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  1. Live updates for Friday 19 February have now finished for the day. We're back from 08:00 on Monday.

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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.  

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 on Monday 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: Showers possible this evening, clear in the early hours

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    Cloud and rain will gradually move away east this evening, replaced by drier conditions and clear spells. 

    Some scattered showers are possible later, especially in the north. 

    Fairly cold with gusty westerly winds.  

    Weather
  3. Yorkshire councils struggling to spend pennies on public conveniences

    Cathy Killick

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Have our councils gone potty?

    They're closing down our public loos at an alarming rate across Yorkshire.

    Sheffield has seen a 58% reduction in the number of its public toilets in the last 18 years. 

    Toilet
  4. Two men found guilty of murdering a man found with gunshot wounds in Sheffield

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    Marvis Smith, 30, and Brendan McFarlane, 22, from Sheffield have been convicted of killing Grant Bodell, who was found with gun shot wounds on wasteland off Queen Mary Road in Manor in June 2014.

    A third man, Stevin Pierre, 25, also from Sheffield, was found guilty of his manslaughter.

    All three men were found guilty after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court and will be sentenced in March.

    Another man, Torrington Smith, 26, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter.

  5. Row over open letter to Sheffield tree campaigners continues

    The Liberal Democrats in Sheffield have joined the row over an open letter sent to tree campaigners.

    A letter signed by trade unionists and members of community groups has asked campaigners to focus on "more pressing concerns facing the city of Sheffield like the economic recession and ongoing government austerity."

    Penny Baker is one of those who's criticised the letter's contents.

    Trees
    Quote Message: I believe the letter to be factual incorrect and borderline offensive. To label the tree campaigners as middle class people who only care about their house prices is wildly inaccurate and inflammatory. " from Councillor Penny Baker Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Sheffield City Council
    Councillor Penny BakerDeputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Sheffield City Council
  6. Latest headlines: Doncaster man admits rape and Rotherham United in triple signing

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

    •  A rapist who attacked two women in Doncaster, threatening young children who were with them, pleads guilty
    • Two men have been found guilty of murdering a man found with gunshot wounds in Sheffield
    • Rotherham United have made a triple signing today: Paddy Kenny, Jerome Thomas and Lloyd Doyley have all signed deals until the end of the season
  7. Doncaster man admits rape, sexual assault and robbery

    Paul Eames from Bentley has admitted three counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, one count of attempted rape and two counts of robbery.

    The 40-year-old attacked two women on 10 September 2015 who had five young children with them and threatened to harm the children if the women didn't comply with his demands.

    Paul Eames
    Quote Message: Eames’ actions that day were sickening and absolutely inexcusable. He made the women endure what can only be described as an agonising, vicious and traumatising attack. The victims were given an horrendous choice on that day to either run and look after themselves or stay with the children in their care and ensure their wellbeing." from Det Sgt Pete Swift
    Det Sgt Pete Swift
  8. Sport update: Latest Sheffield Eagles news

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    Sheffield Eagles Mark Aston says they've offered a contract to scrum half Rhys Jack and are awaiting a response.  

    The coach has also ruled out a move for one-time target Mathias Pala who has been released by Leigh this week.

    Michael Knowles is also expected to be fit for this weekend's match against Batley RLFC, despite a hand injury.

  9. Police advice: Don't drive without insurance

    Over the past couple of days South Yorkshire Police have seized a number of vehicles being driven without insurance.

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  10. Police appeal after two men assaulted in Sheffield city centre

    Police are appealing for information after two men were assaulted in unprovoked attacks yesterday.

    Just after 21:00 a 21-year-old man was approached from behind by an unknown man and hit in the face on Peternoster Road.  Five minutes later police received a report of another man being attacked on Matlida Street during which he lost a tooth.

    The offender is described as in his late 20s, about 5ft 8ins tall, of heavy build, with shaved hair and a round, full face. 

  11. Latest headlines: Doncaster man pleads guilty to rape and sexual assault; Rotherham burglar jailed

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  12. Cancer support organisation celebrates 10 years

    Alice Olusoga

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    JTV Cancer Support is  based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield and is for teenagers and young adults who have been affected by cancer.

    The team is there to support any newly diagnosed patients make documentaries, animation, drama, video diaries or photo films to help them understand and express their experiences.    

    Here's a short promo video they've made as the organisation marks its 10th birthday today.

    Video content

    Video caption: JTV Cancer Support celebrates 10 years
  13. Sport update: Yorkshire sign Australia batsman for part of 2016 season

    BBC Sport

    County champions Yorkshire have signed Australia batsman Travis Head for the second half of the 2016 season.

    The 22-year-old will replace New Zealand's Kane Williamson from 18 July and play in all three formats.

    Travis Head

    Head has played two Twenty20 internationals and worked under Tykes coach Jason Gillespie at the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash.  

  14. Sheffield actor Dominic West calls for people to become regular donors to Sheffield Theatres

    Dominic West is backing a campaign calling for people to become regular donors to Sheffield Theatres.

    Dominic has performed on the Crucible stage, playing Professor Henry Higgins in the 2012 Christmas musical My Fair Lady, and Iago in the 2011 production of Othello.

    Dominic West

    The 46-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drams series The Wire.

    Quote Message: Giving a small amount of money on a regular basis is a great way to make sure we can all experience the most exciting, spectacular and thought-provoking theatre here in Sheffield - now and in the future." from Dominic West Actor
    Dominic WestActor
  15. Police need help identifying alleged pick pocketers

    South Yorkshire Police have released three images of people they want to speak to following a series of purse thefts in Doncaster town centre.

    CCTV image
    CCTV image

    The first offence occurred on the 2 February around lunchtime, when a 77-year-old woman noticed her purse containing £70 had been taken from her bag while shopping in Scot Lane, Doncaster.

    The second happened on 9 February when an 81-year-old woman had her purse containing £510 taken in the Frenchgate Shopping Centre. 

  16. Woman suffers possible 'life-altering injuries' in crash

    A woman has suffered possible life-altering injuries following a collision last night on the A1 M northbound.

    The crash happened between J35 and J36 at about 23:35 and involved a white HGV, a white BMW and a red Porsche Cayenne.

    The 45-year-old woman, who was driving the Porsche, is recovering in hospital.

    South Yorkshire Police have asked for any witnesses or anyone with any information about the collision to contact them.

  17. Listen: 'This is not a group of middle class tree huggers' - Chairman of Sheffield Tree Action Group

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The Chairman of Sheffield Tree Action Group (STAG) has reacted angrily to an open letter criticising campaigners against felling in Sheffield.

    The letter signed by trade unionists and people from community groups claims "opposition to the tree-felling has as much to do with the protection of house prices in the leafy suburbs as it does with environmental protection."

    Dave Dilner, chairman of STAG, strongly disagrees.

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    Video caption: STAG Chairman reacts to open letter criticising campaigners
  18. Major sporting competition starts today in Sheffield

    Sheffield is playing host to the annual British Universities and Colleges Sport competition again this weekend - more than 6,000 students will descend on the city. 

    It's a major sporting event, where many of the sporting stars of the future will be competing. 

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  19. Latest headlines: Cancer support project celebrates 10th birthday; Sheffield United's Jose Baxter suspended

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

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

    • A project that helps young cancer patients is celebrating its 10th birthday
    • Efforts to restore peat moorland in the Peak District will be seen today by the chief executive of the Environment Agency
    • Sheffield United have suspended forward Jose Baxter