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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Grace Parnell, Oliver Wright and Gemma Ashcroft

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening: Our live coverage across the day

    That's the end of our live coverage for today - thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back tomorrow with more news, travel, sport and weather updates from across South Yorkshire from 08:00.

    If you spot something happening in your area which you think we should know about, you can always get in touch with us by email.

  2. South Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and foggy night ahead

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    Cloud lowering and fog becoming quite extensive across the area, with some dense patches expected, and light northerly or northeasterly winds continuing.

    Weather forecast

    The minimum temperature tonight will be about 4C (39F).

    Tomorrow, many areas will be misty with low cloud, although fog becoming restricted to higher ground. The cloud might thicken enough to produce drizzle over the hills exposed to the northeasterly breeze.   

  3. Police appeal to trace man in connection with racist chanting

    Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace in relation to an incident of racist chanting on board a train travelling between Sheffield and Lincoln.

    CCTV image of man

    British Transport Police say a group of five men, believed to be Sheffield Wednesday fans, were involved in the incident at about 20:00 on 5 March.

    PC Dermott Carlin says: "We are keen to hear from anyone who might have witnessed this anti-social and racist display. Loutish and racist behaviour like this has no place on the rail network and will not be tolerated."

  4. Ben Needham: Police chief hopes new funding can help uncover truth about missing toddler

    South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Doctor Alan Billings says he's hopeful the team investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham can discover the truth of what happened.

    Sheffield toddler Ben went missing during a family holiday on the Greek island of Kos aged just 21-months-old.

    Doctor Alan Billings

    Speaking after the investigation secured £450,000 of additional funding, which is expected to fund the work through to October, Doctor Billings (pictured) said: "The team are fairly confident they have some strong leads.

    "Hopefully there will be a resolution and we will know on way or another what happened to Ben Needham."

  5. Barnsley law firm Raleys in administration

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A large law firm in Barnsley, Raleys, best known for running thousands of miners' compensation claims, has gone into administration.

    Raleys law firm, Barnsley

    Formed more than 130 years ago, the firm specialises in work-related disease cases, including miners' claims. It has suffered high-profile court defeats in recent years relating to the way it has handled some claims by miners.    

    Last year the Court of Appeal upheld a negligence claim after finding that its "commoditised" advice failed to cover the full extent of the claim. In 2013 at Leeds County Court, a judge found negligence on the part of Raleys, and awarded its former client damages of almost £6,000 on the basis he had a 75% chance of securing extra compensation.

  6. Latest headlines: Ben Needham search police given more money and Olympic Legacy Park work approved

    Grace Parnell

    BBC Local Live

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

  7. South Yorkshire in pictures: Visitors to Botanical Gardens revel in Sheffield sunshine

    Grace Parnell

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks to Joel Ford for sending us this fantastic picture of the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield as the sun shone down yesterday afternoon.

    Botanical Gardens, Sheffield

    We always love to feature the best pictures you've taken of South Yorkshire. Why not email us your photographs?

  8. Planning granted for Olympic Legacy Park

    Planning permission has been granted for the next phase of work on Sheffield's Olympic Legacy Park on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium.

    Proposed Olympic Legacy Park, Sheffield

    The Park is a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield City Council.

    The Indoor Community Arena will be the new home of the Sheffield Sharks basketball team.

  9. Three counties on three legs: Harry and Paul's Yorkshire odyssey continues

    It's day six of Harry and Paul's Sport Relief challenge and the BBC Look North duo are walking from Bradford to Otley - that's 14 hilly miles in West Yorkshire as part of their three county challenge. 

    Days after visiting South Yorkshire last week, the aches and pains are kicking in, as I've been finding out:

    Video content

    Video caption: So it's day six of Harry and Paul's Sport Relief challenge, Tanya caught up with the duo.

    Follow Harry and Paul's journey in real time GPS here

  10. South Yorkshire Police 'incompetent' for CSE data error

    The police force at the centre of the Rotherham abuse scandal has been branded "incompetent" after it released incorrect figures on its own work.

    Lib Dem Lord Paul Scriven

    South Yorkshire Police said a "clerical error" meant it gave the BBC the wrong data on charges brought for child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences.  

    It pushed out a correction on the day Lib Dem Lord Scriven raised the issue in the House of Lords.

    The force said it acted "as soon as the error came to light".

  11. £500k to support women suffering from post-natal depression in South Yorkshire

    A project which helps women suffering from post-natal depression to bond with their children has secured almost £500,000 of Lottery funding.

    Home-Start South Yorkshire will use the money to recruit volunteers to make home visits to give support and advice to parents.

    Chief executive Jack Scott says: "This is really exciting for us and we think it's going to make a huge difference to local parents' and children's lives."

  12. Leon Best confident of firing Millers to safety

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Rotherham United striker Leon Best says he believes he can score the goals needed to keep the Millers in the Championship.

    The 29-year-old scored twice in Saturday's dramatic 3-3 draw with Derby County and he says he is now close to being 100% fit after recovering from a hernia injury.

    "As a striker it's always about goals, but a big thing for me is getting sharp. I know that once I'm sharp I will score goals but it's just a matter of getting there. It's given me massive confidence to work harder and I believe I will score a lot now till the end of the season."

  13. Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson: 'We will get enough points'

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson says he believes his side can avoid relegation into League Two.

    Rovers are without a win since 2 January and are just two points above the drop zone.

    Darren Ferguson

    Ferguson (pictured) says: "I'm absolutely devastated at the run we're on at the moment for everyone at the club. At the moment there's only one way we're going, but I do firmly believe that with the games I've got left we will get enough points."

  14. Trans-Pennine tunnel: Angela Smith MP welcomes funding plan

    Penistone and Stocksbridge Labour MP Angela Smith has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne's plan to put up to £75m into exploring the possibility of a new trans-Pennine tunnel, but said the government needs to turn its words into actions.

    Angela Smith MP

    The MP says: “Of course these announcements should be welcomed, and I'd like to congratulate the Chancellor and the government for responding to the long-running campaign I, and many local groups, have fought for a long-term sustainable solution to bringing the city regions of Sheffield and Manchester closer together.

    "However, for too long all we've heard from government are announcements of proposals. If the 'Northern Powerhouse' concept is to become more than just a slogan then we need a real commitment from government to turns words in reports into action on the ground."

  15. Police secure £450,000 towards hunt for missing Ben Needham

    South Yorkshire Police have been given an extra £450,000 by the Home Office to continue investigating the disappearance of Sheffield toddler Ben Needham for the next six months.

    Artist's impression
    Image caption: An artist's impression (left) shows Ben, who disappeared in 1991, as he may look now

    Ben was 21 months old when he went missing while on a family holiday on the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

    The force secured an initial £700,000 from the government in January 2015.

  16. South Yorkshire's weather: A dry but cloudy afternoon

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll be mainly dry for the rest of the day, though much cloudier than yesterday.

    Weather forecast 15 March

    Some brighter and sunnier skies may develop and maximum temperatures could hit 10C (50F) if they do.

  17. Latest headlines: Government expected to give £75m to explore trans-Pennine tunnel and police appeal for help to trace bank robbery suspect

    The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

    • Chancellor George Osborne is expected to commit up to £75m to explore plans for a new trans-Pennine road tunnel
    • Police investigating an armed robbery at a bank in Rotherham appeal for help to trace a man wanted in connection with the raid
    • A project offering support to women suffering from post-natal depression secures almost £500,000 of lottery funding
  18. Public warned not to approach man wanted over armed robbery

    The officer leading the search for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a branch of the Yorkshire Bank in Rotherham on Friday 29 January has warned people not to approach him.

    Paul Smith

    Temporary Det Ch Insp Steve Ashmore says the last known address of 44-year-old Paul Smith was in Kimberworth, but that he has links to West Yorkshire, Humberside, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

    He's believed by police to hold "vital information" about the robbery at the Yorkshire Bank in Broad Street, Parkgate.

    Det Ch Insp Ashmore says: "If you do see Smith, do not approach him but call South Yorkshire Police on 101."

  19. BBC Look North features in Pass It On for Sport Relief Video

    We love this video of schools around Yorkshire, the UK and around the world teaming up for Sport Relief 2016. And there are some familiar faces about 43 seconds in...watch closely!

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