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  1. News, sport, weather and travel will resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 September 2016

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By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening: Five things we've learned today

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 for more coverage from across South Yorkshire. 

    Here are five of some of the big stories from across the region today: 

  2. Suspended Chief Constable latest

    The South Yorkshire police and crime panel has backed the decision by the Commissioner to suspend the former Chief Constable. 

    David Crompton was suspended in April after the force was criticised in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests. The panel met last week to scrutinise the Commissioner's proposal to call upon Mr Crompton, to resign or retire - they've supported the action.

    Dr Billings will now consider the recommendation and decide whether to accept or reject it.  

  3. Question mark over the future of Rotherham Institute of Obesity

    Jamie Coulson

    Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

    Every year the organisation receives over £300,000 from the local authority to run its highly specialised obesity services - which include advice on diet, exercise, motivation. 

    But now the council is reviewing how and where it allocates money following a cut in it's own budget from central government. 

    The doctors at Rotherham Institute of Obesity have been told they could potentially avoid the cuts altogether, face a cut of up to 40%, or close completely. 

    Dr Matt Capehorn is one of the directors of the institute. 

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    Video caption: Dr Matt Capehorn: Concern over future of Rotherham Institute of Obesity
  4. Public health cuts lead to Rotherham Council review of services

    Jamie Coulson

    Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

    The Rotherham Institute of Obesity is among 21 public health services having its funding reviewed by the council in the wake of budget cuts from central government. 

    Graphic showing cuts of £1.3m until 2020
    Graphic showing 'stop smoking', 'drugs and addiction' and 'weight loss' services under review by council

    According to the latest local authority figures, around 67% of adults in Yorkshire are overweight and obese, that's just above the national average. 

    But in Rotherham that figure jumps to over 73%. 

    Mans belly being measured
  5. And....relax!

    Kat Harbourne

    It's nearly home time!

    To celebrate the end of your working day, here's a gorgeous picture of Rivelin Reservoir by Michael Smith.

    Rivelin Reservoir
  6. Rotherham MP urges council not to cut obesity services

    Jamie Coulson

    Health Correspondent, BBC Look North

    An award winning centre in Rotherham which helps obese people to lose weight fears it could be forced to close because of funding cuts.  

    The Rotherham Institute of Obesity is among 21 public health services having funding reviewed by the council in the wake of budget cuts from central government.    

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    Video caption: Sarah Champion urges Rotherham Council not to cut obesity services
  7. Vandals clean up and say sorry

    Kat Harbourne

    Image caption: Graffiti on Chapel Walk, Sheffield

    South Yorkshire Police say they've charged four men and issued two cautions in relation to graffiti offences in Sheffield since May.

    Three men have also gone through the restorative justice process, by writing a written apology to the business owners whose premises they damaged and cleaning the graffiti off the building.

    Clean shop window
    Image caption: After the clean up
    Quote Message: “Where possible, efforts are always made to quickly remove any graffiti, as this is what the offenders want, for their graffiti to be seen. I would advise business owners to take a picture of any graffiti before it is removed so that it can be passed to the investigating officer or emailed to the police when reporting an incident." from PC Paul Briggs South Yorkshire Police
    PC Paul BriggsSouth Yorkshire Police

    Incidents can be reported onlinehere.

  8. Yorkshire are in it to win it

    Dave Edwards

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    It's tight at the top! Here's the County Championship table as it stands at lunch. 

    All three could still win the title.

  9. Sheffield Peace Gardens: 15 Peace Day facts

    Sheffield Star

    It's International Day of Peace today.

    What better time then, to spotlight city pride and joy that is Sheffield Peace Gardens?!

    Peace Gardens
  10. Iraqi man says he will be killed if he is forced to leave Yorkshire

    Shirley Henry

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    A former Iraqi diplomat who has been seeking asylum in Sheffield has been given a deadline to be deported from the UK. 

    Mohammed Al-Dallal arrived with his family via Poland. 

    Now the Home Office say he must return there. He told me he fears for his family and his own life:

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    Video caption: A former Iraqi diplomat has been given a deadline to be deported.
  11. 100th prosecution for blue badge abuse in Rotherham

    Kat Harbourne

    A man who used his mum’s blue badge to park in Rotherham when she wasn't in the car has become the 100th person to be prosecuted by Rotherham Council for misuse of the parking badge.   

    Blue Badge

    Houman Raki, 25, of Warren Avenue, Rawmarsh was found guilty in his absence of using his mother’s badge to park his car in a 'pay and display' parking bay on Westgate in January 2016.

    Raki was fined £220 with £300 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

  12. Weather: A sunny afternoon for most

    Alina Jenkins

    BBC Weather

    A chance of one or two sharp showers later in the afternoon. 

    Pleasant in the sunshine with light winds and highs of 19C. 

    weather graphic
  13. What we know: The disappearance of Ben Needham

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    • 24 July 1991: Ben Needham vanishes after travelling to Kos with his mother and grandparents. 
    Ben Needham
    • September 1991: Ben's family returns to England due to illness, but his mother Kerry Needham continues to campaign for her son to be found.
    • February 2011: Prime Minister David Cameron responds to Mrs Needham, offering to support South Yorkshire Police and to press the Greek authorities.
    • May 2011: BBC airs a programme called "Missing 2011" which includes a segment on Ben.
    Picture of reward poster from the BBC programme 'Missing 2011'
    • September 2011: Greek police on Kos reopen Ben's case.
    Police dig in 2012
    • October 2013: Police say a DNA test carried out on a man in Cyprus proves he is not Ben Needham.
    • March/April 2015: Another DNA test on another man in Greece proves negative.
    • January 2015: South Yorkshire Police gets £700,000 from the Home Office to continue the investigation.
    South Yorkshire Police hold press conference before carrying out house-to-house visits
  14. Tea or dinner?!

    Ronan Sully


    Hundreds of students have landed in South Yorkshire to start university.

    I've been asking people in Sheffield which key phrases students will need to get them through the next few years.