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  1. Updates on Thursday 21 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Kate Linderholm

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Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it for updates until 08:00 tomorrow when I'll be back with your feed of news, travel, weather, sport - and occasional silliness - from Sheffield and across South Yorkshire.

We love to get stories and photos from you, so do send them in.

Here's a wonderful image of sunset yesterday out at Longshaw in the Peak District from my colleague Kat Harbourne:

Sunset at Longshaw
Kat Harbourne

Election 2016: Yorkshire voters face unprecedented polling booth choice

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Vote
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Voters in parts of Yorkshire could be forgiven for leaving behind piles of nervously chewed pencil stubs at their polling stations on 5 May.

Research shows that stress levels peak at the point where the pencil is poised to put a cross in the box against the name of the chosen candidate.

This year's local council and police commissioner elections could see even more confusion with some Yorkshire voters being asked to make up to five choices.

Find out more in my latest blog.

Weather: Hazy sunshine this evening and staying dry overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining dry into the evening and overnight, with a light northeasterly breeze. 

Temperatures will dip under further clear spells, perhaps leading to some mist and fog patches, and a touch of frost in some rural areas by dawn.  

Hourly forecast
BBC

Watch: What's your height in pies?

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Fifty years ago, an entrepreneur in Rotherham started a food distribution company.

Eric Twigg Foods is still in business, it's still in the Twigg family, and it's still in Rotherham - and they've done so well they can now afford to give stuff away.

To celebrate 50 years, the company ran an art competition and offered the prize of winning your height in pies. Here's the prize giving ceremony

Labour by-election candidate pledges to support steelworkers

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

All the candidates standing for the by-election in Brightside and Hillsborough have been discussing the main issues they feel the constituency faces. I've been tweeting some of their key arguments:

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Latest headlines: Labour welcomes steel 'u-turn' and Ched Evans wins rape conviction appeal

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Listen: Your views on extra funding for GP practices

The NHS is to spend billions more on GP practices in England, from extra money already promised to the health service.

These patients at the Hanover Medical Centre in Sheffield gave their reaction to the news:

Is Sheffield the world's real ale capital?

Trevor Gibbons

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

The Sheffield region is the "real ale capital of the world" according to new report, but just what does that mean?

Beer
Getty Images

A snapshot of the region's brewing industry by beer writer Pete Brown found Sheffield has 23 breweries.

"A significant brewing city" with one brewery per 24,000 residents, it has almost five times more breweries per capita than greater London, it said.

But here's the thing, as I've been finding out, Sheffield's beery brilliance has been a hidden gem with local drinkers for years.

Green candidate in Sheffield by-election says good environment improves life quality

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield chaired a debate with the candidates for the Brightside and Hillsborough by-election forced by the death of Harry Harpham. I've been tweeting about each of the candidates:

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South Yorkshire BMA welcomes funding for GP services

A spokesman for the British Medical Association in South Yorkshire has welcomed plans for more money for GP services which has been announced today.

Doctor Krishna Kasaraneni
BMA

By 2020, the budget for GPs will have risen by 14% after inflation. The NHS says the money will help pay for an extra 5,000 doctors.

Doctor Krishna Kasaraneni, a GP in Swinton, says the announcement is a step in the right direction:

Obviously the proof will be when this money filters out to frontline services - when they get to see their GP when they need to, when we have GPs who don't burn out, we don't have GPs who migrate to Canada, Australia and New Zealand when things are getting particularly bad in the NHS."

Doctor Krishna Kasaraneni

Government 'must be accountable' over Sheffield BIS office closure

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

MPs have criticised a senior government official for giving them "misleading" information over the closure of the Business, Innovation and Skills Department office in Sheffield.

The move has today sparked a strike ballot of PCS union members in the city.

PCS campaign banner reading Save BIS Sheffield
PCS union

The chairs of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Public Accounts Committees have written to Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at the Business Department (BIS), asking to see documents relating to the closure of the Sheffield office

MP Meg Hillier said:

We expect the permanent secretary to respond swiftly and with clarity on the points of concern raised by our committees, which includes releasing the information we have requested. Only then can the decision to close the BIS Sheffield office be properly scrutinised."

Meg Hillier MP

Labour has no 'right to rule' says Sheffield Lib Dem by-election candidate

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield's Rony Robinson hosted a debate between the candidates for the Brightside and Hillsborough election today. I've been tweeting about the candidates:

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Two Sheffield swimmers are heading to Rio in Olympic squad

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Good news for two of Sheffield's middle distance swimmers today: they've been named in the GB squad for Rio.

Max Litchfield
BBC

While Ellie Faulkner took part in the London Olympics, it'll be the first time at the top level of the sport for Max Litchfield (pictured). 

Their coach is Russ Barber who's the lead coach for the City of Sheffield swim team:

Both of them are very much like soldiers, they are very regimented. I got a quite emotional phone call from Ellie this morning and they're both over the moon. Max came to us three year ago from Doncaster. They're very disciplined and just get on with it.

Russ BarberCity of Sheffield swim team lead coach

Missing man who disappeared from hospital in Doncaster is found

South Yorkshire Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Kenyon, who was reported missing yesterday, has been found safe in Doncaster this afternoon.

Conservative by-election candidate in Sheffield favours controlled immigration

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

There's been a spirited debate this afternoon by candidates for the Brightside and Hillsborough by-election ahead of voters going to the polls in Sheffield in two weeks time. I've been tweeting some of the key points they made:

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Listen: Owls head coach calls for action over treatment of Fernando Forestieri

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has made a passionate plea for action over officials' treatment of Fernando Forestieri. 

The 26-year-old was again booked for diving against the MK Dons, but video evidence showed he wasn't cheating. 

Carvalhal has told me he wants action from the Professional Game Match Officials Board:

Sheffield company shows off royal skates to mark Queen's 90th birthday

If you're a Sheffield steel firm that's had royalty as a client going years back, who can blame you for shouting about it on the Queen's 90th birthday?:

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Yorkshire First candidate for Sheffield by-election talks up community pride

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

It's been an afternoon of lively debate at BBC Radio Sheffield's Open Centre ahead of the vote for a new MP for Brightside and Hillsborough.

Steve Manion couldn't be present but I spoke to him ahead of the discussion:

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Give Me Back Elmo candidate in Sheffield by-election concerned over benefits

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield has held a debate in the Open Centre today with the candidates for the Brightside and Hillsborough by-election. I've been tweeting about each of the candidates:   

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MPs ask to see government documents on Sheffield BIS office closure

MPs are demanding to see government documents on controversial plans to close a regional office in Sheffield, after accusing a senior official of giving "misleading" information. 

They've written to Martin Donnelly (pictured), permanent secretary at the Business Department (BIS), asking to see documents relating to the closure of the office and transfer of over 200 jobs to London.

External shot of Bis office as Permanent Secretary arrives
BBC

Iain Wright, one of the chairs of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Public Accounts Committees, said:

The permanent secretary's response to this most recent attempt by a select committee to establish the basis of the department's decision to axe their Sheffield office simply isn't good enough. The permanent secretary is accountable for the use of public funds and needs to demonstrate the financial rationale and evidence-based business case for the decision to cut jobs in Sheffield and centralise policymaking in London."

Iain Wright MP

UKIP candidate in Sheffield by-election criticises immigration laws

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield has held a debate in the Open Centre today with the candidates for the Brightside and Hillsborough by-election. I've been tweeting about each of the candidates: 

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South Yorkshire marks Queen's 90th birthday with lighting of beacons

The Queen is taking part in a day of events to mark her 90th birthday, culminating in the lighting of a beacon in Windsor and then thousands of beacons around the country.

Beacons which will be lit this evening in our area include:

  • Tankersley 
  • Pilley 
  • Pocket Park,  Maltby
  • Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Hellaby 
  • Centenary Hall,  Penistone 
Four generations of the Royal Family
PA

Victoria Wood's appearances at Sheffield's Crucible remembered

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The team at Sheffield Theatres have been digging through their archive since Victoria Wood's death was announced yesterday and have found some programmes and handbills from the comedian's many appearances in the city over the years.

There's this from 1978:

Handbill from Talent 8 Nov 1978
Sheffield Theatres

And this programme from Good Fun in April 1980:

Cover of Programme for Good Fun April 1980
Sheffield Theatres

And here's Victoria's photo inside:

Actors photos in show programme for Good Fun April 1980
Sheffield Theatres

World Snooker holds event for disabled players in Sheffield's Winter Gardens

It's disability day at the World Snooker Championships with play under way at the Cue Zone in Sheffield's Winter Gardens.

The initiative looks to encourage people with disabilities to participate in snooker and support the ongoing work of World Disability Billiards and Snooker.

Snooker table in Winter Gardens
BBC

Watch: Take a look back at this week's Big Knit in Sheffield

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There are still donations of hats coming in at BBC Radio Sheffield after the Big Knit on Tuesday where volunteers knitted 300 hats for premature babies at the Jessop Wing.

And a lovely film has been made about the project: 

View more on youtube

Civil servants' strike ballot over BIS office closure in Sheffield

Katie Galbraith

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The PCS union has announced it will ballot its members in Sheffield over strikes in protest at the closure of a key civil service office in the city

The government has said that centralising the Department of Business Skills and Innovation in the capital would make the department more efficient and save money.

Staff were informed of the move in January.

Staff entering BIS building
BBC
Permanent Secretary Martin Donnelly came to Sheffield to inform staff of the decision

Sheffield is 'real ale capital of the world', report finds

Sheffield Star

Sheffield is the world's real ale capital – and with the right support could be turned into the globe’s premier beer destination for tourists, a 
report says.

Bar at the Sheffield Tap
Sheffield Star

Government prepared to take 25% stake in Tata Steel

The government is willing to take a 25% stake in any rescue of Tata Steel's UK operations, it has been announced.

Tata Steel site in Rotherham
Reuters

The business department said it was preparing a support package "worth hundreds of millions of pounds" available to potential buyers.

Tata Steel directly employs 15,000 workers in the UK and supports thousands of others, across plants including sites in Rotherham (pictured) and Stocksbridge.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the money would be offered on commercial terms, but the government would not take any control over the business.

At least two potential buyers have shown interest in buying the business.

Remember when South Yorkshire's fire engines were white?

Someone's been going through some old photos at the South Yorkshire Fire Service:

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Weather: A dry and bright afternoon in store

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry afternoon with pleasantly warm sunny spells and light winds, although with sunshine perhaps becoming rather more hazy at times, as cloud increases from the southwest.

Staying dry with many areas seeing a few clear spells at times overnight, a brisk northeast wind will develop across most parts.

Hourly forecast
BBC

Latest headlines: Ched Evans faces retrial and Sheffield MPs demand documents on BIS office closure

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Watch: Sheffield's Steel Racing team heads to Silverstone

Kat Harbourne

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Students from Bradfield School in Sheffield are at Silverstone racing circuit today competing against teams from across the country with their very own miniature gas-powered racing car.

Steel Racing is a team of six Year 10 engineering students who've designed, tested and manufactured the car and are through to the finals of the F1 in Schools competition.

Important landmark reached for Don Valley UTC

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

There's a topping out ceremony at Sheffield's University Technical College this afternoon.

The £10m campus is at Sheffield Olympic Park at Don Valley and the college is expected to open in September.

Architects image
Bond Bryan Architects

Sheffield donations for refugees reach Syria

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A 40ft shipping container of aid sent from Sheffield to Syria filled with clothes, food and other necessities has now arrived at the border and has started to be unloaded.

Shipping container of aid arriving in Syria
Val Huzzard

It will all be sorted in a warehouse and distributed to those affected by the war in Syria. 

The collections were all co-ordinated at Sharrow old Junior School in Sheffield. 

A fundraiser for more aid is being planned for 14 May.

Watch: Rotherham taxi drivers threaten legal challenge over CCTV in cabs

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Taxi drivers in Rotherham say they're launching a legal challenge to the council's new requirement of having CCTV cameras in all taxis. The drivers say they can't afford it. 

The local authority have told me they are not aware of this legal challenge.

Victoria Wood: 'She wrote like we speak in the North'

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, has paid tribute to the writing of the late Victoria Wood, whose face dominates the front pages of this morning's newspapers.

Victoria Wood
PA

It was announced yesterday that she'd died from cancer at the age of 62. People are still paying tribute, including Barnsley poet McMillan.

What I think she was so great at was writing like we speak in the North. She was able to capture the northern syntax, the northern grammar, the northern rhythm and make it funny, make clever and also make it poignant. Whatever she wrote about there was always an edge of darkness behind it, so she was very funny but she also made you think as well. "

Ian McMillanPoet and Bard of Barnsley

Pit photographer remembers Queen's visit to Rotherham

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

We've been asking for your photographs of the Queen on her many visits to Yorkshire over the years to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday today.

One of the pictures was this one which was taken at Silverwood Colliery in 1975. 

The Queen visiting Silverdale Colliery
Deryk Wills

Deryk Wills was the official photographer for the National Coal Board at the time. He's been down 126 different pits.

You couldn't take batteries down a pit because it was too dangerous and he had special flashes that would work safely underground. He remembers the Queen's visit very well:

She actually went down the pit. That picture is on the man rider with the manager as she came over the coal face. It's dangerous and dirty so she was dressed up for the job and of course coal dust gets in your hair and if you haven't got a suitable covering under your helmet your hair gets black."

Deryk Wills

By-election debate to hear from candidates to be next MP for Brightside and Hillsborough

Alice Olusoga

BBC Radio Sheffield News

BBC Radio Sheffield is holding a special by-election debate this lunchtime with presenter Rony Robinson in the Open Centre on Shoreham Street.

It's an opportunity to hear from the candidates who want to be elected the next MP for Brightside and Hillsborough in Sheffield following the death of Labour's Harry Harpham (pictured). 

Harry Harpham
PA

The by-election is on 5 May - the same day as local council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Latest Headlines: Ched Evans wins rape conviction appeal and Sheffield at forefront of real ale revival

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Ched Evans 'extremely grateful' over quashed rape conviction

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has had his conviction for rape quashed at the Court of Appeal in London, but will face a new trial.

Ched Evans
Getty Images

The player was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire, and released from jail in October 2014 after serving half of his five-year term.

Mr Evans, 27, has always denied raping the woman.  

Speaking outside the Court of Appeal, Mr Evans's solicitor Shaun Draycott said:

Ched Evans is extremely grateful that the court of appeal has ruled that his conviction for rape was unsafe and should be quashed."

Shaun DraycottSolicitor for Ched Evans