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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening: Your live coverage across the day

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow with more updates for South Yorkshire. 

    Scroll down the page for all today's news and stories for the region.

    Including more on the Sheffield to Rotherham tram train project. It was meant to be a pioneering development but it now has an uncertain future. 

    Tram train
  2. Weather: Cloudy with showers and overnight lows of 7C

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy with showers, locally heavy with the risk of thunder, slowly dying out. Mist and fog patches later. Minimum temperature 7C (45F).

    A grey start tomorrow with fog patches clearing then fine with sunny spells, although cloud and rain will spread from the west towards the end of the afternoon and into the evening. 

    Maximum temperature 17C (63F). 

    Weather graphic

    More with me on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC1.

  3. Rotherham to Sheffield tram train scheme delayed

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    Tram train

    The BBC has learnt the pioneering tram train scheme in South Yorkshire has been delayed - again. It was supposed to start in January this year - and then in January next year. 

    But now, Network Rail have postponed it again - and won't commit to a new start date. 

    Network Rail statement

    We'll be live in Sheffield with the latest at 18:30 on BBC1  

  4. BreakingHillsborough: David Duckenfield found at US airport

    BBC News England

    The former match commander in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has declined to comment on the inquests' unlawful killing conclusion.

    Retired South Yorkshire Ch Supt David Duckenfield was tracked down to San Francisco airport in the United States.

    Operation Resolve, the criminal inquiry into the 1989 disaster, is continuing.  

    David Duckenfield
    Quote Message: At the present time due to the ongoing criminal inquiry, I'm afraid I'm unable to comment and I hope you will excuse me from David Duckenfield Retired South Yorkshire Ch Supt
    David DuckenfieldRetired South Yorkshire Ch Supt
  5. Your comments: Three-year-old in car during 140mph chase, man and woman from Rotherham arrested

    BBC Look North, Yorkshire

    You've been sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page after the story of a three-year-old girl who was found in a car stopped by police after a 50-mile chase at speeds of up to 140mph.

    The grey Audi A4 failed to stop on the A1 near Catterick and sped north to Scotch Corner then back south on Tuesday, said North Yorkshire Police.

    A large quantity of cannabis was found and two people, a man and a woman from Rotherham were arrested.

    Police stopping car after chase
    Quote Message: Putting a child at such risk is absolutely disgusting! These people should be ashamed of themselves. Where are social services when needed? Taking children off parents who actually care no doubt!" from Kelly Carter
    Kelly Carter
    Quote Message: Poor child. The world of drugs is no life to be brought up in. Whether the parents take them or sell them. Every child deserves a good, happy, safe life. Absolute morons." from Janjan Loreal Wilkinson
    Janjan Loreal Wilkinson
    Quote Message: Poor child must have been terrified." from Tara Gruszczak
    Tara Gruszczak
    Quote Message: Diabolical." from Kelly Jessop Dominy
    Kelly Jessop Dominy
  6. What's it like to be a foster carer?

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    To celebrate foster care fortnight, foster carers Ian and Carol share their experiences:   

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  7. BreakingSheffield man convicted for controlling and abusing partner under new legislation

    A man who "exercised controlling and abusive behaviour over his partner" has today been jailed for over two years.

    The conviction is among the first of its kind in the UK.

    Mohammed Anwaar

    Mohammed Anwaar, 27, of Charlotte Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to coercive and controlling behaviour at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday. He also pleaded guilty to nine counts of assault and criminal damage.

    He was sentenced today to a total of two years and four months, the first successful conviction for South Yorkshire Police under new legislation enabling police to prosecute offenders for coercive and controlling behaviour.

    The court heard that Anwaar abused his partner for almost two years, controlling her diet, exercise and what clothing she wore.

  8. Listen: Dennis Skinner Vs Dementia

    BBC Radio 2

    When his mum and sister suffered from dementia, Dennis sang them songs to bring back memories.

    Now he's doing the same for care home residents.

    You can hear the full story, "Dennis Skinner versus Dementia " on BBC iPlayer Radio now.

    Video content

    Video caption: A rarely seen, or heard, side of Dennis Skinner MP
  9. 25 years since Sheffield's Helen Sharman blasted into space

    BBC News UK

    "Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary" 

    Helen Sharman in space

    Today marks 25 years since Sheffield's Helen Sharman blasted into orbit on a mission to Russia's Mir Space Station.

    The 27 year old who worked for a chocolate company was picked for the role after answering a radio advert.

    She spent just over seven days in orbit in 1991.  

    Helen Sharman in space

    Ms Sharman was sent to the Soviet Mir Space Station in 1991, when the then UK government under John Major had a detached attitude to space activity. Her Project Juno flight was backed by a consortium of private sponsors who were keen to see a Briton in orbit. 

    The hope at the time was that after seeing a Briton in space, London would change its policy. It did not.

    Ms Sharman is immortalised on the wall of the Gagarin Museum at Baikonur Cosmodrome
    Quote Message: Where are we in the UK? Just another backward nation that is not participating on the international stage, in the future of the human race? We are a travelling nation; we have explored for centuries and I think it's almost in our blood. It is something that Britain wants to do, Britain needs to do and we have got to continue that funding." from Helen Sharman
    Helen Sharman
  10. Your comments: Sheffield's Niche nightclub demolished

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    Niche nightclub, Sheffield

    Niche was the home of distinct underground music, called bassline or "niche" music, which created a global scene. For many, the demolition of the building - although the club itself has been closed since 2005 - is the end of an era. 

    You've been leaving your messages on our Facebook page:

    Sidney Street
    Quote Message: I went every weekend from 2000 to 2004. There was one gun related incident and that was outside the club! Walking down Sidney street, as we got nearer the music became clearer. I remember the excitement building inside me, I used to get butterflies in my stomach. Then as we queued to go in, hearing those tunes, that only Niche DJ's played. Best feeling on earth." from Dan Draper
    Dan Draper
    Quote Message: Lived behind it for a while, memories of shootings lol, RIP Niche." from Chris Angell
    Chris Angell
    Quote Message: Can't remember much from those days." from Mark Taylor
    Mark Taylor
    Quote Message: How sad a sight is this." from Sam Clark
    Sam Clark
  11. Sheffield woman jailed for terror tweets

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    A woman who said she wanted to marry "Jihadi John" has been jailed for four years and six months for sharing so-called Islamic State propaganda.

    Zafreen Khadam, 32, was found guilty of ten counts of disseminating terrorist publications after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

    Zafreen Khadam

    Barrister Simon Davis told jurors Khadam at one stage described Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi - nicknamed "Jihadi John" - as "kind of scary" but said she "would marry him".

    He told the court she set up 14 Twitter accounts and used Whatsapp to share videos, including one showing the beheading of Kurdish fighters and another of a Jordanian pilot being burnt alive.

    Mr Davis said: "The prosecution case is that this defendant was disseminating terrorist information or propaganda, or spreading the word.

    "Our case is that her intention was to encourage people to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terror."

    Kahdam told the court: "It was always about understanding them. I never supported them in my heart. It was an act."

  12. BreakingManager Neil Warnock to leave Rotherham United

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Rotherham United have confirmed Neil Warnock will not be staying on as the club's manager: 

    Statement from club
  13. Barnsley in 2033: Local plan due for approval

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Barnsley council cabinet is due to approve the Local Plan today.

    It's hoped the plan will provide opportunities for the creation of new jobs and protection of existing jobs Improve the conditions in which people live, work, travel and take leisure. 

    Widen the choice of high quality homes and provide the opportunity to grow the economy by 33,000 jobs, including 17,500 additional jobs over the next 20 years.

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  14. Hillsborough survivor finds 'hero' rescuer after viral appeal

    BBC News UK

    Joe Smith

    A Hillsborough survivor has found the "hero" who pulled him from the crush as an eight-year-old boy.

    Joe Smith, 35, launched a Facebook appeal after seeing himself on the shoulders of his rescuer while watching a BBC Two documentary.

    Mr Smith said the response had been "absolutely phenomenal" and "beyond anything I could have imagined" after the post was shared 145,000 times.

    The pair have since been in contact and are now arranging to meet.

    Hillsborough footage
  15. South Yorkshire MPs reaction to the Queen's Speech

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    The Queen about to deliver her speech

    The government's planned new laws have been set out by the Queen - including the biggest prison shake-up in England and Wales "since Victorian times".

    Satellite-tagged inmates could be sent home on weekdays and re-offending league tables will be published. The 21-bill agenda also includes support for a spaceport and driverless cars - but a planned British Bill of Rights has been put on hold.

    David Cameron called it "a One Nation speech from a One Nation government". 

    The Queen delivering her speech

    Here's some of the reaction from South Yorkshire MPs and you can read the summary of the speech here.

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    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter
  16. End of an era? Sheffield's Niche nightclub demolished

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    It will be the end of an era for many who went to Niche. 

    It was the home of distinct underground music, called bassline or "niche" music, which created a global scene.

    Niche nightclub

    Steve Baxendale was the owner of Niche and one of the founders of bassline music in South Yorkshire.

    The club opened its doors in 1992 and closed after South Yorkshire Police raided it in 2005. The raid was the biggest the city had ever seen and resulted in the closure of the club. 

    In the years that followed, Mr Baxendale took the music and the crowds to other venues in the city. 

    The legendary venue on Sidney Street has remained an empty mausoleum to the early days of "niche" music.

    Demolition of Niche nightclub
  17. BreakingWould-be Jihadi bride from Sheffield jailed for over four years

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    A woman who said she wanted to marry "Jihadi John" has been jailed for four years and six months for sharing so-called Islamic State propaganda.

    Zafreen Khadam, 32, was found guilty of ten counts of disseminating terrorist publications after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

    Zafreen Khadam

    She shared links to execution videos and terrorist magazines online under usernames such as "PrincessKuffar".

    Prosecutors said Khadam, of Vincent Road, Sheffield, had "glorified" IS.

  18. Listen: HiIlsborough survivor finds the man who saved him

    Toby Foster

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Joe Smith has been looking for the man who rescued him, as an 8 year old, from the crush at Hillsborough.

    It was after he saw footage of himself being pulled to safety and carried on the man's shoulder's during a BBC documentary.

    Video content

    Video caption: Joe Smith was eight at the Hillsborough disaster, when a man saved him by lifting him up

    After the online appeal, Joe has found him. The pair are meeting up in the next few weeks.

    You've been giving your reaction to the good news on our Facebook page:

    Quote Message: I got in touch with Joe the other week, just to wish him all the best with his search and appeal. Was surprising how far it reached and how quickly it happened. Very pleased to read of this happy outcome." from Paul Handley
    Paul Handley
    Quote Message: Brilliant news. I'm sure it will bring closure for both of them now and they can embark on a friendship together. Good luck xx" from Chelsea Wilkins
    Chelsea Wilkins
    Quote Message: That is wonderful news he can say Thank you now bless him x" from Glenda Sharp
    Glenda Sharp
    Quote Message: Brilliant news x" from Sandra Furniss
    Sandra Furniss
  19. Weather: Cloudy with a few bright spells more showers later

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A cloudy afternoon to come across South Yorkshire. 

    A little more in the way of brightness with a few sunny spells. However, further showers are forecast, some of these heavy with the odd rumble of thunder possible. 

    Light to moderate south westerly winds, and highs today of 14C (57F)

    Weather graphic
  20. Headlines: Skinner interruption at Queen's Speech and Yorkshire unemployment remains unchanged

    Rebecca Kerry

    Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield