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  2. Live updates on Tuesday 28 June 2016

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By Mick Lunney

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Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

From the expected new route of HS2 in South Yorkshire, the report saying front line police officers are being let down by their force to the victory at Wimbledon of a Wild Card entrant from Doncaster; it's been quite a day.

Scroll down to catch up - and we welcome your videos, photos and stories, send them to us here, please.

Weather update: more rain but drying up overnight, 11C

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

 A few showers, and perhaps some longer spells of rain continue into this evening, but it should clear up after that. 

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Labour MPs pass 'no confidence in Corbyn' motion

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Labour MPs have overwhelmingly backed a vote of "no confidence" in their leader Jeremy Corbyn following widespread criticism of his performance during the European Union referendum campaign. 

The motion was passed by a margin of almost four to one. 

Jeremy Corbyn

Headlines: A child abuser is jailed for 12 years and HS2 is expected to come to Sheffield city centre

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The headlines this evening in South Yorkshire include

  • 39 year old Jason Madden from Dinnington is behind bars after abusing five children
  • A new report into South Yorkshire Police says officers are being failed by a flawed system that's not doing enough front-line work
  • and there's set to be a change of plan in the High Speed Rail route through South Yorkshire. It appears that it will now see a stop in the centre of Sheffield

Snapshot of Rotherham town centre's empty shops

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Our reporter Andy Kershaw is often in Rotherham town centre, but today he's been surprised by the number of empty retail units. Tell us what you think

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Doncaster's Tara Moore notches up Wimbledon victory

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Doncaster's wildcard Tara Moore gets her first ever Grand Slam win with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Alison Van Uytvank at Wimbledon. 

Tara Moore
Getty Images

The 23-year-old, who was born in Hong Kong, is ranked 100 places below today's opponent and she has now claimed her first ever win in a Grand Slam match.

Sport: Listen to defender Kirk Broadfoot on Rotherham United's season ahead

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Rotherham United defender Kirk Broadfoot believes they can improve on last season when they finished nine points clear of relegation trouble. Broadfoot signed a new 2 year deal yesterday:  

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Accident causes delays on A57

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Problems both ways on the A57 Mosborough Parkway in Woodhouse.

An accident means it's closed both ways between Coisley Hill Roundabout and Eckington Way.

12 years jail for child abuser from Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

After abusing five children and keeping and distributing indecent images of youngsters, 39 year-old Jason Madden is behind bars.

Madden, of Leopold Street, Dinnington, pleaded guilty to ten counts of indecent assault.

Jason Madden
South Yorkshire Police

Madden preyed on young children for his own sexual gratification – a truly heinous crime. “In some cases, his victims revealed that he had given them money and told them not to say anything, exploiting these vulnerable young children even further."

Gareth GentInvestigating officer Acting Detective Sergeant

Ideas wanted on how to cut landfill in South Yorkshire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

There's a call for ideas to help councils in South Yorkshire to hit their target to 'reduce, re-use, recycle and recover energy from 95% of South Yorkshire’s waste'. 

The plan is out to consultation and comes from the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Waste partnership. The consultation runs until the end of July.

Landfill site

Sport: Fair treatment pledge by Sheffield United for unwanted players

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

  • Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says he will not push transfer listed players onto the sidelines in pre-season. The blades have a number of squad members who have been told they are free to find new clubs.
  • Rotherham United defender Kirk Broadfoot says he's settled at the club and never wanted to be anywhere else. The 31-year-old agreed a 2 year contract yesterday. 

Electric bikes for Rotherham from safety charity

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A fleet of electric cycles has arrived in Rotherham.

Businesses and residents are being encouraged to take part in a scheme which allows them to be used for free. The idea is to enourage cycling as an alternative way of commuting.

Electric bikes
Road Safety UK

By 2020, we want four out of five local journeys to be by bike, foot or public transport. It's a big challenge, but this new fleet of electric bikes will really help us lead the way.”

Denise LelliottCouncillor RMBC

Watch: 'Uncomfortable reading' - Police chief on latest report into South Yorkshire Force

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

Job cuts are to be put on hold at South Yorkshire Police following a new review of the force.

The review is described by interim Chief Constable Dave Jones as an 'uncomfortable read', where job losses and a 'disturbing' move away from neighbourhood policing are highlighted as some of the issues affecting the force:

Headlines: South Yorkshire force lacks a 'sense of direction' and HS2 report expected to prefer Sheffield city centre station

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The headlines in South Yorkshire this afternoon include 

  • A new review into South Yorkshire Police reveals a force lacking a sense of direction
  • Road deaths have almost doubled in South Yorkshire
  • and Sheffield city centre seems to be the preferred option for an HS2 station

HS2 all change..if and when it happens, says Tom Ingall

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

It seems it is all change for the High Speed 2 plans in South Yorkshire. 

We understand a new report from the people who will build the line, will recommend a city centre station for Sheffield - rather than the Meadowhall option they had previously preferred. Tom Ingall live on Look North this afternoon: 

HS2 changes ahead says Tom Ingall

Weather: Wet at times 16C

BBC Weather

Rain on and off this afternoon, some of it might be heavy, 16C

More rain later, it should be drier by morning.

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Listen: Somme - Memories of the men who marched through Sheffield ahead of being sent into battle

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

This Friday is the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. At Weston Park in Sheffield there'll be a special service of remembrance for the hundreds of soldiers from the city who were killed in the battle. 

Our World War One story today comes from Fitzalan Square in Sheffield. In 1914 it was the place to be when the 1365 Hallamshire Rifles marched through the city on their way to the front and were captured on film. The images show smiling troops and waving onlookers; no-one at that time had any idea what they would soon be facing overseas. 

Kate Linderholm reports:  

Free wi-fi in place in Sheffield's libraries

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

People using libraries in Sheffield can now get free wi-fi.

Users can log on from smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as library computers.

The service is provided through a grant from Arts Council England.

Wi-fi user in library
Sheffield City Council

Wi-fi has become an essential part of everyday life for many people and I'm delighted we're able to offer this service for free to people in Sheffield. I want Sheffield to be the most digitally switched-on city in Britain."

Councillor Jack ScottCabinet member for community services and libraries

HS2 update via Tom Ingall

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Following news earlier than HS2 could face a delay, we now have this from Tom Ingall:

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Sport: Football transfer news and plans

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley midfielder Paul Digby has completed his move to Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys have taken over the player's contract. 

Meanwhile, Sheffield United are close to off-loading unwanted midfielder Dean Hammond. The 33 year old triggered a clause in his loan deal allowing him to sign a one year contract with the Blades, but has been told by new manager Chris Wilder he is surplus to requirements. 

Report on South Yorkshire Police; 'uncomfortable reading.'

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A report into South Yorkshire police says 'decision making has been isolated, staff have not been listened to and action has not always been taken on agreed plans'. 

The report was ordered in May by Chief Constable Dave Jones and Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings and was done via the College of Policing’s Peer Support arrangements.

It also says financial and operational planning have not been linked and there has been an under-investment in key areas, along with a disturbing move away from an effective neighbourhood policing model. 

The report is an uncomfortable read, but an important one if we are to return this service back to the heart of our communities. One where South Yorkshire Police is back as part of the very fabric of neighbourhoods."

Dave JonesChief Constable
David Jones
South Yorkshire Police

Plan to help people with learning disabilities get jobs

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A Sheffield organisation is helping to create a hundred jobs for adults with learning difficulties. The Burton Street Foundation's launching a major new programme today, which will involve the group working with local businesses to get more people with disabilities into employment. 

Sheffield has one of the worst such employment rates in the country. 

Burton Street Foundation

Watch: Award-winner says women are still under-represented in engineering

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Katy Moss from Tickhill lost both her parents in the space of two years and she eventually gave up her job to take over the family business. 

She's been on a steep learning curve, but she's doing pretty well - she's come out on top at the First Women awards in the Engineering and Manufacturing category. She tells us that the sector is sorely lacking in women:

Big retail plan for former college site in Sheffield

Kat Harbourne

Proposals to build a £35m retail park at the old Norton College site, off Bochum Parkway at Meadowhead, are being recommended for approval by council planning officers ahead of a Town Hall meeting today. 

Planned site in Norton

It would be named the St James Retail Park and developers say it will be occupied by 'high-profile' national chains.   

Watch: The Barnsley ballet dancer's journey to the Bolshoi

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Today Tala Lee Turton graduates from the Bolshoi ballet. It's a far cry from her home in Barnsley and she faced a major struggle to attend the prestigious organisation in Russia.

This BBC archive video shows how her journey began back in 2013. 

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Headlines: Road deaths almost double and HS2 could be delayed

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

  • The number of people killed on South Yorkshire's roads in 2015 was 49; a rise of 23 on the previous year
  • An HS2 station at Sheffield city centre rather than Meadowhall could save the project 768 million pounds. The National Audit Office says the whole 56 billion pound system is under financial strain and could be delayed
  • and there are plans for a £35 million retail park at the old Norton College site in Sheffield

HS2 has unrealistic timetable, says National Audit Office

The HS2 high-speed rail project has an "unrealistic timetable" and faces major cost pressures, a report by the National Audit Office has said.   


The £56bn programme has too ambitious a schedule and rising costs could mean that not all its intended benefits are delivered, the NAO said.

The NAO said the 2026 target opening date for the first phase was "at risk, despite good progress". 

Catch up: South Yorkshire Wing-walker inspired by wife has done it

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Good news; daredevil Peter Foster from Rotherham has completed the challenge of strapping himself to the top wing of a vintage biplane to be swept through the skies at speeds of up to 135mph for the Alzheimer's Society.

Peter says he was inspired to do the feat because the disease affected his wife.

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South Yorkshire road deaths almost double

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The number of people dying on South Yorkshire's roads has risen significantly.

The increase of 23 more deaths in 2015 than in the previous year took the total to 49.

Meanwhile, the number of people being injured on the county's roads has gone down, says the South Yorkshire safer Roads Partnership.

Police tape

This is extremely sad because any fatality is one too many and they leave a trail of devastation for family and friends left behind. The main contributory factors to fatal road accidents are speed and not driving to the road conditions, driver behaviour (such as using a mobile phone at the wheel), not wearing a seatbelt and driving whilst being over the prescribed limit for alcohol or drugs".

Joanne WehrleEducation Manager for the Safer Roads Partnership

Listen: Clegg says Brexit campaign pledges were hollow

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tells BBC Radio Sheffield that the electorate were misled by Brexit campaign leaders. Of course that's something he's been accused of himself.

Mr Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, has been speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield's Toby Foster:

Sport: Pakistan ahead against Yorkshire

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Pakistan A have a lead of 95 runs as they go into day three of their tour match with Yorkshire. The tourists will resume on 341 for 8 in their first innings today. 

Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning has suffered an ankle injury. 

Cricket ball

Watch: HS2 could be delayed

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore is claiming victory in getting HS2 to come into the city centre rather than just stopping at Meadowhall. 

In a statement she says the Government has concluded that a city centre station location is the best option, because analysis shows it will create thousands more jobs than the Meadowhall option. 

Yet, according to the National Audit Office, says the whole 56 billion pound High Speed Rail project is under financial strain and could be delayed by a year. Tom Ingall Makes sense of it all:

HS2 could be delayed

Headlines: HS2 could be delayed and a Barnsley ballet dancer graduates from the Bolshoi

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

  • The National Audit Office says the whole £56bn High Speed Rail project is under financial strain and could be delayed by a year
  • South Yorkshire could get a new retail park - it would be on the old Norton College site off the Bochum Parkway at Meadowhead
  • and a ballet dancer from Barnsley, Tala Lee Turton, graduates from the Bolshoi Ballet today

Going up: From Barnsley to the Bolshoi and beyond

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A ballet dancer from Barnsley has performed a rare feat; graduating from the Bolshoi Ballet.

She's Tala LeeTurton; well done, lass! 

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Weather: Starts off well, but you won't need to water the plants today.

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Dry at first with sunny spells, but cloud building and then...well...have a look: 

Good morning

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's not only Roy Hodgson who hasn't got anything to dash off to do this morning...and this fella might even get a place in the England team if he doesn't slow down. If you want to make him an offer he's at the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston. 

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