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Gemma Ashcroft

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for today folks! Live updates for Sheffield and South Yorkshire have finished for the day.

    I'll be back from 08:00 on Friday 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.

  2. Weather update: Cold overnight with some icy patches

    BBC Weather

    Cold and largely clear overnight, with a few further sleet or snow showers possible, mainly in the west. 

    Becoming breezier through the early hours. 

    Widespread frost forming with some icy patches on untreated surfaces.  

  3. Watch: Nobby the Polar Bear enjoys his first day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

    Nobby the Polar Bear is the newest arrival to Yorkshire Wildlife Park - taking up residence just today.

    He's come all the way from Germany to his new home in Doncaster.

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    Video caption: Nobby the Polar Bear
  4. Look North Live: Watch what happens behind the scenes tonight

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    I thought you might be interested to see what happens behind the scenes while BBC Look North is on air, so tonight I'll show you live on our Facebook page.

    BBC Look North studio

    There's a lot going on that you won't normally see at home, so I'll try to give you a flavour of what happens on the studio floor and in our control "gallery".


    I'll start the live video just before the programme goes on air at 18:30 this evening, so be sure to like our page and you'll get an update when it starts. 

    Oh, and don't forget to watch along at home as well.

    See you later!

  5. Jordan Slew and Declan John join Chesterfield

    BBC Sport

    Chesterfield have signed striker Jordan Slew on a deal until the end of the season and Cardiff defender Declan John on a one-month loan deal.

    Slew, 23, was a free agent after leaving League Two Cambridge earlier this month.

    John, 20, has been capped twice by Wales but has only featured once for the Bluebirds this season.

    The pair could make their debut for the Spireites against fellow League One strugglers Crewe on Saturday.

    Jordan Slew
  6. Three counties on three legs for BBC Sport Relief: Our first donation!

    Harry Gration

    Presenter, BBC Look North

    Huge thanks to Jon Cole for the first donation to mine and Hudson's mammoth three-legged challenge for BBC Sport Relief.

    We're walking more than 110 miles across Yorkshire tied together at the ankle. 

    Tied legs

    Every penny you donate goes to good causes. We'd love to beat the £140,000 total Amy and I raised when we cycled the route of the Tour de France on a tandem.

    If you can spare a few pounds, click here to donate.

  7. Dog rescued in Deepcar after getting stuck in a pipe

    Flynn the Red Setter has been rescued by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue after getting stuck in a pipe in Deepcar for more than an hour.

    View more on twitter
  8. Latest headlines: Hundreds of jobs to go at Rotherham Council and heroin with street value of £1m discovered in Doncaster

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

    • Rotherham Council publishes its budget proposals for the next financial year. It's cutting 350 jobs next year - with 600 posts going in total over the next three years
    • A business leaders' meeting in Sheffield hears how Leeds managed to get the planned route of HS2 moved
    • Five people from Doncaster appear in court after police recovered heroin with an estimated street value of £1m
  9. Meet Nobby the Polar Bear - Yorkshire Wildlife Park's newest resident

    There's been a new arrival at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park today - and he's been making the most of the chilly weather! 

    Nobby the Polar Bear has travelled over 1,000 miles from Germany and took his first steps in his new home near Doncaster today. 

    Nobby the Polar Bear
  10. Watch: Sheffield squash champ launches hometown academy

    Kat Cowan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Its been a good week for Sheffield squash champion Nick Matthew. 

    He's just won his eighth British title and he's also opening his own squash academy in Sheffield. 

    Take a look at him trying to teach me how to play squash:

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    Video caption: Squash champion Nick Matthew opens his own squash academy in Sheffield
  11. Travel update: M1 southbound partially blocked by a broken down vehicle

    BBC Travel

    The southbound M1 is currently partially blocked between J33 for the A630 Catcliffe and J32 for the M18 Thurcroft because a vehicle has broken down.

  12. Latest headlines: Five in court after £1m of heroin found in Doncaster and Labour party invites applications for Hillsborough seat

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

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

  13. Rotherham Council publishes budget proposals for the next year

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    Rotherham Council has published its budget proposals for the next financial year. The headlines are:

    • It's cutting 350 jobs next year - with 600 posts going in total over the next three years
    • Council Tax bills will go up by just under 4% 
    • The council says it'll invest £10m in roads and £12m in Children's Services next year
    Rotherham Council
  14. Two arrested in Rotherham under Modern Slavery Act

    Two people have been arrested in Rotherham after concerns were raised for the welfare of a young person.

    Police attended an address in Masbrough on Wednesday morning and a 19-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of arranging the travel of another person with the view to exploiting the alleged victim

    They have both been bailed pending further enquiries.  

  15. Sheffield's employment trend 'worrying and needs improvement' - ex-MP Blunkett

    The State of Sheffield report is out today - an annual report that gives us an overview of the city and identifies the major challenges and opportunities. 

    Former Sheffield Labour MP Lord Blunkett chairs the Sheffield Executive Board whose aim is to steer the city in the right direction. He's had this to say:

    David Blunkett
    Quote Message: Even though we're not doing too bad compared to other industrial cities, we've moved from a very high wage, high status economy to quite low wages and that has an impact on our wellbeing, our growth , our economic future." from David Blunkett Chair of the Sheffield Executive Board
    David BlunkettChair of the Sheffield Executive Board
  16. Police appeal over Handsworth newsagents robbery

    Police are appealing for information following reports of a robbery at a newsagents in Sheffield on Wednesday.

    It's believed a man carrying a knife entered the shop in Handsworth Road, near the junction of Richmond Road, at about 13:00 yesterday before threatening a shop worker and demanding money.

    He left with a quantity of cash and is thought to have walked down a ginnel at the side of the church near the shop, before walking through a field.

    The suspect's described as white, aged 19, and is believed to have been wearing a black hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down the side.

  17. Weather update: A bright afternoon and staying dry

    BBC Weather

    It's much brighter day than Wednesday, with plenty of sunny spells and light winds

    It should stay dry throughout for the majority of the day.

    Cold and largely clear overnight, with a few further sleet or snow showers possible, mainly in the west. 

    Becoming breezier through the early hours.

  18. Rotherham Women's centre need help with renovations

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Rotherham's first dedicated Women's Centre is in need of some help with renovations.

    When finished, Rotherham Rise, on Main Street, will offer a range of support services to people affected by domestic and sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.

    Rotherham Rise

    Rotherham Rise is in the running - in fact, it's in the top four - for a Johnstone's Community Spirit Award which would mean the team there will be awarded up to £10,000 to help with the redecoration. 

    The public vote ends on 29 February.

  19. Countdown to our three-legged, three county Sport Relief Challenge

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It's exactly three weeks until Harry and I start our mammoth 110-mile three-legged walk for BBC Sport Relief. as part of it, we'll be in South Yorkshire between 10 March and 11 March.

    Here's a little look at where we're heading:

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    Video caption: Harry and Paul's 3 legged route

    We'll share some more details of the exact dates and times we'll be near you very soon. This route could still change. We'll try not to - and we'll only do it for a very good reason!

    I'm hoping you'll help me do one better than Amy and beat the amazing £140,000 her and Harry raised on their Tandem Tour de Yorkshire in 2014.