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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 16 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Katie Galbraith

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye: Five things we have learnt today

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    • Ben Needham's mum has been told to prepare for the worst after police investigate claims he was accidentally killed on building site
    Ben Needham
    • George Osborne is to lead Northern Powerhouse body with the help of billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg
    George Osborne at Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank meeting in Manchester
    • Doncaster Council has become the second South Yorkshire authority to reject the new HS2 route
    HS2
    • The Rio 2016 Yorkshire heroes parade route has been revealed
    parade route
    Joe Root

    That's it for today but there will be more from the news blog on Monday from 08:00. If you have something to share please get in touch.  

  2. Weather: Cooler and less humid than recently

    Keeley Donovan

    BBC Look North

    Cloud persisting in the east with further showery rain, and a brisk northwesterly along the coast. To the west, mainly dry conditions with a few clearer spells, and lighter winds. 

    Cooler and less humid than recently.  

    Weather graphic
  3. UKIP: Hope new leader will heal divisions in party

    It's been announced today that UKIP's deputy chairman Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party's leader.

    She said UKIP was the 'party of change'.

    Jonathan Arnott from Sheffield, who dropped out of the leadership race earlier this year, has tweeted his congratulations to the new leader and says he hopes she will unite rather than divide the party.

    Diane James at UKIP party conference in Bournemouth
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  4. 'Magnifique' send-off for Sheffield Only Fools and Horses fan Ricky

    Sheffield Star

    A Sheffield man who died suddenly at the age of 32 was laid to rest in the style of his favourite sitcom.

    Funeral
  5. New homelessness service starts in Sheffield

    Howard Pressman

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    A new homelessness service starts in Sheffield today.

    Nightstop South Yorkshire - run by homelessness charity Depaul UK - will give emergency accommodation to young people who face sleeping on the streets or in other unsafe places.  

    It's funded by the People's Postcode Lottery. 

    Homeless
    Quote Message: In essence a volunteer household hosts a young person in their spare bedroom, gives them some food for the evening, somewhere to wash, maybe clean their clothes and then sets them off with breakfast in the morning. So simple, so straightforward and yet such an important service for young people at risk." from Martin Houghton-Brown Depaul UK
    Martin Houghton-BrownDepaul UK
  6. Travel: Accident causing problems near M1 at Meadowhall

    A lane is blocked on the exit slip road and there is very slow traffic southbound at J34, A631 (Meadowhall).

    It's because of an accident. 

    There's congestion going back to J35, A629 (Rotherham).  

    Meadowhall M1
  7. South Yorkshire Special Constable handed top award by Home Secretary

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Special Constable Bobby Dev has been handed the Special Constabulary Individual Award at the Home Office's Lord Ferrers Awards.

    SPC Dev was nominated for his commitment to the force's Inspiring Youth Award scheme, which was devised by him in 2005.

    About 3,000 young people take part in Inspiring Youth each year, from 17 secondary schools across the county.

    Special constable Bobby Dev
    Quote Message: I truly believe that every child has the potential to do well and sometimes all they need is a little bit of encouragement, self-belief and a positive role model. The scheme offers that to them and I am genuinely honoured to play a part in it." from Special Con Bobby Dev South Yorkshire Police
    Special Con Bobby DevSouth Yorkshire Police
  8. Ben Needham: Campaigners shocked by today's developments

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Campaigners who've been helping in the search to find Ben Needham say they are stunned at the news that police are preparing to search for his remains.

    A team of British police officers is preparing to return to the Greek island of Kos to follow up "new lines of inquiry" after information suggested the 21-month-old may have been crushed to death by a digger, rather than being abducted, 25 years ago.

    Ellie Martin from the Find Ben Needham Campaign told BBC Radio Sheffield it's the "worst news we could hear" and they're trying to come to terms with it.

    Ben and Kerry
  9. Camper vans head to Doncaster

    Nick Wilson

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Camper vans are converging on Doncaster today. 

    The Volkswagen Festival returns to Parklands for the fifth year in a row. 

    The event attracts enthusiasts from across the country. 

    camper vans on motorway
    Quote Message: We've had people from Devon and Cornwall this year I know for certain that we've got someone coming from Suffolk, someone from Edinburgh, people coming from Liverpool and we've got people coming from Hull. So all points of the compass really." from Matt Smith Organiser
    Matt SmithOrganiser
  10. Stannington up for best brass band in the country

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Now, something that requires a good set of lungs... Stannington Brass are competing this weekend to be one of the best bands in the country. 

    BBC Radio Sheffield's Mick Lunney - who struggles to blow up a balloon at Christmas - probably wasn't the best man to send along to their rehearsal.... 

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    Video caption: Stannington Brass Band
  11. Tributes paid to Sheffield pilot who died following delays in hospital treatment

    Sheffield Star

    Tributes have been paid to a Sheffield pilot who died from deep vein thrombosis following a delay in his hospital treatment.  

    James Bedforth
  12. Your pictures: Rotherham moon

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Rotherham moon

    Thanks to Gez Robinson for sending in this picture of a golden moon above Rotherham. Gez is one of the BBC Weather Watchers.

    Don't forget to get in touch if you have a photo or story you'd like to share with us today.

  13. Body of Sheffield man found in Lincolnshire river

    The police have found the body of an 80-year-old man from Sheffield, who is thought to have fallen into the water while fishing. 

    The man was reported missing yesterday morning. 

    His body was pulled from the water at Foston near Grantham in Lincolnshire yesterday afternoon. 

    Officers say they discovered his car in the area.

    Foston map
  14. Summer boost for Doncaster theatre

    Kat Harbourne

    Cast Theatre

    Doncaster's Cast theatre is celebrating after enjoying its best summer period of sales since opening in 2013.

    From mid-July to early September ticket income increased by 164% against the same period the year before, selling more than 8,000 tickets.

    Cast played host to several high-profile events in the summer including the 10th Doncaster Pride, MAPFEST  and BBC Radio Four's recording booth The Listening Project.

    Matthew Russell, the theatre's executive director, says the secret to their success is the range of productions they've been able to put on in the three years they've been open and the building itself.

  15. England tour of Bangladesh: Yorkshire's Root rested from one-day squad

    BBC Sport

    Joe Root

    Sheffield batsman Joe Root has been rested from the one-day team's upcoming trip to Bangladesh.   

    Teenager Haseeb Hameed is one of three uncapped players named in England's Test squad for the tour.

    The Lancashire opener, 19, is joined in the 17-man party by Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari.

    Surrey off-spinner Gareth Batty, who turns 39 in October, is also included, 11 years after playing his last Test.

    James Vince has been dropped from the Test side but included in the ODI squad.  

  16. Motorcyclist taken to hospital after crash in Rotherham

    Sheffield Star

    A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after a crash with a car in Rotherham.

    Middle Avenue
  17. Sheffield street art

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    A busy day is planned on Sunday around the Antiques Quarter in Sheffield.

    They're creating an art trail with youth groups and several well known street artists. 

    There are going to be more than 30 projects transforming walls, shop shutters and empty spaces- and some of the work's already begun.

    Art trail
  18. Fight in Doncaster - do you recognise any of these people?

    Katie Galbraith

    Local Live, BBC Sheffield

    Police need your help to identify the men pictured in the CCTV images, as they may hold vital information about violent disorder that occurred on Silver Street in Doncaster last month.

    At about 20:45 on Sunday, 13 August, a number of men were reported to have been fighting on Silver Street in the town centre, resulting in one man being knocked unconscious.

    Officers investigating would like to speak with the men pictured, as they believe they may have important information in connection to the incident.

    CCTV image 1
    CCTV Image 2
    CCTV image 3
    CCTV Image 4
  19. Clifton up for top park award

    Clifton Park was awarded a green flag for the fifth time in July and that means you can now vote for it as one of the best parks in the UK in the People's Choice award.

    A green flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the park boasts high standards of maintenance and excellent facilities.

    Councillor Taiba Yasseen (centre left) with the Clifton Park team in the 'War Memorial garden'

    The local council says a lot of investment has gone into the park over the years, including £7.5m in 2009 to bring the walled garden back into use and updating the paddling pool with a splash park.

    In addition, a play park was designed in consultation with young people with eight separate areas including a skate plaza, sand area, chill out area and an enchanted wood.

    Voting is open now and closes at noon on Friday 30 September.

  20. Weather: Sunny spells developing this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of heavy rain will ease away eastwards through the afternoon with sunny spells developing, although rain and cloud possibly persisting in the far east. 

    Feeling cooler, and fresher than recently.  

    Weather graphic