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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 12 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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 from 0800 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Don't forget to get in touch if you have a story or picture that you'd like to share with us.

    See you all tomorrow.

  2. Weather: Most parts dry

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Some sunny spells at first this evening, but cloud, hill fog and coastal mist returning from the North Sea overnight. Breezy near the coast but lighter winds inland. Most parts dry, apart from some coastal drizzle.  

    Weather graphic
  3. Bluebells out in Rotherham

    Thanks to Lucy Barker for this beautiful picture of some local bluebells.

    Lucy says the picture was taken on Tuesday in the ancient woodland that runs alongside the M1 through Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.

    Don't forget you could see your picture on this page if you get in touch with us and let us know what you've been up to.

    Bluebells in woodland, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.
  4. Sheffield woman accused of encouraging terrorism claims she was trying 'to learn about IS'

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    A woman accused of encouraging terrorism by sharing so-called Islamic State propaganda online has said it was an "act" to "learn more about ISIS".

    Zafreen Khadam, 32, told Sheffield Crown Court she did not support terrorism and posted the links in order to "put myself in their little world".

    Prosecutors claim the posts, which included execution videos, "glorified" IS and "encouraged terrorism".

    Miss Khadam, of Vincent Road, Sheffield, denies ten charges of disseminating terrorist publications between February and March 2015.

    Sheffield law courts
  5. Latest headlines: Ben Needham family support to police after negative report in The Sun and former Blades player Chris Wilder is their new boss

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories from South Yorkshire this evening include:

    • The family of Ben Needham say they fully support the police officers who're out in Greece searching for him. It's after the Sun newspaper reported that officers were seen having a drinking session on the island of Kos, which is where Ben Needham went missing as a toddler almost 25 years ago
    • A Sheffield man will spend at least 12 years behind bars for murdering a dad of two
    • Sheffield United have wasted no time in appointing their new manager. Former Blades player Chris Wilder has been given a three year deal following the sacking of Nigel Adkins this morning 
  6. Have your say: Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport bosses on Radio Sheffield tomorrow

    Doncaster Robin Hood Airport

    Chris Harcombe, the Head of Aviation Development and John Huddleston, Communications and Corporate Affairs manager at Peel airports will both be on BBC Radio Sheffield on Friday.

    They're taking part in the radio station's Hotseat, part of the Rony Robinson show between 11:00 and 12:00  tomorrow morning.

    Don't forget you can get in touch with the programme and have your question on the local airport answered.

  7. Sheffield United fan Joe Root gives Jonathan Buchan his thoughts on Adkins departure

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    I've been up to Headingley today to catch up with England and Yorkshire cricketer Joe Root.

    The sportsman is from Sheffield and happens to be a Blades fan so I had to ask him about the news that Nigel Adkins has today left Sheffield United.

    He also told me what he thought of Chris Wilder, the Northampton Town boss who has now been confirmed as the new manager at Bramall Lane  

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    Video caption: Sheffield United fan Joe Root gives Jonathan Buchan his thoughts on Adkins departure
  8. Joint owner of Blades says he's delighted at appointment of Chris Wilder

    As we revealed earlier, Chris Wilder has been announced as the new man to lead Sheffield United.

    It follows the departure of Nigel Adkins earlier today after the Blades missed out on the League One play-offs.

    Speaking on behalf of the club's joint owners, Kevin McCabe said: "We are delighted to appoint Chris, he has a fantastic reputation. He understands the ethos of our club and is a modern 21st century manager....we look forward to a new era at Bramall Lane."

    The club says Chris Wilder will outline his plans and aspirations further when he and assistant Alan Knill meet the media on Friday.

    Kevin McCabe
  9. Listen: Ben Needham family say they're 100% behind police officers who're out in Greece

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    The family of Ben Needham say they're 100% behind the police officers who're out in Greece searching for him. 

    It's after the Sun newspaper reported that officers were seen having a long drinking session on the island of Kos, which is where Ben Needham went missing as a toddler almost 25 years ago. 

    The lead officer's been summoned back home to explain things. 

    Leighanna Needham's, Ben's sister, is angry at the paper for taking the focus away from the search for Ben... 

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    Video caption: Ben Needham family
  10. BreakingChris Wilder is the new Sheffield United boss

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    It's official - Chris Wilder is to be the new Sheffield United manager.

  11. Former Northampton Town boss is new man in charge at the Blades

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    The news comes a few hours after the club revealed it had parted ways with former manager Nigel Adkins. 

    The 51-year-old was dismissed after the Blades missed out on the League One play-offs. 

    The new man in charge was manager at Northampton Town this season and led his side to the League Two title.

  12. Baby boom for bitterns at Old Moor

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    There’s a double celebration in the Dearne Valley as not one, but two bittern nests have been discovered for the first time at RSPB Old Moor, and the reed beds are splashing with the sound of tiny bittern feet. 

    Over the past five years the nature reserve, near Barnsley, has had one female bittern nesting and a resident booming male – booming refers to the sound they make when attracting a mate, rather like blowing over a bottle. But this is the first time that two nests have been found at the same time. 

    Bittern

    Bitterns, a relative of the grey heron, were classed as extinct in the UK in the late 19th century, many having been hunted for the dinner table or lost their habitat through the draining of their homes for farmland.  As recently as the 1990’s there were thought to be only 11 males left, none in South Yorkshire.

    RSPB Old Moor is part of a nationwide programme to bring the bird back from the brink of extinction.  Old Moor staff and volunteers have developed the site’s reedbed habitat to make it more attractive to the bird, including the introduction of rudd – a fish that is particularly attractive to bittern.

  13. Latest headlines: Life sentence for killing Sheffield dad and Chris Wilder set to be 9th Blades boss in as many years

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories this afternoon include:

    • A man's been jailed for life for murdering a Sheffield father of two
    • A rape investigation's underway in Sheffield after a student says she was attacked during a taxi ride in the early hours of today
    • Chris Wilder's set to be the new boss at Sheffield United. The Northampton Town manager will be the 9th manager in as many years at Bramall Lane following the sacking of Nigel Adkins 
  14. Watch: Elephant gets ready to go on parade in Sheffield

    Kat Cowan

    Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The Elephants will be on parade in Sheffield soon. A herd of 40 unique "ele-sculptures" will appear around the city this summer to raise money for the children's hospital.

    It only seems fair then that patients at the hospital are getting in on the fun. 

    They've been getting all arty at the hospital this morning, decorating a giant Elmer, who is of course one of our favourite elephants. 

    Reporter Kat Cowan has been sticking her trunk in:

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    Video caption: Elephant gets ready for parade in Sheffield
  15. Watch: Father and son team from Rotherham prepare for Fireball Rally

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Father and son team, 64-year-old Paul and 24-year-old Patrick Schofield, are off to Monte Carlo shortly for something along the lines of Wacky races.

    They'll be doing it in an old Toyota Celica which they've spent no more than a thousand pounds buying and doing-up.

    By taking part in the Fireball Rally the pair hope to raise money for Rotherham Hospice.

    The race will start in Monte Carlo on the 27 May; you might want to turn the sound down at the end of this video!

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    Video caption: Fireball rally father and son team
  16. Ben Needham officers entitled to relax off-duty say Police Federation

    The South Yorkshire Police Federation has been responding to reports in the Sun newspaper about the behaviour of some police officers investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham on Kos.

    The newspaper this morning said a top police officer involved in the latest Ben Needham probe had been ordered back to the UK.

    This afternoon the South Yorkshire Police Federation has told the BBC that officers are entitled to relax off duty as long as they're fit for work.

    South Yorkshire Police Federation