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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 1 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage today

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Events marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme have dominated today.

    The extent of the loss of life, the brutality and the misery have echoed through memorial events.

    They resonated too through the head-turning scenes in Sheffield and Doncaster in which people in groups wore army uniform to recreate the time when men left to take part in the battle. So many didn't return. 

    This photograph is of just a few of them. There were 60,000 casualties on the the first day of the battle - enough to fill the Keepmoat Stadium four times over.

    Images of soldiers who died
  2. Watch: Sombre Somme departure recreated in South Yorkshire

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    Today's 100th anniversary of the start of the Somme offensive has brought out powerful emotions.

    In both Doncaster and Sheffield people have marked the anniversary in a special way; they dressed in army uniform of the time to recreate scenes from a century ago of soldiers leaving this area to go into battle. It took shoppers and commuters by surprise.

    Here are some moments captured at Sheffield railway station:

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    Video caption: Somme departure recreated in Sheffield
  3. Weather: Showers but feeling colder overnight

    BBC Weather

    Often dry through the evening and night with some clear spells, especially towards the east, but some showers will continue, particularly over the Pennines.

    A cool night with brisk westerly winds.  

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  4. Headlines: Touching Somme memorial events across South Yorshire as thousands pay tribute

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    • Memorial events have been staged to remember the fallen in the Battle of the Somme
    • To mark the 100th anniversary of the battle people have dressed in army uniform of the day to recreate the time when troops departing from South Yorkshire for the front
    • A new centre for specialist support for child sexual exploitation victims has opened in Rotherham
  5. Listen: Doncaster's Somme departure recreated

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Commemorations have been taking place across Britain and France to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

    The anniversary has also been marked with something usual around South Yorkshire, with men dressed in 1916 army uniforms taking to the streets, including the centre of Doncaster.

    BBC Radio Sheffield's Kevin Larkin reports:

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    Video caption: Doncaster Somme departure recreated
  6. Sheffield park stabbing update

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Police think a teenager was stabbed in Sheffield last night as part of a disagreement between groups of young people.

    The 17-year-old remains in hospital in a stable condition after being stabbed in Endcliffe Park.

    There's a police appeal for help in the case.

    Endcliffe park
  7. Barnsley PALS remembered at Somme

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A special Somme remembrance event was held in central Barnsley today, but two people who couldn't be there are pictured; MP Dan Jarvis and Mayor Linda Burgess are in France to pay their respects to those from the town who died in battle.

    View more on twitter
  8. Headlines: Somme events with a surprise

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

  9. Watch: World War One postcards appeal

    Oli Constable

    An intriguing story emerged from a 'phone call to BBC Radio Sheffield's breakfast show.

    Janice Hancock from Waterthorpe told of some postcards she has which were addressed to her aunt.

    One of them refers to a key battle event, 'the big push'.

    Janice isn't sure where to turn to find out more about them:

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    Video caption: World War One postcards Janice Hancock
  10. Watch: Double-takes from shoppers over Somme departure recreation in Doncaster

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    It's not every day you see people in World War One uniform when you're out shopping.

    Yet today is no ordinary day; it's the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

    To mark the event people in Sheffield and Doncaster have been dressing up to recreate the departure of soldiers for the Somme a century ago. Take a look:

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    Video caption: Doncaster recreation Somme departure
  11. Can you help find a hero's family?

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    On the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme police are hoping to find relatives of a soldier who was awarded a military medal. 

    The medal has been locked in a cupboard at South Yorkshire Police HQ after being awarded posthumously to Sergeant Francis Bark from Calver, Derbyshire. 

    They say that at some point between 1911 and 1916, Francis, who had worked for the police in Sheffield, and his family moved to Curbar, Derbyshire. 

    If you think you can help drop a line to police via 

  12. Sheffield Wednesday sign ex-Sunderland striker

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Steven Fletcher on a four-year deal. 

    The 29-year-old is a Scotland international and had recently become a free agent with his contract at Sunderland coming to and end. 

    He scored four times in the Premier League last season along with four international goals.

    Steven Fltcher
  13. 'Somme soldiers' photo comments

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    This photograph on our Facebook page of people recreating the departure for the Somme 100 years ago has brought in plenty of comments.

    It was taken by 'Josh' at Sheffield railway station:

    Comments on photo
  14. Hundreds of crosses planted over Somme fallen - MP's photo

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    South Yorkshire MP Angela Smith has posted this image from the Somme battlefield in France:

    View more on twitter
  15. 'Online chat' drug and alcohol support in Doncaster

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    People are being encouraged to get help with alcohol and drug problems via a new online live chat service in Doncaster.

    The service runs on weekdays and it's planned to extended it hours to cover weekends.

    It's being provided by AspireDrug and Alcohol Service.

    Quote Message: “We already offer a drop-in service and telephone advice line, but in a digital age where people want instant advice online, Live Chat was the natural next step". from Helen Owen Aspire’s Single Point of Access Team Leader
    Helen OwenAspire’s Single Point of Access Team Leader
    Phone handset
  16. Weather: Showers increasing 17C

    BBC Weather

    Showers becoming more frequent, they may turn heavy and thundery with hail this afternoon. 

    Breezy throughout the day.

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  17. Watch: Somme poem read by schoolgirl at Sheffield commemoration event

    Paulette Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    At Weston Park in Sheffield people have been moved by an event to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme began. 

    Thirteen-year-old Molly Meleady-Hanley wrote a poem entitled "Me Brother Dan" and read it at the event:

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    Video caption: 'Me Brother Dan'
  18. Watch: Commuters react to Somme departure recreation in Sheffield

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    Here's more video of the moments when people dressed as soldiers this morning in Sheffield to recreate the departure of troops 100 years ago from the railway station bound for the Battle of the Somme:

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    Video caption: Ccc