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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 31 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Thanks for joining us today. We're back with  more updates for South Yorkshire tomorrow from 08:00.

    The weather for this evening isn't looking bad: isolated heavy showers dying out, becoming dry and clear. 

    Minimum temperature 0C (32F) with a touch of frost.

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow's not looking bad, with a chance of more blue skies like today. 

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Wendy Scott for this wonderful picture of blue skies over Sheffield Town Hall today.  

    Blue skies over the Town Hall
  2. Snooker heaven returns to BBC Radio Sheffield

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    I'm back with Snooker Heaven on BBC Radio Sheffield in April and you can be in the audience with me at Sheffield Hallam University. You can apply for free tickets here.

    Rob Staton
  3. Steel MPs call for urgent meeting with David Cameron

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal-related Industries is calling for an urgent meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the future of UK steelmaking and, in particular, the situation at Tata sites across the country.

    Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East

    Clive Betts (pictured), the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, and a member of the All-Party Group, says: "The last year has been exceptionally difficult for the steel industry. This has not been assisted by the government’s complete failure to develop a manufacturing strategy, nor a specific strategy for the steel and metals’ industries. 

    "David Cameron tells us that he is 'now on the job'. But this is not a new issue. He has been warned many times over the last 12 months that urgent action is required to prevent a major collapse of the steel industry in the UK."

  4. Farmers concerned rural crime is increasing after lamb shootings in Doncaster

    John Cundy

    Crime correspondent, BBC Look North

    Farmers in South Yorkshire say two shooting sprees - which killed 20 lambs on farms near Doncaster - are an example of how rural crime is on the increase in the county. 

    Police say they're doing their best to combat what's happening, but with limited resources they need more help from the farmers themselves.

    More on BBC Look North tonight at 18:30 on BBC1.

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    Video caption: Farmers say shootings of lambs in Doncaster show rural crime is increasing in the county
  5. Sheffield bin strike: Extra collections over the weekend

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Veolia have told BBC Radio Sheffield that due to the industrial action by members of the GMB union, waste and recycling collections will be disrupted tomorrow.

    They have apologised for the inconvenience and ask residents to leave out their black bins or blue bins and boxes if they haven't been collected on Friday, for collections to be made as soon as possible. 

    Extra crews will be working on Saturday and Sunday to make collections.

  6. Hopes of re-nationalisation of UK Steel dashed

    Spencer Stokes

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    The hopes of steelworkers in Yorkshire have been dealt a blow today after the government ruled out nationalising the industry

    The owners of Tata Steel, which employs about 2,500 people in the region, are selling off its UK operation. 

    Following today's emergency meeting, the government rejected suggestions it should step in and part-nationalise the industry, like it did the banks.

    Tata Steel plant

    I'll bring you more on this in Look North on BBC1 at 18:30.

  7. Listen: Doncaster Rovers manager looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Rochdale

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has told me midfielder Paul Keegan could miss the final seven matches of the season with a hamstring injury. 

    Here, he looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Rochdale:

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    Video caption: Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson with Andy Giddings.
  8. Tata Steel workers in 'complete shock' about 'bleak' future

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Tata Steel Plant

    Tata workers are in "complete shock" about the company's plan to sell the UK steel business.

    Much of Tata's 15,000-strong workforce across the country faces an uncertain future as a result of the decision.

    Worker, Scott Gardener
    Quote Message: We're all in complete shock, we've all got families. We want to come here to work, we want to produce steel, we want to make money." from Scott Gardener Tata employee
    Scott GardenerTata employee
    Chris Read, leader Rotherham Council

    Rotherham council leader Chris Read says help is now needed either from a private firm or the government.  

    He says about 400 companies in the wider Sheffield city region are in the Tata supply chain.  

    Tata steel plant
    Quote Message: You are looking at thousands of jobs potentially being affected. It has a huge impact on the staff who work at Tata and their families, but it is also one of those key iconic Rotherham industries." from Chris Read Leader, Rotherham Council
    Chris ReadLeader, Rotherham Council
  9. Sheffield fostering appeal for older children

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Sheffield City Council's asking for foster parents to come forward for brothers and sisters and older children.

    You can get in touch and find out more on 0114 270 5075.

    Cartoon of children
  10. South Yorkshire Tata plants 'vital' to local communities

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Rotherham convenience store owner Vinny Singh says his business would lose about £2,000 a week if the Tata plant next door shuts.  

    Rotherham convenience store
    Quote Message: We open especially for them at five in the morning because of the night shift and the day shift turnover. We wouldn't open at that time otherwise. They're in and out of the shop for fags and newspapers constantly. It will have an impact on us, that's for sure." from Vinny Singh Rotherham shop owner
    Vinny SinghRotherham shop owner
  11. 'Aggressive' management blamed for Sheffield bin strike

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Union bosses have blamed "aggressive" management practices for a planned bin strike in Sheffield.

    Refuse collectors across the city are set to stage a 24-hour walkout from 06:00 on Friday.

    Peter Davies from The GMB union, which represents 95% of about 180 workers said the dispute centred around what he called the "aggressive" use of disciplinary procedures and said there had been 96 gross misconduct cases in the last 12 months.  

    Sheffield street scene
  12. New carriages for trains between Manchester and Sheffield

    Alice Olusoga

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    A contract's been signed to provide 95 new intercity rail carriages for the north of England. 

    They've been ordered by FirstGroup as part of the new TransPennine Express franchise, which begins tomorrow. 

    Most will be assembled by Hitachi - at their site in County Durham. 

    The hybrid trains, operating on both electric and diesel power, are set to be introduced by the end of 2019.

    Transpennine Express at Meadowhall
  13. Ronnie Corbett 'a very easy man to love' - Michael Parkinson

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Ronnie Corbett's close friend, Barnsley's Sir Michael Parkinson, has paid tribute to the comedian who's died at the age of 85.

    Michael Parkinson
    Ronnie Corbett
    Quote Message: He was a very easy man to love. He was a perfect companion. He was bright. He could tell good stories. He was funny. He was very rarely depressed. Anne, his wife, she'll be distraught. I mean, it was a great marriage. They've been together for many, many years, and it was a very loving partnership. We were just mates and I shall miss him terribly." from Sir Michael Parkinson
    Sir Michael Parkinson
  14. Listen: Sheffield Wednesday manager speaks ahead team's test on Saturday

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    I've been speaking to Carlos Carvalhal ahead of Saturday's test against Huddersfield.

    He tells me he's expecting quality on the pitch:

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    Video caption: The Owls boss speaking to Rob Staton
  15. Sheffield funnyman talks about comedy at the top of the world on BBC Look North

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Just a heads-up for fans of Sheffield comedian Tom Wrigglesworth - he's appearing on our programme tonight on BBC1 from 18:30. 

    He's best known for his Radio 4 series Hang-Ups, but he'll be talking to us about an upcoming trip to Everest and why he's taking his humour to the top of the world.  

    Tom Wrigglesworth
  16. Your tributes: Death of Ronnie Corbett

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Nick Higham looks back at the life of Ronnie Corbett who's died at the age of 85:   

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    Video caption: Comedian Ronnie Corbett has died at the age of 85.

    You've been paying tribute to Ronnie on our Facebook page...

    Quote Message: RIP. The two Ronnies reunited from Brian Fern
    Brian Fern
    Quote Message: And it's a goodnight from him. RIP" from Neil Tilbrook
    Neil Tilbrook
    Quote Message: One of the best" from Angela Powell
    Angela Powell
    Quote Message: RIP funny man from Craig Hancock
    Craig Hancock
  17. Listen: Cuts in funds to volunteer-run library threatens closure

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    A volunteer-run library in Sheffield says closure is on the cards if the council cuts a grant for the building's basic running costs. 

    Totley library will also have to pay for other services it now gets for free.

    One of the library's trustees is Matt Kik:

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    Video caption: A volunteer-run library in Totley says closure is on the cards if council grant is cut
  18. Death of Ronnie Corbett: Sheffield's Michael Palin pays tribute

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield, Local Live

    Entertainer Ronnie Corbett, best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, has died aged 85.

    His publicist said: "Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family."

    Speaking to the BBC, Michael Palin paid tribute to his friend, saying: "His sense of comedy timing was absolutely perfect."

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    Video caption: Michael Palin pays tribute to his friend and colleague Ronnie Corbett.

    Michael Palin was a writer on The Two Ronnies, alongside Terry Jones. 

    Quote Message: "He loved whatever he did. He was a marvellous, sharp, concise performer. His sense of comedy timing was absolutely perfect, which is why he worked so well with John [Cleese] and with Ronnie Barker. He was absolutely delightful to play with and against and he was also a good friend. from Michael Palin
    Michael Palin
  19. Love your trees? Get a grant to look after them

    Paulette Edwards

    BBC Radio Sheffield presenter

    We all know how we love our trees around here, but now the Woodland Trust is looking to hand out money to groups in Sheffield who want to manage their own woods. 

    £125,000 is on offer in a new pilot scheme aimed at getting more communities to manage local woodland. Each grant will be up to £10,000.

    Beauchief Drive at Gulleys Wood, Sheffield
  20. South Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and some showers

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    We should continue to enjoy plenty of sunny spells this afternoon, but we're likely to see a few showers.

    Some of these heavy, but clearing quickly. Light northerly winds, and highs today of 10C (50F).

    Weather forecast