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

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By Mick Lunney

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BBC Local Live, Sheffield

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Alan Stubbs

Championship club Rotherham United appoint Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs as their new manager.

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Police search roof for burglary suspect

Police investigating a break-in at a supermarket spend several hours searching the store after staff report hearing somebody stuck in the roof. 

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Headlines: Ex-Rotherham councillor to appeal against £80k libel bill and Sheffield's productivity ranks low

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The latest headlines for Sheffield and South Yorkshire this evening include:

  • A former UKIP councillor in Rotherham has been ordered to pay £80,000 to two MP's he libeled over child grooming
  • Sheffield's productivity, relative to other nortern cities, is low says a new report
  • Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs is the new manager at Rotherham United

Tykes joint top after Roses match win

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Yorkshire have taken the final five wickets for 12 runs to win the Roses match and join Lancashire on top of Division One.

Bresnan took six wickets in the match, as well as getting runs in both innings (69 and 29), in a game won by the batting of the Yorkshire lower order.

We've got a full summary of the match here.

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Yorkshire and England all-rounder Adil Rashid

Tykes joint top after Roses match win

Yorkshire take the final five wickets for 12 runs to win the Roses match and join Lancashire on top of Division One.

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Rotherham MP reacts to being awarded big libel payment

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Today London's High Court ruled that two Rotherham MP's should each receive £40,000 in damages from a former UKIP councillor. 

Cavan Vines accused John Healey and Sir Kevin Barron of knowing about child grooming in Rotherham and said they did nothing about it. 

He made the claims during an interview with Sky TV. Cavan Vines says he'll appeal against the ruling. 

John Healey spoke to us about the libel award:

Weather update: Cloudy and damp, summer really

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The cloud won't go away tonight, and expect it to be damp in places.

Low of 9C.

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Assault witnesses sought in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police say they need to find witnesses to a "nasty and unprovoked assault" in Sheffield city centre.

It happened on Division Street in the early hours of Sunday morning. A 22 yr old man was assaulted by a number of people as he walked along the street with friends.

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The victim was reportedly stamped on by one suspect, causing significant injuries that required hospital treatment. This level of violence is unacceptable and we need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time that may have witnessed this incident take place.”

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Watch: Former Rotherham UKIP councillor hits out at libel damages

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

An £80,000 libel damages award has been made to two MP's from Rotherham.

They were falsely criticised in a Sky TV interview given by Cavan Vines, the former leader of the UKIP group on Rotherham Council.

Mr Vines had claimed that MPs John Healey and Sir Kevin Barron had known about child grooming in Rotherham but had failed to do anything about it.

The High Court in London today ordered him to pay each of the MPs £40,000.

Outside court Mr Vines told us that he'd be appealing against the ruling:

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Headlines: Former UKIP councillor must pay £80,000 to MPs and decision due on Sheffield United goalkeeper's contract

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The headlines for Sheffield and South Yorkshire so far this afternoon include:

  • The former Councillor and leader of the UKIP group on Rotherham Council, Caven Vines, has been ordered to pay £80,000 in damages to Labour MPs John Healey and Sir Kevin Barron
  • A report out today says Sheffield is lagging behind other cities when it comes to productivity in the north.
  • and Sheffield United's goalkeeper George Long will decide if his future is at Bramall Lane 

Death row letters spark play in Sheffield

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A woman who began writing to a death row inmate in the USA has turned her experience into a play.

Charlotte Blackburn was nineteen when she began writing to Edgar Garcia, an inmate on Death Row in Terre Haute prison, Indiana. He was convicted of stabbing a fellow inamate to death.

Her mother didn't want her to have such a pen-pal  in case he got out and murdered her, and her friends thought it was bizarre but fascinating. 

Her play is called Edgar and Me and Charlotte says it depicts their relationship through his letters to her, the stories they have shared and his past. Here she sums up her mother's reaction to hearing about her letters:

Doncaster sign Wright as Tyson departs

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Doncaster Rovers sign Huddersfield Town defender Joe Wright on a two-year deal, while striker Nathan Tyson is released.

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Doncaster sign Wright as Tyson departs

Doncaster Rovers sign Huddersfield Town defender Joe Wright on a two-year deal, while striker Nathan Tyson is released.

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Illegal fishing targeted on River Don

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Anglers have joined an effort to catch people fishing illegally in South Yorkshire.

Police say a dozen people have recently been reported for a variety of offences.

A two-day long operation has been held in the Aldwarke area of Rotherham and more efforts will follow.

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At the High Court: Latest on libel ruling involving Rotherham MPs

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield's Liz Roberts has been at the High Court covering a libel case featuring two Rotherham MPs.

A fomer UKIP group leader on Rotherham Council, Caven Vines, has been ordered to pay £80,000 in damages over comments he made about Sir Kevin Barron and John Healey. Here's Liz's report:

Former Rotherham councillor ordered to pay £80,000 in libel damages

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The former councillor and leader of the UKIP group on Rotherham Council, Caven Vines,  has been ordered to pay £80,000 in damages to Labour MPs John Healey and Sir Kevin Barron.

It's for comments he made about the town's child sexual exploitation scandal during a Sky TV interview in January 2015. 

He's also been ordered by the High Court in London to pay costs which are now to be assessed. Mr Vines says he will appeal . Mr Healey said he and Sir Kevin had been vindicated.

Sport: Decision expected tomorrow on Sheffield United goalkeeper

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he'll sit down with George Long tomorrow over where he wants to play next season. A decision on the 'keepers future will be made then.

Chris Wilder has told BBC Radio Sheffield that he wouldn't try to force Long to sign a new deal, but would be happy if it the 'keeper chose to stay with the Blades.

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Headlines: Five flee house fire in Sheffield and less child dental decay in Barnsley

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The latest headlines in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this lunchtime include:

  • Five people have escaped from a house fire in Gleadless this morning
  • Meanwhile the fire service say a blaze which damaged of the roof of Swallownest Miners Welfare in Rotherham appears to have started accidentally
  • and there's been a drop in dental decay among five-year-olds in Barnsley

Watch: TV show Suits, Boots and Northern Roots features South Yorkshire memories

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Old footage of South Yorkshire in the 1960's features on BBC 1 tonight.

The programme Suits Boots and Northern Roots revels in archive material and features writer Kay Mellor who leads us through 'Living in 1966'.

You'll see memories of Barnsley and Sheffield in this teaser for the show which starts at 19:30:

Improvement in child dental health in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

New figures show that Barnsley record on child dental health is getting better.

The measure among five-year-olds according to Public Health England (PHE) show the severity of tooth decay dropped from 1.6 teeth per child which were decayed, missing or filled to 1.1.

Barnsley is compared among 16 statistical neighbours in the survey. This comparison shows between 2012 and 2015 Barnsley progressed from fourth highest in terms dental decay severity among five-year-olds to sixth lowest. However, Barnsley’s latest figure of 1.1 decayed, missing or filled teeth per child is still higher than the England rate of 0.8.

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Watch: Memories of Sheffield's main post office in an exhibition

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

An exhibition has been compiled after an appeal on BBC Radio Sheffield's Rony Robinson show for people who used to work at Sheffield's former head post office in Fitzalan Square.

The building has just been transformed into a new Institute of Art by Sheffield Hallam University. 

The former employees who came forward have had their stories turned into an exhibition called 'Post Office Faces'. 

The exhibition runs between June 4th -24th.

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Sport: National call-up for Owls goalkeeper

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieren Westwood has been selected in the Republic of Ireland Squad for Euro 2016. 

He'll compete with Darren Randolph and Shay Given for a starting role against Belgium, Italy and Sweden. He's been with the Owls for two years.

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Sheffield lags behind when it comes to productivity

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A report out today says Sheffield is lagging behind other cities when it comes to productivity in the north. Think tank Centre for Cities reckons Sheffield's output is only 11th on their list. Leeds is in first place.

The report is warning that the idea of a Northern Powerhouse will only succeed if the north boosts its output. 

It goes on to state that while improving train connections between cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield will help economic development, the research suggests that boosting transport links within cities will have a bigger impact on improving productivity.

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Headlines: House fire in Gleadless and leisure centre opens in Sheffield

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The latest headlines for Sheffield and South Yorkshire include

  • Four fire crews are at a house fire on Leighton Road in Gleadless
  • South Yorkshire will feature on a tv programme tonight.'Living in 66: Suits, Boots and Northern Roots' is on BBC1 at 19:30.
  • and a £7m leisure centre has opened in High Green 

Watch: Sheffield's new £7m leisure centre opens

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A new £7m sports and leisure centre has opened in the north of Sheffield.

Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre in High Green has a six-lane swimming pool and specialist research facilities. About 500 people have already signed up to the centre which has a new National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), said Sheffield Council.

Staff from the recently closed Chapeltown pool have transferred to the new centre.

The NCSEM is an Olympic legacy project intended to increase physical activity and has three sites in the city at the Thorncliffe, Graves and Concord sports centres. 

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House fire in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Firefighters are at a house fire in Gleadless in Sheffield. There are four fire engines at the blaze on Leighton Road. 

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue tell us there is no one trapped in the house.

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Watch: Young wonder goal-scorer at Wembley says he wants to do it again

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

You might have heard us talking about a Wembley wonder goal yesterday.

It was by Sheffield schoolboy Mackenzie Maltby. The 11-year-old's long-range goal has gone viral online; he scored the belter in the Kinder +sport Football League Kids Cup Final on Sunday. Here he is talking to us about his new-found fame, and you can see his goal:

Libel case pay-out to Rotherham MP's to be decided

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two Rotherham MP's might be getting a big pay out in libel damages. The former UKIP leader on Rotherham Council, Cavan Vines, will have to pay. A decision will be made today at the High Court in London.

He claimed in a tv interview that the MPs Kevin Barron and John Healey knew about the mass grooming and sexual exploitation of young girls in Rotherham - and did nothing about it. The MPs sued for libel. 

The court ruled last year that he had libeled the two MPs and heard his mitigating arguments over the level of damages last week.   

It's not the only case of this sort to see legal action.

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Watch: How does a drug-driving kit work?

More now on the news there's been a big increase in the number of people arrested for drug-driving in South Yorkshire.

In the last year 456 drivers were arrested for being under the influence of drugs.

BBC reporter Rowan Bridge explains how drug-driving kits work.

Sport: New Rotherham United boss due to be confirmed today

Rotherham United are expected to announce Alan Stubbs as their new manager today.

BBC Radio Sheffield were first to bring the news that the Millers have agreed terms with the 44-year-old, who's expected to sign a 3-year deal once a compensation package with Hibernian has been agreed. 

Alan Stubbs
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Headlines: Hundreds of drug driving arrests and £7m leisure centre opens in Sheffield

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in South Yorkshire so far this morning include:

  • In the last year 456 people have been arrested for drug-driving in South Yorkshire
  • Two South Yorkshire MPs await libel pay-outs over claims they knew about child grooming and did nothing
  • and a new leisure centre opens in High Green today, it's cost £7m 

Drug driving: Stark figures on arrests in South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

New figures show that since a new law came in prescribing drug drive limits, the police have been arresting more than one person every day driving on South Yorkshire's roads.

It's for being under the influence of drugs and amounts to more than 450 cases in a year. 

Police tell us that those getting away with drug-driving so far can expect to be caught eventually:

Watch: weather. Wet and grey 13C

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Outbreaks of rain and staying cloudy. High of 13C.

Good morning

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

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