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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Live updates for South Yorkshire have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    I know it's April, but forecasters are predicting there may be hill snow over the Pennines tonight - so take care out there. Here's hoping we don't see scenes like this:

    Snowy Yorkshire hillside

    If you do spot any snow falling or have some other great pictures, don't forget to send them to us and they may end up on your BBC Local Live page.

  2. Weather: Further showers possible overnight

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Remaining breezy this evening and overnight with further showers possible, perhaps giving way to a longer spell of rain towards the end the night, with hill snow possible over the Pennines. 

    Colder than recent nights, with frost possible.  

    Weather graphic
  3. Search is on for 'forever homes' for 10 Rotherham babies

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Babies don't come up for adoption often these days, but, in a rare coincidence, Rotherham Council currently has 10 young babies in its care all looking for loving homes.

    Ranging from new-born through to several months old, the youngsters are all desperately in need of people to come forward to adopt them.

    Anyone who thinks they can help is being asked to contact the adoption team on 01709 254899 or visit

  4. Watch: Dog microchipping becomes compulsory from today

    BBC News England

    A reminder to South Yorkshire's dog owners: you could be fined if your pet is not microchipped, after a new law came into force today.

    More than one million dogs in the UK have not yet been microchipped, one in eight of the estimated canine population, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says.

    If local authorities find a dog that hasn't been chipped, owners will have 21 days to comply with the law or face a fine of up to £500. You have been warned!

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    Video caption: After a change in the law dog owners could be fined if their pet is not microchipped.
  5. Sheffield Council told to 'stop dithering' over new Retail Quarter

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    The leader of the Lib Dem group on Sheffield City Council has criticised the Labour-run authority for "dithering" over the new Retail Quarter.

    Colin Ross made his comments as the 3 St. Paul's development, the final part of the Heart of the City project, was completed.

    Mr Ross says the development "which was helped by funding from the coalition government, is a great step forward". 

    However, he adds that Labour in Sheffield needs to do more for the city centre.

    Colin Ross
    Quote Message: A development partner for the new Retail Quarter was meant to be announced last month, but we've been told today they still haven't chosen. I hope the council will stop dithering and finally get on with building the new Retail Quarter." from Colin Ross Lib Dem leader, Sheffield City Council
    Colin RossLib Dem leader, Sheffield City Council
  6. Latest headlines: Hillsborough inquests jury retires to consider verdicts and police appeal after attacked at Sheffield station

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in South Yorkshire this evening include:

    • Over two years after the hearings began, the jury at the Hillsborough Inquests has been sent out to consider verdicts 
    • Tata Steel's UK operations will go on sale by Monday at the latest, the government confirms
    • Police are trying to find a group of Sheffield United supporters who were involved in assaulting a man at Sheffield railway station after an away match last month
  7. Police issue e-fit following Firth Park robbery

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    An e-fit image of a man wanted in connection with a robbery in the Firth Park area of Sheffield earlier this year has just been issued by police.

    A woman in her 60s was walking onto Foremark Road on Tuesday 19 January when she was approached by a man who attempted to take her bag. 

    He assaulted her before taking her bag and running off down Sicey Avenue.

    The suspect is described as being of average build and wearing a black beanie style hat, a khaki padded jacket and light coloured trousers.

    E-fit image
  8. Sale of Tata Steel in UK will formally go ahead next week

    BBC News England

    The sale of Tata Steel's UK operations will formally go ahead on Monday

    Business Secretary Savid Javid (pictured left) has met the chairman of the firm in India, with thousands of jobs under threat, including about 2,000 in South Yorkshire.

    Sajid Javid (L) leaves Bombay House

    Mr Javid says the government will do all it can to help find a buyer:

    Quote Message: We had a constructive and positive meeting. They've said they intend to launch formally the sales process by Monday at the latest. In doing so, I've also made it clear that the UK government will do everything it can to support any serious buyer in every way we can to secure the long-term future of this industry." from Savid Javid UK Business Secretary
    Savid JavidUK Business Secretary
  9. Final part of Heart of the City project completed in Sheffield

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    The final part of the £130m Heart of the City project in Sheffield has been completed.

    The 10-storey development, 3 St Paul's Place, marks the "revival of confidence" in Sheffield city centre, according to Manchester-based developers CTP.

    Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and cabinet member for business, skills and development, says: "It's immensely satisfying to see 3 St Paul's Place, which began in the worst recession since the Second World War, now taking its place in the city skyscape."

    The first occupiers, engineering consultancy Arup, are due to move in shortly.  

    3 St Paul's Place, Sheffield
  10. Rotherham boss Warnock criticises Bristol City's Lee Johnson

    BBC Sport

    Rotherham boss Neil Warnock has called pre-match comments made by Bristol City counterpart Lee Johnson "an absolute disgrace" after the teams drew 1-1.

    Neil Warnock

    The Championship strugglers met at Ashton Gate on Tuesday.

    Before the game Johnson, 34, told the Bristol Post: "We have to make sure we win it, whether through aggression, good football or intimidation."

    Warnock told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I didn't have to do a team talk, Johnson did it for me yesterday."

  11. Three men jailed for Sheffield 'cold-blooded' shooting death

    Three men who shot dead a father-of-two "in cold-blood" have been jailed.

    Marvis Smith, Brendan McFarlane and Stevin Pierre

    Grant Bodell, 23, was discovered with gunshot wounds on wasteland off Queen Mary Road, in Sheffield, in June 2014. He died later in hospital. 

    At Sheffield Crown Court, Marvis Smith (pictured left) and Brendan McFarlane (pictured centre) were jailed for life after they were found guilty of murder following a trial in February

    Stevin Pierre (pictured right), 25, of Water Slacks Close, Sheffield, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter.

    Smith, 30, of Park Grange Road, was ordered to serve a minimum of 38 years while McFarlane, 22, of Hyde Park Terrace, must serve 32 years before being considered for release.

  12. Grand total revealed for Harry and Paul's three-legged Sport Relief challenge

    The grand total for Harry Gration and Paul Hudson's three-legged challenge for Sport Relief has been revealed. 

    The Look North presenters walked 131 miles across Yorkshire with their ankles tied together last month. 

    They raised £277,000 for charity. Harry says it's an amazing total… 

    Harry Gration and Paul Hudson on their three-legged challenge across Yorkshire
    Quote Message: Wow, what can I's an amazing achievement. I can't thank the people of Yorkshire enough for supporting us." from Harry Gration Look North presenter
    Harry GrationLook North presenter
  13. 'Distinctive' rings and bangles stolen in Rotherham

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    The theft of high value jewellery from a house in Brinsworth, Rotherham, has sparked a police appeal for information.

    Picture of distinctive jewellery

    The jewellery, which is described as "of highly sentimental value to the owner", was stolen from a house on Godric Drive between 19:00 and 21:15 on Thursday 17 March.

    PC Tom Jordan says: "I would ask people to keep an eye out for anyone who may be selling these distinctive items. Two gold rings and six gold bangles were taken from the property."

  14. Hillsborough inquests jury retires: Hearings longest in legal history

    More on the news that the jury in the Hillsborough inquests have retired to consider their verdicts.

    The hearings are the longest running inquests in British legal history.

    Since the inquests began on 31 March 2014, the jury has heard from more than 500 witnesses, been shown more than 4,000 documents and watched footage from the day of the disaster.

    Sir John Goldring

    The coroner, Sir John Goldring (pictured), began his summing up on 25 January and has been speaking to the jury for 25 days in total.  

  15. Hillsborough inquests: Jury to consider if victims 'unlawfully killed'

    BBC News England

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans has been sent out to start deliberating after hearing two years of evidence.

    The seven women and three men will respond to a 14-section questionnaire on how the supporters died.

    One question asks if the fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 disaster.

    Hillsborough disaster

    Jurors will also decide if fans' behaviour added to a dangerous situation outside the stadium in Sheffield.

    Liverpool had been due to play Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.

  16. BreakingJury at Hillsborough inquests retires to consider verdicts

    Judith Moritz

    BBC North of England Correspondent

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has been sent out to start its deliberations after listening to evidence for more than two years. 

    Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush on the terraces at the Sheffield ground in 1989. 

    The jury will have to decide whether they were unlawfully killed. 

  17. 'Grandad Fox' statue takes pride of place in Stocksbridge

    A new sculpture designed by Sheffield artist Pete McKee and made by Anthony Bennett has been gingerly lowered into place next to the new Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.

    Standing at 6ft 4ins tall and weighing a tonne, the sculpture - called Grandad Fox - is the first time ever that one of Pete's images has been made in bronze. 

    This is what it looks like now it's taken pride of place today outside the £50m town centre development:

    Grandad Fox statue
    Grandad Fox statue