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Summary

  1. Tree protest arrest man after being released
  2. Police and Crime Commissioner reacts to critical report of force
  3. Vicious attack on man in Rotherham
  4. Watch: World War II soldiers' messages to Sheffield
  5. Sheffield MP: Parliament should shape Brexit plan
  6. Live updates on Thursday 3 November 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

    That's it for live updates from today - we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    But if you've not been following today, we've distilled Thursday into five key points to keep you up-to-date:

    • An official inspection has found that South Yorkshire Police is one of the worst forces in the country for efficiency
    Police building
    •  An effort to boost morale during World War ll saw soldiers recording messages to send to loved ones back home in Sheffield  
    Soldier makes message
    • British Telecom is planning to get rid of nearly 50 phone boxes throughout Rotherham  
    Phone boxes
    Laura Massaro
    'Steamy' waters
  2. More paramedics facing physical attacks

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    There's been an increase in the number of physical and verbal attacks on front line ambulance staff in Yorkshire.

    Figures from the ambulance service show there were 606 in 2015 - compared to 406 in 2013. 

    Staff have been punched, spat at and even threatened with knives while trying to help injured people.

    Prosecutions have followed some of the most serious incidents. 

    Richard Bentley works for Yorkshire Ambulance Service:

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    Video caption: Paramedics under increasing attacks
  3. Do not think of Christmas... too late

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Thanks to Annie H for sending in this photo from Frecheville.

    Autumn is upon us and it won't be long until we start seeing plastic cousins of this little chap on our Christmas cakes.

    Robin on branch
  4. Listen: Danny Wilson on Chesterfield's losing streak

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    The games haven't been going Chesterfield's way of late.

    Boss Danny Wilson has been speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield about their upcoming FA Cup game against Colchester:

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    Video caption: The Spireites are looking to end a seven game losing streak
  5. Weather update: dry for most overnight

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Rain clearing, a few showers in Pennine areas overnight and a low of 7C.

    Weather graphic
  6. Listen: Testing time ahead, says Barnsley boss Heckingbottom

    Andy Giddings

    Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

    Gone for a Burton - an old expression meaning something's gone wrong/been broken.

    The Reds are hoping their upcoming match goes better than that:

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  7. Stark fireworks warning

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A striking image is being used to warn people about keeping fireworks away from children in the run up to Bonfire Night.

    South Yorkshire Police say the consequences of children playing with fireworks left around the home can be tragic.

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  8. VIDEO: Custard pie attacks in Sheffield city centre

    Sheffield Star

    A Supertram driver was hit in the face with a custard pie and a cyclist knocked from his bike by pranksters carrying out a series of attacks in Sheffield city centre.

    Custard pie attack
  9. Police recruit Eastwood - no, not Clint

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    He can run faster than any human, thanks to having four legs and being... well.. a horse.

    Eastwood gets his name from the area where he'll be used on patrol in the next few weeks, getting used to life on South Yorkshire's streets.

    Police horse Eastwood
  10. Phone boxes removed from Rotherham

    Andy Kershaw

    BBC Radio Sheffield News

    British Telecom is planning to get rid of nearly 50 phone boxes throughout Rotherham, 

    Twelve of them haven't made a single call in the last year. 

    Almost 50 are being earmarked for closure across the borough, including boxes in the villages of Wentworth, Harthill, Kiveton Park and Maltby. 

    The company says six out of 10 of their phone boxes across the UK are losing money. 

    Phone boxes
  11. Gang with weapons hunted after pub attack

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Washington pub

    A man's been seriously injured in a gang attack in Sheffield.

    Police say around 10 men assaulted a separate group of four men near to the Washington pub in Fitzwilliam Street.

    It is believed that the group of 10 men were armed with weapons, including knives.

    They are described as being Somalian and in their 20s.

    A 25-year-old man from the other group suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital,

    It's believed a black Fiat Punto was travelling through the area at the time of the assault and officers are trying to trace its driver.

    The incident happened around 01:30 on Sunday morning and police are appealing for witnesses. 

  12. BreakingThree boys arrested over knife wounding

    Three teenage boys have been arrested following an assault at Rotherham College yesterday lunchtime.

    A 16-year-old boy suffered minor knife wounds in the incident. 

    Three boys, two who are 16 and one who is 15, have been bailed pending further enquiries. 

    Police say they're keeping a presence at the college to reassure students for the time being.

    Police tape at incident site
  13. Sheffield MP: Parliament should shape Brexit plan

    Gina Bolton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    The government says it will appeal against a High Court ruling that the Prime Minister can't trigger the official process of leaving the EU without holding a vote in parliament. 

    The landmark judgement opens up the possibility that MPs and peers could block Brexit, or at least delay it, plunging the process into chaos.

    Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge Angela Smith says Parliament should have a say on how we leave the EU: 

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    Video caption: MP Angela Smith Brexit court ruling comment
  14. Lib Dem slams police commissioner over new report

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Following news that South Yorkshire Police is one of the most inefficient forces in the country, the man who oversees the force is under fire for his performance.

    Dr Alan Billings, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,  says there's "nothing surprising" in the HMIC report which finds the force requires improvement and 'has a limited understanding of likely future demand for its services'.  

    Police tape
    Quote Message: "This report is clear... Alan Billings has now overseen two years of decline in this area. This is not acceptable and the people of South Yorkshire deserve better than this." from Joe Otten Liberal Democrat councillor for Sheffield
    Joe OttenLiberal Democrat councillor for Sheffield
  15. MP urges government action over air quality

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    The government says it accepts a High Court ruling that it's not doing enough to reduce air pollution.

    A judge agreed with environmental campaigners that the government's air quality plan is inadequate - and won't ensure the UK meets European targets on nitrogen dioxide levels. 

    The government has written to local councils to urge them to do more. 

    But the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, Clive Betts, says there are some things only the government can do:  

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    Video caption: Air quality concerns Clive Betts
  16. Radio Sheffield's Rony goes back to the 80s!

    Helen Bailey

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Now eat your heart out Ali G, Radio Sheffield DJ Rony rocks that tracky-stylee way better, no?

    The station is going back to the 80s all day tomorrow, culminating in a special Children In Need fundraising live stage show.

    We think Rony got this from his wardrobe, and pretended it was from the fancy dress shop.

    Cooool baby!

    Rony Robinson
  17. Improvements to Wombwell park coming

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Barnsley Council is clearly pleased to share some news about money going to people in Wombwell to improve their local park.

    Other projects in the borough will benefit, not all of it is for parks.

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  18. Top-flight squash player sets up in Barnsley

    Paul Ogden

    BBC Sport

    Squash is a sport which Yorkshire has a worldwide reputation for.

    After all, the last two men's singles finals at the Commonwealth Games have pitted two Yorkshiremen against each other, Nick Matthew and James Willstrop.

    Now, the current Women's World number two has decided to come and play her team squash in Barnsley this season.

    Paul Ogden has been to meet her: 

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    Video caption: Laura Massaro plays team squash in Barnsley
  19. Vicious attack on man in Rotherham

    A man has been left with broken ribs and a punctured lung in an attack by bikers. 

    The 61-year-old victim and his wife were walking along the fields at the back of Quarry Field Lane in Wickersley on Tuesday 25 October when two off-road bikers - who were part of a larger group - demanded he hand over his phone.

    When he refused, they punched and kicked him, before stealing his mobile.

    View of Quarry Field Lane
  20. Listen: Sheffield soldiers' message home during WW ll

    Rony Robinson

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    We've been given a striking recording of men from South Yorkshire who were serving in the far east in World War ll.

    They were asked to record messages for their families, some of whom they hadn't seen for years, as part of a project to boost moral which was called 'Calling Blighty'.

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    Video caption: WWll voices Sheffield soldiers