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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 17 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five things we've learned today

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Thanks for dipping in today, we're back with more news, sport weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Today we've heard that:

  2. Training exercise for police dogs at Sheffield Interchange

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Four police dogs and their Ministry of Defence handlers got to know commuters as part of an exercise today.

    The dogs were there as part of  a 'working partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive  and South Yorkshire Police'. 

    Police dog and handler
  3. Weather update: cloud overnight, hazy sunshine tomorrow

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    You won't get wet. 

    Extensive outbreaks of darkness overnight, as is customary. But it won't last.

    Weather graphic
  4. Somme memories coming to Barnsley town centre

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    The popular Experience Barnsley museum in the town hall is to host an exhibition which it says will provoke strong emotions.

    It will feature stories from the Somme, detailing the horror and impact of the battle on those involved, as well as those left behind.

    Quote Message: It brings to life the harrowing stories of the local men involved and gives a rare insight into their lives on the battlefield and back home in Barnsley" from Roy Miller Cabinet spokesperson for Place
    Roy MillerCabinet spokesperson for Place
  5. Rare species of bird's home improved in Sheffield

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    The willow tit is rare, and its numbers are threatened globally.

    Work to improve Sheffield's Fox Hagg Nature Reserve is now complete. It's been led by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

    Fox Hagg Nature Reserve

    The work means trees used by the birds will have a better chance of thriving there.

    Willow tit
  6. Tribute to Doncaster councillor

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The death of Alan Jones was announced earlier today. 

    He'd been ill for some time and had been ward member for Norton and Askern since May 2011.

    He was married to Doncaster's Mayor, Ros Jones.

    Quote Message: We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his wife Ros, daughter Danny and the rest of Alan’s family. Alan was a highly valued and well-liked councillor who worked tirelessly for the Norton and Askern communities. Alan will be deeply missed by his friends and colleagues.” from Jo Miller Chief Executive of Doncaster Council
    Jo MillerChief Executive of Doncaster Council
    Alan Jones
  7. Rio 2016: GB team fail in show jumping title defence

    Great Britain's show jumpers had their hopes of retaining their Olympic team title dashed as they failed to make today's second round.

    Yorkshire's Michael and John Whitaker missed out on a top-eight spot required to progress. Michael Whitaker's horse, Cassionato, has been withdrawn from the individual competition after showing symptoms of colic.

  8. Two new players within days, says SUFC boss

    Jonathan Buchan

    BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

    Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says they will step up their efforts to sign at least two players before the weekend's game at Millwall. 

    The Blades are still without a win after the first four games of the season.

    Wilder's disclosed to us that he almost landed two transfer targets prior to last night's defeat to Southend:

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    Video caption: Chris Wilder expacts signings soon at SUFC
  9. Quad bikes seized by police

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A range of off-road bikes have been seized by police in South Yorkshire. Officers say it followed concerns raised by the public about the risks and nuisance posed. 

    Off-road bikes

    Police seized bikes in Stainton and Maltby and say their riders can easily put other people and themselves at risk.

  10. Buckingham Palace arrest update: Sheffield student sectioned

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A man accused of possessing a folded knife near Buckingham Palace has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 

    25 year-old Hang Zhang, of Hawley Street in Sheffield, was arrested on Friday and charged with possession of an offensive weapon.  Police say he was found near a pedestrian gate of the palace.

    Buckingham Palace

    He was released on conditional bail and has been told he must stay on the Burbage Ward at the Michael Carlisle Centre, an in-patient mental health facility in Sheffield. That's until his next appearance at court, which is due on September 14th.   

  11. Death of popular Doncaster councillor

    Kevin Larkin

    Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    A leading Doncaster councillor has died. 

    Councillor Alan Jones represented Askern and Norton for Labour and his widow is the town's Mayor Ros Jones.

    He'd been ill for some time.

  12. Wedding dress doesn't veil acrimonious split

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A woman from Chesterfield says interest in her wedding dress on an auction site has risen strongly after she described the reason for its sale. 

    In detailing her split from her husband, Samantha Wragg seems to have captured a lot of interest and the dress is currently selling for more than six times the price of it when it was new. 

    The dress being worn at the wedding
  13. Your pics: black cat = cool cat

    Earlier we featured Black Cat Appreciation Day.

    An effort to shake off the stigma of so-called bad luck and links black cats.

    Superstitions aside, listener Mark Reeder posted this lovely snap in response to the feature.

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  14. The push up challenge hits the Peak District

    Kat Harbourne

    The drive to highlight the need for support for former military personnel is really taking off.

    The 22 Push-up Challenge is so-called because every day 22 veterans in the US take their own lives and it's catching on all over the world.

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  15. Sport: Defence is no.1 for Barnsley FC

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    Barnsley head coach Paul Heckiingbottom has told Radio Sheffield that getting defensive cover is his priority in the transfer window. 

    After allowing Lewin Nyatanga to leave, the Reds need at least one centre- half. Heckingbottom knows it's something that needs addressing.  

    He's been talking to BBC Radio Sheffield's Andy Giddings about transfers to the squad. 

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    Video caption: Paul Heckingbottom interview
  16. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    • Two people are being held after a police officer was knocked unconscious in Rotherham
    • A former Iraqi diplomat now in Sheffield fears being killed if he's deported
    • and Tommy Steele plays Glenn Miller in a stage show in Sheffield
  17. Tommy Steele becomes Glenn Miller in Sheffield

    Ian White

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    He was the UK's first proper pop star and teen idol. Now as he approaches his 80th birthday, Tommy Steele is in Sheffield preparing for his latest musical. 

    He's playing the lead role in The Glenn Miller story, based on the life of the wartime band leader.

    Ian White's been to meet him. 

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    Video caption: Tommy Steele as Glenn Miller
  18. Black cats 'back luck'? Rubbish says Sheffield Cats Shelter

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    You may not have realised that August 17th is Black Cat Appreciation day. 


    Well the image of black cats as a symbol of bad luck is well-known, but utterly undeserved, says Sheffield Cats Shelter.

    It reports that such a reputation means people sometimes ignore black cats when they're looking to give a cat a new home

    So an 'appreciation day' is much needed it says.

    What do you think? Do you have a black cat? Stories or good/bad luck?

    Tell us and pics are welcome.

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    Video caption: Black cats appreciation day
  19. Men held after PC 'knocked unconscious' in Rotherham

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Two men have been arrested over a reported assault on a police officer last night in Rotherham.

    One man is being held on suspicion of assault and making threats to kill, while another is being questioned over assisting an offender. 

    Farquhar Road
  20. Ex-diplomat in Sheffield fears death in Iraq

    Shirley Henry

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    A former Iraqi diplomat who fears he'll be killed if he's forced to leave the UK, is meeting Home Office officials at his Sheffield home today.

    Mohammed Al-Dallal and his family came to Yorkshire via Poland. The Home Office says they have to go back there because it was the first safe country they arrived in. 

    But the family fear they'll be sent back to Iraq. Shirley Henry reports. 

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    Video caption: Former diplomat deportation fear