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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  2. Updates on Wednesday 2 November 2016

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By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learned today

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's our live updates finished for today but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

In the meantime, here are five things to keep you up-to-date on Wednesday:

  • Two men were arrested in a stand-off with contractors sent to cut down a tree in Sheffield.
Tree campaigners
  • Police want to trace this man over the rape of a child in South Yorkshire.
  • Sheffield's 'tent city' is raising awareness of the homeless.
Tents at Parkhill
  • And the new 'gym' where joggers do good deeds on their outings in Sheffield.
Jogger digging
People holding and waving placards

A dossier is submitted by campaigners who are protesting against the HS2 high-speed rail line through South and West Yorkshire.

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What to expect from the weather tonight

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A clear evening will see temperatures fall leaving some morning frost. Low 4C.

Weather graphic

Jailed for racial abuse

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Police say any kind of hate crime will not be tolerated as a woman is sent to prison for hurling racial abuse in Rotherham.

35-year-old Kelly Marie Walton, of no fixed address, has been jailed for four months for using racially aggravated words causing harassment, alarm and distress. 

One of her victims was abused in a deli in Wellgate and later Walton was seen shouting racial abuse at a man and woman in a car in Wellgate.  

Welcome sign in Rotherham

Rotherham stabbing update

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed outside Rotherham College today. 

It happened just before 13:00 in Eastwood Lane. 

The teenager wasn't seriously injured. 

Police set up up a cordon after the incident but no arrests have been made so far.

Police cordon

Travel delays in Rotherham owing to accident

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The B6093 Moor Lane North in Ravenfield is partially blocked in both directions at the Braithwell Road junction,.

Crash area

Kashmir protest rally in Sheffield

Mushtaq Tufail

BBC Radio Sheffield

The leader of Sheffield City Council has helped raise a flag outside the town hall today in support of campaigners pressing for an end to violence in Kashmir.

There were speeches from relatives of those affected as well as people from the disputed territory which has seen much bloodshed. 

Sheffield women being forced into prostitution by benefit cuts

Sheffield Star

Austerity measures like benefit sanctions are pushing women in Sheffield to sell their bodies on the city’s streets, claims experts. 

Sheffield Star

Reports of stabbing in Rotherham

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police are yet to confirm reports that someone's been stabbed in Rotherham.

Our reporter has sent these images from the scene of an incident which has been cordoned off.

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Tree campaign arrests fall-out in Sheffield

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two men have been arrested as campaigners tried to prevent an old tree being felled in Sheffield.

Police were called by the council's contractor, AMEY, as its workers became involved in a stand-off with the campaigners on Marden Road in Nether Edge.

The council has faced months of criticism over the way it's been handling diseased and damaged trees in the city, with campaigners saying some healthy trees are being removed needlessly.

Here's what tree campaigner Dave Dillner had to say:

The tree was removed today because it’s damaging the highway and the damage was only going to get worse. We sent a survey to every household on the street about our plans but no one completed it to object.

Brian LodgeCabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council

House fire link with alcohol/drug abuse

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The dangers of fires being started because of a someone's subtance abuse is being highlighted.

With senses being impaired, the risk of someone causing a fire in their home is much greater, says South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

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Effects on business of the fall in the pound

Danni Hewson

Business Correspondent, BBC Look North

The fall in the value of the pound following the EU referendum may have made it more expensive for us to go on holiday; but in terms of business in Yorkshire it's a mixed picture. 

Companies that sell abroad are benefiting because their products have become cheaper to buy, but anyone importing materials has seen costs rise. 

Our business correspondent Danni Hewson has been looking at the winners and losers...starting in Rotherham:

Sheffield's 'Tent City' thinking explained

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The man behind the creation of an unofficial gathering point for rough sleepers in Sheffield has been explaining why it's there.

The so-called 'Tent City' is at Parkhill next to the flats and organiser Anthony Cunningham says it highlights the city's homeless and allows them to get better support:

New brick factory planned in Doncaster

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Housebuilder Persimmon is planning to open a brick factory in South Yorkshire next year.

The company says its fortunes are on the up, and has today reported a buoyant third quarter, brushing aside Brexit fears in the process. 

The group said its private sales rate in the period was 19% ahead of last year and that the firm is "fully sold up" for the current year. 

Persimmon developoment
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The market has continued to benefit from resilient consumer confidence and strong lender support. "The reduction in the bank base rate in August has resulted in more attractive mortgage products further supporting affordability".


Doncaster GP shortage fears aired in Commons

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Some Doncaster residents could be left without a GP, one of the town's MPs is warning. 

In Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, the Labour MP for Doncaster Central Rosie Winterton explained her concerns: 

In response, Theresa May said it's important that new GPs come through to replace those who retire:

Ched Evans - international games some way off

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield Sport

Ched Evans

Wales manager Chris Coleman feels "a lot needs to happen" for Ched Evans to resurrect his international career. 

Evans won 13 caps for Wales before he was originally convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Premier Inn near Rhyl, North Wales, in May 2011. 

The former Manchester City and Sheffield United striker served two-and-a-half years of a five-year prison sentence before his conviction was quashed, and he was found not guilty following a retrial

Evans has resumed his career at Sky Bet League One club Chesterfield, and the 27-year-old has scored four times in 12 appearances for the Spireites. 

Loxley chapel hope after devastating fire

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

An update following a big fire that caused further damage to an already dilapidated grade II listed building in Sheffield. 

Loxley Chapel was built in 1787 and is thought to be the oldest building in Loxley. 

Many of the people who died in the Great Sheffield Flood in 1864 are buried there.

Heritage at Risk at Historic England have produced a report into the state of the building since the fire.

The interior has been lost, the structure's been compromised.

Loxley Chapel fire
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The walls are still in good condition and we think the building is capable of being repaired and brought back into use, perhaps as a home or two homes."

Craig McHughPrincipal Adviser for Heritage at Risk at Historic England

Award nomination over bone marrow donation campaign

Rony Robinson

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

1,500 people have signed-up in the last year to be bone marrow donors thanks to just one Sheffield voluntary organisation. 

Students from the University of Sheffield group called Sheffield Marrow have been nominated in the Recruiter of the Year category at this year's Anthony Nolan Supporter Awards in recognition of their efforts.  

Bone marrow donors Sheffield Marrow

Rape case e-fit image released

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

An image of a man wanted in connection with the rape of a child in Sheffield has been released.

Police say the incident, which happened in September 2015, was reported to police more than a year later. 

The alleged victim, a 13-year-old girl, came forward to report what happened. The girl was 12 at the time the offence is believed to have occurred.  

Police say the man in the e-fit image could hold vital information about what happened.

E-fit image
South Yorkshire Police

BreakingArrests made over Sheffield tree protest

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Two men have been arrested over an effort to prevent a tree being felled in Sheffield.

Our earlier story here.

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Police lead miner away at Orgreave

A cross-party group of MPs urges the home secretary to support a parliamentary inquiry into clashes at Orgreave.

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Your lunchtime headlines

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

Here's what's happening in South Yorkshire today: 

International call-ups announced for local players

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

There have been a number of international call ups for players in our region today. 

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieron Westwood is in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for their game with Austria - that's despite being injured. 

Barnsley's Conor Hourihane is also in that squad. 

Meanwhile, Wednesday defender Daniel Pudil has been called up by the Czech Republic for their matches with Denmark and Norway.

Keiron Weswood
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Conor Hourihane
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Daniel Pudil
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Taxi loophole puts children at risk says Sheffield MP

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's claimed that ministers are reluctant to close a loophole which could leave children open to abuse by rogue taxi drivers. 

The claim comes from Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts, who is the chairman of the influential Communities and Local Government Committee.

The committee raised concerns about driver licensing in a report earlier this year following the Rotherham abuse scandal.

Mr Betts has now said safeguards imposed in Rotherham could be undermined by taxis licensed in other areas operating in the South Yorkshire town. 

Clive Betts MP

Children and vulnerable adults will remain at risk in Rotherham for as long as the local authority's tough new licensing rules can be undermined by taxis from other areas."

Clive BettsMP for Sheffield South East

Arrests warning over tree protest in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Police are warning tree protection campaigners in Sheffield they could be arrested.

There's a stand-off in Nether Edge on Marden Road.

Contractors want to fell an old tree on behalf of the city council.

Here's the warning being given to the campaigners:


Victims of child sexual exploitation tell their stories

Sima Kotecha

Today programme, BBC Radio 4

A new animated video which details the lives of real victims of child sexual exploitation has been launched by the University of York and the charity Basis Yorkshire.

In a crime survey from the Office of National Statistics, a total of 11% of women and 3% of men aged 16 to 59 said they had been sexually abused as child.

The objective of the new video is to help those who've experienced sexual abuse, and to show them victims who have managed to move on from what happened to them.

The Today programme's Sima Kotecha has spoken to two 17-year-old girls who were groomed by older men over the past couple of years. This is their experience:

Seven defeats on the trot for Chesterfield

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

It was another defeat for Chesterfield, losing 2-0 at Coventry. Andy Giddings was at the Ricoh arena for BBC Radio Sheffield and here's what he made of the game.

BreakingWatch: Stand-off over tree felling in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Residents are surrounding a tree in Nether Edge as contractors try to move in to fell it.

This is on Marden Road and the contracting company, AMEY, is urging police to remove the protestors.

It's part of a long-running series of disputes about the need to remove certain trees across the city which are said to be either dangerous or diseased.

More than 3,300 trees have been taken down and new ones replanted since 2012 as part of the project which aims to remove and replace 5,000 plants

Former Lib Dem leader and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has previously called on the council to abandon "the unjustified and unpopular" programme.

The stand-off continues.

MPs want to examine Orgreave documents

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A group of MPs says if there's not to be a public inquiry into the policing of picketing at Orgreave during the miners strike in 1984, then maybe a committee of MPs could conduct an inquiry. 

They want documents relating to what happened to be made available to scrutiny.

The MP's, including the Conservative Sir Edward Leigh, have written to the Home Secretary. 

There's been no response from the Home Office. 

Miners and police at Orgreave

If Amber Rudd and Norman Tebbit have nothing to hide there's absolutely no reason why those (Orgreave) documents can't be released by South Yorkshire

Louise HaighMP for Sheffield Heeley

HS2 campaigners produce report over disputed new route

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Campaigners against the current proposals for the HS2 high speed rail line route through South Yorkshire have written a big report saying how bad the idea is. 

Covering 83 pages, they're presenting the report to the government hoping for a change in the plans 

It's been done inresponse to the official Higgins report which came out with the new route in the summer.

That report said the new route would be less populated, geologically easier and more cost-effective, something the campaigners say isn't true.  

HS2 train image

We hope the government will reject the Higgins report and its recommendations. HS2's new route fails by its own standards."

Jonathon PileHS2 route campaigner

Frosty reminder from South Yorkshire Police

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A timely reminder as the days draw in and November nips at our extremities.

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National award for vulnerable young persons project

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Young person

A Rotherham-based project aimed at guiding vulnerable 18-24 year-olds to support services has won a national award.

The Pathways project won at the Positive Practice in Mental health awards, which recognises excellence in mental health and mental health services.

The Pathways project sees a forensic mental health practitioner, a pathways worker and a support worker operate within the police vulnerable persons unit in the town.

Pathways continues to perform sterling work in protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community, leading them away from crime and preventing them from entering the criminal justice system.”

Assistant Chief ConstableJason Harwin

Running is good for others - official

Oli Constable

A new 'gym' has opened in Sheffield this week - but it comes with a bit of a difference. 

GoodGym is a running and fitness group that combines gardening, a bit of litter-picking, and DIY with a regular jog. 

Our reporter Oli Constable caught up with them:  

Sheffield woman sustains third-degree burns after she drops a cup of Costa Coffee tea in her lap

Sheffield Star

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES* These are the horrific pictures of a Sheffield woman who suffered third degree burns – from a cup of Costa Coffee tea.

Melissa Postello
Sheffield Star

'Tent City' to highlight homelessness in Sheffield

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Park Hill in Sheffield has a number of new residents this week - but they've not moved into the flats. 

A number of tents have sprung up outside the buildings after a social media campaign to help the city's homeless population. 

The tents started to appear around a week ago, with more and more people moving into the 'city' over recent days.

Tent City Homelessness awareness Sheffield Park Hill flats

Weather in video

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A frosty start but mainly dry; over to Abbie...

BBC Look North's Abbie Dewhurst has Yorkshire's forecast on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Good morning

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

This pic from Tomslad in Hoyland sums it up for many of us...out with the winter undercrackers, huh?

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