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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 5 August 2016

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By Oli Constable

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Five things we learnt today

Oli Constable

Thanks for joining us today and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

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

  1. Inspirational Barnsley mum up for up for national award
  2. South Yorkshire Police investigating 'hate crime at Sheffield Pride'
  3. Barnsley Town Hall looks amazing by drone
  4. Rotherham MP calls for CSE inquiry to proceed without delay
  5. And Toby and team had an 'in tents' night at Camp Toby

Before I go, I wanted to share this stunning photo of Stocksbridge that Bill uploaded onto the BBC Weather Watchers website. Brilliant photo, Bill, thanks for sharing it!

Sunset over lake

I hope you have a great weekend!

Our big weekend of sport

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Football Heaven returns to the airwaves tomorrow as we cover Sheffield United on FM and Barnsley on AM and DAB.

But it doesn't stop there - Sheffield Wednesday play Aston Villa on Sunday, and the regions' number one for football will be bringing you commentary from Hillsborough from 16:00.


Weather: Sunny breaks staying warm

BBC Weather

It should stay mostly dry, with some cloud building during the day, and this could bring one or two showers.


All eyes on Jess... and she knows it

BBC Look North, Yorkshire

All eyes will be on Sheffield's golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill at Rio; she is, of course, one of the favourites for a medal.

The London gold medalist says she's more relaxed this time but the pressure is still on...

Cabbies paying for Cleethorpes trip for underprivileged families

Howard Pressman

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Over a 100 underprivileged adults and children from Sheffield are being taken to Cleethorpes this weekend.

Around 25 cabbies will be driving the families and volunteers for a day out at the seaside.

This is the second year it's happened - I've spoken to Sohail Mumtaz, who is one of the organisers...

Listen: Ashton's pretty excited to be going to Hillsborough on Sunday!

Kat Harbourne

Three year old Ashton from Maltby will be Sheffield Wednesday FC's mascot for their game on Sunday after his reaction to seeing Hillsborough for the first time went viral.

Have a listen to this video for Ashton's reaction (WARNING: it's VERY sweet!)

Will Buckley signs on loan for Wednesday

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

The winger has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a season long loan from Sunderland today.

Buckley has played 37 league games in two seasons.

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Inspirational Barnsley mum up for up for national award

Oli Constable

A mum from Barnsley is in the spotlight for her determination and inspiration in campaigning for child safety following the murders of her two children.

Claire Throssell, from Penistone, has dedicated her life to calling on the Government and courts to protect children after their parents have separated.

Her two sons, 12-year-old Jack and nine-year-old Paul, died when their father Darren Sykes deliberately set fire to their family home.

Claire has set up her own organisation, Heads Together, in memory of her sons. It helps families who are dealing with the terminal illness or death of a child.

She's been named as a finalist in Red magazine's Women of the Year Difference Maker Awards.

Claire Throssell

South Yorkshire Police investigating 'hate crime at Sheffield Pride'

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

Police are investigating a complaint following the policing of Sheffield Pride last week.

Sheffield Hallam Students' Union have written a letter of complaint about how they policed the event at Endcliffe Park.

Rainbow flag

South Yorkshire Police say they've received complaints about a protest group on the day.

While everyone has a democratic right to freedom of expression, it does not give individuals the right to commit any criminal offence."

Jason HarwinAssistant Chief Constable

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said the policing of the event was a matter for South Yorkshire Police but that he would listen to concerns from the community.    

Traffic congestion affecting buses

BBC Travel

Barnsley Town Hall - by drone

Oli Constable

We did something yesterday on drones surveying the roof of a church, and to be honest, I think the footage looks amazing! In fact, anything by drone looks pretty decent.

Below is an angle of Barnsley Town Hall you don't see very often.

It's a shot Barnsley based Deadline Digital have wanted to do since they started using drones.

Local gallery celebrates 25th anniversary

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I've been to local art gallery Cupola Gallery in Hillsborough as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.

They have some of the best local, national and international work, and I've included a few of my favourites below.

Contemporary art
Woman with a beard

Rio 2016 across the BBC

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

It begins tonight in Rio, with competitors from South Yorkshire taking part.

We'll of course be cheering on Sheffield's very own Jessica Ennis-Hill, as well as young swimmers Max Litchfield and Eleanor Faulkner.

Jess graphic

The Olympics Games on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Listen: Ben Parkinson to cross Arctic

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Doncaster soldier Ben Parkinson is off on another adventure - to raise money for other wounded soldiers.

Lance Bombardier Parkinson was seriously injured in a Taliban bomb blast in 2006 in Afghanistan.

He had both legs amputated.

Ben Parkinson

He's joining other injured servicemen and women to kayak around the frozen waters of Greenland.

For two weeks, teams from Pilgrim Bandits Charity will travel across a section of the Arctic, alongside icebergs and glacier fronts.

Ben's mum Diane is amazed at his progress.

Fans 'angry' at away prices in EFL

BBC Sport

A supporters' group says fans of EFL clubs are "angry" away ticket costs, with some paying 40% above Premier League prices.

Aston Villa fans at Sheffield Wednesday face the highest cost on the first game of the season, with the cheapest adult ticket selling for £42.

Sheffield Wednesday fans

Fans 'angry' at away prices in EFL

A supporters' group says fans of EFL clubs are "angry" away ticket costs, with some paying 40% above Premier League prices.

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There are vikings in Barnsley today!

Paulette Edwards

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The JORVIK Viking Centre in York has loaned their exhibition 'Heroes' to Experience Barnsley.

It tells the stories of 'celebrities' of the Viking world, including Eric Bloodaxe, the last Viking King of York, King Cnut the Great, and Harold Hardrada - the Thunderbolt of the North.

Activities include storytelling, making Viking helmets and body armour and building a longboat.

Vikings townhall
Experience Barnsley
Kids storytelling
Experience Barnsley

No University of Sheffield support for plan to list pub as asset of community value

Sheffield Star

Sheffield University is opposing a bid to list a pub on its campus as an asset of community value.

The city’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has applied to the council to list the University Arms, next to the Information Commons building. 

Sheffield Star

Showdown: Brian the Blade vs Keith Edwards

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Brian rang Football Heaven earlier this week to give his view on our match-day summariser Keith Edwards.

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Football Heaven returns tonight from 18:00, with live commentary tomorrow from 14:00.

It's a-maize-ing! Sorry, less of the corn-y jokes...

Oli Constable

So as the Olympics kick off today, a local attraction is getting in on the sporting theme.

The annual maize maze, in Cawthorne, opened last month and will stay open until early September.

Maize Maze
Maize Maze

Oakwell to get a new scoreboard

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Heading to Oakwell on Tuesday night? Well you might notice something a little different!

There's a new scoreboard being installed above the security box, replacing the old screen that was in the same spot.

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The New York City Tykes might remember this for a while though... 

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Tattoo convention coming to South Yorkshire today

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The tattoo convention "Tattoo Jam" is at Doncaster racecourse for the next three days.

More than 200 artists will be showcasing their work and there'll be the Tattoo Industry Awards tonight.

Organiser Shelley Bond says the event is a big deal in the tattoo world:

Shelley Bond on Doncaster Racecourse tattoo convention

Final countdown as new Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepares for take off

Oli Constable

A new £6m air ambulance is set to take to the skies next month after charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance took delivery of the helicopter.

The state of the art chopper will serve five million people across Yorkshire providing life-saving help to more than 1,000 people a year.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

This is such an exciting time, not only for the Charity, but we hope for the people of Yorkshire too."

Peter SunderlandYorkshire Air Ambulance

Riding from Sheffield to Kazakhstan

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Ollie Houfe made a spur of the moment decision to ride his motorbike from Sheffield to Kazakhstan.

He and his mate, Jamie Parker, left their life behind after Jamie split up with his girlfriend and they headed east.

He loved it so much that he stayed there for two years teaching English.

Jamie Parker
Tents and bikes
Jamie Parker
Jamie Parker

Wilder: 'Brayford won't be the last to be caught up in fake social media accounts'

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has described social media as an "unfortunate part of football."

The Blades boss was having his say after a fake John Brayford account posted suggestions that he was leaving, which turned out to be untrue.

So would Wilder ban players from using it altogether?

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals signs maternity services Charter

Oli Constable

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation has become the latest Trust to sign up to the Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Charter.

Its aim is to improve maternity services for women and babies by improving the well-being of staff, so they are able to give even better care to women and their families.

Nurses with charter
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Man jailed for sexually exploiting teenager

Oli Constable

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for three years and eight months for sexually exploiting a teenage girl from Rotherham, as well as possessing indecent images and videos of children. 

Lee Hatfield, of Manor Close, Rawmarsh, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court to receive his sentence after pleading guilty at an earlier. The court heard how Hatfield groomed his victim, a teenage girl who cannot be identified for legal reasons, via social media in November last year.

The victim reported this to her school, who notified police. Hatfield was arrested and his electronic devices seized.

Lee Hatfield
South Yorkshire Police

Delays after lane closed on M18

BBC Travel

The M18 in South Yorkshire is slow this morning because one lane has been closed on the northbound carriageway between J3 and J4 because of a broken down vehicle.

Lane one is closed but traffic is coping well.

Reassurance Thorne tap water is now safe to drink

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Yorkshire Water has announced water in Thorne and Moorends, near Doncaster, is once again safe to drink without having to be boiled first.

It comes after E. coli was found in the supply, but Yorkshire Water say they've taken several clear samples and that is is now safe to drink.

Tap water

“I’d like to reassure residents that the water in Thorne and Moorends is now safe to drink again. We’ll be writing to customers shortly to issue the £30 goodwill payments that we’re offering to thank them for their patience.”

Charlie HaysomYorkshire Water

Blue skies in Barnsley today

BBC Weather Watchers

There are blue skies in Barnsley this morning, with brilliant photos going on our BBC Weather Watchers website.

This is from Graham in Wortley and it looks lovely. Got a photo you want to share? Get in touch.


Camp Toby: Your views

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Good morning from Scout Camp!!

We're live from Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre where last night we slept under the stars and sang around the campfire!

All through the year, hundreds of scouts and guides come here to explore, learn and chuck themselves down zipwires!

We've been seeing what happens here and you've been getting in touch with us.

Well done team, what a brilliant show!! Fantastic to hear children enjoying themselves and learning life skills - axe throwing? Just goes to show not all kids terrorise neighbours with fireworks. A lovely heart warming program."


Come on Toby stop bottling and get on that zip wire."

Taxi Bruce

Today's show is one of the best I've heard. Lovely kids having a good time."


You sound as though you are really having great fun and promoting the adventure of scouting. Wish i could be with you, but unfortunately got to work. Fantastic stuff. Well done."


Happy football eve!

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Football Heaven returns tomorrow from 14:00 and we kick off with two live games.

The Blades are playing Bolton, and Ipswich take on Barnsley. 

Games graphic

Climbing the walls at Camp Toby

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

I'm donning my necker and getting involved in everything that's on offer at Helsey Wood!

Now, where's that risk assessment form...?

Andy Kershaw

Students' Union submit complaint after 'hate crime'

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Student leaders from Sheffield Hallam University have written a letter of complaint to South Yorkshire Police about how they policed the Sheffield Gay Pride event in Endcliffe Park last week.

South Yorkshire Police say they've received a number of complaints about a protest group at the event.  

"While everyone has a democratic right to freedom of expression, it does not give individuals the right to commit any criminal offence. We will also be looking to meet with members of the LGB&T community to discuss any concerns they may have following the event."

Jason HarwinAssistant Chief Constable

Looks like their night was in tents... get it?

Oli Constable

Camp Toby continues this morning with Toby and the team broadcasting live from Hesley Wood.

This is the scene from last night, and you can clearly see the two people who are enjoying it most...

Local MP calls for CSE inquiry to proceed without delay

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The MP for Rotherham Sarah Champion says she wants the independent inquiry into child sex abuse to carry on with minimum delay.

It will continue, despite the resignation of the New Zealand judge appointed to lead it.

Dame Lowell Goddard has become the third chairwoman to step down from the inquiry.

Sarah Champion

Weather: Bright start with scattered showers later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a dry and bright start to the day, with spells of warm sunshine.

Although it should stay mostly dry, some cloud will build during the day, and this could bring one or two showers.

Camp Toby try to put up a tent

Oli Constable

Toby and the team arrived at their home for the night yesterday - Hesley Wood - but they still needed somewhere to sleep for the night ... How hard can it be?

All together now! Ging gang goolie...

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Oli Constable

Hello, welcome to our live page for August 5 2016.

Another decent looking day today and the full forecast with Owain will be on shortly.

We're live on the Breakfast Show this morning from Camp Toby at Hesley Wood, where the team have been sleeping under canvas... (Toby must have loved it!)

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