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  1. Live updates on Friday 17 June 2016

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By Kate Linderholm

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it for our live news updates in Sheffield and South Yorkshire until 08:00 on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend and we'll leave you with this lovely photo of optimistic ducks who have made a pond out of a puddle in Sheffield's Endcliffe Park.

Ducks in Endcliffe Park
Dan Sumption

Let us know if you have a story or photo to share.

Weather: More rain tonight but drier weekend in store

Keeley Donovan

BBC Look North

Remaining cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain. Later in the night, the rain will gradually ease from the west, with western parts becoming mostly dry by dawn.  

A largely settled weekend. Mostly dry but could turn out quite cloudy. Feeling fresher.   

Hourly forecast
BBC

Doncaster Council flies flag at half mast for Jo Cox

Rally at Orgreave tomorrow in support of justice campaign

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign is holding an anniversary march and rally tomorrow at 17:00 at The Old Bridge, Orgreave Lane, Sheffield.

About 10,000 strikers and 5,000 police officers clashed at the coking plant near Rotherham in June 1984.  

There is mounting pressure on Home Secretary Theresa May to set up an independent inquiry into the policing operation at the time. 

Rotherham United searching for new mascot

Have you got what it takes to fill take on the role of Rotherham United Club Macot Miller Bear?

The club is looking for someone to don the costume and bring more good luck to New York Stadium.

Miller Bear RUFC mascot
RUFC

Sheffield arts tower marks 50 years

Happy Birthday Sheffield's Arts Tower!

And if you haven't stepped on to its unusual and unnerving paternoster lift do give it a try.

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Latest Headlines: Parties pledge not to contest Jo Cox seat and Sheffield Women of Steel statue unveiled

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include: 

  • The Conservative party, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP have all said they will not be contesting the parliamentary seat that was held by Jo Cox
  • The Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Police - Stephen Watson - has been selected as the preferred choice to be the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire police
  • The long-awaited Women of Steel statue's been unveiled in Sheffield City Centre

Watch: Incredible footage of Sheffield from 1980s

Forgotten what the Sheffield "egg box" Town Hall extension looked like? Or the road where Tudor Square is now?

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The footage has been uploaded by SHTE Films.

Normandy Veteran in Barker's Pool to honour Sheffield's Women of Steel

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

I've been talking to a former soldier about the women who kept Sheffield's munitions factories going to help win two world wars.

A statue dedicated to the women who worked in Sheffield's steelworks during both world wars was unveiled in the city today.

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New exhibition at Sheffield's Park Hill creates concrete playgrounds

Sheffield's iconic Park Hill estate is playing host to an art exhibition that is casting new sculptural play areas.

Park Hill
RIBA

The Brutalist Playground was originally commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2015 and features a newly commissioned addition based on the estate's original playgrounds built by architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith between 1957-61.   

New play area made from concrete
Getty Images

Arrest over Fox House shooting

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged firearms incident in Sheffield last month.

The man, who was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and kidnap, has been bailed pending further enquiries.

At around 12:45 on Sunday 1 May, police were called to Hathersage Road after receiving reports that shots had been fired outside the Fox House Inn.

Bronze statue revealed in Sheffield's Barkers pool to women steelworkers

The Women of Steel statue was unveiled in Sheffield this morning.

The statue which commemorates the women who kept Sheffield's steelworks running during both world wars and £150,000 was raised for it.

Statue of women steelworkers
BBC

Dramatic bolt of lightning flashes over Doncaster

We love getting your photos here on the live newsblog. 

This shot of a bolt of lighting was taken by Colin Timms at Edenthorpe in Doncaster.  

Bolt of lightening over Edenthorpe
Colin Timms

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint remembers her friend Jo Cox

Labour MP Caroline Flint on Victoria Live on BBC1 paying tribute to her friend killed yesterday.

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Latest Headlines: Parliament to sit in tribute to Jo Cox and next South Yorkshire Chief Constable named

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • Parliament is being recalled on Monday in tribute to the Labour MP, Jo Cox, who was killed in her west Yorkshire constituency yesterday
  • The Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Police Stephen Watson has been selected as the preferred choice to be the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police
  • Two men from Rotherham have been jailed over an accident in which a 78-year-old man riding a mobility scooter suffered fatal injuries

Sheffield postal strike called off

The Communciation Workers Union says strike action in Sheffield which was planned for tomorrow has been called off due to a legal challenge from Royal Mail. 

Sorting office
BBC

Workers at the Sheffield South sorting office had planned to walk out in protest at the way a member of staff had been dealt with. 

The CWU says it now intends to re-ballot members on strike action.  

Sport: Sheffield diver selected for Rio

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Congratulations to Sheffield diver Freddie Bevis who has been included in TeamGB for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Freddie Bevis
Project Soaked

Travel: Severe problems A1 Southbound

Severe disruption between J38 and J36 of the A1(M) Southbound with one lane closed and queuing traffic with long delays due to emergency repairs.

map
Google

Fuel Bank started in Sheffield to help those struggling with energy bills

Families in Sheffield who can't afford to pay their energy bills could be helped by a new fuel bank. 

Energy bills
BBC

Npower and Sheffield S6 food bank in Upperthorpe have teamed up to give out pre-paid fuel vouchers to people who already use the service.  

Under the scheme, existing Sheffield Foodbank users can receive a credit which they can use to top up their gas and electricity meter.

It enables households which have run out of energy to get the power back on within a few hours and keep the lights and heating on for around two weeks.

Preferred candidate named to lead South Yorkshire Police

Meet the next Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police  - barring any unforseen problems.

Stephen Watson
SYP

Stephen Watson has been selected as the preferred candidate as the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings. 

Mr Watson is due to join South Yorkshire in November from Durham Constabulary where he is currently Deputy Chief Constable. 

Sheffield pays tribute to the contribution of strong and brilliant women

Have you seen missing Rotherham schoolgirl?

Police in Rotherham are appealing for help to find missing teenager Natalie Pentland.

Natalie Pentland
SYP

Natalie, who is 14, was last seen leaving her home in the Brinsworth area at around 18:00 on Tuesday 14 June.

She has not been seen or heard from since and officers, along with Natalie’s family, are becoming increasingly concerned about her welfare.

Weather: Light rain showers this afternoon

Outbreaks of mostly light rain will spread south across the region through the day, with some hill fog patches. Feeling cool with a northerly breeze.

Remaining cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain. Later in the night, the rain will gradually ease, with most places dry by dawn.

Hourly forecast
BBC

Watch: Sheffield Women of Steel statue revealed to crowd

This is the moment the crowd gathered in Sheffield's Barker's Pool got to see the bronze statue to the city's women steelworkers.

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Latest Headlines: Flags at half mast for MP Jo Cox and huge turnout for Sheffield steel statue

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include: 

Huge turnout in Sheffield for steel statue unveiling

A massive crowd has gathered in Barker's Pool to watch the unveiling of a statue to mark the wartime effort of women in Sheffield's steelworks in two world wars.

Crowd in Barker's Pool
BBC

Medals for Sheffield's Women of Steel

Kat Harbourne

Because donations for the statue for Sheffield's Women of Steel exceeded the target, the excess was put towards a medal to mark thier individual contributions.

Take a look...

Medal
BBC
medal
BBC

Women of Steel await statue in their honour

The Women of Steel statue will be unveiled in Sheffield shortly. £150,000 was raised for the bronze statue, which commemorates the women who kept Sheffield's steelworks running during both world wars. 

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Not long now until the great unveiling of steel statue

This morning in Barker's Pool in Sheffield the Women of Steel will be properly honoured.

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Watch: Tribute to Sheffield's Women of Steel to be unveiled today

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

It's been years in the planning and finally today, the long-awaited Women of Steel statue will be unveiled in Sheffield.

Kathleen Roberts talks about her experiences.

Barker's Pool ready for Sheffield steel statue unveiling

Women of Steel statue unveiled today to mark the contribution of the hundreds of women who kept the steelworks alive during the two world wars.

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Latest Headlines: MP safety in spotlight and Sheffield's arts tower is 50

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

Watch: Tribute to women of Sheffield's steel industry to be unveiled today

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Almost 100 women who worked in the city's steelworks during the Second World War will be at Barker's Pool in Sheffield today for the unveiling of a statue in tribute to their labour.

Statue to Women of Steel to be unveiled in Sheffield

Attack on Islamic centre in Sheffield

The Al-Huda Islamic Centre in Sheffield has been attacked during Ramadan in a possible hate crime.

Dirtied floor at centre
British Muslim Youth

The building is on Hanover Street in Broomhall. 

Rubbish in corridoor
British Muslim Youth

Police are investigating the apparent attack.

Sheffield University's arts tower marks 50 years

It's 50 year since one of Sheffield's most iconic buildings was built.

Arts tower
BBC

The University Arts Tower at Western Bank was opened by the Queen Mother in June 1966 and to celebrate, a new public exhibition of work by architecture students is happening next week.  

Police release e-fit image to trace Barnsley robber

Police are asking if you recognise the girl pictured in this e-fit image, who they are trying to trace in connection with an attempted robbery in Barnsley. 

e-fit
SYP

At about 19:30 on Tuesday 7 June the girl walked into an off licence in Station Road, Royston, and threatened staff with a knife. She demanded cash and fled when challenged.

The girl is described as aged between 16-18, of slim build and was wearing an off-white long sleeved top with tight, light grey trousers.

She was also wearing a white head scarf, police said.

Fellow MPs' reactions to the death of Jo Cox

Jo Cox
PA

Jo Cox was unusually free of the tribal pettiness of politics - always friendly, cheerful and kind to friend and foe alike. My heart goes out to her family. A lovely person's life has been snuffed out by hate."

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg

Devastated at the loss of brilliant, funny and determined friend Jo Cox, who dedicated her life to helping others."

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis

Just awful. Just can't believe she's died. The brightest light extinguished."

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins

My heart breaks for the loss of Jo Cox and for Brendan and their kids. She was so full of life and joy. Words feel hopeless right now."

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband

Heartbreaking news about Jo Cox. Known her 20 years. So kind & clever & selfless. God bless you, Jo. All our love to Brendan & the family."

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher

I can't write anything that isn't crass. Look at Jo Cox's legacy to see what a remarkable woman she was. All my love to her family & friends"

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion

Latest headlines: Vigils for Jo Cox and Women of Steel statue unveiling

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  • Vigils have been held in tribute to the Labour MP Jo Cox who died yesterday after being shot and stabbed in a street in her West Yorkshire constituency
  • The Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has admitted the attack on her friend and fellow MP Jo Cox has left her worried for her own safety
  • The Women of Steel statue will be unveiled in Sheffield today

Weather: Cloud with isolated showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cloudy and dull start to the day. Outbreaks of mostly light rain will spread south across the region through the day, with some hill and coastal mist/fog patches. Feeling cool with a northerly breeze.  

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Hello there, grey and dull again but this picture of Langsett reservoir in the sun might just remind you what a blue sky looks like in case you've forgotten.

Path at Langsett
Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water have made path improvements for disabled visitors.

I'll have your news updates today with full coverage of the new Women of Steel statue being put in place.

Get in touch if you are there with a photo.