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  1. Tributes to Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler after cancer death
  2. Town Hall flag flying at half-mast, book of condolence opened
  3. Tommy Ward murder: Police follow new lines of inquiry
  4. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016

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Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's the end of our live coverage today as the tributes continued to be paid to  Councillor Isobel Bowler in Sheffield following her death from cancer.

Elsewhere in the county, we reported on the 75-year-old who is running 75 marathons in 75 days, the exhibition of famous sculpted faces in Barnsley and the start of Music in the Gardens in Sheffield.

Scroll down to catch up on what's been happening, and we always welcome your photos/videos and stories, send them to us here.

Isobel Bowler
Sheffield City Council

Listen: Barnsley FC boss on his new signings

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

We've been speaking to Paul Heckingbottom about the latest transfer deals at Oakwell, and here's what he had to say:

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Weather: Rain moving in, low of 13C

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain are expected to spread east during the evening, turning persistent and locally heavy in places, mainly across the Pennines. 

Breezy with rain clearing most places by dawn.  

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Headlines: Conman builder from Barnsley jailed and tributes grow for Sheffield councillor

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories across South Yorkshire today include:

  • A builder who committed a series of frauds, 47 year old Wayne Smith from Barnsley, is behind bars for five years
  • Boris Johnson will not stand to be Tory leader
  • The death of councillor Isobel Bowler has seen the flag at Sheffield Town Hall being lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect

Travel update: Oughtibridge accident

BBC Travel

A6102 Langsett Road North in Oughtibridge closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Cockshutts Lane junction and the Church Street junction, because of an accident .

Five years for conman builder from Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A rogue builder from Barnsley has been jailed for five years after conning people out of £165,000 in a series of frauds and false representation.

Wayne Smith, 47, of Doncaster Road, was also disqualified from being the director of a company for 12 years when he was sentenced today at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

He'd pleaded guilty to 17 offences between 2013-2014.

We are grateful to all those who came forward to help us secure this conviction and prevent others from the same fate and I hope the victims feel justice has been served with the passing of this sentence.”

Bryan LodgeCouncillor, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council

In one case he left the home of a vulnerable woman in an uninhabitable state and conned her out of more than £37,000.

Trading Standards in Sheffield and Cheshire had been following his trail of victims for some time.

Listen: Training chat with Team GB boxing ace Nicola Adams in Sheffield

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

The build-up to the Rio Olympics sees intense training sessions for Team GB's boxers in Sheffield.

I've been ducking the punches to catch up with a big name from the squad, Nicola Adams from Leeds, at their training base at the English Institute of Sport. 

Water 'to taste and look better' after £13.5m pipes upgrade

The taste and appearance your tap water is set to improve as Yorkshire Water steps up work on a project to flush-clean large sections of its 19,260-mile (31,000km) underground pipe network.

Girl drinking water from glass
Yorkshire Water

The company says the work will continue until at least 2020 and affect most major towns and cities in the region and some rural areas. It is expected to cost £13.5m.  

Whilst the flushing takes place it may cause a slight change in the colour of tap water for a couple of hours. Any discolouration can be solved by running the kitchen tap until the water runs clear and can be consumed.

David StevensonYorkshire Water's head of water distribution

Letters will be sent to all residents before flushing works are carried out on their street.

Watch: Music in the Gardens comes to Sheffield

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

A big music event kicks off at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield today.

It's called Music in the Gardens and features a broad range of musical styles with artists such as UB40 and The Feeling in the line-up.

The event is in its 12th year and has raised around a £250,000 for charities. It's organised by a variety of Rotary Clubs. BBC Radio Sheffield's Kat Cowan is previewing the event:

Headlines: Flag at half mast over councillor's death in Sheffield and famous faces art in Barnsley

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • The flag at Sheffield Town Hall is at half-mast following the death of popular councillor Isobel Bowler
  • Two men have appeared in court on gun crime charges over an incident on the Manor estate 
  • An exhibition is on in Barnsley of the work of sculptor Graham Ibbeson who has portrayed Eric Morecambe and Fred Trueman among many others

Watch: Famous faces in sculpture exhibition in Barnsley

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Eric Morecombe and Laurel and Hardy are just a few of the faces you'll recognise in an exhibition of the artwork created by Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson.

They're on display at the Cooper Gallery in his home town until 27 August. Great fun!

Sheffield choir goes Dutch for the president

Kat Harbourne

A choir from South Yorkshire is gearing up for a big performance in Europe.

Sheffield-based Chorus UK auditioned in 2014 to be part of an EU choral singing festival to celebrate the Dutch presidency this coming weekend. 

They'll be performing in four languages, and here they are at a warm-up event:

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Image released in hunt for teenage girl's attacker

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police have put together an image of a wanted man in connection with an assault on a girl in a park in Doncaster. 

Wanted man
South Yorkshire Police

The 15-year-old victim was punched in the face several times during the attack on Saturday evening.  

The man is described as being white, between 30 and 40 years old, about 6ft 4ins tall with an athletic build.  

Isobel Bowler tribute: Arts lover 'more Archers fan than X-Factor'

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

In a moving tribute to Isobel Bowler, council leader Julie Dore recalls some of the Mosborough councillor's attributes. 

“Culture and sport were Isobel’s passions. She was unashamed to tell Rony Robinson, live on Radio Sheffield, that she liked neither Strictly Come Dancing nor the X Factor, and was more of an Archers fan. 

"If there was anything going on in the arts world in Sheffield, Isobel would be there, and usually urging everyone else to be there too.

“Isobel will be very much missed by everyone here at Sheffield City Council.”

Death of Isobel Bowler: Town Hall flag at half-mast for 'no nonsense' councillor

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield Town Hall's flag is flying at half-mast to mark the death of 52-year-old city councillor Isobel Bowler and will continue to do so until her funeral.

A book of condolence has also been opened at the Town Hall for anyoie who would like to leave a tribute.

Council leader Julie Dore said: "Isobel was a charismatic and popular councillor, who was devoted to her job as a ward member for Mosborough and during her time as a Cabinet Member. 

"She was no-nonsense, practical and always backed up her words with action."

Anthony Forde

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Watch: Ray Matthews on his 75-marathon challenge

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

When it comes to pushing the boat out Ray Matthews from Maltby doesn't do things by halves.

He's about to embark on what would be a huge challlenge for anyone; 75 marathons in 75 days. 

But at the age of 75 he's 21 years older than Eddie Izzard, who famously ran 27 marathons in as many days. 

Ray tells us why he's doing the challenge, starting on Saturday:

Weather: Better than yesterday, unlucky to catch a shower, 16C

BBC Weather

Sunny spells throughout the day. Although mostly places will stay dry, cloud will gradually build, with the odd shower possible, these most likely during the afternoon.  

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Rotherham garden competition deadline is upon us

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Rotherham Council has a competition to find the borough's best gardens.

It's open to council tenants and leaseholders, but the closing date for entries is tomorrow. Here's the information on how to take part.

Good luck to all you budding Alan Titchmarshes out there!


Headlines: Councillor's death prompts social media tributes and pensioner's major marathon feat

Rebecca Kerry

Journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield

The top stories in South Yorkshire so far today include:

  • Friends and colleagues have taken to social media to pay their respects to Sheffield Labour Councillor Isobel Bowler who's died from cancer
  • The team leading Doncaster's bid for a University Technical College have put their case to the Department for Education. They'll find out next month if their bid has been successful
  • A 75-year-old from Maltby is embarking on the feat of running 75 marathons in 75 days for charity

Watch: 76 year old wing-walker daredevil from Rotherham

Amy Nagy

BBC Radio Sheffield

This is the moment 76-year-old Peter Foster from Rotherham took to the skies to wing-walk for charity.

He wanted to do something daring to raise money for Alzheimers UK who have helped his wife through her battle with dementia. 

Good on him..fancy a go?

Watch: A trip up Park Hill flats - what a view!

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

For many people who've lived in Sheffield's Park Hill flats over the years, this snapshot of the views will jog some memories. If you're a bit touchy about heights this is perhaps the best way to take in the vista.

Our reporter Andy Kershaw took the chance to nip to the top of the block today:

Sport: Barnsley's new signing praises coach's performance

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley's latest signing George Moncur says he opted to move to Oakwell because of Paul Heckingbottom's ability as a manager.

The 22-year-old rejected several offers from other clubs to sign a three-year contract with the Reds.

George Moncur
Getty Images

When he [Paul Heckingbottom] took over at Barnsley they were bottom, now they've got promoted, and that's just unbelievable."

Watch: Sheffield's Great Exhibition bid to "showcase the North's creativity and innovation"

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Summer 2018 seems a bit far off, but Sheffield will submit its bid today to host the government's planned Great Exhibition of the North.

Here's the Sheffield Star's thoughts on the project this morning - "£10m Festival Will Make City Gateway To The North".

The government is putting £5m into the idea and the chosen venue will be announced in the autumn.

Kim Streets, the chief executive of Museums Sheffield, says it's a chance to "broadcast to the world what Sheffield's all about"...

Watch: Fight to save community hall in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

People in Burngreave are fighting to save Vestry Hall, a Grade II listed building that's been used as a soup kitchen, polling station and is now a regular meeting place for tenants and social groups. 

It became disused in 1997, needing restoration. This was paid for by Burngreave New Deal for Communities and the building was reopened in 2002. 

It has lately been managed by Sheffield City Council through Kier. Now it's under review and users fear it'll close.

Following lobbying from the community we have delayed the decision to hand Vestry Hall over to another agency. We have been given an opportunity to talk to Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services and libraries, and will set out our desire to keep Vestry Hall for the community."

Mark JonesCouncillor

Watch: Moving tribute to 'amazing role model' Isobel Bowler

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The death of Isobel Bowler, a councillor in Sheffield, has prompted a surge of tributes on social media. 

One tribute to her comes from Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield. 

She's been speaking about Isobel on BBC Radio Sheffield today:

Headlines: Pro-Corbyn meeting in Sheffield and tributes to much-loved councillor

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The top stories in South Yorkshire this morning include:

  • About 200 people filled a room in Sheffield last night to support Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader
  • Police investigating the murder of Maltby pensioner Tommy Ward say they're following several new lines of enquiry following last week's Crimewatch appeal
  • Social media tributes continue to Councillor Isobel Bowler in Sheffield who has died from cancer   

Listen: Pro-Corbyn gathering in Sheffield

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Around 200 Labour Party members gathered in Sheffield last night to give their backing to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. It was organised by his support group Momentum. 

Our political reporter Liz Roberts was there, click to listen:

The meeting was held amid turmoil in the Labour Party leadership, with 20 members of the shadow cabinet having quit since Sunday.

Angela Eagle will challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership on Thursday, the BBC has been told.

It is understood the former shadow business secretary has the support of the 51 MPs needed to mount a challenge.

Watch - weather: dry for most, 16C

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start for most, with sunny spells throughout the day. 

Although mostly places will stay dry, cloud will gradually build, with the odd shower possible, these most likely during the afternoon.  

Good morning: Welcome to today's live coverage

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

I'll be bringing you news, travel weather and sport updates from around South Yorkshire until 18:00 today as tributes continue following the death of Isobel Bowler, a much-respected councillor in Sheffield.

Many didn't know she was ill with cancer, and according to the reaction on social media she was a woman who left a positive impression on many she'd met or influenced.

She was a councillor in Mosbrough and had held senior positions for both Culture and Sport and, more recently, Neighbourhoods.   

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