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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Gemma Ashcroft

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Sheffield and South Yorkshire have finished for the day.

    I'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Don't forget you can send in your own news and images by getting in touch with us.

    Have a good evening!

  2. Weather update: Rain becoming lighter, some snow possible

    BBC Weather

    Occasional rain will become lighter overnight, largely clearing eastwards during the early hours

    This may fall as snow to lower levels for a time, perhaps giving patchy accumulations in places.

  3. Watch: Flying Scotsman restoration coming to an end

    Shirley Henry

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Finishing touches have been added to the one of the world's most famous locomotives, the Doncaster-built Flying Scotsman.

    Recently it was black, but it's now had a fresh lick of paint at the National Railway Museum in York and is bottle green.

    Take a look at my chat with Ian Hewitt, part of the team repainting the Scotsman:

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    Video caption: Flying Scotsman gets a fresh look
  4. South Yorkshire Fire Service responds to firefighters' industrial action vote

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is trying to reassure people ahead of industrial action by firefighters starting next week following a ballot of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members.

    In a statement, the fire service says while "disappointed" at the decision by the FBU, the action will have "no noticeable effect" on the the 999 service.

    The fire service adds no control centre staff will lose their jobs: a planned cut in posts is being achieved by not filling vacancies.

    Firefighters consider the call handlers frontline staff because they dispatch crews to fires.

    Quote Message: The number of calls to our control room has fallen significantly in recent years. At the same time, we have had some big reductions to our funding and must look at making changes to all areas of the organisation to help protect the number of fire engines available to respond to 999 calls." from South Yorkshire Fire Service
    South Yorkshire Fire Service
  5. White blood cell found in birds 'can destroy fatal infection'

    A specialised white blood cell found in birds can destroy an infection thought to cause hundreds of thousands of human deaths a year, scientists from Sheffield and Birmingham universities claim.

    Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that can cause a fatal infection in people with weakened immune systems - particularly those with advanced HIV.

    Birds are known to carry the fungus, with experts puzzled why the birds themselves do not appear to become ill.

  6. Analysis: Industrial action ballot shows division at South Yorkshire Fire Service

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    Resentment has been building at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for a while prior to today's announcement of industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) following a ballot.

    This ballot is about cuts to call handling staff, but firefighters are unhappy about several things.

    The FBU has been protesting about cuts in general, but the payments to senior officers during previous strikes has damaged relations between officers and their crews. Though the payments were found to be legal, in the end the argument meant the chair of the Fire Authority had to resign just yesterday.

    The FBU says call handlers are frontline staff - the people who dispatch firefighters to sometimes dangerous jobs.

    This industrial action is technically about one issue, but when FBU members were voting in the ballot, they also had other things on their minds.

  7. Latest headlines: South Yorkshire firefighters vote for industrial action and jury retires to consider verdict in child grooming case

    This evening's top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  8. Have your say on Sheffield's trees

    Sheffield City Council is asking members of the public to help it plan future care for 2.2 million trees.

    The council's been working on a framework for a new Trees and Woodland Strategy, which will set out how it looks after all trees in the city, including those in parks, woodlands, green spaces and along roads.

    The drop-in session is on February 26 at the Town Hall.

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  9. South Yorkshire firefighters' industrial action to start next Wednesday

    James Vincent

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    A few more details about the industrial action firefighters have just voted to take.

    They will not be on strike, but the Fire Brigades Union has decided firefighters will not do several things.

    These include refusing to take part in fitness tests and refusing to vary their contracted working hours.

    The continuous industrial action will start at 08:00 on Wednesday 24 February.

    We've had no response from South Yorkshire Fire Service as yet.

  10. BreakingSouth Yorkshire firefighters vote for industrial action

    James Vincent

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    News just in to us:

    Firefighters in South Yorkshire have voted to take industrial action.

    A total of 84% of Fire Brigades Union members voted to take the action which is over cuts to control centre staff.

    The firefighters won't be on strike, but they'll refuse to do certain duties.

  11. Latest headlines: Two arrested after assault in Rotherham and jury considers verdict in grooming trial

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

    • Two people are arrested over an alleged assault in Rotherham
    • The evidence from a two-month trial involving seven people who face more than 60 charges relating to abuse of girls in Rotherham is being considered by a jury in Sheffield
    • Police in Sheffield are now giving regular advice session to help people identify hate crime
  12. Two arrested after serious assault on man in Rotherham

    Two people have been arrested in connection with an assault in Rotherham that left a man with serious injuries.

    Officers were called to an area off Eldon Road on Tuesday just after 16:00 following reports a 30-year-old local man had suffered head injuries and slash wounds to his throat. The victim was taken to the Northern General Hospital where he remains in a stable condition with serious injuries, which are not considered to be life-threatening.


    Officers investigating the incident arrested a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman at an address in Rawmarsh yesterday evening. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and quoting incident number 717 of 16 February.

  13. Travel update: Reports of people on southbound M18 at Thorne

    BBC Travel

    There are reports of people on the road on the southbound M18 between J6 for Thorne and J5 for the M180.

    Approach with care.

  14. Advice from South Yorkshire Police for driving in wet conditions

    South Yorkshire Police have this advice for driving in wet conditions this evening.

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  15. Jerome Thomas 'delighted' at Rotherham role

    Former Charlton and West Brom winger Winger Jerome Thomas, says he's "delighted" to have signed a deal with Rotherham until the end of the season.

    Jerome Thomas

    The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.  

    Thomas has told the Millers' website: "I have played in The Championship before so I know what the division is about. 

    "I know what it takes to get out of the league and I know how unpredictable it can be as well. The main objective now is to start picking up points."

  16. Latest headlines: Jurors in Rotherham grooming trial consider verdict and redevelopment of Sheffield retail quarter unclear

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    This afternoon's top stories from Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  17. Travel update: M1 southbound exit slip road partially blocked at Barnsley

    BBC Travel

    The southbound M1 exit slip road at J37 for A628 Barnsley is partially blocked because of debris on the road.

  18. Flying Scotsman gets a makeover

    The Doncaster-built Flying Scotsman has had a fresh lick of paint. 

    It's been repainted a bottle green, using 20 litres of varnish, 20 litres of undercoat and 30 litres of gloss.

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  19. Watch: Newborn lambs at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley

    Rony Robinson

    BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

    I went to Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley on Tuesday to see if I could witness lambs being brought into the world. 

    It had been a busy morning on the farm with dozens of births, which made me feel like I might be out of luck...until these two little girls came into the world!:

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    Video caption: Lambing season at Cannon Hall Farm