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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 4 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage across the day

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Do scroll down if you want to catch up with all our coverage today, I'll be back tomorrow with updates from 08:00. Please get in touch if you have a story or a photo you think we would be interested in.

    Earlier today we heard that Meersbrook Hall in Sheffield has been handed over to the local community and our reporter got a quick look inside. Don't envy the person who's got to keep those windows clean!

    Meersbrook Hall
  2. Weather: A lovely end the day with a dry clear night ahead

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Becoming a little cloudier during the evening, although it should stay dry and most areas will also avoid a frost.  

    Hourly forecast
  3. Graffiti at Sheffield station: Your views

    This is how people using the Sheffield station tram stop are welcomed to the city: 

    Grafitti

    It's a subject that's attracted a lot of opinions on BBC Radio Sheffield's facebook page today: 

    Quote Message: To some people it's art and to others it's a mess. Even if you employed an 'artist' to do something else, no guarantee everyone will like it. I don't know, I suppose I just got used to seeing graffiti everywhere. Now, I'd rather just see clean walls." from Paul Handley
    Paul Handley
    Quote Message: Walk from old markets to Pond Street. That area is a discrace. Ashamed." from Paul Broughton
    Paul Broughton
    Quote Message: if you had a chance to park your car at the bottom of Thomas Street just behind the Stokes tiles shop you'd probably have noticed that the wall is kept painted and painted again, again again and again, to cover the graffiti 'art' millions of times. from Simon Zhang
    Simon Zhang
  4. Latest Headlines: IPPC may publish full Orgreave report and Meadowhall revamp creates 400 jobs

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    The top stories this afternoon in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  5. Orgreave police officer tells of concerns over statements as calls for full inquiry mount

    As pressure increases for the IPCC to release full details of its redacted report into policing at Orgreave, an officer who served on the day of the worst clashes at the coking plant during the miners strike has been speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield. 

    Miners and police at Orgreave

    Tony Munday is a former Hertfordshire officer who got drafted in to help the police in June 1984 during the year long miners' strike. He's been giving his account of what happened after the worst of the clashes:  

    Quote Message: Later in the day the arresting officers were gathered together to write statements and then an individual came in, a male, he described himself as a senior South Yorkshire Police officer, instructed us to have his dictated words inserted into the beginnings of our statements. In the 34 years I was in the police it was totally unprecedented."
  6. Sheffield police investigate armed robbery at Walkley Asda

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Asda in Walkley last night. 

    Officers were called after a man reportedly went into the supermarket on South Road, threatened staff and customers with a gun and demanded cash from the till. 

    The gun wasn't fired and no one was injured during the incident. 

    Asda South Road
  7. Sheffield MP joins calls for Orgreave answers

    Labour MP for Heeley, Louse Haigh, joined Orgreave campaigners on their last visit to the Home Secretary and has been tweeting about the issue today: 

    View more on twitter
  8. Watch: Tour de Yorkshire already benefitting region's economy

    Danni Hewson

    Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

    The team behind the Tour de Yorkshire say they want to extend the race to four days next year. It's thought the extra day could bring a further million pounds to the region next year but there are already companies benefitting from the event:

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    Video caption: The organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire want the race to extend to four days next year
  9. Watch: Arthur Scargill joins calls for a new look at policing during the 'Battle of Orgreave'

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    The former miners' leader Arthur Scargill says he believes there are similarities between the way South Yorkshire Police acted in the aftermath of Orgreave, and events following the Hillsborough disaster.

    South Yorkshire Police said it is aware of the campaign for a public inquiry however it is a matter for the Home Secretary.   

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    Video caption: Arthur Scargill calls for a fresh look at the way Police handled the Battle of Orgreave
  10. Sheffield play provides 'pick-and-mix' of things we hold dear

    Alice Olusoga

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    There's a new theatre production starting in Sheffield tonight called "I love you will U marry me." 

    Theatre poster

    It's based on stories from people in Sheffield and the everyday objects we hold dear.

    It's being performed at the Old Woolworths building on the Moor, which is now a performing arts space called Theatre Delicatessen. Quite apt for a play taking a "pick-and-mix" of people's objects.

    The title comes from a well-known piece of graffiti at the old Park Hill flats above the train station.

  11. Watch: CCTV appeal after man fractures skull in Sheffield city centre

    Officers are urging a woman who witnessed a vicious attack on a Sheffield street to come forward to help their investigation.

    The incident was captured on CCTV on Eldon Street outside the Corporation nightclub on 20 February 2016, when  a man attacked a 22-year-old man with what is believed to be a bottle. 

    View more on youtube
  12. Watch: Guide to Police and Crime Commissioner's role ahead of elections

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    Tomorrow we all get the chance to choose our next Police Commissioner when we vote in elections. If you're not entirely sure exactly what you'll be voting for on Thursday, here's my quick guide: 

    Video content

    Video caption: James Vincent reports
  13. Solicitor outlines concerns about police statements at Orgreave

    The police watchdog, the IPCC, is considering whether a full version of a report into events at Orgreave, during the miners strike should be made public. 

    Campaigners say it's time to uncover the facts about the confrontation in 1984, outside the coking plant near Rotherham, which became known as the "Battle of Orgreave." 

    Orgreave campaign poster
    Image caption: Orgreave campaign poster

    93 miners were charged with rioting and other offences but the cases collapsed when they got to court. Many of the police statements were virtually identical, and at least one had a forged signature. 

    Mark George is a Sheffield barrister who worked on a BBC documentary about Orgreave, and has seen some of the police statements  

    Quote Message: It's very obvious in the Orgreave cases that there was widespread collusion. You can't get statements written in the way that they have been done here by police officers from different forces involved in different arrests and find such a degree of similarity between the statements without there being some kind of collusion."
  14. 'Intensive talks' with Tata to ensure serious sales process

    David Cameron says the Government is talking intensively with Tata Steel to ensure the sale of its UK assets is a "serious sales process." More than 2 thousand people work for Tata in South Yorkshire.

    Tata plant at Stocksbridge
    Image caption: Tata plant, Stocksbridge

    The Prime Minister told the Commons it's a 'very short timetable' but he's sought to assure steelworkers that the Government's doing all it can:

    Quote Message: Obviously now we need to work intensively with Tata and with those buyers to get that list down to those who are really seriously intending to bid for the business. What we're doing is talking intensively with Tata to make sure they do everything they can to make sure this is a serious sales process." from David Cameron Prime Minister
    David CameronPrime Minister
  15. Watch: Orgreave Truth and Justice campaigners welcome Scargill support

    Tom Ingall

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has welcomed a call by former miners' leader Arthur Scargill for a public inquiry into the so-called "battle of Orgreave" in the summer of 1984. 

    I've been speaking to Barbara Jackson of the OTJC:

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    Video caption: Orgreave Truth and Justice campaigner Barbara Jackson welcomes Arthur Scargill's support
  16. Neil Warnock's wife thanks Rotherham United fans for their support

    The wife of Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock has written a thank you letter to fans of the South Yorkshire football club. 

    Neil Warnock

    Warnock, who guided the Millers to safety in the Championship, has previously thanked his wife for allowing him to take over the team while she had treatment for breast cancer.

    Sharon Warnock joked about her husbands obsession with football in an open letter to fans telling them:

    Quote Message: I am ridiculously proud of Neil and the way he manages. It doesn't matter that he is useless at cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing and a million other things because to see him on a training ground and hear him motivate his lads is unbelievable. Please thank everyone for all their generosity and support, you are a fabulous club and have played such a happy part in our life. "
  17. Watch: Former miners' leader joins calls for Orgreave pubic inquiry

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Mr Scargill, who led the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984-85 miners' strike, said: "I want to see a full open public inquiry and the individuals responsible should be named.

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    Video caption: Arthur Scargill calls for a “full public inquiry” into the so-called 'Battle of Orgreave'
  18. Parents in Sheffield plan Sats boycott over new testing regime

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Parents in Sheffield say they may boycott next year's Sats primary school tests. 

    Placard at Sats protest

    The Government says the tests are needed to raise standards but critics say they're stressful for children.

    Parent Kate Jacob organised a protest in Endcliffe Park yesterday over Sats and says parents are prepared to take further action to get the government to change its mind. 

    Quote Message: There is unrest and unhappiness about what is happening in our education system and it doesn't stop here. I suspect that if this carries on that the boycott next year will possibly be boycotting the Sats itself. So parents will remove their children from the Sats and refuse to have them graded." from Kate Jacob
    Kate Jacob
    Sats protest in Sheffield