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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 26 May

Live Reporting

By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    That's it for live updates until 08:00 tomorrow. Do get in touch if you have a story or a photo. 

    I'd love a picture of a bat using some of the new bat boxes put up in Sheffield this week.

    Batboxes
  2. Weather: A cloudy evening with drizzle and hill fog

    Paul Hudson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Remaining rather cloudy and damp into the evening and overnight, with light onshore winds continuing to bring in mist, low cloud and hill fog in from the North Sea.

    Hourly forecast
  3. Archive photos of Rotherham firehouse

    Every Thursday South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service pick a photo from thier archives to share. Today it's a classic line up of bright red vehicles from the 1980s:

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  4. Latest Headlines: Union fights on over BIS closure and Pennine foods workers hold M&S demo

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  5. BIS Closure: Vince Cable condemns move to shut Sheffield office

    The Liberal Democrats have joined condemnation of the decision to move jobs in a key government department from Sheffield to London. 

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  6. Man convicted of kidnapping Sheffield woman

    A 51-year-old man will be sentenced in July after being convicted of kidnapping a woman and possessing a stun gun in Sheffield.

    Levi Solomon

    Sheffield Crown Court heard how Levi Solomon, of Skelton Grove, Woodhouse, went round to his former partner’s home in Sheffield on the morning of 26 November 2015.

    He threatened to kill the woman, who is in her 20s and wishes to remain anonymous, if she did not go with him back to his flat in Woodhouse. Fearful for her life, the woman agreed and he drove her to his home.

    Once at his property, Solomon assaulted his victim, punching her in the face, and refused to let her leave, locking the door and threatening her with further violence.

    Investigating officer Detective Constable Christopher Blincow said: 

    Quote Message: “This woman has been exceptionally brave in coming forward to tell of her awful ordeal at Solomon’s hands. After a number of hours trapped in his apartment, Solomon fell asleep and his victim was able to flee and phone police. Domestic abuse in any form is despicable and we will not tolerate any individual seeking to harm, intimidate or control another person. "
  7. Dispute over percentage of BIS staff now outside London

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    There's been disagreement between unions and the department of Business, Innovation and Skills this afternoon over just how many staff now work for BIS outside the capital.  

    BIS strike placard

    BIS says the 80% figure it's quoting for staff working outside London includes partner organisations funded by BIS. Like the Student Loans Company and Innovate UK..

    The PCS union says that's "nonsense" as those staff don't actually work for BIS.

  8. Sport: Owls head coach wants to stay at Wednesday for seasons to come

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    On the eve of the Championship playoff final Sheffield Wednesday Head Coach Carlos Carvalhal has revealed that his new contract is for three years. 

    Carlos Carvalhal

    The Owls boss also says win or lose against Hull on Saturday he wants to stay at Hillsborough for many seasons to come: 

    Quote Message: I hope we can extend it to five or six or ten, I don't mind, so it's not a problem to me. I want to be happy all the time, I want to to enjoy what I am doing, enjoy with my players, the fans. And in the time that we do these kinds of things I'm a happy coach."
  9. Watch: MP Louise Haigh says innovation department's inability to use Skype is embarrassing

    There's been widespread condemnation of the government decision to close the Sheffield Business Innovation and Skills office with the loss of 250 jobs in the city. 

    The department says moving the posts to London is part of modernisation plans save money. 

    Sheffield Heeley Labour MP Louise Haigh says there's nothing modernising about a department supposedly championing innovation finding it impossible to communicate electronically: 

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    Video caption: Labour MP Louise Haigh condemns BIS Sheffield office closure
  10. Plans for Tata pension freeze causing concern among former steelworkers

    The Government is considering whether to allow changes to the pension scheme for steel workers in an attempt to help Tata Steel find a buyer for its British operations. 

    Steel demo

    More than 2,000 people are employed by Tata in South Yorkshire. 

    Mick Hawker, a former steel worker who lives in Sheffield isn't impressed with the idea:  

    Quote Message: As you can imagine I'd be very unhappy about the prospect. Four years away from being able to take my deferred British Steel pension and to see it reduced, I'd be very unhappy about that."
  11. BIS staff in Sheffield say business case for keeping office open was ignored

    Workers at the Government's Business Innovation and Skills Office in Sheffield are angry at the final decision that their office will close and their jobs will move to London.  

    Strikers outside BIS office

    Almost 250 jobs will go from Sheffield by 2018. The Government says the plan will save money and make the department more responsive. 

    But Amerjit Basi, a senior policy adisor with BIS says it makes no sense:

    Quote Message: We've put forward a business case about why keeping Sheffield open saves taxpayers money and is actually better for BIS. A proposal from the union again making the point that it's better for BIS to have policy outside of London. But seemply they haven't paid any attention to the evidence at all. "
  12. Four charged over alleged drugs offences in Broom

    Four people, three men and a woman, have been charged in connection with alleged drugs offences, following a multi-agency investigation at Broom Valley Road in Rotherham on Tuesday.

    Police operation at Broom Valley Road

    Nehdi Tajabidi, 31, of Broom Valley Road, Rotherham, Mehdi Esmacpoor, 38, of Farm Drive, Rawmarsh, Luliana Otaraseanu, 30, of Manor Fields Close, Kimberworth, and 30-year-old Mohammed Chernarli of Mary Hill Road, Glasgow, appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court today charged with conspiracy to produce Class A drugs.  

  13. Watch: Owlets get behind #OurTime campaign

    The latest recruits for BBC Radio Sheffield's #OurTime campaign to support Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday on the road to Wembley are these youngsters from Snowdrops Pre-school in Broomhill, Sheffield.

  14. Sheffield Council leader condemns BIS closure as bad decision by the government

    The leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore has condemned the relocation of 247 jobs from the Business, Innovation and Skills department in Sheffield to London. 

    BIS strike

    She says the Business Secretary Sajid Javid refused to meet her last week when he was in Sheffield despite requests dating back to January:   

    Quote Message: This is a bad decision and the government have completely failed to explain the reasoning behind it. This isn’t about saving money, because moving the jobs to London costs more and flies in the face of the government’s Northern Powerhouse rhetoric. Our first thoughts must go to the people who are most affected by this, most will not be able to relocate to London, we will do everything we can locally to put in place support for local people to find new employment in the city as quickly as possible.”
  15. Strike over wage cuts at food firm owned by multi-millionaire

    Workers at Pennine Foods in Sheffield have staged a demonstration in the city centre this lunchtime.

    Pennine Foods demo

    They're fighting plans to change their contracts affecting weekend pay and bank holidays. Pennine Foods makes ready meals for Marks and Spencer. Worker Mark Cotton joined the demo this lunchtime and says the wage cuts by a company owned by a multi-millionaire are causing real hardship: 

    Quote Message: Wage cuts are costing some familes up to £5,000 in salary per annum. So it's not acceptable to the members of union and this is the sort of action we are taking not only at Pennine Foods but also at Marks and Spencer's retail centres and outlets."
  16. Latest Headlines: Government confirms Sheffield BIS closure and Pennine Foods demo in city

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  17. Bat boxes installed across Sheffield in wake of tree removal protests

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    The Streets Ahead ecology team in Sheffield is installing around 100 bat boxes across the city, after partnering with Reclaim Sheffield to produce the boxes which are made from recycled pallets.  

    Campaign poster on tree

    It follows widespread campaigning against the removal of trees with some residents concerned that some of the trees being cut down, particularly in the Nether Edge area, have been regular bat roosts.

    Thomas Cullingford, Streets Ahead’s Environment Manager, said:

    Quote Message: Bats are an important and protected local species and it’s important to us that we’re always looking for ways to improve the wildlife across the city. Working with Reclaim Sheffield to produce these bat boxes is just one of the ways that we have been able to do this.”
  18. Watch: 'Shameful' BIS closure in Sheffield

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    The Government has confirmed the closure of the Sheffield Business Innovation and Skills office, with the loss of 250 jobs. 

    It says the decision to close the Sheffield office and move the posts to London is part of wider modernisation plans. 

    Unions, however, have described the decision as shameful.

  19. Tata Steel pensions deal could set precedent

    The government is considering reducing benefits for British Steel pensioners in a bid to save Tata Steel's UK business. 

    Steel jobs march

    The proposals would base pension increases on the Consumer Price inflation measure, which is usually lower than the one currently used -- the Retail Price Index. Tom McPhail, who's a pensions expert, says any alterations could set a precedent:  

    Quote Message: Whilst I'm sure they will do everything they can to ring-fence this deal to argue that it's a special case, that it's a one-off, that they're going to consult on it and establish this arrangement to protect the jobs, which is critically important, nevertheless once they've done it once, it would be very hard to avoid this question arising again."