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  1. Updates will resume at 08:00 on Friday with all the latest from the Tour de Yorkshire
  2. Updates on Thursday 28 April 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Good evening: Your live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today. 

Join us tomorrow as the Tour de Yorkshire travels across the county. We'll follow the journey with live updates.

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The pressure on South Yorkshire Police is continuing two days after the damning inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. 

A jury found that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed. Yesterday the Chief Constable David Crompton was suspended. 

David Crompton

Today it's emerged that the new acting Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Dawn Copley, has been subject to an investigation over her conduct while working in a previous role at Greater Manchester Police.    

Dawn Copley
South Yorkshire Police

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

Bank holiday weather? Not long until the three-day weekend

BBC Weather

Saturday's not looking bad, but there could be some showers around this weekend

Weather graphic

Police 'kidding themselves' over Hillsborough

Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Barry Devonside, whose 18-year-old son Christopher died at Hillsborough, believes only a handful of police officers did a good job on the day of the tragedy.  

Hillsborough 15th April 1989
Hillsborough inquests

He was responding to a message, posted on a website for South Yorkshire Police's retired officers, which said they had served dedicated and courageous careers.

Mr Devonside said: "I saw police officers endeavouring to give mouth-to-mouth or CPR and those people were excellent. The sad thing is there were only a few, maybe on two hands you could count them. There were over 200 police officers walking around that pitch aimlessly. No direction, no leadership."

Rick Naylor, Secretary of  the South Yorkshire branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers said in the post, later removed, that officers should be proud on their work, but Mr Devonside responded: "He's kidding himself."

In Doncaster on Saturday? Check for road closures for TdY

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire (Otley to Doncaster) will finish in Doncaster on Saturday 30 April. 

The following roads will close from 7am on Saturday 30 April:

  • Low Road, Conisborough A6023 to Denaby Main
  • Cadeby Road and Main Street (Sprotborough)
  • Mill Lane (between Nursery Lane and Doncaster Road A630 junction)
  • J36 A1m southbound slip road (Warmsworth)
Route of stage 2
Tour de Yorkshire

Check if you're journey's affected here

We'll have full coverage of the race online throughout the weekend. 

South Yorkshire Police costs for Hillsborough inquests

David Rhodes

Data Journalist

Grapgic showing police costs as £12 per household in South Yorkshire

Darren Ferguson: Doncaster boss ahead of crunch weekend

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

I've been speaking to Rovers' boss ahead of their tie against Crewe this weekend.

Headlines: Hillsborough families to take legal action and tensions rise in Labour party over anti-Semitism

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Election 2016: Yorkshire voters face unprecedented polling booth choice

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

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.

Ballot paper image

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, here.

Watch: BBC Radio Sheffield to unveil elephant competition winner

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The Herd of Sheffield will see over 50 elephant sculptures descend on Sheffield for the biggest public art event the city has ever seen.

It's an opportunity to raise the profile and some money for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Last month we began a competition for you to design the elephant for BBC Radio Sheffield

To find out who is the winner of our design an elephant competition for the Herd of Sheffield listen to the Breakfast show tomorrow morning from 07:00   

Football: Wilson wants a big performance from the Spirites against Bury

BBC Sport

Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson previews the visit of Bury with reporter Jamie Campbell  

Missing Marjorie found safe and well

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

80-year-old Marjorie Reardon found safe and well in the Woodseats area of Sheffield.  

Yorkshire Ambulance says Hillsborough costs covered by Health Department

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says its costs over the #Hillsborough inquests of approx £1.5m have been covered by the Department of Health.  

'Completely inappropriate' to be in public rows on television, Mann told

BBC Politics

Labour's Bassetlaw MP John Mann has been told by the party's Chief Whip Rosie Winterton that it is "completely inappropriate" to be involved in public rows on television after his confrontation with Ken Livingstone, the party said.  

John Mann confronts Ken Livingstone

Mann verbally attacked Livingstone, who has been suspended by Labour, as he was heading for the BBC Westminster studio earlier.

The confrontation comes as tensions rise over anti-Semitic claims.

Watch: Nick Clegg on the reputation of South Yorkshire Police

BBC Politics

The problems for South Yorkshire Police are "wider than Hillsborough" and work was needed to "restore an idea of morale and purpose" says Nick Clegg.  

Missing - have you seen Marjorie?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police in Sheffield are asking for your help to find 80-year-old Marjorie Reardon. 

Marjorie was reported missing earlier this afternoon and was last seen at about 14:30 yesterday when she left her home address in Southcroft Walk in the Nether Edge area.

Marjorie Reardon
South Yorkshire Police

Tata Steel: Pension fund deficit deters buyers

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Tata Steel has insisted that there is no "dead-drop" deadline for the sale of its assets in the UK, but it's stressed that it cannot "continue to bleed." 

Giving evidence to a committee of MPs, the chief executive of Tata Steel UK said the assistance offered by the government had been helpful but inadequate. 

Bimlendra Jha told MPs that a sale would not happen unless the pension fund deficit was addressed.  

Listen: The future of Rotherham - A special debate

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A special programme looking at the future of Rotherham. 

We're asking where the town goes next, as every single member of Rotherham Council is forced to stand for re-election by the government. 

This is all because of the child abuse scandal and the council being declared incompetent.  

The panel joining me: Pictured from right to left: Martyn Parker (Independent) Chris Middleton (Conservative) Chris Read (Labour) Caven Vines (UKIP) Paul Martin (Green Party)

Rotherham panel

Business Secretary: Nationalisation 'rarely a solution'

BBC Business Live

Sajid Javid is accused of having been on the back foot and sending out mixed messages in the wake of the Tata Steel crisis. 

The Business Secretary denies this is the case arguing the government’s message has been consistent.

He points out that minister Anna Soubry didn’t rule out nationalisation, but adds: "Rarely is nationalisation a solution - the best companies are in private hands".

Acting Police Chief was investigated over conduct

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It has emerged that the new acting Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, Dawn Copley, was investigated over her conduct while working in a previous role at Greater Manchester Police. 

Dawn Copley
Greater Manchester Police

She was one of several senior officers at the force accused of "corrupt practice" by another senior officer who was later sacked. 

We understand that investigation is now complete. 

What remains in question are the details of the investigation and whether South Yorkshire Police, or it's commissioner, have seen it. 

World Snooker Championship: Alan McManus vs Ding Junhui

BBC Sport

The score at the Crucible is currently, Ding Junhui (Chn) 3-0 Alan McManus (Sco)  

You can watch the best five shots as Alan McManus beats four-time champion John Higgins 13-11 to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield, here: 

Watch: Bassetlaw MP brands Ken Livingstone 'Nazi apologist'

BBC Politics

Labour MP John Mann has verbally attacked Ken Livingstone as tensions rise over anti-Semitic claims.

The former London mayor, who has been suspended by Labour, was heading for the BBC Westminster studio earlier when he was confronted by his critic.

Mr Livingstone, who faces calls for his own resignation for defending Labour MP Naz Shah, said: "He went completely over the top."

And he told Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil that previously Mr Mann was "screaming I was a bigot down the phone".

Mr Mann has since been summoned by the Chief Whip Rosie Winterton to discuss his conduct, a Labour Party spokesman said.

Listen: Kier Starmer on Hillsborough verdicts - 'There needs to be full accountability'

BBC Radio 5 Live

Kier Starmer, the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras who was Director of Public Prosecutions and the head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 to 2013, says: "It's appalling that police officers can retire and then not be subject to disciplinary proceedings."

Speaking after the Hillsborough inquest verdicts, Mr Starmer said: "It has taken 27 years for the truth to come out and it cannot be right that anybody with culpability now escapes accountability." 

We've had truth, we've had justice, through the inquest verdict, there now needs to be accountability."

Kier Starmer

Was government misled by Tata?

BBC Business Live

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has rejected claims he was "blindsided" by Tata over its plans to close its UK steel operations, including those at Stocksbridge and Rotherham.

Speaking to MPs on the Business and Skills Committee, he said: "I think... what we all have to accept... is that there will be some information they will share with the government and some they won't."

Mr Javid added there are "many layers of management" at Tata and not everyone within the business may have been aware of the plans to sell the business. 

He argued that the government often sees commercially sensitive information that it can't talk about ahead of any announcement by the company itself: "To do so might have made the situation worse."

Sajid Javid Business Secretary

If you are asking me with the benefit of hindsight knowing what they actually said and how it was reported? Of course I would have. But the reality was that I didn't know exactly what they were going to say and how it was going to be reported most importantly, especially around the timeline. We knew about the underlying decision, but not exactly how it was going to be reported or what the briefing might be around it.

Sajid JavidBusiness Secretary

Listen: Sheffield Hallam MP - 'There's something gone very, very wrong in South Yorkshire Police'

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The Former Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Lib Dem MP Nick Clegg says it's time for a radical overhaul of South Yorkshire Police.

South Yorkshire Police heavily criticised in handling of aftermath of Hillsborough disaster

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Police have been heavily criticised for their handling of the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy both before and after this week's verdicts

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham accused the force of "protecting itself above protecting people". 

He said families had been put "through hell again" during the longest jury case in British legal history, and millions had been spent to continue a "cover-up" and retell "discredited lies against Liverpool supporters". 

And it has emerged that Mr Crompton was investigated in 2013 after sending a message which appeared to suggest a campaign group representing families of those who died was not telling the full truth about the 1989 tragedy.   

South Yorkshire Police defend new, temporary police chief after conduct investigation

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

South Yorkshire Police has defended it's decision to appoint a new senior officer who is currently under investigation by another force.

Dawn Copley started working last week as Deputy Chief Constable for South Yorkshire, but she's being investigated over her conduct while working in her previous role for Greater Manchester Police. 

Now the Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is asking for a review of that investigation. 

Sheffield City Council reassure public stadiums are safer now than at time of Hillsborough disaster

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

In 1989, Hillsborough was deemed to be one of most advanced stadiums in the UK. 

It had been chosen to host FA Cup semi-finals in 1981,1987 and 1988. 

It boasted state-of-the-art CCTV and a turnstile counter system to monitor fan numbers entering the ground. Yet it had been the scene of dangerous crushes on a number of occasions. 

The jury at the latest inquests were told one incident, in 1981, was a "near miss". However, lessons about the unsafe nature of the stand were not learned.  

Hillsborough stadium
Hillsborough Inquests

John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council has issued statement reassuring the public following the Hillsborough Inquests verdict:

Hillsborough stadium
Hillsborough Inquests

Fans are entitled to feel completely safe when they go to a football match, and there have been many changes implemented since 1989. These include unannounced inspections during matches, an improved annual inspection process, all-seater stadia, and better controls on how people enter, exit and move around the ground. We would like to reassure the public that the lessons learnt from the Hillsborough disaster were and still are felt keenly by Sheffield City Council, and we do everything within our power to make sure that football fans are now safer than ever.”

John MothersoleChief Executive of Sheffield City Council

Hillsborough: South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police face legal action

BBC News England

Families of football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster are pursuing High Court misconduct action against the South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces, lawyers have said.  

Tata Steel UK not willing to split up assets to secure sale

BBC Business Live

Tata plant
Getty Images

Tata Steel is not prepared to split up its main UK assets, such as its Port Talbot steel plant, as part of a plan to divest its UK steelmaking operations, UK chief executive Bimlendra Jha said.

Tata decided to find a buyer that can make the entire UK system work, including Port Talbot, he said.

"We would not deal with ... somebody saying leave alone Port Talbot and give us the rest - that is not a solution that's acceptable" said Mr Jha.

He added that the company might consider selling off small independent assets individually.

Tata Steel 'needs more government help' to secure sale

BBC News England

Tata Steel UK's chief executive said the government needed to do more to help it find a buyer.

Bimlendra Jha told MPs on the Business select committee that a sale would not happen unless the pension fund deficit was addressed.

Although there was no set deadline for a sale, Tata could not continue to "bleed" indefinitely, he said.

The company was not prepared to split up its UK steel assets to secure a sale.

Tata map showing plants and jobs

BreakingStatement outlines Hillsborough families intention to seek criminal action

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The legal team representing some of the families of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy have released a statement outlining their intention to seek justice. 

We have been acting for many of the Hillsborough families for some years and welcome the inquest jury findings that the 96 were unlawfully killed by South Yorkshire Police, and that neither the 96 nor the fans were in any way to blame. The stark truth about how the 96 died has at last been officially recognised and the families' long campaign is vindicated. After truth, the families now seek Justice, and look to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Operation Resolve to work with the Crown Prosecution Service in bringing merited criminal charges relating to the unlawful killings. In addition to the police wrongdoing that caused the deaths, there is evidence of the systematic cover up intended to transfer the blame for what happened from South Yorkshire Police to the innocent, by spreading lies, doctoring evidence, pressurising witnesses and suppressing the truth. The evidence points to abuse on an industrial scale by both South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police, beyond any "one bad apple" analysis. In addition to actions by individuals, the evidence suggests institutional misfeasance by these bodies directed against our clients and the fans generally. Our clients believe that Justice will only be established through accountability."

Legal teamOn behalf of the families of the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy

Message to retired SYP officers 'poorly thought through', says former police chief

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Retired police officers who served in South Yorkshire in the 1980s have been told to be proud of their work - despite the findings of the Hillsborough inquests.  

Peter Neyroud, former head of the now defunct National Police Improvement Agency and the former chief constable of Thames Valley Police, says the message was poorly thought through.

Hillsborough 15th April 1989
Hillsborough Inquests

There are undoubtedly officers who've done fantastic things in South Yorkshire over the past 20 or 30 years, of course there are. But that was neither the moment to make that comment, nor indeed the way to phrase it. And it does seem to reflect a 'we don't seem to have quite understood the seriousness of this'."

Peter Neyroud

Analysis: The message to retired South Yorkshire Police officers

Dan Johnson

BBC News

There's been an angry response from Hillsborough famileies to today's news that retired South Yorkshire police officers have been told to be proud of their work, despite the inquests' conclusions.

A message on a website for the force's retired officers said they had served dedicated and courageous careers.

These comments may have been intended to privately lift morale among retired officers after another bruising week for all connected with South Yorkshire Police.

But now they've been inadvertently made public. There is recognition that many officers tried to do their best, but these comments have caused further upset.

There are also police officers out on the streets of South Yorkshire today who have to get on with a difficult job while their organisation is in turmoil. The force is dogged by the scandals of its past failures and moving on will be not be easy. 

Headlines: Clegg calls for radical overhaul of South Yorkshire Police and concerns over morale in the force

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

  • The former Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg says its time for a radical overhaul of South Yorkshire Police
  • South Yorkshire's Chief Constable David Crompton was suspended yesterday after asking for the failures of the police at the Hillsborough disaster to be put in a wider contect of other contributory factors
  • Former Sheffield Labour MP David Blunkett - now Lord Blunkett - is concerned about morale in the force

BreakingSouth Yorkshire Police need 'profound culture change' says Nick Clegg

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire police must undergo "a profound culture change" in the wake of Hillsborough, Nick Clegg has said. 

The Sheffield MP and former Lib Dem leader said: "Something's gone very, very wrong in South Yorkshire Police. It's not just what happened 27 years ago, it's not just perpetuating the lies and myths in the inquests. 

Nick Clegg

I'm afraid it's worse than that." Mr Clegg pointed to the force's handling of sexual exploitation in Rotherham and said whoever becomes police and crime commissioner in South Yorkshire must oversee wholesale change "starting at the top". 

He said nothing should be off the table when it comes to what must happen next adding: "We should do whatever provides a properly organised disciplined professional police force."

Watch: Police and Crime Commissioner on suspension of Chief Constable

BBC News England

Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings: "I've reached this decision with a heavy heart"  

Listen: Lord Blunkett - police need 'strong and positive leadership'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A group which represents former officers from South Yorkshire Police has responded to the Hillsborough inquests by telling its members they should be proud of their work in the 1980s

A message from the retired officers' association, which was accidentally made public, acknowledged that mistakes were made but praised officers as dedicated and full of courage. 

The former Sheffield MP David -- now Lord Blunkett -- says the South Yorkshire Police Force needs strong and positive leadership:

Watch: Thousands attend vigil in Liverpool

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thirty thousand people attended a vigil in Liverpool last night in memory of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.  

Listen live now: The future of Rotherham - special debate

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Join us now for a special debate on BBC Radio Sheffield. A special programme looking at the future of Rotherham. 

We're asking where the town goes next, as every single member of Rotherham Council is forced to stand for re-election by the government. 

This is all because of the child abuse scandal and the council being declared incompetent.  

Listen now

The panel at the debate

Pictured: from right to left: Martyn Parker (Independent) Chris Middleton (Conservative) Chris Read (Labour) Caven Vines (UKIP) Paul Martin (Green Party)