at Haymarket where a teenager was killed
    • A David Bowie tribute mural in Sheffield makes the national headlines following online criticism
    • Sheffield Wednesday striker Sergiu Bus heads out on loan to try and secure a place at Euro 2016
  8. E-fit image released after Rotherham robbery

    Police officers are asking for your help to identify the man in this e-fit image in relation to a robbery in Rotherham.

    It happened on Wednesday 27 January when two men are reported to have forced their way inside a house on Lady Oak Road, East Herringthorpe.

    The men were carrying a hammer and are said to have threatened the occupants before demanding money from them.

    A quantity of cash and a mobile phone were taken during the incident and one of the occupants, a 43-year-old man, suffered a suspected broken jaw.

    E-fit of suspect in Rotherham robbery
  9. Campaigners call for 'No Cuts' budget for Sheffield

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    Campaigners for a "Sheffield People's Budget" have presented a 1,000-strong petition to the city's Labour council demanding they use their reserves and borrowing powers to set a "No Cuts" budget for 2016-17. 

    The petition has been signed by junior doctors, striking housing workers, civil servants and council workers under threat of redundancy.

    Meanwhile, council leader Julie Dore says she'll write to George Osborne about 250 at-risk jobs at the Business, Innovation and Skills office in the city if she hasn't heard from the Secretary of State by Friday.

    Julie Dore
  10. Your pictures: Spring blossom in Sprotborough

    This lovely photo of her garden has been sent in to us by Linda Parkin in Sprotborough.

    It's a real contrast to the photo from Phil Craig in High Bradfield of a snowy valley which we featured earlier.

    We welcome your pictures so why not email them to us?

    Spring blossom in Sprotborough
  11. Ryan Rhodes: Sheffield trainer feels Khan is avoiding Brook fight

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Amir Khan is running from a fight with Kell Brook, according to Sheffield trainer Ryan Rhodes.

    Lancashire fighter Khan announced he would face Sal "Canelo" Alvarez in May, putting to an end hopes of an all-British affair at Wembley. 

    And Rhodes, who fought Alvarez back in 2011, tells me the showdown is unlikely to happen at all.

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    Video caption: Ryan Rhodes speaking to Jonathan Buchan
  12. Watch: Protestors lodge 6,000 name petition in fight to save Sheffield's trees

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    A petition bearing 6,000 names has been handed in at Sheffield Town Hall calling for an end to trees being cut down. 

    Council contractor Amey has been felling trees in several areas saying they're either diseased and dangerous or damaging pavements.

    The petition says there are other alternatives to trees being felled which haven't been explored properly. 

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    Video caption: Tree campaigners outside Sheffield Town Hall
  13. Your views: Sheffield David Bowie tribute mural divides opinion

    You've been telling us what you think of a new David Bowie mural in Sheffield city centre.

    The BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page has been full of comments:

    David Bowie mural in Sheffield
    Quote Message: A lovely sentiment but it would have been better if it actually looked like him. If it wasn't for the stripe you wouldn't know it was David Bowie also the eyes are the wrong colour." from Marilyn King Facebook
    Marilyn KingFacebook
    Quote Message: I like it! It is art at least in the traditional sense and not a pile of dead animals!" from Tony Bennett Facebook
    Tony BennettFacebook
    Quote Message: Looks like pat sharp from Funhouse." from Sacha Allwood Facebook
    Sacha AllwoodFacebook
  14. Police hunt man after armed robbery in Rotherham

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    An armed man is being hunted after a robbery at a shop in Kiveton Park, Rotherham, at about 20:30 last night.

    Police say a shopkeeper was threatened with what's thought to have been a fake gun at a convenience store on the junction of Hard Lane and Station Road.

    Officers are appealing for help from the public.

  15. Latest headlines: Tree campaign continues in Sheffield and David Bowie mural could be erased

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories from South Yorkshire this afternoon include:

    • Petition handed in to Sheffield Council calling for city's trees to be saved
    • There are calls from campaigners for a new crossing where a teenager died in Haymarket
    • A new David Bowie mural in Sheffield could be painted over
  16. Bassetlaw MP criticises David Cameron's EU deal

    BBC News England

    David Cameron's calling on MPs to support his draft plan to reform the European Union. 

    The measures include limiting benefits for migrants who come here from the Continent to work, and giving national parliaments more powers to block European legislation. 

    But Labour's John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, was unimpressed by the draft deal: 

    John Mann Labour MP for Bassetlaw
    Quote Message: Is it the best the prime minister can do? Nothing for British pensioners, nothing for British workers. His long-term economic plan is reliant on over a million new migrants" from John Mann Labour MP for Bassetlaw
    John MannLabour MP for Bassetlaw
  17. Locket memory of Paul McCartney's overnight stay in Doncaster

    Toby Foster

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Listen out for a special documentary called The People's History of Pop! on BBC Radio Sheffield this Sunday at noon. 

    It's the story of pop music told through the memorabilia of fans.  

    One of those in the documentary is Wayne Steer, a driving instructor from Doncaster. 

    He's been telling me about the night Paul McCartney stayed at his mum's house in the 1960s:

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    Video caption: Paul McCartney locket
  18. Ashes to ashes? Graffiti artist may paint over Sheffield Bowie tribute mural

    Trevor Gibbons

    BBC News Online

    I've just spoken to graffiti artist Trik (pictured), the man behind the David Bowie tribute mural on Division Street in Sheffield which has divided opinion.

    Some say it doesn't look much like the pop and rock legend who died last month.

    Trik

    Trik tells me he's considering painting over the mural sometime later today following the reaction it's received.

    "I'm going to get a picture of it, so it'll be fine, but I've got to do what I've got to do. I'm finding it fun, let them hate," he says.

  19. Your pictures: Snowy scenes in High Bradfield caught on camera

    Thanks to Phil Craig in Worrall for sending us this fantastic picture of the snowy landscape earlier today at High Bradfield looking towards Bradfield Dale.

    Snow at High Bradfield

    We always love to see your pictures from across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Why not email us your pictures.

  20. Face oddity: Sheffield Bowie mural criticised

    A new David Bowie mural in Sheffield created in tribute to the legendary pop and rock star who died last month has sparked criticism online, with some people claiming it doesn't look like him.

    David Bowie mural

    The image, on a shop corner in Division Street, is the work of grafitti artist Trik.

    Music website NME.com has criticised the artwork of the singer, and people have also been having their say on the BBC Radio Sheffield Facebook page. Why don't you tell us what you think?