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Summary

  1. News, travel, weather and sport updates will resume at 08:00 on Tuesday 29 March
  2. Updates on Thursday 24 March 2016

Live Reporting

By Oliver Wright

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for today from BBC Local Live in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 29 March. 

    In the meantime, please feel free to email us with your news and pictures.

    Until next week, Happy Easter!

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  2. Easter travel: What you need to know

    If you're thinking about heading away from South Yorkshire for an Easter break this weekend, did you know that about 11 million cars are expected to take to the roads today as the holiday getaway begins?

    Traffic jam in car mirror

    The AA has estimated about half of all drivers will be on the road as holidaymakers mix with school and commuter traffic.

    Roadworks across 97% of the motorway and A-roads were due to be finished or lifted by 06:00 today, but 57 sets will stay in place for safety reasons.

    Engineering is also expected to affect about 5% of rail routes over the next week.

  3. Watch: Doncaster Rovers Belles prepare for season opener

    Paul Ogden

    BBC Sport

    Doncaster Rovers Belles kick off their new season back in the top flight of women's football tonight at 19.45.

    There's a big crowd expected at the Keepmoat Stadium for their opening match, at home to reigning champions Chelsea.

    I've been to see them in training:

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    Video caption: Doncaster Rover Belles train ahead of first match of the season.
  4. Latest headlines: Death crash driver jailed for 10 years and Brightside and Hillsborough by-election date named

    Today's top stories from across South Yorkshire include:

  5. Fundraising campaign to save Doncaster Women's Aid

    A women's group must raise £90,000 within the next seven days or face closure.

    Doncaster Women's Aid, which has been running since 1976, says it will be forced to shut if the money isn't raised as its lottery funding is due to run out.

    A spokesperson for the organisation said, "Doncaster Women’s Aid deals with 330 referrals per month which involve approximately 550 children each month.

    "That's over 4,000 victim enquiries each year that are supported and protected by this charity."

  6. Travel update: Problems in Sheffield on A61 northbound

    BBC Travel

    Sheffield Travel
  7. Ten year sentence for double death crash driver

    More on the news that a man whose car burst into flames when he smashed into a garden in Branton, near Doncaster, has been jailed for 10 years for causing the deaths of two men.

    Liam Aldred and Dean McIntyre
    Image caption: Liam Aldred (left) and Dean McIntyre (right) died in the crash in Branton in August 2015

    James Maughan's Megane was overtaking a Volkswagen Passat which was already overtaking a car towing a caravan in a 30mph zone seconds before the fatal crash last August, a court heard.

    The Megane then hit a kerb on the wrong side of Doncaster Road, causing it to lose a back wheel and demolish bollards on a central reservation. It ended up on its roof, bursting into flames in the front garden of a house.

    Maughan, 21, of Marshland Road, Doncaster, was convicted on Monday at Sheffield Crown Court of causing the deaths of Liam Aldred, 26, and Dean McIntyre, 27, who were also travelling in the Megane.

  8. BreakingDouble death crash driver jailed for 10 years

    A man whose car burst into flames when he smashed into a garden in Doncaster while overtaking at 70mph has been jailed for 10 years for causing the deaths of two men.  

    Liam Aldred, 26, and Dean McIntyre, 27, died when the black Renault Megane they were travelling in crashed in Branton, near Doncaster, last August.  

    James Maughan, 21, of Marshland Road, Doncaster, was convicted on Monday at Sheffield Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.

  9. Barnsley re-sign Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney

    BBC Sport

    Barnsley have re-signed Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney on loan until the end of the season.

    Ivan Toney

    The 20-year-old spent time on loan at Oakwell earlier in the campaign, scoring once in six league appearances.

    He could feature for the League One play-off hopefuls in Friday's home match against Scunthorpe.

    Quote Message: We're delighted to have someone of Ivan's calibre back for the remainder of the season. Having worked with him earlier in the season we know what he's all about and the strengths that he can bring to the squad. from Paul Heckingbottom Caretaker Head Coach
    Paul HeckingbottomCaretaker Head Coach
  10. Teenage robbery victim has motorbike taken

    A 17-year-old boy had his motorbike stolen after being threatened in a park.

    The boy was in Sandall Park in Thorne Road, Doncaster, when he was approached by two men who threatened him and demanded he hand over the key.

    The suspects left the area on the bike, a white Kawasaki KE100 registration L79 MNW.

    One of the suspects is described as white, about 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, in his late teens and of slim build. He was wearing a black Nike baseball cap and coat and grey tracksuit bottoms

    The second suspect is also described as white, about 18-years-old, of slim build with black hair. He was wearing a black Nike hooded top with black tracksuit bottoms.

  11. Striker Yates pens two-year-deal with Millers

    Rotherham United striker Jerry Yates says he's "delighted" to have signed a new two-year deal with the club.

    Jerry Yates

    The 19-year-old is a product of the side's academy, and has been on the bench for the first-team on a number of occasions this season.

    On the club's website, Yates says: “I am really looking forward to my future here, and hopefully I can now start to push on and over the course of next season start to force my way into the team."

  12. Special medallion to mark Sheffield's 'Women of Steel'

    We heard earlier this week that a statue marking the lives of the "Women of Steel" - women who worked in Sheffield's steel industry during World War One and Two - will be unveiled outside City Hall in June.

    Model of Women of Steel statue

    As part of events surrounding that unveiling, Sheffield City Council says it wants to honour each of the surviving Women of Steel, and the families of those no longer with us, with a commemorative medallion. 

    If you, or a member of your family, were a Woman of Steel and worked in the factories and steel mills in Sheffield and the surrounding area during the two World Wars, the council wants to hear from you.

  13. Western Bank Bridge strengthening project announced

    Western Bank Bridge in Sheffield is to undergo a six-month strengthening project, the city council has said.

    During the work on the bridge, which cuts through the University of Sheffield campus, a series of lane closures will be in place, but councillors say the bridge will never be fully closed.

    Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment and transport, says: "We know the works on Western Bank Bridge may cause some disruption, but we'd ask that the public understand why we need to carry out these vital repairs."

    The work's due to start on 29 March.

  14. Listen: Steelers duo on retirement plans

    Peter Spencer

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Sheffield Steelers Jason Hewitt and Jeff Legue have been talking to me about their decision to retire.

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    Video caption: Sheffield Steelers Jason Hewitt and Jeff Legue announce they're retiring at end of season
  15. Chief Constable's resignation gives force 'an opportunity' - Police Commissioner

    The decision by South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton to retire presents the force with "an opportunity to think where we go from here", South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

    Alan Billings

    Doctor Alan Billings has told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I've known that David wanted to retire since last year but it was all about the timing of that. We did not want the force disturbed last year.

    "Now it's the right time because it enables us to find a new Chief Constable by the time he goes. That process will start as soon as the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners are over."

  16. Latest headlines: Man 'stabbed' in Sheffield street and Brightside and Hillsborough by-election date announced

    Today's top stories from across South Yorkshire include:

  17. South Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy afternoon ahead

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    This afternoon will be cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle in places.

    The top temperature will be about 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic