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By Kate Linderholm

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Have yourself a cracking weekend, we'll be back with the live news blog for everything in Sheffield and South Yorkshire at 08:00 on Monday.

    If you spot something memorable in the meantime please take a photo and send it here.

    Love this rainbow at Bradfield taken by Jennifer Bartram

    Rainbow over Bradfield
  2. Weather: Fine with clear spells into the evening

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    Any showers soon dying out leaving a fine evening with much of the night dry with some clear spells for a time. However, thicker cloud will bring some patchy rain by Saturday morning. Staying mild.  

    Hourly forecast
  3. Radio Sheffield elephant greets visitors arriving by rail

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    After months of planning an elephant designed by BBC Radio Sheffield listener Jane Norburn is in place outside the railway station as part of a charity art trail.

    Sheffield elephant

    Here's a timelapse video of the elephant being painted by aritst Jenny Leonard

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    Video caption: Timelapse film of elephant painting

    Doesn't she look lovely?

  4. Ed Miliband criticises handling of HS2 route alterations

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    South Yorkshire MP Ed Miliband is criticising the way changes to the HS2 line through the county have been handled. 

    Changed route

    The Doncaster North MP is calling for those behind the plans to meet with people living on a new housing estate in Mexborough, which is set to be demolished to make way for the high speed rail route.

    Ed Miliband and Ros Jones meeting Shimmer estate residents

     Mr Miliband says the impact on the local community must be taken into consideration:    

    Quote Message: I want to know that Mexborough, that other people are going to get something out of this - economic development, the parkway station that has been mentioned. There are all kinds of options that the government could put forward to show that they understand the terrible disruption that's going to be caused to our community.
  5. Latest Headlines: Possible slavery victim found in Rotherham and Ed Miliband criticises HS2 handling

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The top stories in Sheffield and South Yorkshire include:

  6. Concerns about HS2 route change impact on historic sites

    The National Trust is raising concerns about the impact of the HS2 high-speed rail route on sites of historic interest in the region.

    The original route takes trains right alongside Hardwick Hall - under the new scheme this will continue. 

    Hardwick Hall

    But the changed route will also now run very close to Bolsover Castle.

    Bolsover Castle

    Hardwick Hall general manager Denise Edward says they're trying to minimise the impact.

    Quote Message: We are working with our head office team with HS2 to look at the various impacts. So we've been doing a lot of studies around noise and visible impact as well as the impact on wildlife, our ecological systems, the fragmentation of our farmland and the internationally-significant setting of Hardwick.
  7. Overturned lorry closes one lane on the M1 Northbound

    BBC Travel

    One lane of the M1 Northbound is closed with slow traffic between J35A at Stocksbridge and J36 at Birdwell with traffic queuing almost back to J33 at Catcliffe. It's due to an overturned lorry

  8. Police investigate possible slavery case in Rotherham

    An investigation is under way after a Vietnamese teenage boy was found in a distressed state rifling through bins for food in a park in the Maltby area of Rotherham.

    The boy, though to be about 17, was found in Coronation Park on Tuesday. He was taken to safety and South Yorkshire Police say they are trying to find out more about him.

    Coronation Park
    Quote Message: We are in the early stages of the investigation however we are not ruling out the possibility that this boy is a victim of modern slavery which is why we are asking for the public's help. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him either around Maltby or further afield, overnight and into Tuesday morning. from Temporary Det Insp Graham Stead South Yorkshire Police
    Temporary Det Insp Graham SteadSouth Yorkshire Police
  9. Herd of Sheffield finding fans in the city

    The trail of decorated elephants going up across Sheffield is certainly causing a buzz on social media.

    View more on twitter
    View more on twitter

    And the message about what it's all for is getting through as well.

    View more on twitter

    So how many have you seen so far? Don't forget more go up over the weekend. 

  10. Have you seen missing Doncaster man?

    Police in Doncaster are asking for your help to find missing man Adam Tolley.

    Adam Tolley

    The 29 year old has not been seen since yesterday, when he left an address in the Tickhill Road area around lunchtime

    He has not been heard from since and officers are concerned for his well-being.

  11. Couple combined in holy matrimony

    Kate Linderholm

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Forget the limo or the horse-drawn carriage, here's a solid South Yorkshire wedding cart!   

    Groom and friends with wedding tractor

    Ashley travelled to his wedding to Helen today in a tractor. 

    We think he looks pretty attract(or)-ive. 

    Or should that be, "hay, good looking"

    Will the vicar start the ceremony by saying "John Dere-ly beloved"?

    Enough with the terrible puns, congratulations to Ashley & Helen. 

  12. Sheffield songwriter helps Spice Girls pen new single

    It's 20 years since the Spice Girls released Wannabe and their classic video was given a special remake. 

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    The Spice Girls' long-time music producer, Sheffield's own Eliot Kennedy, has revealed he is working on a new track with three of the original band members - Mel B, Geri and Emma.

    Quote Message: We've always maintained a fantastic friendship and it was one of those ideas the girls fancied getting together in the studio again and we had a fantastic time, just like the old days." from Eliot Kennedy
    Eliot Kennedy
  13. Festival aims to improve image of Hillsborough

    Kat Harbourne

    A new South Yorkshire festival takes place this weekend.

    Hills Fest poster

    The organisers of Hillsfest at Hillsborough Park this weekend say they want to put Hillsborough on the map for all the right reasons.

    Hillsborough Park

    It's a celebration of arts and music in the area, and is centered around the park. Among the attractions is a 5 metre high graffiti tower. 

    Art being sprayed on grafitti tower
  14. Man arrested over Wombwell shooting

    A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after gun shots were fired through a house in Wombwell.

    Burrows Grove

    It happened in Burrows Grove in the early hours of Thursday morning. A woman suffered a minor injury to her arm during the incident.   

  15. Fertilizer spillage disrupts traffic on the A1(M) Southbound in South Yorkshire

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the A1(M) Southbound between the M18 and Bawtry road because of a large pillage of fertilizer. It is currently being cleared by the fire service. 

  16. Watch: Castle Market's history reflected on long hoarding in Sheffield

    Kat Harbourne

    What is being described as the longest piece of art work in Sheffield has been installed at the former Castle Market site. It is 175 metres.

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    Video caption: Long hoardings go up at Castle Market site
  17. Sheffield's first Somali Councillor makes maiden speech

    Green Party Councillor Magid Magid, who was elected in May, used his maiden speech to talk about the rise of racism and xenophobia following the EU referendum result.

    Councillor Magid Magid

    Councillor Magid represents the ward of Broomhill and Sharrow Vale and came to Sheffield as a refugee from war-torn Somalia with his family when he was four. 

    He said European and international migrants living in Sheffield “enrich our lives and the society we live in.”

    Quote Message: This city that has welcomed me, my family and many others which I call home is very diverse and it’s only right and proper that Sheffield City Council should reflect that reality. As Sheffield’s first Somali councillor, I’d like to think I’m making my own small contribution to that particular cause. I am proud and honoured to be a councillor and I intend to work hard with courage, conviction and humility while also striving to make a positive difference.”
  18. Roman signal station discovered on forgotten frontier in Sheffield

    Archaeologists working at Whirlow Hall Farm have discovered the site of a Roman signal station high up on a hillside overlooking Sheffield and its surrounding moors.     

    construction trenches

    The site is located between the Roman forts at Templeborough (under the modern ‘Magna’ centre between Rotherham and Sheffield) and Brough (situated in the Hope Valley near Bradwell).

    It would have formed part of a system for communication along the line of what was then the northern frontier of the Roman Empire.

    Volunteer archeologists

    The local volunteer archaeology group who are co-ordinating the project have been thrilled by the discovery as it goes a long way to demonstrating the existence of the frontier running right through the Whirlow landscape where they have been predicting it to be located. 

  19. Weather: Some brighter conditions but cloud staying this afternoon with some showers

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Some sunny spells and just the odd shower by afternoon. Breezy at times. Any showers soon dying out with much of the night dry with some clear spells for a time. However, thicker cloud will bring some patchy rain by Saturday morning.  

    Hourly forecast