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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 27 July 2016

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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We'll be back in the morning

With updates from 08:00. Meanwhile here are five things we didn't know first thing today

  • Orgreave was the place for the would-be Labour leader to give a keynote speech
  • Yorkshire workers are among the lowest paid in the country
  • Sheffield parks could have a part to play in flood protection
  • A grim warning has been issued about the dangers of playing on railway lines
  • News of further links between Sheffield and China

Cannabis stash found in Wath loft

Oli Constable

Rotherham PCSOs have today been assisting with a drugs warrant, at an address in Wath.

Here's what they found in the loft.

Cannabis plants
South Yorkshire Police

Weather: A lovely evening ahead

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

TONIGHT: Warm and sunny this evening. Dry with clear spells overnight. Minimum temperature 13C (55F). 

TOMORROW: Cloudy with rain spreading from the west through the morning, turning lighter and patchier through the afternoon. Maximum temperature 18C (64F).

Weather graphic

Warning to stay away from railway tracks

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Children on tracks
British Transport Police

Young people are being warned to stay away from railway lines this summer as new figures show a 25% increase in trespass offences in Yorkshire. 

British Transport Police have today released a video which they hope will remind people of the dangers.

It contains footage of children playing on railway tracks, and being narrowly missed by speeding trains.

Sheff Utd sign Bury striker

BBC Sport

Sheffield United have signed Bury striker Leon Clarke on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Leon Clarke
Rex Features

Clarke scored 15 goals in 32 games for the Shakers in League One last season.

The 31-year-old has made almost 400 career appearances in spells with 16 clubs, including Coventry City, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.

Five things we learnt today

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Is Yorkshire in need of a pay rise?

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

People and money graphic

Few would turn one down, but our research shows workers here are the lowest paid in England

The typical employee in Yorkshire was last year paid £2,000 pounds less than the national average. 

Wage graphic

Wentworth and Dearne MP's 'dismay' at HS2 plans

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

John Healey has expressed ‘dismay’ to the new Transport Secretary over abandoned plans for a station at Meadowhall in favour of a spur line to Sheffield. 

High speed train

In a letter to the Secretary of State, Mr Healey called on Chris Grayling "to commission HS2 to undertake a study of the feasibility and benefits of a mainline South Yorkshire station, on the HS2 route rather than on a ‘loop’ of standard rail track in central Sheffield."

He added that he had sought support from HS2 Chair Sir David Higgins for the study but would require the green light from the Transport Secretary before it could go ahead.

Newly proposed route

HS2 recently announced its intention to shelve plans for a station at Meadowhall, which it said would save £1bn, and instead add a spur line which would run on the existing track into Sheffield Station.

In a separate letter to Sir David Higgins, Mr Healey urged the HS2 Chair to work with Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils to address concerns over the proposed route.

Owls midfielder in new deal with club

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kiearn Lee has extended his contract with the Owls. 

The 28 year old has made a total of 142 appearances since moving to Hillsborough in 2012.

Tonight's Look North promises to be tightly wrapped package

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Not for the faint-hearted. 

Harry Gration has issued this warning ahead of tonight's BBC Look North. 

Join us at 18:30.

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Man charged with 15 burglaries across Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Police have charged a 48-year-old man with 15 counts of burglary.

Michael Anthony Vincent Brooke, of no fixed address, was charged last night with 15 counts of burglary, two counts of attempted burglary, for possession of false police identification and for failing to provide a sample for drug analysis.

The charges relate to reported distraction burglaries across Sheffield throughout July.

Brooke has been remanded and is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 24 August.

Have you seen missing 15-year-old Lily?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

South Yorkshire Police

She's described as about 5ft 10ins tall with brown/ginger hair.

She was reported missing at about 10:00 this morning when she left her home address in the Ardsley Road area of Worsbrough. 

Call Police on 101.

Stay away from the railway tracks

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Disturbing footage from British Transport Police after a 25% increase in reported trespass incidents in Yorkshire

Police warn people to stay away from railway tracks

Labour leadership hopeful chooses Orgreave for keynote speech

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith chose Orgreave to make a key policy speech this morning. 

Owen Speech in Orgreave

Orgreave is part of Rotherham MP Sarah Champion's constituency. She's now promised to work with Jeremy Corbyn having recently "un-resigned" from his shadow cabinet.

Despite this, there were a number of reasons behind the Labour leadership contender's choice to speak from the site of the former coking plant in South Yorkshire.

He began the speech by calling for a full "Hillsborough-style inquiry" into events at Orgreave during the miners' strike on 18 June 1984.


Should he become the leader of the party and the next prime minister, Mr Smith promised to address the North/South divide by outlining a strategy for the North:

  • £50bn raised from long-dated government gilts to be invested in Trans-Pennine transport and developing business in the region’s cities and towns  
  • He also gave a commitment to bring forward High Speed 3
Image of what High Speed train might look like

Mr Smith also proposed the scrapping of the Department for Work and Pensions

  • Introducing instead, a new Minister for Labour, with a ministry based in a Northern city such as Sheffield. He said the new ministry would look at delivering fair employment with tax incentives for businesses to relocate to the regions.  
Welcome to the North sign

We need 'mini-Londons' across the country"

Owen Smith

Former miner confronts Owen Smith

BBC Politics

John Dunn

Owen Smith was confronted by a former miner after his speech earlier at the site of an important moment in the history of the miners’ strike, Orgreave in South Yorkshire.

In his speech, Mr Smith said he backed a public inquiry into the treatment of striking miners there by South Yorkshire police in 1984.  

John Dunn, a former striking miner from Derbyshire and a Labour member who supports Jeremy Corbyn, said the challenger was exploiting the location, adding: “If we had to depend on Owen Smith for justice then we might as well pack up now."

Barnsley Council staff to face random drink and drugs tests

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Workers at Barnsley council will face drink and drug tests in the future. Councillors have backed a scheme which means any council employee could be randomly selected for testing. 

Specific testing would also be carried out if a worker's manager had raised concerns about them. 

The council says it's committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment and that includes ensuring employees are fit to carry out their duties.

Barnsley town hall

Can you help find thieves following machinery theft in Doncaster?

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

High-value machinery  has been stolen from a business in Mexborough, Doncaster.  

Between 19:30 and 21:00 on Wednesday 20 July thieves are reported to have forced entry to the site of Catlow Civil Engineering in Pastures Road by breaking the gate locks.  

The suspects reported to have stolen two bobcat miniature diggers using a white van to transport the machinery off the premises. 

Bobcat mini-excavator

The van's believed to have had a trailer attached to it and it's thought a black car was also seen near to the site at the time of the incident. 

Both vehicles left the area heading towards High Melton.  

One digger has since been recovered in Chapel Lane, Thurnscoe.  

Did you see or hear any suspicious activity in and around the local area? Email or call Police on 101.

Smith calls on Labour to 'act like a government-in-waiting'

BBC News England

Labour leader hopeful, Owen Smith MP, has said the party under Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell has been a "weak opposition" and "devoid of ideas" and that Labour needed to "pull its socks up" and "act like a government-in-waiting". 

At his speech in Orgreave he outlined his policy intentions on range of ideas relating to taxation, public sector funding and workers' rights. 

Sheffield Trees: 'No further legal action'

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield trees

A campaigner who took legal action against the felling of trees in Sheffield says all legal avenues to prevent the work going ahead have now failed. 

Dave Dilner was at the High Court in London this morning applying for permsission to appeal against previous rulings in favour of the scheme and a new injunction. 

His requests were denied, and he now says there'll be no further legal action.

Weather: Sunshine and broken cloud

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We should continue to see broken cloud and sunny spells throughout the afternoon. 

Feeling pleasantly warn in the sun with highs of 21C (70F).

Weather graphic

Your headlines this afternoon

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Among the latest headlines in South Yorkshire this lunchtime:

Reaction to Owen Smith's speech in Orgreave

BBC News England

The Labour leadership candidate, Owen Smith, is in South Yorkshire - setting out plans to strengthen workers' rights and trade union powers

Speaking on the site of the former Orgreave coking plant, he called for the reintroduction of wages councils, the abolition of zero hours contracts and the end to private provision in England's NHS.

His speech had a number of key points and promises, there's been a lot of reaction on Twitter

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New Barnsley library gets the go-ahead

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Plans to allow Barnsley Council to deliver a new modern library in the heart of the town centre have been approved by Cabinet members.

The new £4m library will be a key feature in the Better Barnsley redevelopment.

It aims to provide people with a modern library and multi-functional space. 

The design will have IT facilities, a cafe and roof terrace with views over the town and space for functions and events.

Why did Labour leader contender choose to speak in Orgreave?

BBC News England

Owen Smith, Labour's challenger to current leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a "Hillsborough-style inquiry" into events at Orgreave during the Miner's Strike.

He gave his reasons why he chose the South Yorkshire community to make his speech today:

'These are radical, credible, policies' - Owen Smith

BBC Politics

Speaking in South Yorkshire this morning, Labour leadership contender Owen Smith says he backs HS2 and calls for an "HS3 across the Pennines". 

Resources are concentrated in London, he argues, and there should be "mini Londons" across the country.

"It is vital we concentrate new capital expenditure on a housing programme," he says, promising a "new deal" to build 300,000 new homes.

He tells his audience he has "radical... but credible policies. These are not pie in the sky." Other countries have invested their way out of the financial crisis, he adds.

"Wherever you are born, you can live a decent, good life," in your community, he says.

BreakingOwen Smith in Orgreave: £50bn for Northern transport infrastructure

Owen Smith has promised more money to public services and infrastructure in the North. He's said the UK is a 'profoundly unequal country, 8 years after the banking crisis' 

We need 'Mini-Londons' across the country".

Owen Smith

Mr Smith has promised a Labour government under him would smash austerity across the country with a 'work place revolution'

He's promised:

  • £50bn investment in transport infrastructure in the North
  • 300,000 new houses across the country 'to build Britain out of this crisis'

Owen Smith in Orgreave: 'Theresa May is squeezing workers until the pips squeak'

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Owen Smith

The Labour leadership contender is in South Yorkshire today, outlining his proposals if he's to win the top job in Labour.

He's said he wants to focus on fairness and justice and promises to give UK workers 'the best rights in the world'.

Here are some of Mr Smith's key promises so far today, under a Labour government, should he win the leadership contest: 

  • Create a 'modern' Equal Pay Act
  • Abolish the Department of Work and Pensions to create a 'muscular' Ministry of Labour
  • Public sector pay freeze would end
  • Scrap zero-hour contracts in favour of minimum-hour contracts
  • Big businesses 'must pay fair taxes'
  • Re-open libraries, boost hospitals and reduce class sizes
  • Promises an extra 4% spending on the NHS
  • 50% tax to earners over £150,000
  • £200bn of public spending to invest in services and infrastructure funded through government bonds 

BreakingLabour leader contender speaks in South Yorkshire

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Owen Smith, is in South Yorkshire - he's currently making a speech at Orgreave to promise to create greater equality for workers as he campaigns to replace Jeremy Corbyn. 

He's also calling for a "Hillsborough-style" inquiry into the battle of Orgreave between police and striking miners.  

Owen Smith in Orgreave

Have your say: Sheffield flood protection

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Flooding in Brightside in 2007

Plans to protect Sheffield from future flooding, which could see parks used to store flood water, are being put out for public consultation.

The plans could see places like Millhouses Park and Endcliffe Park re-designed so that in extreme floods they store flood water, keeping it from nearby houses and business.

More about the consultation and information about flood protection can be found at

Sheffield flooding 2007
Sheffield City Council

Consultation events for people have been scheduled for

  • August 25, The Dooley Suite, Sheffield Wednesday, 11:00 - 20:00
  • September 9, Millennium Hall, Ecclesall Road, 11:00 - 20:00.
  • September 21, Millhouses Methodist Church (time and date to be confirmed)
  • September 29, Oughtibridge Chapel Hall, 11:00 - 18:00 

Is this the way to treat Yorkshire royalty?

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

Our first class presenter Harry Gration, on the way to Scarborough... 

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What do you think about devolution?

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Devolution graphic
Sheffield City Region

People across the region are being asked how the new devolution powers should be used. 

The online survey also wants to find out how £1.3bn pounds of extra funding should be spent in the Sheffield City Region.

You have until the 12th of August and can take part in the survey here.

Why do people in Doncaster earn the least?

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

People in Yorkshire typically earn the least amount in England and our wages have been growing at the slowest rate. There's worse news if you live in Doncaster. 

You earn the least in Yorkshire - that's an average wage of £18,721 in 2015. 

Doncaster is also the only local authority where the average worker actually saw a fall in their annual income between 2011 and 2015. 

So last year you took home £26 less than you did in 2011. Here's Dan Fell from Doncaster Chamber of Commerce with some thoughts on why:

UV forecast: As the clouds clear, reach for the suncream

BBC Weather

UV graphic

Sun cream may be needed this afternoon as the cloud continues to break up.

Summer danger as rail track trespass increases

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

It's claimed the number of people trespassing on railway lines in Yorkshire is increasing. 

The claim comes as parents are warned that children are almost twice as likely to trespass on the railway in the summer than in the winter. 

Network Rail, which manages Britain's track system, said the longer evenings and extended school holidays "spell danger" for young people.

More new Chinese connections for Sheffield

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Chinese flag and sheffield image

The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has announced a partnership with China to make it easier for investors to work with the city. 

Working alongside the University of Sheffield, the aim is to encourage more people from China to come to the UK after more than £1bn was pledged to city.

'Two jobs to get by': Wages in Doncaster

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

People here typically earn the least in England, and our wages have been growing at the slowest rate. 

If you live in Doncaster, you're likely to earn the least in Yorkshire. 

It's also the only local authority where average workers saw a fall in their annual income between 2011 and 2015.

Your headlines this morning

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

Among the latest headlines in South Yorkshire this morning:  

  • People in Doncaster typically earn the least in England, and in Yorkshire generally, wages have been growing at the slowest rate
  • The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has announced a partnership with China to make it easier for investors to work with the city
  • The number of people trespassing on railway lines in Yorkshire has increased

Need more money? Probably, if you live in Yorkshire

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

People in Yorkshire typically earn the least amount in England and our wages have been growing at the slowest rate.

Doncaster is home to some of the lowest paid people in England. Not only that, the money people are taking home is falling.

One restaurant owner has told me: "People just haven't got the money to go out anymore."

Weather: After a cloudy start, sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy in places this morning, with one or two spots of drizzle and some mist and murk over higher ground. 

Throughout the morning, this thick cloud should start to thin and break revealing some good spells of sunshine that will continue into the afternoon. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sun with highs of 21C (70F).

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Some thick cloud this morning, should start to thin and break revealing some good spells of sunshine that will continue into the afternoon. Full weather report coming shortly. 

Throughout the day, we'll have full coverage for across South Yorkshire. Including more on news that people in Yorkshire typically earn the least in England.