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  1. Updates on Thursday 11 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 tomorrow

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Thanks for joining us for coverage of what's been going on in Sheffield and South Yorkshire today.

    I'll be back with you tomorrow for more of the same. 

    And I leave you with a reflection on one of the big stories of the day - gravitational waves exist and Einstein was right

    Scientist Dotor Ed Daw, from Sheffield University, was part of the team to discover what scientists have been trying to crack for 100 years. 

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    Doctor Ed Daw

    Thanks for your contributions today. If you've got a story or a picture for us, get in touch.

  2. South Yorkshire's weather: A mostly dry night and a little frosty

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight will be dry with clear spells, although cloud will increase later bringing the risk of a few showers. Minimum temperature -2C (28F) with a widespread slight frost. Light southeast wind.

    Friday will be cold and rather cloudy, with a risk of a few showers but brighter spells likely too.

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  3. Peak District landmark is ready for a comeback

    Sheffield Star

    A Peak District landmark taken down because of safety fears could be replaced within weeks.

    Stanage Pole has been missing from Hallam Moors, close to Stanage Edge, since last year when it was removed after the timber structure rotted.

    Stanedge pole
  4. Katie and Amy's 'Big Adventure' at BBC Radio Sheffield

    Alice Olusoga

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Have you seen these little stars on their big adventures?

    Sisters Katie and Amy from Sheffield are getting quite a following online. 

    It all started with washing elephants in India, but their very latest big adventure was coming in to Radio Sheffield to talk to Paulette! 

    You can listen again to their full interview, here.

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    Video caption: Youtubers Amy and Katie come into BBC Radio Sheffield for an interview - they're excited!

    And if you've not seen any of these little Youtubers adventures yet, have a look at this one...

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  5. Latest headlines: Doncaster man jailed over series of rapes against child and Yorkshire Wildlife Park plans £3.6m expansion

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

  6. Rotherham electronics firm accused of 'bullying'

    Kat Cowan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Bosses at an industrial electronics firm Rotherham have been accused of bullying workers and forcing them to accept an unfair pay offer.  

    The Unite union, which claims to represent about a quarter of the 650 workers at Kostal UK Ltd in Goldthorpe, says management are using "divide and rule" tactics to get workers to sign up to the deal. 

    They also say the company is ignoring the fact that more than 80% of the workforce recently voted for collective bargaining in a ballot run by the conciliation service, Acas. 

    The union now plans to ballot its members for strike action. 

    The company has not yet responded to the BBC's requests for a comment.

  7. Doncaster's Bailey Matthews crosses the finish line with BBC Radio 1 DJ

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award winner Bailey Matthews crossed the finish line earlier with BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James as he finished his fourth triathlete in five days in Sheffield.

    Tomorrow, the DJ will complete his challenge for Sport Relief in Norfolk.

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  8. Appeal over missing Maltby man Barry Wheeler

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Police are appealing for help in tracing missing Maltby man Barry Wheeler.

    Mr Wheeler, 51, was last seen at his home address just before 14:00 this afternoon.

    Police and Mr Wheeler's family are concerned for his welfare and his sudden disappearance is considered to be out of character.

    Barry Wheeler

    Mr Wheeler is white, about 5ft 8ins tall, with a medium build and short grey hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a black puffer-style jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

  9. Team at University of Sheffield helps solve scientific mystery 100 years in making

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Einstein was right!

    100 years ago he theorised that waves rippled through space like a pond, transporting energy across the universe.

    Scientists have been trying to prove he was right for years

    But they've never been able to detect these waves in space - until now.

    Ripples in the fabric of space-time

    The gravitational waves were finally detected on 14 September 2015 by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA.

    Doctor Ed Daw, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration that made the discovery. 

    He has been researching gravitational waves with LIGO since 1998.

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  10. Doncaster child rapist John Caddle jailed for 19 years

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    A man has been jailed for 19 years for repeatedly raping a young girl over a six-year period.

    John Caddle, 75, of Hardy Road, Doncaster, was found guilty of 12 counts of raping the child between 1974 and 1980. He was only arrested after his victim contacted police in 2013.

    Det Sgt Laura Jones, of South Yorkshire Police, said Caddle had subjected his victim to "horrendous abuse".

  11. Tata steelworkers to go to Brussels to petition to 'save the industry'

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    A delegation of steelworkers from Tata steel calling for fair trade and a competitive level playing field will join others in the industry in Brussels on Monday. 

    They're petitioning the European Commission to take immediate and robust action to save Europe's steel industry. 

    Tata Steel's European chief executive Karl Koehler will march with his employees and he says: "The situation facing Tata Steel and other European steel makers today is perilous".

  12. Congratulations from Sheffield! BBC Radio 1 DJ completes Sports Relief triathlon

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Fans have been waiting at BBC Radio Sheffield to welcome BBC Radio 1 afternoon presenter Greg James after completing his fourth (out of five!) triathlon - or Gregathlon - as it's become known:

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  13. BBC Radio 1 DJ completes triathlon after coming off bike in Peaks

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    It really is Greg's Gruelling Gregathlon!

    The BBC Radio 1 DJ arrived in Sheffield today for his fourth triathlon in five days.

    He'll be presenting his afternoon show on Radio 1 from 16:00 this afternoon after riding over 30 miles in the Peaks...And coming off his bicycle!

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    Then he did a 1500m swim at Ponds Forge in Sheffield...

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    Video caption: Greg James arrives at Ponds Forge for the swimming part of his triathlon

    And then a little bit of a jog (over nine miles of it!)

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    And as if that weren't enough... He'll be doing another triathlon in Norwich tomorrow!


  14. Don Valley Labour MP Caroline Flint quizzes Google boss over tax

    Google's UK chief has defended the search giant's tax arrangements in a hearing before MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee.  

    Matt Brittin said he understood public anger about the amount of tax it paid.

    However, he said Google was paying 20% tax on its UK profits, not the 3% figure cited in some reports.

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  15. Latest headlines: Doctors unhappy at contract imposition and Yorkshire Wildlife Park announces £3.6m expansion

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    • It's being claimed many doctors will walk away from the NHS after health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said a new contract will be imposed on junior doctors. Their union, the BMA, has rejected a final offer to settle the dispute about pay and weekend working
    • Two courts in our region are to close. The Ministry of Justice says it's now finished a consultation exercise and will press ahead with proposals to close Rotherham and Worksop Magistrates' Courts
    • The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is expanding with an investment of £3.6m. The park near Doncaster will create an enclosure for the critically endangered black rhino
  16. Your views: Police catch 40 drivers in crackdown on unsafe motorway driving

    Kat Harbourne

    I've been on the roads with South Yorkshire Police for "Operation Ophelia" where, all week, police are using an unmarked HGV to catch unsafe drivers.  

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    Video caption: So far this week lorry drivers have been caught texting, reading and even using a LAPTOP

    You can hear what happened when I went on patrol, here. And then, what happened when police stopped a driver, here.

    You've been sharing your views on this video on our Facebook page:

    Quote Message: About time, I see loads texting... barmy!" from Cal Green
    Cal Green
    Quote Message: If you're caught it should be a ban just like drink driving, it's just as dangerous." from Spencer Cryan
    Spencer Cryan
    Quote Message: What we need in Britain is a very strong straightforward TV & radio advert to warn road users how dangerous they are while using any technology while driving before they kill themselves or their passengers & even other road users before it is to late." from Stuart Allen
    Stuart Allen
  17. We will fight government contract imposition, says BMA

    Jamie Coulson

    Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

    The Health Secretary has announced the government will impose a new contract on junior doctors.  

    Protest banners

    Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession.

    The British Medical Association said it was "considering all options" as the dispute threatens to escalate further.

  18. Watch: Yorkshire sea cities caught on film for a birds-eye view

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Looking beyond South Yorkshire for a moment, the BBC's giving you the opportunity this week to fly high above the Humber and get a bird's eye view of the estuary - including the ships, the people and a powerboat racing grand prix.

    Here's a taster of the BBC Yorkshire production which is part of a series taking us round the coast of Britain to the cities where the sea shapes people’s lives. 

    Watch it on BBC2 this Friday at 19:00 for the full version.

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    Video caption: Bird's eye view of Humber estuary
  19. 'Momentum' is key to promotion for Sheffield Wednesday - Bullen

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Lee Bullen says maintaining "momentum" is the key to gaining promotion this season. 

    The Owls head into this weekend's game with Brentford still unbeaten in the Championship in 2016.

    Bullen has told BBC Radio Sheffield that Wednesday aren't daunted by the challenges that lie ahead.

    Lee Bullen
    Quote Message: Momentum, confidence and belief among the group of players can be everything heading into the final straight of the season." from Lee Bullen Assistant manager, Sheffield Wednesday
    Lee BullenAssistant manager, Sheffield Wednesday