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Summary

  1. Tommy Ward murder: Family's plea for justice one year on
  2. Search for Ben: Dig resumes after delay over ancient tombs discovery
  3. PCC and police watchdog clash over chief constable
  4. Ex-Sheffield rugby player spared jail after assaulting anti-doping official
  5. Live updates on Friday 30 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Jenny Cork

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening: Five things we learned today

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    David Crompton
    Image caption: David Crompton
    Chief Inspector of Constabulary
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    Tommy Ward
    Children in Need poster
  2. Weather: Sunny spells and a few scattered showers into the evening

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Some heavy and thundery showers, but it will remain dry for most. 

    TONIGHT: Any remaining showers will clear overnight, turning mostly dry. Some clear spells, and it will be a chilly night with lows of 6C (43F). 

    TOMORROW: A cold start to Saturday, but it'll be dry with fair amount of sunshine, colder conditions and showers by lunch.

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  3. Cost of getting rid of Police Chief: £178,000 and rising

    James Vincent

    Reporter BBC Look North

    David Crompton and £178,333 figure

    That's the cost so far of the controversial decision to get rid of South Yorkshire's chief constable of police. 

    Look North has seen figures which show the cost of backfilling behind David Crompton since his suspension five months ago has been £65,000. 

    On top of that, David Crompton has been paid a little over £63,000. 

    And so far the legal bill stands at £50,000

    Last night South Yorkshire's elected police and crime commissioner - Alan Billings - said Mr Crompton (left) should resign over his handling of the inquests into the Hillsborough football disaster. 

    David Crompton / Alan Billings
  4. Slow traffic near Forgemasters in Sheffield

    BBC Travel

    Brightside Lane in Sheffield is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound between the A6102 Hawke Street junction and the Meadowhall Way junction, because of a broken-down lorry.  

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  5. Ben Needham search: Archaeological finds delay dig

    Pritti Mistry

    BBC News Online

    The search for missing toddler Ben Needham on the Greek island of Kos was temporarily halted because of a dispute over archaeological remains.

    The Sheffield toddler was 21 months old when he went missing on 24 July 1991.

    Officers uncovered ancient graves on Thursday during a fresh excavation of the area, which began on Monday.

    Police said they were asked to stop by the landowner, but his concerns about the tombs had been resolved and the search would continue as planned.

    Jon Cousins
    Quote Message: With the support of Greek authorities and in consultation with the landowner we have now resumed the dig and our search continues." from Jon Cousins Detective Inspector
    Jon CousinsDetective Inspector
  6. South Yorkshire police chief to take court action over calls to resign

    The Guardian

    David Crompton

    A legal battle has broken out after a chief constable was told to step down for comments he made after the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster, which some interpreted as continuing to place blame on fans at the match.  

  7. Tommy Ward murder: One year on family plea to help find killers

    Alasdair Gill

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    The family of the murdered Rotherham pensioner Tommy Ward is renewing appeals for information - a year after he was attacked. 

    Tomorrow marks 12 months since he suffered fatal injuries at his home in Maltby. 

    He died almost five months later in hospital. 

    My report contains graphic images which some viewers may find distressing.

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    Video caption: Family of murdered Rotherham pensioner Tommy Ward renew appeals for information
  8. The great 'Elephant Auction' for Sheffield Children's Hospital

    Helen Bailey

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    They're almost gone... the Herd of Sheffield might be disappearing from our streets but the chance for you to buy your own is coming soon. 

    Here's Sheffield artist Pete McKee. Pete's elephant will be auctioned on 20 October at the Crucible Theatre to raise money for a life-saving piece of equipment at Sheffield Children's Hospital. 

    Book your tickets for the auction here.

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  9. Tee-offs and tantrums: A history of the Ryder Cup

    BBC iWonder

    The Ryder Cup is under way. South Yorkshire's Lindrick golf club has three representatives - Danny Willet, Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood.

    Every other year since 1927, top golfers from both sides of the Atlantic have gone head-to-head in the tournament. 

    The contest has seen controversy, rivalry and brilliant match play.

    Want to know more about the history of the Ryder Cup? Have a look here.

    George Duncan
    Image caption: George Duncan, who captained the British team to victory at Gleneagles in 1921
  10. Can you brighten up your rainy day just with words?

    Rony Robinson

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    As part of the 'Off The Shelf' festival, sites in the city and some out of town will reveal Yorkshire sayings and Sheffield song lyrics, as if by magic, but only when it rains!

    Here's how it works... 

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  11. Sheffield Wednesday first team players donate cash to keep mum-of-four alive

    Sheffield Star

    Hayley Kalinins and her family

    Sheffield Wednesday players moved by the plight of woman battling cancer have donated thousands of pounds to help keep her alive.

  12. Search for Ben: Back to normal

    Danny Savage

    North of England correspondent

    Police say the presence of ancient burial site in the area where they're searching for Ben Needham will not interfere with their operation. 

    It's back to normal.

    Senior Police Officer at site
  13. BreakingBen Needham search to continue

    Danny Savage

    North of England correspondent

    Senior officer

    Here in Kos, I've been speaking to the officer leading operation on Kos. The search to continue as planned.  

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  14. Your views: Who would kill Chester?

    Jenny Cork

    BBC Sheffield news

    Yesterday, we told you the terrible news about Chester. The pony was attacked and killed overnight on Tuesday at High View Stables in Carr Lane, Carr, Rotherham.

    Attackers led him from his enclosure before injuring him so badly he had to be put down. 

    South Yorkshire Police are asking for your help to find them. 

    You've been sharing your thoughts on BBC Radio Sheffield's Facebook page. 

    Chester
    Quote Message: It's awful. How could anybody inflict this on a trusting animal. Sadly animal mutilation seems to be on the increase. What's gone wrong in society when this can happen? The law is too soft." from Barry Stephenson
    Barry Stephenson
    Quote Message: Heartbreaking. Poor, trusting Chester. The people who did this are sick as well as despicable." from Wendy Hardcastle
    Wendy Hardcastle
    Quote Message: They do this because there isn't any deterrent any more. Schools can't do much like they used to and this is the result! Disgusting." from Zoe Fedak
    Zoe Fedak
    Quote Message: How horrible can people be? Poor horse never did them any harm, I do hope they get caught and punished." from Margaret Eyre
    Margaret Eyre
    Quote Message: Pure evil and if they get caught they'll get a pitiful punishment leaving them to do it again." from Damian Maxfield
    Damian Maxfield
    Quote Message: Poor poor horse , my thoughts go out to the owner x" from Sally Shelton
    Sally Shelton
    Quote Message: It makes me sick to think we have people in this world that have so much evil inside them They should be caught and the same done to them It's terrible. This poor helpless beautiful animal." from Lisa Barratt
    Lisa Barratt
    Quote Message: Brought a tear to my eye xx" from Chloe Fletcher
    Chloe Fletcher
  15. Rugby league star spared jail for assaulting anti-doping officer

    Leigh Centurions star Sam Barlow has been spared jail for assaulting an anti-doping officer who called at his home to carry out a random drugs test.   

    Sam Barlow

    Bradford Crown Court heard the rugby league player had been abusive and aggressive to UK Anti-Doping official Mark Dean, who feared he was going to be punched by the "physically imposing" 6ft 3in, 18-stone loose forward.

    Barlow clenched his fist and drew back his arm, standing over Mr Dean, and then barred his way as he tried to leave the rugby player's Halifax home.

    The 28-year-old was ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work by the judge who told Barlow: "You have brought shame upon yourself and upon Leigh Rugby League Club." 

    At an earlier hearing, Barlow, who has also played for Huddersfield and Sheffield, as well as representing Scotland in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, admitted common assault.

    He is currently serving a four-year ban from all sporting activity for not taking the random, unannounced test.

  16. Listen: PCC and Chief Inspector of Constabulary clash over suspension of police chief

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police will take legal action over the decision to ask him to resign.

    David Crompton was suspended by Dr Alan Billings, the region's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), after the Hillsborough inquest verdicts in April because he thought the force had tried to justify the questioning of fans' conduct.

    Mr Billings' decision has been branded by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Tom Winsor, as "conspicuously unfair and disproportionate".

    Sir Tom clashed with the police commissioner over the issue this morning:

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    Video caption: The police watchdog criticises a demand for a chief constable to resign.