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  1. Three teenage boys arrested after barn destroyed in blaze
  2. Full list of candidates out for historic Rotherham council elections
  3. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016

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By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: 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 at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    I thought I'd finish the day with Jill Smith's lovely photo of the Rivelin Valley before the rain came.

    Rivelin Valley

    Don't forget you can get in touch with your stories and photos too and they may end up on the Local Live page.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Watch: Sheffield school pupils visit victims of Nepalese earthquake

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    It's almost a year since two huge earthquakes destroyed villages in Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. 

    A few months ago BBC Radio Sheffield spoke to Keith Brook, a teacher at Birkdale School in Sheffield, about his plan to take pupils on a trip out there. 

    The school has been taking groups to Kathmandu for 15 years and the disaster didn't stop that this year. In fact, it made them even more determined and they also took along medical and engineering teams.

    Our reporter Liz Roberts filmed some of the trip.....

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    Video caption: Nepal
  3. Missing: Police concerned for 25-year-old Doncaster man

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Police are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of Simon Smith who has gone missing from Balby.

    He was last seen shortly before 2pm yesterday near the Woodfield Plantation area of Balby.

    The 25-year-old is described as being white, 6ft tall, slim with short dark hair that's grey on the side.

    He's believed to be unshaven and when he was last seen was wearing a black coloured Superdry jacket, blue jeans and blue and black Nike trainers with distinctive yellow laces.

    Simon Smith
  4. Weather: Outbreaks of rain overnight

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    Any showers dying away to leave a largely dry evening, but becoming cloudy with rain affecting all parts after midnight. A chilly evening but temperatures will rise again as the rain arrives.  

    Weather graphic
  5. Latest headlines: South Yorkshire Police appeal for help to track down wanted man and soldiers help to re-open coalfield line

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories in South Yorkshire this evening include:

    • Police are again appealing for help to find a man who was convicted of robbery in his absence after failing to turn up at Sheffield Crown Court. Thirty-year-old Shaun Chamberlain from Bolton on Dearne was sentenced to four years in prison last month 
    • Some 372 candidates will fight for 84 seats on Sheffield City Council this May
    • Work is taking place this weekend to join up the Elsecar Heritage Railway line to Cortonwood. Seventy junior soldiers are mucking in to get the line, which has been closed for 30 years, up and running
  6. Sheffield council elections: 372 candidates will fight over 84 seats

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    Nominations have closed for candidates in this year's local elections on 5 May, confirming there'll be 372 candidates fighting over 84 seats on Sheffield City Council. 

    Labour, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats are contesting every seat, while UKIP have fielded 42 candidates in 25 different wards. 

    The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has 23 candidates up for election, Yorkshire First have 1, and there's one independent standing. 

    Sheffield Town Hall

    They've also announced the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates for South Yorkshire today.

    Police and Crime Commissioner candidates for South Yorkshire
  7. Sheffield Half Marathon: Who'll finish first at this year's event?

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    More than 7,000 people have signed up to run the 13.1 miles through Sheffield City Centre.

    The Sheffield Half marathon has been dubbed by organisers as one of the most challenging half marathon routes in the region.

    Last year Dave Archer (pictured) won the event in 1 hr 13 mins and 30 seconds.

    Dave Archer who won last year's Sheffield Half Marathon

    The main event this Sunday starts with the first wave of runners setting off from Arundel Gate at 9:30am and the overall winner is expected to cross the finish line on Pinstone Street around 10:45am.

    Could it be you this time around?

  8. Barnsley striker targets play-offs after Johnstone's Paint Trophy win

    BBC Sport

    Barnsley striker Sam Winnall has targeted winning the League One play-offs after their Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final success last Sunday.

    The Tykes came from a goal down to beat Oxford 3-2 and win the competition for the first time in the club's history.

    Paul Heckingbottom's side are seventh in League One, four points outside the play-offs but with a game in hand on all the teams above them in the table.

    "It's the motivation of knowing that we could do it all again in May," he said.

    Sam Winnall
  9. Wanted man still on the run six months after failing to attend court

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Police in Doncaster are still trying to track down a man who failed to appear at Sheffield Crown Court six months ago in relation to blackmail and robbery offences. 

    Shaun Chamberlain

    A warrant was issued for the arrest of 30-year-old Shaun Chamberlain, of Bolton-upon-Dearne, who failed to appear at court in October last year. 

    Last month, nine people were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court for a range of criminal offences in Mexborough, Doncaster.

    A judge sentenced Chamberlain in his absence to four years in prison for his role in the crimes. 

    Supt Neil Thomas said: “Chamberlain may think he can outrun police or outsmart the authorities and we acknowledge he has been outstanding for a period of time, but there are a number of active enquiries to find him and bring him to justice." 

  10. Sheffield Half Marathon: Race route and road closures

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    We've been talking today about the Sheffield Half Marathon which is taking place this Sunday in the city.

    The organisers have sent us this handy map of the route....

    Sheffield Half Marathon route

    And below you'll see a list of the various road closures and suspension of parking places which will be in place over the weekend.

    Road closure and suspension of parking places list
  11. Man, 23, denies manslaughter charge

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Lewis Siddall (pictured) in Doncaster.

    Lewis Siddall

    The 24-year-old was found dead at his home in Skellow on 14 August. A post-mortem examination concluded he died of a head injury.

    Blue Horrobin, 23, of Highfield Road, Doncaster, denied the charge during a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

    He was bailed and will appear for trial in January 2017.

  12. Weather: Fairly pleasant with a few scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    A few scattered showers will develop this afternoon but with light winds it should feel fairly pleasant

    Weather graphic
  13. Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election: List of candidates

    The list of candidates standing in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough Constitutency has been published today.

    The election is being held to find a replacement for Harry Harpham, who died in February less than a year after being elected its MP.

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  14. Blackburn Meadows water works get £78m upgrade

    Mark Ansell

    BBC Look North reporter

    A £78m scheme to improve a waste water treatment works in South Yorkshire has been completed.

    The work at Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield, started in 2012 to reduce ammonia levels in the River Don.

    Water treatment Works Sheffield

    Yorkshire Water said the river's water quality was now "healthier than at any point since the Industrial Revolution".

    The revamp will also aid plans to reintroduce salmon into the city centre for the first time in more than 100 years, it said.

    The facility was built in 1884 and is now opposite Meadowhall shopping centre.

  15. New York stadium to host England match tonight

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Rotherham's New York Stadium will host an expected sell-out England Women's Euro Qualifier with Belgium tonight.

    New York Stadium

    The Lionesses have recorded two wins out of two in their Group, with an 8-0 victory over Estonia and 1-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

    Eight group winners and the six best runners-up go into the final tournament along with hosts the Netherlands. The other two runners-up will contest a play-off for the final spot.

    Player Alex Scott says they're looking forward to it.

  16. Watch: Oldest tattoo man Jack Reynolds is 'officially amazing'

    We've been talking today about Jack Reynolds from Chesterfield who went and got himself a tattoo to mark his 104th birthday.

    He's also received a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records...

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    Video caption: Jack's first tattoo
  17. Historic Rotherham council elections: Full list of candidates

    Liz Roberts

    BBC Radio Sheffield, political reporter

    The list of candidates standing in what will be an historic first all-out council election in Rotherham is out today.

    All 63 seats will be up for grabs on Thursday 5 May after the government insisted on a fresh start for the council following the child sexual exploitation scandal.

    Previously councillors have been elected a third at a time but this time all three seats in each ward will be contested.  

    Rotherham town hall

    The Labour party is the one putting up a full slate of candidates.

    UKIP has 41 people standing and the Tories 23.

    There are 13 people standing as Independents, while the Lib Dems have five candidates. 

    Three people will stand for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and there will be two Yorkshire First candidates.

  18. Latest headlines: List of Rotherham election candidates published and New York stadium hosts England match

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    The top stories from South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

  19. Dronfield barn blaze: Pictures released by fire service

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Earlier we told you about a fire at a farm in Dronfield Woodhouse which destroyed a barn last night.

    South Yorkshire Fire Service have tweeted some pictures from the blaze and they've praised the crews who worked for almost four hours to bring the fire under control.

    Dronfield Woodhouse Fire
    Dronfield Woodhouse Fire

    Three 14-year-old boys, two from Dronfield and one from Sheffield, were arrested and have all now been released on police bail.

  20. Weird and wonderful exhibits at Sheffield archives

    Sheffield Archives are having an open day on Friday, 15 April from 2pm to 4pm.  

    The staff who work there have been telling us about some of their favourite exhibits.

    Lunatic asylum

    Records from the South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum dating back to 1872. These include details of "supposed cause of insanity" with reasons including childbirth, religion, sun-stroke and the bizarrely vague "change of life".

    Council committee notes from 1848
    Orange peel

    Another exhibit is the council committee note from 1848. It shows how litter and anti-social behaviour was an issue, with reports of "serious accidents" caused by "persons throwing orange peel on the footpaths and on the streets".

    Cold war artefact

    Finally this Cold War artefact. It seems strange to think that, in the not too distant past, the people of Sheffield lived under a cloud of possible nuclear annihilation. This poster shows what a nuclear attack would do to South Yorkshire.