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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live coverage has come to a close for today. 

    Back tomorrow morning with Sheffield and South Yorkshire's news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 - earlier if we get a lot of snow overnight. 

    We always welcome your photos and stories, snow-related or not, and you can get them to us by clicking here.

  2. South Yorkshire's weather: Touch and go over possible snow in South Yorkshire

    BBC Weather

    A band of showers this evening, likely to be a mix of rain, sleet and hill snow. Drier with some clear spells for a time before further showers late in the night, these turning wintry even to low levels. It'll be windy too.

    Weather image
  3. Paul and Harry's three-legged training: They're not smiling now...

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    The countdown is on to Harry Gration and Paul Hudson's three-legged, three counties walk for BBC Sport Relief.

    The pair are planning to walk more than 110 miles tied together at the ankle - trying to beat the £140,000 total Harry and Amy Garcia raised when they cycled the Yorkshire route of the Tour de France on a tandem.

    Paul and Harry

    You might have seen their training on last night's Look North. Clearly, they're starting to feel the pain...

    Quote Message: We're pulling muscles we didn't even know we had and that's just after six miles of training. We're walking close to 120 miles on the walk, so let's see how that works out!" from Paul Hudson
    Paul Hudson

    If you can spare a few pounds, click here to donate (we'd be really grateful!)   

    The walk starts in Rotherham on 10 March. We'll be keeping you updated with their progress here on Local Live and on social media.

  4. Registration opens for South Yorkshire Police recruitment

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    People wanting to become police officers on South Yorkshire now have three days to register their interest.

    The Police and Crime Commissioner's budget sees an effort to attract hundreds more people to join the force, even though he must at the same time cut spending on the service by £10m.

    Police recruitment logo
  5. Tram and police car on 999 call collide in Sheffield

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Police have confirmed that one of their cars and a tram collided today as officers responded to a 999 call. 

    The accident happened on Langsett Road at about 13:00.

    The road was closed between Cuthbert Bank and Langsett Crescent. No one was hurt in the crash.

  6. Council tax rise of 4% coming to Doncaster

    Kevin Larkin, Doncaster reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Votes have been cast this afternoon on Doncaster Council's budget for the next financial year.

    A near 4% rise in council tax was passed unanimously, 50 votes to none.  

    During the council meeting, Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones promised 330 new primary school places, 140 new homes and between 60 and 80 extra care places for the elderly.

    Doncaster council HQ
  7. Middlesbrough defender Baptiste signs for Blades

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    Sheffield United have signed Middlesbrough defender Alex Baptiste on a 93-day loan. 

    The 30-year-old is looking to get his career back on track after breaking his leg in the summer. 

    Baptiste goes straight into the squad to face Burton tonight.

    Alex Baptiste
  8. Council responds in legal fight over trees in Sheffield

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Sheffield City Council says its legal team has filed papers in the High Court in response to a recent injunction preventing felling work on the city’s street trees. 

    The authority says it will vigorously defend the claims made in the injunction in relation to street trees.

    Opponents of the Streets Ahead project were granted an interim injunction by the High Court and the council was ordered to halt felling.  

    In a statement, a council spokesperson says:

    Quote Message: Our street tree maintenance programme is designed to protect and enhance the city’s trees for future generations. We have a clear strategy for achieving this and ensuring that Sheffield remains the greenest city in Britain." from Council spokesperson
    Council spokesperson
    Tree with 'Save Me' message
  9. Is snow heading for South Yorkshire?

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    If you've been online anywhere today, you'll have probably seen lots of speculation over whether it'll snow or not.

    I've made a short video to explain if we're likely to get any of the white stuff or not.

    Video content

    Video caption: Behind the scenes with Keeley Donovan, who gives us a look at her charts
  10. Sheffield dog attack: Man was left critically injured by pit bull

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    A dog which attacked a man last week leaving him critically injured was a pit bull, police in Sheffield have confirmed.

    The attack happened at a house in Gleadless on Monday 22 February.

    The South Yorkshire force says the pit bull breed was banned in 1991, but owners are allowed to keep their dogs if they are deemed not to be dangerous. 

    The dog involved in the incident is still in police kennels.

    The injured man is still in hospital and is in a critical but stable condition. A man who was arrested is still on bail while enquiries continue, police say.

    Scene of dog attack
  11. Latest headlines: Doncaster Council budget is finalised and warning over former mining communities

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories in South Yorkshire this afternoon include: 

    • Council tax will go up by 4% in Doncaster as next year's budget is finalised
    • A paedophile's son is convicted of witness intimidation in Rotherham
    • The body charged with helping former coal mining communities says some areas are still seriously disadvantaged
  12. Witness in Rotherham paedophile gang trial was intimidated

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    The 18-year-old son of a man who was jailed last week as part of a gang who'd systematically abused young girls in Rotherham has been convicted of intimidating a witness.

    Kaleem Ali, of Clough Road in Masborough, was found guilty at Rotherham Magistrates' Court today.

    He was judged to have behaved in a threatening and intimidating manner towards a victim of child sexual exploitation. She was said to have been left shaking and crying through his actions. 

    Ali will be sentenced later this month.

  13. Call for advisory panel to help police handle protests in South Yorkshire

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A review of the way South Yorkshire Police has managed protests in Rotherham by far right groups such as Britain First has called for an advisory panel to be set up. 

    The panel would be made up of senior figures from local businesses, faith groups and the council.

    Members would work with the police to come up with plans to deal with demonstrations in the town in the future. 

    The review was sparked by trouble during demonstrations in the town in September, with the British Muslim Youth group announcing a short-lived boycott of relations with South Yorkshire police, saying it felt its concerns weren't being taken seriously by the force.

    Rotherham police station
  14. Non-urgent South Yorkshire 101 police call waiting times up

    More on the news we've been covering today that callers to South Yorkshire Police's 101 non-emergency service are having to wait longer to get through compared with two years ago.

    Waiting time figures

    According to figures released to the BBC under a Freedom of Information request, it took South Yorkshire Police an average of 30 seconds to answer calls in 2013-14, rising to just under a minute and a half in 2014-2015. 

    South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says improvements are being made, including new technology and better online reporting of crimes.

  15. Flying Scotsman documentary on the way

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    A documentary about Flying Scotsman and its recent journey from London to York is being produced by BBC Radio Sheffield. 

    Look North's Tom Ingall was on board and will be putting the programme together, it'll be scheduled over Easter. 

    The locomotive's journey on the East Coast Main Line through Doncaster last week attracted thousands of people to line its route.

    Flying Scotsman graphic
    Quote Message: The whole event proved to be a very special day for many thousands of people and I'm looking forward to telling the story of the journey, as well as some of Flying Scotsman's history and its strong link with Doncaster." from Tom Ingall BBC Look North reporter and rail enthusiast
    Tom IngallBBC Look North reporter and rail enthusiast
  16. Abused puppy being helped to find a new home

    Sheffield Star

    A puppy that was violently attacked and thrown against a wall by her Sheffield owner is searching for a new home.

    Abused puppy
  17. Smiler rollercoaster crash: Alton Towers to reopen ride this month

    The Alton Towers rollercoaster ride on which five people, including two teenagers from Barnsley, were seriously injured is to reopen later this month.

    Smiler ride at Alton Towers

    Two women, including 17-year-old Leah Washington from Barnsley, lost a leg and three other people were seriously hurt when their carriage hit a stationary carriage on the Smiler ride on 2 June.

    The ride, which has been closed since the accident, is to reopen on 19 March when the Staffordshire theme park reopens for its new season. The owner of the attraction is to be prosecuted over the crash.

  18. Former NHL player signs new deal at Sheffield Steelers

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    The Sheffield Steelers have announced that forward Guillaume Desbiens has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

    The former NHL player joined the Steelers in November and has scored eight goals and 21 points in 38 games.

    Guillaume Desbiens
    Quote Message: I've felt very welcome from the day I arrived here in November. It feels good to be part of a winning organisation." from Guillaume Desbiens Sheffield Steelers
    Guillaume DesbiensSheffield Steelers
  19. Latest headlines: Construction jobs pay protest in Rotherham and effort to get more homes built in Doncaster

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

    • About 500 people demonstrate in Rotherham as the GMB union claims non-UK construction workers are being paid a lot less than others on energy plant sites
    • The Coalfields Regeneration Trust says former pit communities still represent some of the most deprived areas in the country
    • Housing developers and builders meet in Doncaster with the hope of getting more homebuilding schemes off the ground in the town
  20. South Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon ahead

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but a little sunshine possible. 

    Winds easing and cooler later.

    Weather graphic