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  1. That's it for today... here are five things we learnt in South Yorkshire...

    Kevin Larkin

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Thanks for joining me today. 

    Mick will be here tomorrow with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for South Yorkshire from 08:00.

    But before I go here are five things we learnt today...

    • We have to wait to find out if a test well for fracking will be drilled at Misson near Doncaster
    • There's "not enough money" to improve a crossing on a busy Sheffield road
    Evening weather
  2. Boy dies after coming into contact with rail tracks

    A boy has died after he came into contact with a rail line at South Elmsall near Barnsley.

    British Transport Police say that the 12-year-old suffered serious electrical burns and passed away this afternoon.

    South Elmsall railway tracks

    Officers say that it's not clear how the boy was on the tracks, but his death is not being treated as suspicious.

    Locals tried to help the boy before paramedics attended the scene on Monday teatime.

    Quote Message: He was taken to hospital for treatment but despite best efforts, the boy sadly passed away this afternoon in the presence of his family. They are being supported by specially trained officers." from British Transport Police statement
    British Transport Police statement
  3. We never promised you a rose garden...

    BBC Weather Watchers

    ...but here are some roses growing around a satellite dish in Sheffield.

    This wonderful image of nature and technology in harmony was sent in by our Weather Watcher David Hudson.

    Roses growing on satellite dish

    We'd love you to join our growing band of Weather Watchers, why not take a look on the Weather Watchers website?

  4. CCTV released after Doncaster collision

    Kevin Larkin

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    South Yorkshire Police have released a CCTV image of a car they believe was involved in a collision in the Intake area of Doncaster over the weekend.

    A 35 year old man is still in a critical condition in hospital after being thrown from his quad bike which was involved in a collision with a light coloured Peugeot 206 on Sandringham Road on Sunday night.

    CCTV image of car

    A 17 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently on bail.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  5. 'Let's hope we can get some conclusion' Ben Needham's grandfather on search

    Tom Ingall

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    The grandfather of missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham has visited the site of the search on Kos.

    Eddie Needham visited the farmhouse where his family was staying when Ben vanished in 1991.

    Quote Message: Let's hope we can get some conclusion" from Eddie Needham Ben Needham's grandfather
    Eddie NeedhamBen Needham's grandfather

    This morning Eddie was shown around the farmland in Kos by Detective Inspector Jon Cousins from South Yorkshire Police who's leading the team here.

    It comes after permission was given for an extension to the farmhouse to be knocked down.

    The extension was not there when Ben disappeared 25 years ago.

    Eddie Needham at the site in Kos
  6. BreakingDecision delayed on Misson fracking application

    Peter Saull

    BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

    Within the last few minutes councillors in Nottingham have delayed a decision on an exploratory well application to be drilled at Misson near Doncaster.

    A late legal submission from Friends of the Earth has delayed a decision on the plans which could be the first step towards fracking.

    Nottinghamshire County Council will now make a decision at their Planning Committee meeting in November.

  7. Police watchdog declines to comment on Hillsborough book

    Sir Norman Bettison, who has written a book about the Hillsbororough disaster, remains under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding his alleged involvement in a police cover-up.  

  8. 'Not enough money' to improve Sheffield crossing

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

    I've been watching the discussion about the petition to improve a crossing in Sheffield.

    More than 6,000 people have signed the petition calling for a safe crossing at the junction of Hangingwater Road and Whiteley Wood Road.

    Councillor Mazer Iqbal who's responsible for transport and infrastructure on Sheffield City Council has been explaining where the junction fared on the council's risk scoring system.

    Earlier, parent Martin Jacobs showed a picture of his daughter Grace.

    She suffered three breaks to her leg after she was hit by a car at the crossing last year.

    Martin Jacobs
  9. That's my bird - Kes author's brother shares the story behind the book

    Paulette Edwards

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    The brother of author Barry Hines, who wrote the iconic South Yorkshire book 'A Kestrel for a Knave' popped in for a chat with me.

    He told me how the bird Kes, which the story was based on, was his pet.

    Richard also told me how he felt knowing thousands of school children have read about it.

    Video content

    Video caption: Richard Hines video
  10. Will Sheffield crossing campaign be approved?

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

    Concerned parents are submitting a petition signed by over 6,000 people to Sheffield City Council.

    They want a safe crossing installed at the junction of Hangingwater Road and Whiteley Wood Road.

    Martin and Lindsay Jacobs organised the petition after their daughter was injured last year.

    Martin and Lindsay Jacobs

    The city council will consider the petition at their Full Council meeting this afternoon.

  11. Sir Norman Bettison's book 'will add to the narrative' of Hillsborough

    Jenny Coleman

    Reporter, BBC Local Live

    The publishers of a forthcoming book about Hillsborough written by a former South Yorkshire Police chief inspector said they believe it will "add to the narrative" of what happened during the 1989 disaster.  

    Hillsborough 1989

    Sir Norman Bettison's book Hillsborough Untold is to be released in November.

    A spokesman for Biteback Publishing said: "Hillsborough was a tragedy of horrendous proportions. So many voices have come from Hillsborough.

    "We think [the book] can add to the narrative and shine a light on what happened and why things went so badly wrong."

    He said the publishers were aware of the need to "tread carefully" and said they would not make a profit, as the proceeds would be donated to charity.  

    "In fairness to [Sir Norman], it's an opportunity for him to give his version of events," he added.

  12. Tribute to Olympic boxer unveiled in Sheffield

    Ronan Sully

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    A tribute to Olympic boxer Anthony Joshua has been unveiled at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport.

    The plaque was unveiled by the former head of the International Olympic Committee Lord Coe as part of the Olympic Legacy project.

    Anthony Joshua and Lord Coe

    Anthony Joshua has held the IBF Heavyweight title since April this year.

    He also won a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division at the London 2012 Olympics.

  13. iGas makes case for Misson fracking

    Peter Saull

    BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

    Those in favour of plans to drill an exploratory well at Misson near Doncaster have been putting their case to councillors.

    Nottinghamshire County Councillors are due to decide today if the proposals, which could eventually lead to fracking, can go ahead.

    John Blaymires from iGas, the company behind the plans has been explaining more about their application.

    Misson fracking meeting
    Quote Message: Nottinghamshire has a history steeped in oil and gas production. Its future is as important" from John Blaymires Chief Operating Officer, iGas
    John BlaymiresChief Operating Officer, iGas
  14. Watch: Are Radio Sheffield's breakfast team flipping out?

    Toby Foster

    Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

    Oh yes, it's the latest social media craze doing the rounds so we had to get involved!

    The water flip challenge has reached Radio Sheffield, so how did I and the rest of the breakfast team get on?

    Were we standing tall or just a bit wet?

    Video content

    Video caption: Water flip challenge
  15. Gas industry defends fracking at Misson planning meeting

    Peter Saull

    BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

    More views are being heard at the meeting to decide if an exploratory well can be drilled at Misson near Doncaster.

    Earlier people living in the village and anti-fracking campaigners put forward their case.

    Now the energy industry is having its say, Ken Cronin from the UK Onshore Oil and Gas Group has been addressing councillors.

    Ken Cronin addresses Misson fracking meeting
    Quote Message: Shale gas is a clean, long-term energy source." from Ken Cronin UK Onshore Oil and Gas Group
    Ken CroninUK Onshore Oil and Gas Group
  16. Bettison claims he was 'unfairly scapegoated'

    Jenny Coleman

    Reporter, BBC Local Live

    Former South Yorkshire Police chief inspector Sir Norman Bettison has written a book about the Hillsborough disaster, claiming he has been "unfairly scapegoated".  

    Sir Norman Bettison

    Sir Norman witnessed the 1989 disaster as a spectator when 96 Liverpool fans died in a fatal crush. 

    At the Hillsborough inquests he denied being part of a "black propaganda unit" set up to blame Liverpool fans and "concoct" a false version of events.

    His book, Hillsborough Untold, released in November, sees the former chief constable claim he has been portrayed unfairly in Parliament and the media.

    Biteback Publishing said proceeds of the book would be donated to charity.

  17. Anti-fracking protestors address Misson fracking meeting

    Peter Saull

    BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

    The meeting to decide if an exploratory well can be drilled at Misson near Doncaster is continuing.

    Nottinghamshire County Council will decide if the well, which could eventually lead to fracking will go ahead.

    Now after hearing from the council's Planning Officer and villagers, anti-fracking protestors are speaking.

    They held a protest outside before the meeting began.

    Now representative Brian Davey from Frack Free Nottinghamshire has addressed councillors.

    Quote Message: you'll have to explain to your grandchildren why you approved something with grave consequences" from Brian Davey Frack Free Nottinghamshire
    Brian DaveyFrack Free Nottinghamshire
  18. Tributes paid to Sheffield school girl who died from meningitis

    Tributes have been paid to the Year 5 pupil at Hunters Bar Junior School in Sheffield who passed away after catching meningitis.

    The headteacher of the school, Jill Hallsworth said:

    Quote Message: We are all just so sad that a member of our school community has died but we are taking a lot of time to remember her beautiful personality. She was special and will be missed. Our thoughts are very much with the family at this difficult time." from Jill Hallsworth Headteacher, Hunters Bar Junior School
    Jill HallsworthHeadteacher, Hunters Bar Junior School
    Hunters Bar Junior School

     Meanwhile, Sheffield City Council has also passed on its sympathies to the girl's family.

    The authority added that meningococcal disease is not easily passed from person to person, although those who were in close contact with the girl have been given antibiotics as a precaution.

  19. Villagers outline case against Misson fracking plans

    Peter Saull

    BBC Radio Nottingham Political Reporter

    People living in the village of Misson near Doncaster are outlining their objections to plans for an exploratory well to be drilled near their homes.

    Nottinghamshire County Council is meeting to decide if the well can go ahead, if it does it could be the first step towards fracking in our area.

    The council's Planning Officer Jonathan Smith has recommended the proposals are approved.

    Misson fracking meeting

    Now those living in the village who are opposed to the plans are addressing the meeting.

    Jayne Watson from Misson Parish Council is concerned about damage to the community:

    Quote Message: [there will be] significant harmful impacts on the local area." from Jayne Watson Misson Parish Council
    Jayne WatsonMisson Parish Council