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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Live updates on Tuesday 24 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's all for today folks! But I'll be back with more news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow. I leave you with this photo of Penistone viaduct taken from Wentworth Meadows park taken by Jan Stanley. 

Penistone Viaduct
Jan Stanley

If you have a photo or story to share we'd love to hear from you.

Crimestoppers appeal over Tommy Ward murder

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

We've been talking today about the Charity Crimestoppers who are offering a reward of up to ten thousand pounds for information on the murder of pensioner Tommy Ward.

The ex-miner was beaten in his own home on Salisbury Road in Maltby and died five months later in Rotherham hospital.

Salisbury Road
Google

The images of Tommy following his ordeal left a lump in my throat when I think what he went through at the hands of these thugs.This could have been your relative, or your grandfather who went through this. That is why I’m asking that if anyone has any information on the individuals who did this, to make sure it doesn’t happen again and contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Gemma WilsonRegional manager for South Yorkshire Crimestoppers

Chelsea Flower Show: A very Yorkshire garden

The tourism organisation, Welcome to Yorkshire, has won a silver award at the Chelsea Flower show.

Stained glass window in garden
BBC

"God's Own County" is the biggest garden at this year's show and is inspired by the huge restoration project of the East Window at York Minster, with all the materials and plants used reflecting the Yorkshire landscape.

Designer, Matthew Wilson, says he set about "deconstructing" all elements of the window's design and "putting them back together in a different order" in the garden.

Trying to get something of that scale and presence and sheer power in a Chelsea garden is an interesting challenge."

Matthew WilsonDesigner, God's Own Country

Sheffield NHS doctor joins terror group IS

An NHS doctor has left his family in Sheffield and joined the self-styled Islamic State militant group in Syria, the BBC has learned from leaked IS recruitment papers

Issam Abuanza
Issam Abuanza

Issam Abuanza - who was given a licence to practice medicine in the UK in 2009 - left his Sheffield home where he lived with his wife and two children in 2014 and crossed into Syria in July last year. 

Issam Abuanza
Issam Abuanza

His sister has told the BBC his parents will never forgive him. 

Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough expressed his shock:

Somebody who came to Scarborough to work in the health service, to save lives and make people better is now engaged in this dreadful enterprise…This is someone who was well-educated and still he seems to have taken this course."

Weather: A fine evening with more cloud but staying dry

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Staying generally fine and dry overnight with clear spells initially. Gradually turning cloudier from the east overnight with the odd spot of drizzle possible over hills. 

Hourly forecast
BBC

Latest Headlines: Sheffield NHS doctor joins IS and fear over further fracking

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The top stories for Sheffield and South Yorkshire this evening include:

BreakingA Sheffield doctor has left the country to join extremist group IS

BBC News has discovered that an NHS doctor has joined the self-styled Islamic State group in Syria.

IS documents show that Issam Abuanza -- who's 37 -- left the Sheffield home where he lived with his wife and two children in 2014. 

He is Palestinian with British citizenship and spent seven years working for the NHS, at various places including North Wales and Yorkshire. 

On social media, Issam Abuanza has said he wished that a Jordanian pilot burnt alive by IS had taken longer to die. He worked at a Scarborough hospital until 2013. 

Hairdressers through history

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The University of Sheffield has joined forces with Sheffield salons to tell a visual history of the hairdresser in a new exhibition. 

Nikki-Lee Hampton of Kojo&Lee
University of Sheffield

It’s a story of self-made individuals. They excelled on account of their individuality (sometimes eccentricity), their sociability, as well as their creativity in synthesizing eclectic, everyday influences. 

Elton Clough of Betty Tigers
Sheffield University

The exhibition blends portrait photography by Shaun Bloodsworth and Nigel Barker with historical prints.  It's open to the public in Unit 17 at the Forum Shops until Saturday 28 May 2016.   

Sheffield gets £2.5m green transport funding

Sheffield has won £2.5m funding from the government to promote sustainable travel initiatives. 

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is one of 23 across England that demonstrated it could cut emissions, support social and economic growth and increase cycling and walking in the area.

cyclists in traffic
Cycle Sheffield

  Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said:   

Green transport cuts congestion and improves air quality. It also offers the cheapest and healthiest way for people to access jobs and education. Sheffield’s green travel scheme will make a real difference for residents and help provide better air quality for everyone. ”

Yorkshire garden a 'glass act' at Chelsea

Clare Frisby

BBC Look North, presenter

Garden designers and their teams stood proudly - albeit a little nervously - as the judges began their rounds at the Chelsea Flower Show.

If they needed a little calm, the gardens they have created - many on themes of peace and tranquillity - could have provided it.

I've spent the day among the clematis and camassia:

Latest Headlines: 500 staff made redundant at Sheffield print firm and arrests in drug investigation in Rotherham

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

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

  • More than 500 workers at Polestar printing works in Sheffield are being made redundant after it was confirmed today no viable offers have been made for the business
  • Four people have been arrested on suspicion of drug production after South Yorkshire police searched a house at Broom in Rotherham
  • A £10,000 reward is being offered to catch the killers of Tommy Ward - the Maltby pensioner died five months after he was viciously beaten by robbers 

Rotherham Police reopen road after drug investigation

Broom getting back to normal after police operation. 

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Travel update: Disruption on M1 southbound in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

A broken down vehicle on the M1 southbound is causing severe problems between Junction 36 at Birdwell and Junction 35a at Stocksbridge.

Police appeal over Doncaster tablets

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have appealed for information after two men were taken ill after reportedly taking some pills inside the Warehouse nightclub in Doncaster on Saturday 14 May.

One of the men is still in hospital in a critical and life threatening condition.

A 27-year-old man from the York area has been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.   

Warehouse
Google

We are keen to find out where these tablets came from and who was in possession of them. I’d ask you to cast your minds back to that night, were you in Warehouse? Did you see anything suspicious? If so, I’d ask you to get in touch with us by calling 101. If you’ve bought pills similar to these, do not take them as they could be extremely harmful. If you have, please seek medical assistance as soon as you can.”

Det Sgt Andy KowlesSouth Yorkshire Police

Update: Police operation in Rotherham - four arrests

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have revealed that four people have been arrested on suspicion of drug production after South Yorkshire police searched a house in Rotherham. 

The operation on Broom Valley Road this morning led to the road being closed as a precaution. 

Two men and a woman were arrested last night, another man has been arrested today.  

Broom Valley Road
BBC

Sheffield revealed as luckiest place to live in the North

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Sheffield postcode has made it onto the National Lottery's rich list after 19 millionaires were created in the area in the last two years.

Sheffield now ranks third out of the 121 postcodes across the country for creating the most National Lottery millionaires during this period.

In addition to the millionaires, 51 people have also won major prizes worth £50,000 or more equating to more than two National Lottery winners being created every month.

Unfortunately I wasn't one of them.

lottery postcode sign
Camelot UK lottery

More than 500 workers in Sheffield to lose their jobs

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

More than 500 workers at a printing firm in Sheffield are being made redundant. 

Polestar UK was put in the hands of administrators at the end of April - they had been hopeful of selling the business as a going concern. 

But today they've confirmed no viable offers were made for the business. 

548 workers in Sheffield have been paid until the 31 May. Some employees will stay on for a little longer to decommission equipment. 

Polestar
Google

Brook to box in Sheffield soon?

Sheffield boxer Kell Brook looks set to fight at Bramall Lane at the end of the summer.  

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Pete Mckee mural taking shape in Stocksbridge

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield artist Pete McKee has started work on a huge 14m x 5m piece of art on one of the new buildings at north Sheffield’s Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge.  

Pete Mckee mural
Dransfield properties

Pete has created a piece which is being painted on one of the gable ends at the new retail and office development which is due to be officially opened on June 16th. 

Pete Mckee mural
Dransfield properties

The piece is a tribute to the men and women who worked at the steelworks – Fox Valley has transformed a 28 acre former steelworks site which neighbours the Tata steel plant in Stocksbridge.

Pete started work on the outline of the artwork over the weekend, sectioning the huge area into grids; he’ll be working on the colour throughout the week.

Your pictures: Wind turbines in the mist

Thank you to Annie Howarth who has sent in this picture to the BBC.

The view is from her bedroom window in Intake looking towards the M1 about six miles away.

Turbines in the mist
Annie Howarth

Watch: Doncaster Mansion House goes back in time

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Move over Downton Abbey! Students from Doncaster have created their own period drama.

And instead of being performed on a stage or in a theatre, the newly-written play called Echoes was performed in the recently restored Mansion House. 

It's part of a project looking at what happened in the town during World War One. 

I went to find out more about it:

Inquiry into government intervention at Rotherham Council

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The government's intervention in Rotherham Council is to be examined by a committee of MPs. 

The council was put under the control of Commissioners more than a year ago following the child sexual exploitation scandal.

Now the Communities and Local Government Committee - led by Sheffield MP Clive Betts (pictured below) - wants to look at how effective that takeover has been.

They'll also look at what's being done to return the council to democratic control. 

Clive Betts
Labour party

Weather: Feeling warm in the sunshine

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud. Feeling warm in sunshine away from the coast where there'll be a cool onshore breeze.  

Weather graphic
BBC

Watch: 'Saving the world with fish poo' in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

We've been talking about where our food comes from this morning and the idea that we should be thinking about how far our food travels to get to our plate.

One of the ideas is that we find alternative ways of growing food. 

I've been finding out about producing food using fish poo at the University of Sheffield:

Barnsley nursery takes home gold at Chelsea Flower show

Watch: If you're in the middle of your GCSE's in South Yorkshire right now

Take a minute to watch this handy BBC guide to revision.

It might come in useful over the next couple of weeks.

And good luck if you're sitting your exams in South Yorkshire right now.

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Update: Man arrested in Rotherham drugs operation

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs production following a police-led operation at an address in Broom, Rotherham. The man is in police custody and will be interviewed by detectives.

Chemicals have been found at the address in Broom Valley Road and are being analysed. There are currently no safety concerns.

The operation is being led by SYP and is supported by officers from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Rotherham Council.

A cordon remains in place at the scene.

Doncaster firm win gold at Chelsea Flower show

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RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2016

Clematis chiisanensis AMBER (‘Wit141205’)

Exhibited by Taylors Clematis Nursery.

Latest headlines: Police raid suspected illegal drugs factory in Rotherham and man in critical condition after taking tablets at Doncaster nightclub

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories from South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • There's a police drugs raid going on in Rotherham. The police say they're raiding a suspected illegal drugs factory in Broom Valley Road
  • The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information on the murder of Maltby pensioner Tommy Ward
  • A man's been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs after an incident earlier this month at a Doncaster nightclub. One man is still in a critical condition in hospital after taking tablets he got at the club

Watch: Police operation in Rotherham

Police and other emergency services involved in an ongoing operation in Broom this morning. 

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And they're gone...

Update: chemical drug operation underway in Rotherham

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

More now on what's going on in Broom this morning.

A police-led operation, supported by officers from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Rotherham Council, is currently under way at a property in Broom Valley Road, Broom, in connection with alleged drug production.

There are believed to be chemical substances at the address so the road has been closed and a cordon put in place while police carry out their enquiries.

Police say that at this time, there is not thought to be any risk to the wider community.

Road closed as part of police operation in Rotherham

Reward of ten thousand offered to solve murder of Rotherham pensioner

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

The Charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information on the murder of pensioner Tommy Ward.

Mr Ward, an ex-miner from Rotherham, was beaten in his own home on Salisbury Road in Maltby after robbers broke in and stole a significant sum of cash in Autumn last year.

Tommy Ward
Press Association

The great-grandfather was treated at Rotherham Hospital, but died in February as a result of health problems caused by the horrific injuries he suffered.

The charity Crimestoppers is now offering the reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for Tommy’s murder.

Man critical in hospital after taking tablets at Doncaster nightclub

Katie Galbraith

Local Live, BBC Sheffield

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs, in connection with an incident at a Doncaster nightclub. 

In the early hours of Saturday 14 May, two men were taken ill after reportedly taking something inside the Warehouse nightclub in North Bridge Road.

A 32-year-old man, who flagged officers down with chest pains after visiting the club earlier that night, was taken to hospital for treatment. He was later discharged.  

A 29-year-old man who is believed to have taken a tablet similar to the one pictured, currently remains in hospital in a critical and life threatening condition.

Tablets
South Yorkshire Police

Yesterday (Monday 23 May), officers arrested a 27-year-old man from the York area. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.  

Wentworth looks to Willett for stardust

BBC Sport

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia provided Europe with a timely boost with their weekend victories but at Wentworth this week there will be no celebratory homecoming for the continent's two most charismatic stars.

McIlroy completed an emotional triumph in sensational style at the Irish Openbefore Garcia collected his first PGA Tour victory in four years at the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas.

Both players had long since decided to skip the BMW PGA Championship, an event no longer considered the European Tour's 'flagship' tournament but still worth £3.9m in prize money.

Instead, Sheffield's Masters champion Danny Willett headlines a field that includes only four players from the world's top 30, Irish Open runner-up Russell Knox, defending champion Byeong Hun An and Rafael Cabrera Bello being the others.

Danny Willett
Getty Images

Squash: Sheffield's Nick Matthew returns to competition today following injury

Three-time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew is returning to competition today at the PSA World Series Finals in Dubai  A right ankle injury has been an ongoing issue for the former World No.1 since a tournament in El Gouna, Egypt in April 2015. 

Matthew was advised by his medical team to take time away from competition to undergo the necessary rehabilitation in order for the ankle to recover.

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Competing in Dubai has been driving me all the way through my rehab. The World Series Finals is such a prestigious title, one that I haven’t won before, it’s really been spurring me on. It’s even more exciting that it’s a new event in Dubai at an immense iconic venue which I think will go down in squash folklore."

Nick MatthewSquash player

Latest headlines: Three month long search continues for missing Rotherham men and plans to shorten the summer holiday are criticised in Barnsley

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories across South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • Its now been three months since an explosion at Didcot power station left three men buried in rubble, their bodies still haven't been found. Two of the men are from Rotherham
  • Millions of pounds of lottery money is going to organisations in Sheffield who support women and girls who've suffered abuse
  • Headteachers in Barnsley are criticising plans by the council to change school holidays. They plan to make the summer holiday a week shorter and to have a two week long holiday in the Autumn

Watch: Barnsley headteacher criticises plans to change school holidays

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Headteachers in Barnsley are criticising plans by the council to change school holidays.

They plan to make the summer holiday a week shorter and to have a two week long half term holiday in the Autumn instead.

The council say they have consulted teachers and local parents.

But Nick Bowen, the Principal of Horizon College, says he thinks it's a bad idea:

School year

Watch: Famous Owls fans

BBC Radio Sheffield is getting rather excited about the play-off finals coming up this weekend.

It seems the Jacksons are also looking forward to seeing Sheffield Wednesday in action.

They've sent a video message to the station ahead of the match.

It's our time!

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