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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 3 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we learnt today

    Oli Constable

    Thanks for joining me today, I'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

    1. Samurai swords taken off South Yorkshire streets during police weapon amnesty
    2. E.coli gets the blame for Doncaster tap water ban
    3. On-street car parking prices to go up in Sheffield
    4. 180 Sheffield jobs saved after Government shake-up
    5. A sheep gets its head stuck in a bucket - it's worth a look!

    Before I go, I gave you Jackie's family enjoying the elephants this morning; they've been following the trail around the city and say it's way better than Pokémon GO!

    Here's our elephant, affectionately named Martyn, being looked after by Jackie's granddaughters. It's good to know he's getting a lot of love!

    Painted elephant

    If you want to get in touch with any of your photos, I'd love to see them and hopefully I'll be able to post some of them tomorrow.

    Have a good evening!

  2. Police investigate indecent exposure in Rotherham

    Oli Constable

    Police are investigating reports a teenage boy exposed himself to a nine-year-old girl and her friend on The Wellway in Sunnyside at about 18:30 yesterday.

    The teenager is described as being about 15-years-old, white and believed to have been wearing a green and black Nike top and black tracksuit bottoms. 

    Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries in the area and would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.

    The Wellway map
  3. Your pictures: More from last night's sunset

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've been inundated with amazing pictures of the sunset last night over South Yorkshire.

    I've taken a look on the BBC Weather Watchers website and chosen a handful of the incredible photos that have come through.

    Maltby sunset
    Purple sky

    Do you have a photo you want to share with us? Get in touch and you could see it on our live page soon.

    Can't wait to see some of your snaps!

  4. Severe congestion on the M1

    BBC Travel

    Slow traffic and queues on the M1 southbound between J33 Sheffield Parkway and J32 M18 because of an earlier broken down vehicle. 

    There's severe congestion to J34, at Meadowhall and on A630 to the A57 junction.

  5. Victory as 180 under-threat civil service jobs stay in Sheffield

    Oli Constable

    Union officials have welcomed reports that Civil Service jobs set to be moved from the region to London will remain in South Yorkshire.

    A campaign was launched after news that around 250 jobs in a business department office in Sheffield would be transferred to the capital under cost-saving and "modernising" plans.

    Quote Message: We welcome the fact the Government recognises the value in having policy work located outside the capital and it just underlines how unnecessary and wrong it is for the business department to revert back to being so London-centric." from Mark Serwotka General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union
    Mark SerwotkaGeneral Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union
  6. Eight reasons to visit Sheffield Oktoberfest this week

    Sheffield Star


    Need a reason to go to Sheffield Oktoberfest? We’ve got eight here!

  7. Could this solve Sheffield's traffic problems?

    BBC News England

    It may look like something from the future, but China's long-awaited "straddling bus" ran its inaugural test in Hebei province this week.

    The 2m-high Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) straddles the cars below, allowing them to pass through.

    Powered by electricity, the bus is able to carry up to 300 passengers in its 72ft long and 25ft wide body.

    Bus Alternative

    Maybe this is what we need on Sheffield's streets?

  8. Samurai swords among weapons taken off the streets

    Oli Constable

    Over 180 weapons are now in police possession and unable to fall into criminal hands following a three-week surrender in South Yorkshire.

    South Yorkshire Police launched the weapons amnesty to provide a way for people to dispose of any firearm or knife safely and quickly, with no fear of being prosecuted for possession.

    Gun amnesty
  9. Weather: Bright and breezy

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It should become both cloudier and windier as the day progresses, with showers merging to give some longer spells of rain in the west later.

    You can see the full weather forecast here.

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    Video caption: Abbie Dewhurst's afternoon weather
  10. Your photos: Last night's sunset

    Oli Constable

    Seraphina Rose got in touch with me to share her stunning sunset photos from last night.

    She took them from her bedroom window in Woodhouse, Sheffield, and they look amazing!


    Thanks to Seraphina for sending them in - got a photo that you'd like to share? Get in touch!

    We'll share some more later this afternoon.

  11. Local artists wades in on car parking price increase

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    Daily news cartoonist James Whitworth has tweeted us this picture he drew, after Sheffield City Council announced they're increasing their on-street car parking charges.

    Earlier this week they published a report online to increase charges in areas outside the city centre.

    It has since been deleted from their website.

    View more on twitter
  12. Our Cow Molly going udderly great

    Oli Constable

    You may remember that local dairy farm Our Cow Molly recently bagged themselves a fridge-load of awards?

    Well, they've just started selling their milk in more places than ever!


    They've recently just paired up with the supermarket The Co-operative Food.

    The family-run business has also won the BBC's Future Food Award.

  13. E. coli blamed for tap water ban in Doncaster

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Yorkshire Water has confirmed that E.coli has been the cause of an alert over supplies in the the Thorne area of Doncaster.

    The company says it's traced the source of the problem but won't say where it was, however, their investigation has centered on an industrial site.

    The company says people should continue to boil drinking water until at tomorrow at least.

    E coli
  14. Clegg: Keeping Sheffield jobs 'partial victory for common sense'

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Sheffield Hallam MP and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the Government's decision to keep 180 civil service jobs in Sheffield is a partial victory for common sense.

    It reverses a decision to transfer 250 jobs from the Department for Business Skills and Innovation to London.

    70 jobs will still move.

    He says the government should now guarantee the rest of the jobs will stay in Sheffield and apologise to workers whose lives have been turned upside down.

    Nick Clegg
  15. Owl keeper shows me his hooters

    Paulette Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    I've been milling around the Bakewell Show this afternoon taking in the sights and I've just bumped into Derek.

    He works with birds of prey and was kind enough to show me the owls he's brought to the show.

    Man with Owl

    I'm live on BBC Radio Sheffield between 13:00 and 16:00 from the Bakewell Show

  16. Sheffield rehouses 44 Syrian refugees

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    The Home Affairs Select Committee says some local authorities “are not pulling their weight” when it comes to resettling refugees.

    It has called on local MPs to encourage councils to take refugees from places like war-torn Syria.

    In South Yorkshire, only Sheffield has rehoused any refugees, taking 44.

    Tent in refugee camp
  17. Dozens of guns handed in to police following amnesty

    Oli Constable

    Over 50 weapons have been handed in to South Yorkshire Police following a three-week surrender across the region. 


    In total, there were 50 firearms handed in, including eight from Rotherham, five in Barnsley, 30 in Sheffield and seven in Doncaster.

    South Yorkshire Police launched the amnesty to provide a way for people to get rid of any firearm, ammunition or knife safely and quickly, with no fear of being prosecuted for having it.

    Quote Message: I am pleased with the number of weapons handed in during the three-week period. One less firearm on the streets is one potential less victim of crime." from Steve Whittaker South Yorkshire Police
    Steve WhittakerSouth Yorkshire Police
  18. Anger over proposed parking charges increase

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    Earlier this week Sheffield City Council published an online report saying they were planning to increase on-street parking charges in areas outside the city centre.

    The Federation of Small Businesses has slammed the idea saying any increase will "hit traders who are already struggling to survive."

    Now that council report has disappeared from the internet.

    People have been telling me how might affect their business.

    Video content

    Video caption: Andy Kershaw parking punters
  19. Bakewell Show: Paulette's big hammer

    Paulette Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    I'm at the Bakewell Show today, enjoying the weird and wonderful things that they have to offer.

    Here's me with my bigger hammer, trying to hit a bell (there's a joke in there somewhere!!)

    Video content

    Video caption: Paulette at the Bakewell Show

    I'll be live on BBC Radio Sheffield, from the Bakewell Show, from 13:00.