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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 8 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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Five things most of us didn't know this morning

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

As we bring our posts to a close for the day we'll be back from 0800 tomorrow morning.

Here are five things most of us didn't know when we got out of bed today:

  1. Safestyle Uk is expanding its Barnsley base under a £4.5m plan
  2. Controversial spit hoods made in Sheffield criticised by human rights groups
  3. £12.5M of temporary flood defences for the north of England
  4. Kel Brook comes face-to-face with his big fight opponent
  5. and a woman from Sheffield faces terrorism charges

You can send us your photos and videos as we'd love to feature them. 

We'll wrap up with some of the woman who've been enjoying Ladies Day at the St Leger Festival in Doncaster.  Have a great evening.

Video: Drone watching balloons over Chastworth

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

If going up in a hot air balloon is a bit much for you, the next best thing  is to see it from a drone, especially when it's flying over Chatsworth. 

Enough said, it looks like this:

View the video here

Balloons in air

Heritage open days in Meersbrook

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

We've been inside an old hall that built in 1780 and has been used for a wide range of things.

Click here to see what else is open in your area during this annual event.

Here's a quick snap-shot of the life of Meersbrook Hall:

Controversial spit hood video: reaction

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Plenty of comments coming in after BBC Radio Sheffield's Rony Robinson tried on a spit hood today.

They're designed to prevent people from biting or spitting at police officers. 

A company in Sheffield makes them.

Here's the video, and the reaction:

Spit hood Rony Robinson
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Weather update in video

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It started out sunny, went cloudy, and it's sunny again. 

Here's what's in store with Clare:

Watch: from 'no English to high-flyer' in two years

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A Year 10 student who up until two years ago couldn't speak English, has been elected head boy at his secondary school. 

Jakub Klosowicz  was 13 when he started at Shirebrook Academy and has since gone onto become a high-flyer academically:

Rapist from Barnsley who preyed on children is jailed

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A 26-year jail sentence has been given to a man who admitted to a long sting of charges.

His catalogue of crime included rape and sexual activity with a child. 

44-year-old Terry Gibbons of Kingsway in Thurnscoe has begun his jail term today after being sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court. 

Gibbons groomed, coerced, threatened and persistently sexually abused the two girls, who were both under the age of 16"

Jo ChambersDetective Constable
Sheffield Crown Court

Lap dancing club plan dropped

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Objections over a proposed lap dancing club in Sheffield city centre have prompted the plan to be dropped.

The idea was for a new club called Villa Mercedes at the top of Leadmill Road near to Sheffield railway station.

We reported on the idea in July. 

St Leger Ladies day fun

Oli Constable

These friends are at the St Leger Festival Ladies Day in Doncaster.

One has had a foot problem, another has had a win..and a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' is on the cards.

Terrific atmosphere being enjoyed by BBC Radio Sheffield's Paulette Edwards, too:

Watch: The BIG 500 for Rovers star

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

This weekend sees a momentous game in the career of James Coppinger.

It'll be his 500th appearance for Doncaster Rovers. 

He's been with the club for twelve years:

Streets Ahead workers in Sheffield face redundancy

Sheffield Star

Up to a hundred workers at Streets Ahead in Sheffield could lose their jobs, with more in the pipeline, reports the Sheffield Star

Road repair workers
Sheffield Star

VIDEO: Kel Brook big fight press conference

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The big fight is this weekend. Sheffield's Kel Brook jumps up two weight divisions to take on the World Middleweight Champion.

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Barnsley Hospice CQC inspection

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission says Barnsley Hospice provides good care.

Commenting the Hospice team say they're delighted with the report.

People were supported at the end of their life to have a comfortable, dignified and pain-free death. Each person’s wishes where at the centre of the service.”

Barnsley Hospice

Sheffield woman on terror offences charge

Jenny Cork

BBC Sheffield news

A woman from Sheffield has been charged with terrorism offences, the North East Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) has confirmed.

Fatimah Peer-Mohamed, 22, was arrested some time ago, in May 2015.

Her arrest came as part of an intelligence-led inquiry. She's been charged with two offences of disseminating terrorist publications, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. 

She is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 15.

The CTYU says the charges relate to activity and posts made online. 

Clegg says grammar schools plan lacks evidence

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Labour and the Lib Dems are criticising Theresa May's plans for more grammar schools. 

At a meeting with Conservative backbenchers the Prime Minister said she wanted more selection in the school system.  She added that the existing system already included unofficial selection, because often only wealthy people can afford to live near good schools.  

Nick Clegg

The government is foisting their own evidence-free prejudices on us because there's no evidence at all that that is the answer to many of the problems in our education system."

Nick CleggSheffield Hallam MP

Sport: interview with Barnsley FC boss

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Our man Jonathan Buchan has been getting the latest low-down from Reds boss Paul Heckingbottom: 

View more on twitter

£12.5m for floods defences in the north

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A total of 12.5 million is being spent on new temporary flood defences in northern England, following a government review. 

The review was commissioned after 16,000 houses in Yorkshire and Cumbria were flooded during the wettest December in a century last year.

Critics at the time said defences were not up to the job.

The £12.5m would mean the Environment Agency would have four times as many temporary flood barriers than in 2015.

Cars floated down Brightside Lane in Sheffield when the River Don broke its banks in 2007.

Video: St Leger Festival visit by BBC Radio Sheffield

Oli Constable

Paulette Edwards is presenting her afternoon show from Doncaster racecourse this afternoon.

Here's a quick look round, makes me feel under-dressed dunno about you:

St Leger Ladies day

Sheffield company refutes human rights abuse claim over its products

Kat Harbourne

Spit hoods. They do what it says on the tin, so to speak.

They prevent people from spitting and are used by police forces and others to protect staff from disease and of course ending up covered it spit.

They're made by a company in Sheffield, Kit Design Ltd, and they supply them to British Transport Police. London's MET police was due to start trialing them next month and it says the hoods are perfectly safe and are needed.

Liberty, Amnesty and Inquest are among the human rights groups to speak out against them, saying they belong in "horror stories".

BBC Radio Sheffield's Rony Robinson has been given the 'spit hood treatment':

Anger over care price hike in Rotherham

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

There's been an angry reaction to plans by Rotherham Council to increase their charges for care services.

It's quite an increase. A day's care session charge is currently under five pounds Their proposal is to make that charge £30. 

This includes charges for home care, day care and the transport costs involved. 

Rotherham Council say the charges will still be means-tested, but some people are not happy. 

Care centre

It's an astronomical rise. It's going to mean that people can't socialise as much as they need to because of such a vast price rise."

Stephen JohnMENCAP

Local MP wants to take Keith Vaz's old job

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Caroline Flint has confirmed that she will be a candidate for the post of chair of the Home Affairs Committee, following the resignation of Keith Vaz. The MP for Don Valley is a former Home Office Minister and a former Europe Minister.

Caroline Flint

The resignation of Keith Vaz is a tragedy for Keith and his family, but his work as Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee has been widely praised. This Committee now requires an experienced, independent minded Chair to take its work forward."

Caroline FlintMP

Big expansion for Barnsley company

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Safestyle UK has been granted planning approval to expand in a £4.5 million scheme in Barnsley.

The company makes and installs upvc doors and windows and the plan will see it create a 6,000 sq m factory at its site in Wombwell.

Safestyle UK Barnsley

The extension to our factory will enable us to meet future demand. We reported record revenue and profits in 2015 as we further rolled out our business into the South and also experienced growth in the North and the Midlands."

Mark ScaifeSafestyle UK Operations Director

Second Didcot body find

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A second body has been recovered from the rubble at Didcot Power Station.

It's six months since the incident, in which two men from Rotherham were killed during demolition work. Four men - who were working on the site - all died when part of the Old Boiler House collapsed. 

Relatives of Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, have been informed. 

BBC Radio Oxford's Alison Dawes spoke to us about the latest:

Buzzing about in Barnsley

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

David Hudson sent us this photo from beautiful Barnsley.

Thanks David, keep 'em coming.

Mail your pics to us here.

Bee on a flower
David Hudson

Watch: Sing low sweet chariot...women wanted

Amy Nagy

BBC Radio Sheffield

Now, we've all seen unusual adverts in our time, but what about this one:

"Wanted - Ladies with low voices" 

Sheffield Harmony, an award winning a-Capella singing group, are in desperate need of singers who can sing in the 'lower ranges'.

They popped in to see Toby Foster this morning at BBC Radio Sheffield, and of course they did their thing: 

Great photos from you

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

We've had some terrific photos in today, prompted by the early sunshine we've enjoyed.

Here are some of them, thanks for sending them in and if you have a photo or video we can feature please click this link to send them in.

Beautiful sky over North Sheffield
Catherine Green
View over Brightside
Haydn Wilshaw
Sunrise over Wombwell
Richard Ullyott

Hillsborough aftermath law change call

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Telling the truth and not hiding information. 

Sounds simple -  but families of those involved in the Hillsborough disaster are calling for a law to be created to make sure officials don't withhold important information. 

They're dubbing it the 'Hillsborough Law'.

Elkan Abrahamson is a partner with Broudie Jackson Canter Solicitors, they represent a number of the Hillsborough families. 

He's been telling BBC Radio Sheffield's Toby Foster that people think officials are already compelled to be truthful and open:

Another Didcot body found

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police say they have found the body of one of the two demolition workers who have been missing since the boiler house collapsed at Didcot power station in February. 

Both men were from Rotherham. Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61. 

They were among four men who were working on the site and died when part of the old boiler house collapsed.    

Didcot collapsed building
Thames Valley Police

Gorgeous pic from Wendy Scott

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Red sky in the morning..but looking lovely over Sheffield.

Thanks to Wendy Scott, who is a keen photographer.

Your pics to us here please, we'd love to feature them.

Sunrise over Sheffield
Wendy Scott

Watch: Today's forecast for Yorkshire

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

The sun's doing it stuff right now, but will it last?

Here's your forecast for Yorkshire:

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Welcome to your feed of rolling news, sport, weather and travel for South Yorkshire for Thursday 8 September 2016.

The sun has made an early appearance and is casting shadows over the sewage works. 


We'd love to see your pics of great views, favourite places, pets and, yes, even sewage works if that's your things.

Send them to us via this link, please.

This pic shows that you can live in a field and eat grass and still have a smile on your face.

Simple pleasures at Wigfield Farm, Barnsley...

Happy cow