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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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By Jenny Cork

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Good evening: Your live coverage across the day

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Thanks for joining us today. Scroll down for all the big stories across South Yorkshire today.

We'll be back tomorrow with more updates from 08:00 and, hopefully, another sunny day! 

Here's the forecast for this evening:

Weather graphic

Tomorrow, a very warm day expected with plenty of sunshine but with a risk of a late afternoon/evening thundery downpour. 

Maximum temperature 25C (77F).

Headlines: Rotherham abuse investigators say there are hundreds more suspects and plans for mobile cinema in Sheffield

The headlines this evening include:

  • Hundreds of potential child sexual exploitation suspects in Rotherham have been identified by the National Crime Agency
  •  Police hunt man who indecently exposed himself to two teenage girls in Rawmash
  •  A project's been launched to bring a mobile cinema to communities across Sheffield.

'Longest' Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 33 years begins

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Muslims in the UK are facing the "longest" Ramadan in 33 years, as the holy month coincides with the summer solstice, meaning long days of fasting.

Muslims in prayer

Many Muslims will not eat or drink water during daylight, which this year can last about 19 hours in the UK.

Fasting ends at sunset with a meal, known as the Iftar.

Ramadan is determined by the lunar cycle and will run from 6 June to about 5 July, but the timing shifts each year in relation to the Western calendar.

'Tackling gun crime a priority' in South Yorkshire fight against organised crime

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

There are more than 100 organised crime gangs which pose a "significant risk" in South Yorkshire, a police report has found.

The report, compiled for the county's police and crime commissioner, found of the 105 gangs identified, 27 had links to firearms and 44 to drugs. 


South Yorkshire Police said tackling firearms gangs was its priority. Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Barber says the actual use of guns was "fairly limited" in South Yorkshire.

Hundreds of potential suspects in Rotherham abuse investigations

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The investigation into large-scale child sexual exploitation in Rotherham now involves 29 "designated suspects" and hundreds more "potential suspects" says the National Crime Agency. 

It says its investigators have made contact with 82 victims and survivors from the town, since it was brought in following the 2014 Jay Report.

Yorkshire coast a hit with holidaymakers

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Where are you going for your summer holidays? 

Why not stay in Yorkshire?! 

Whitby pier

The Yorkshire coast attracted more visitors to places like Scarborough and Whitby than any other resort - apart from London - according to Visit England.  

Whitby seagull

More on BBC Look North tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

Do you recognise this man? Wanted in Rotherham

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Officers have released an e-fit image of man suspected of indecently exposing himself in Rotherham.  

e-fit of suspect
South Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at about 21:45 on Tuesday 31 May, when two teenage girls were walking along Barbers Avenue, Rawmarsh, towards Parkgate.  

As they reached the junction of Infirmary Road, the man is alleged to have indecently exposed himself. 

Call 101 if you know who he is.

Warning from South Yorkshire Police over car insurance

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Is your car fully insured? 

Police caught the driver of this car earlier: 

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Ramadan Mubarak to all those fasting

Shahid Hussain

BBC Yorkshire

For many, including me, it's the beginning of Ramadan today.

That's no food or drink between sunrise and sunset for 30 days. So that's nil by mouth for around 18 hours at the moment.

The idea is, as a Muslim, it helps you reflect on your religion, be an all round charitable good egg and think of those less fortunate than you.

I've been fasting for quite a few years now so the endurance becomes easier! 

So for all those fasting - Ramadan Mubarak and here's my favourite Ramadan tweet today!  

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Enjoy the hot weather while it lasts...

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for rain - and possibly plenty of it - on Tuesday afternoon.

So, enjoy the sunshine while you can...

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Have your say on South Yorkshire's recyling, rubbish tips and bin collections

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A call for South Yorkshire residents to be part of the public consultation on waste strategy.

Your local council is asking you to have your say on what's important to you about waste services.

There are different ways in which residents or businesses can take part in the consultation between Monday 6th June 2016 and Sunday 31st July 2016.  

Waste Consultation graphic
BDR Waste Partnership

Currently each council offers a range of recycling, waste collection and disposal services, either directly or through contractors. This service is influenced by current individual council and joint strategies.

Find out more about the strategy and how you can get involved in deciding it here: 

'No more appropriate place to be': Yorkshire Regiment in Normandy for D-Day commemorations

Andrew Barton

BBC Yorkshire

Members of the Yorkshire Regiment are taking part in D-Day commemorations in northern France today on the 72nd anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. 

Several battalions  of Yorkshiremen were among the first ashore in what was the largest water-based invasion in history. 

D-Day landings
AFP / Getty Images

Today, Regimental Secretary Lt Col David O'Kelly is due to lay a wreath in Normandy to mark the anniversary.  

I can think of no more appropriate place to be 72 years on. Four battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment landed here in the first wave and so it's a privilege to be here looking out on the beaches of Normandy to remember our forebears who fought and died here."

Lt Col David O'KellyRegimental Secretary, Yorkshire Regiment

High pressure causing fuzz on your TV or radio?

BBC Radio Sheffield

Fuzzy reception on your radio or TV today?

A zone of high pressure, which causes problems to the links between transmitters, can result in poor reception.   

Find out more here.

Graphic showing atmospheric pressure

Some people have been experiencing problems today and have posted on our Facebook page:

88.6 was NPO 3FM, 94.7 was NPO R4 and 104.1 was a combination of Radio 10 (Holland) and Joe FM (Belgium) last night in Barnsley."

Oliver Blackburn

Thought it was strange this morning when i could barely hear Toby Foster on my commute to work. was fuzzy reception where normally its fine!"

Andrew Radford

This explains why we couldn't get radio Sheffield this morning."

Stewart Parsisson

Rotherham CSE cases: 10,000 lines of enquiry

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

More than 10,000 lines of enquiry have emerged from investigations into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, the National Crime Agency's revealed 

Interviews with victims and survivors through Operation Stovewood have so far recorded 91 serious sexual offences. 

There are currently 29 designated suspects and hundreds more "potential suspects". South Yorkshire police has now agreed to fund more officers to work on the independent invesigtaion. 

At the moment, 69 are involved with the investigation - that number will go up to 117.

Picket lines at Pennine Foods

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

More protests and picketing today at Pennine Foods as a pay dispute continues. Strikers have been stopping lorries from entering the company's premises in Crystal Peaks.  

Pennine food picket line in May

Up until today the Bakers Union says no lorries have crossed the picket lane.

Workers are on strike over changes to their contracts that they said would remove extra weekend pay and lieu days for working weekends and bank holidays.  

Employees say the changes could cost some of them as much as £5,000.

Today's strike is the latest in a long-running dispute over the proposed changes.

We've contacted Pennine Foods and are waiting for a response.   

Safety warning after rise in vaping related fires

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says until 2013 it hadn’t attended a single incident caused by e-cigs, but the number of fires involving vaping equipment has risen ever since.

Warning graphic: 'Don't overcharge your device'
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The advice for e-cigs is really the same as for many smaller electrical appliances like mobile phones and laptops - don’t be tempted to buy cheap unbranded chargers, don’t leave them to charge whilst you are out of the house or asleep and keep them well away from flammable materials.”

Trevor BernardHead of Community Safety, SYFR

Yorkshire commemorations for D-Day anniversary

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Regiment will lay a wreath in France later to mark the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

The commemorations mark an invasion that was the biggest the world had seen.

In June 19944, the Germans were expecting an attack. Transporting thousands of troops across the English Channel and landing them on beaches in full view of enemy fire risked high casualties. 

To succeed required intricate planning, ingenious invention and the mounting of the largest sea and airborne invasion the world had ever seen.

How did the Allies do it?

Graphic showing resources used in D-Day operation

Weather: Mostly dry, warm and sunny

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bright afternoon across the region, with just the odd isolated thundery shower but remaining dry for most.

Light variable winds, and highs of up to 22C (72F). 

Weather graphic

Headlines: Criminal gangs in South Yorkshire and work begins to strengthen Sheffield bridge

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The headlines so far this lunchtime include:

  • South Yorkshire police say they're aware of more than 100 criminal gangs operating in the county. Many of them deal in drugs and many have links to illegal guns
  • Firefighters in are warning of the potential dangers posed by e-cigarettes, after revealing they have tackled 12 fires involving the devices in South Yorkshire in the last three years
  • Work to strengthen Weedon bridge near Meadowhall starts today. Council contractor Amey says it will take five months to restore it to its former glory - a lane will remain open in each direction, with the occasional weekend closure

Specialist doctors to become permanent part of air ambulance unit

Shahid Hussain

BBC Yorkshire

Eleven specialist doctors are to become a permanent part of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance team thanks to a new "dedicated and funded system".  

Dr Andrew Pountney, clinical lead for the new team, said for the past 10 years doctors had been released to the helicopter unit on an "ad hoc" basis.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter
Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The new Yorkshire Critical Care Team will be a collaboration of the county's ambulance and air ambulance services.

It will include consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia.

E-cig safety warning after 12 blazes attended by fire service

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Firefighters are warning the public about the potential dangers posed by e-cigarettes, after revealing they have tackled a dozen fires involving the devices in the last three years.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says until 2013 it hadn’t attended a single incident caused by e-cigs, but the number of fires involving vaping equipment has climbed ever since.

Vehicle fire
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

Alton Towers Smiler crash victims take part in 5k run for charity

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

The young couple injured in the rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers - have taken part in a 5k Rainbow Dash for Barnsley Hospital

18 year old Leah Washington had to have her left leg amputed, and 19 year old Joe Pugh's knees were shattered in the collision. 

They walked the course to raise money for the hospital charity. 

Leah Washington, 18, was joined by Joe Pugh, 19

During the race, runners are pelted with coloured powder at points around the route through Locke Park (pictured below). 

Runners at Locke Park

We are absolutely delighted that Leah and Joe are taking part. They are an inspiration to us all, it's amazing that they are doing this challenge after everything they have been through. We are so grateful for their support to the charity."

Beth KaminskiBarnsley Hospital fundraising co-ordinator

Watch: Ramadan begins this week

Shawkat Hashmi

BBC Sheffield

Some local mosques follow the calendar set by the Saudi government and their congregations are starting Ramadan on Monday.

Others have their own formula for the sighting of the new moon locally (in the UK) so they will start fasting on Tuesday. In Ramadan Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. They abstain from both food and drink.  Muslims see this month as the holiest in the calendar so they make an extra effort to do good deeds and to recite the Quran daily. They're likely to be fasting from about 02:30 to 21:30 each day.

Sahir Ali, a Muslim from Sheffield, explains what this month means to her:

Ramadan to me means a month of peace and a month of patience."

Sahir Ali

Normal service resumes for BBC Radio Sheffield radio transmitter

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

We're getting reports that the tropospheric propagation problems BBC Radio Sheffield was experiencing earlier have been fixed.

Services via radio transmitters can now be heard. Listening to BBC Radio Sheffield services online have been unaffected by the high pressure we're experiencing and remain clear as a bell. Listen here.  

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Your views: 105 Organised Crime Gangs in South Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A report from the South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings (pictured below) says there are 105 Organised Crime Groups operating in South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings

The report says "Many are linked to drugs markets and firearms meaning they pose a significant risk to both themselves and the public at large."

You've been having your say on our Facebook page:

Firearms seized by police

Of course it is a "significant challenge!! Once they catch people they can't do anything, apart from let them off. It is nothing but a joke our judicial system!"

Beverly Dalton-kirby

The judicial system doesn't work here either they have nothing else in their lives. No prospects of gainful employment or membership of society in general, this is what is left, and gang membership makes up for a lot."

Fill Norkel

And a number of people have blamed immigration for organised gang crime with Sean Wood adding "there's enough home grown scum on the streets already".

Sheffield station piano soon to be back on track

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

There's a problem with the piano at Sheffield railway station; some of the notes aren't working properly.

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Watch: Alton Towers Smiler crash victims take part in 5k run for Barnsley Hospital


Just over a year after the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash in which she lost her leg, Leah Washington has taken part in a 5K walk for charity.  

Volunteering Week: Do something great!

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

It's volunteering week. And the BBC is celebrating volunteers with its Do Something Great campaign.

It's all about you discovering your "inner volunteer".

This Friday, all of us at BBC Radio Sheffield are inviting some of the most impressive volunteers we've met along the way for a party here at Shoreham Street.

You can hear that on Friday morning's Breakfast show from 08:00.

Ahead of that, police volunteers across the region have been doing something great this weekend. Nice work!

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Headlines: Organised crime gangs pose significant challenge to South Yorks Police and a reminder to register to vote

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The latest headlines so far this morning include:

  • South Yorkshire police say they're aware of more than a hundred criminal gangs operating in the county. Many of them have access to guns
  • The Chesterfield and District Athletics Club has been been given the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. It's National Volunteering Week
  • People who aren't registered to take part in the EU referendum on 23rd June are being urged to do so before the deadline tomorrow

Watch: Police report reveals 105 organised crime gangs in South Yorkshire

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

A report for South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, says South Yorkshire Police face a 'significant challenge' dealing with organised criminal gangs: 

Piano problems at Sheffield train station

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been sent out to report on the big news of the day: There's a problem with the piano at Sheffield railway station. Some of the notes aren't working properly. 

But the news is the people at the station are going to get a new one.


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Heard of tropospheric propagation? Let us enlighten you

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Tropospheric propagation is causing problems in radio transmission for BBC Radio Sheffield.

Yes, that's right tropospheric propagation.

Graphic showing the effects of warm and cool air on tropospheric propagation

Apparently, tropospheric propagation describes electromagnetic propagation in relation to the troposphere. During very settled, warm weather (i.e., high pressure), usually weak signals from distant transmitters improve in strength.

Hence, some listeners of BBC Radio Sheffield who listen via radio transmitters can currently hear Dutch radio! 

bnr nieuwsradio building
Bnr nieuwsradio

But you can listen online here

Organised crime: 105 gangs in South Yorkshire

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A report put before the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has revealed there are 105 known Organised Crime Groups in the area. 

It says "Many are linked to drugs markets and firearms meaning they pose a significant risk to both themselves and the public at large." 

Police sign at Snig Hill Police Station

27 of the gangs have been linked to firearms. 

42% are involved in drug markets and 40% have at least one member in prison.

South Yorkshire Police say the problem of Organised Crime Gangs represents a significant challenge to the force.

Police vehicle

Weather: A sunny day across the region

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry and bright day across the region, with just the odd isolated thundery shower.

Light variable winds, and highs of up to 22C (72F). 

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A beautiful day across South Yorkshire. Full weather report coming shortly.

But, as you can see, it's quite different to last week! 

Weather graphic

Plus more on news on a report for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner that says there is a significant problem in South Yorkshire with organised crime.

105 active organised crime gangs are operating in our region. Police say 44 of them are involved with drugs.

Drugs seized