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By Kat Harbourne

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Five things we learned today

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks for joining us today and we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

In the meantime, let's look back at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning...

  1. An officer who was present at the 1984 "Battle of Orgreave" says police had been told to use "as much force as possible" against miners.  
  2. Kerry Needham says she now believes her missing son Ben is dead. South Yorkshire Police are now beginning a third week of digging on the island of Kos in an effort to find his body. 
  3. Former Labour leader and Doncaster MP Ed Miliband has called for a Commons vote on any Brexit deal.
  4. Terrorism Police are investigating malicious posts on social media concerning McAuley Catholic High School in Cantley, Doncaster.
  5. And....step into the spotlight Sheffield theatres! Sheffield and South Yorkshire have dominated at this year's UK Theatre awards.  

Before I go, I wanted to share this stunning photo of Sheffield that John uploaded onto the BBC Weather Watchers website.

Brilliant photo, John, thanks for sharing - I'm off to find the pot of gold!


Very punny...!

Here's a sneaky peek of what you can look forward to on tonight's Look North.

The theatre might be award winning - but we're not sure whether the puns will be!

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Head in the clouds....

...well, cameras pointing to the skies!

The clouds about South Yorkshire have been putting on a pretty spectacular celestial display today.

Thanks to all our Weather Watchers for these photos.

Birkdale Weather Watchers
Birkdale, Sheffield
S12 Stuart

More Moor plans are revealed

Sheffield Star

Plans for the final stage of the multi-million pound redevelopment of The Moor in Sheffield have been revealed.

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Police investigate threat at a Doncaster school

Pupils and parents at McAuley High School in Cantley have been advised to report "anything of concern" as terror police investigate potentially malicious posts on social media. 

A spokesman says the school will remain open but there would be a continued police presence as the investigation into the origin of the posts continues  

The school is urging pupils and parents not to reply to any unsolicited emails or social media.

Inquiries to establish the origin of this content are under way and the circumstances will be fully investigated."

North East Counter Terrorism Unit

World Mental Health Day: Sheffield

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

It's World Mental Health Day today, and on my lunch break I spotted this stall in Sheffield's Moor Market.

Sage Greenfingers is a project using allotments to help people with their mental health.

They say their work gives people the time and space to unwind, whilst discovering your hidden talents!

Photo display

Some wise words from the Sheffield Mental Health guide.

Banner poster
The Battle Of Orgreave
A look back at the events that unfolded at Orgreave.

BreakingPolice 'were relishing' Orgreave clashes

Police and miners at the Orgreave coke plant

An officer who was present at the 1984 "Battle of Orgreave" says police had been told to use "as much force as possible" against miners.

Police clashed with miners at the Orgreave coke plant in South Yorkshire, on 18 June - and campaigners want a new inquiry into policing on the day.

Campaigners with banners

The ex-Merseyside constable told the BBC senior officers "were anticipating trouble and in some ways relishing it".

South Yorkshire Police said it would "fully participate" in any inquiry.

Read more here.

Ed Miliband: Former Labour leader calls for a Commons vote on any Brexit deal

Victoria Derbyshire

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a Commons vote on any Brexit deal.

The Doncaster North MP told Victoria Derbyshire that the government needed "the mandate of Parliament" before deciding on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

He's formed a cross-party coalition to demand a Parliamentary veto over any moves to leave the single market.

Ched Evans rape trial: Footballer denies alleged attack

Footballer Ched Evans has told a court a woman who has accused him of rape was not too drunk to consent and was "enjoying herself".

The Chesterfield striker denies raping a 19-year-old woman at a Denbighshire hotel, in May 2011.

Ched Evans

Mr Evans, 27, was found guilty of rape at Caernarfon Crown Court in 2012, but his conviction was quashed in April.

On day four of his retrial, Cardiff Crown Court heard the former Sheffield United striker stopped the sexual encounter after it "became real".

Read more here.

Game on!

Doncaster Deaf Trust have served up an ace treat for their pupils.

A Sport England grant for £27,238 combined with £20,400 from the Suez Communities Trust, which supports community and environmental projects, has been used to refurbish and resurface the Trust’s two tennis courts.

The courts are used for tennis, volleyball, basketball and futsal.

Tennis courts
Doncaster Deaf Trust

From everyone at the Deaf Trust we’d like to send our thanks to both Sport England and the Suez Communities Trust for this money. Our children, students and pupils are now able to play their games and matches on the new courts. This also means that the community will once again be able to hire the courts for their use.”

Bobbie Roberts, Chair of Trustees for Doncaster Deaf Trust

Front bench role for Sheffield MP

Labour's Paul Blomfield has vowed to hold the government to account on the negotiations for Britain's departure from the European Union.

The Sheffield Central MP has been appointed Shadow Minister for Brexit.

I'm delighted to have this opportunity to challenge the Government every step of the way to ensure that we get the best possible deal for our city and our country. Last week's Conservative Party Conference showed that, without any agreement among themselves, the Government is stumbling to disaster and it will be ordinary people who pay the price. I'm pleased to be part of a strong team that will hold them to account."

Paul Blomfield, Sheffield Central MP
Paul Blomfield
Paul Blomfield

Weather: Paul Hudson has the latest

Ben Needham: Latest from Kos

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

The mother of the missing Sheffield boy Ben Needham says she would like to be able to lay her son to rest. 

Kerry Needham has been speaking as the search for Ben moves into a third week. 

The toddler went missing from a farmhouse on Kos 25 years ago. 

Police believe he might have been accidentally killed by a digger driver working near to where he was last seen. 

Ben Needham: Latest from Kos

Have you spotted any 'creepy clowns'?

Police across England have been called to dozens of incidents in which pranksters dress as "creepy clowns" to deliberately scare people.

The culprits are said to be following a trend that started in the US.

Clown mask
Peterlee Police

If you've spotted any clowns in South Yorkshire you can email

Milliband calls for Brexit deal vote

The former Labour leader, and Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband has called for a Commons vote on any Brexit deal. 

He says the Government needs "the mandate of Parliament" before deciding on the terms of Britain's withdrawl from the European Union. 

His intervention comes amid moves to form a cross party coalition to secure a Parliamentary veto over any moves to leave the single market.   

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Navratri is celebrated in Sheffield

Waheed Akhtar

BBC Radio Sheffield

The festival of Navratri has been celebrated at Sheffield’s Hindu Temple.  

Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, and is an important festival in the Hindu religion dedicated to the nine manifestations of the Goddess Durga. 

Sheffield Occupational Therapist gets royal seal of approval

Natalie Jones from Sheffield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken home the ‘UK Occupational Therapy Research Foundation Award’ for her pioneering research with stroke survivors.

She gave disposable cameras to people who'd had strokes - so they could show her the everyday tasks they struggled with most.

Princess Anne
Sheffield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

As a result, a number of practical measures were introduced for tasks that most of us take for granted such as eating, gripping utensils and cooking. 

Examples included adapting cutlery with sponge hair rollers so that they were easier to grip and using a spiked vegetable board to peel vegetables. 

Rotherham child sex abuse case latest

Ed Milliband: Comeback on the cards?

Victoria Derbyshire

The Doncaster North MP says he won't rule it out.

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Headlines: Ben Needham's mum believes he's dead, Millers legend Gerry Gow dies and Sheffield Theatres win big

Here's a round up of the stories making the news this lunchtime:

Weather: It's a mixed bag

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's going to be a fair amount of cloud, but also some sunny intervals, along with occasional showers. 

Some of these showers will be heavy, with a chance of hail and thunder. Generally breezy and feeling chilly, but especially along the coast.  

Weather forecast

Barnsley man charged with murder

Detectives have charged a 29-year-old man with murder following the discovery of a woman's body at a property in Goldthorpe, Barnsley.

Liam Fletcher of Elizabeth Street, Goldthorpe, was charged this morning and will appear at Barnsley Magistrates' Court today.

Police were called to an address on West Street on Saturday at around 10:20 BST, where they found the body of a 35-year-old woman

Her family have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.

And the award(s) go to...!

Sheffield and South Yorkshire have dominated at this year's UK Theatre awards.

Sheffield Crucible Theatre's Flowers for Mrs Harris and Show Boat have jointly won Best Musical Production. Lez Brotherston scooped the best Best Design award for his work on both shows.

Show Boat and Flowers for Mrs Harris
Show Boat (left) and Flowers for Mrs Harris shared the prize for best musical

Clare Burt won Best Performance in a Musical for her portrayal of Ada Harris in Flowers For Mrs Harris, and Rebecca Trehearn took home Best Supporting Performance for her Julie La Verne in Show Boat.

Meanwhile Gary Clarke - a dancer and choreographer from Barnsley - won the award for Best Achievement in Dance for his production Coal, which marks the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike.

Severe roadworks: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe roadworks, at J35 for A629 Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on M1 southbound at J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of roadworks during the night.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

'Once a Miller, always a Miller'

Gerry Gow

Former Rotherham midfielder, Bristol City and Manchester City player Gerry Gow has died at the age of 64.

He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Gow joined Rotherham after leaving Maine Road in 1982 before a short spell at Burnley.

The Millers have paid tribute to him on their website: "Rotherham United are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former midfielder Gerry Gow. Once a Miller, always a Miller."

Gerry Gow

Bristol City legend Gow dies aged 64

Former Bristol City, Manchester City and Rotherham midfielder Gerry Gow dies aged 64 having been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

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Ben Needham: Mum believes her son is dead

Kerry Needham says she now believes her missing son Ben is dead. 

South Yorkshire Police are now beginning a third week of digging on the island of Kos in an effort to find his body. 

They're working on new information that Ben may have been run over by a digger at a building site close to where the family were staying on the island when he disappeared in 1991. 

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Hay bale heaven

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Isn't this gorgeous?!

Beth Whithorn is a photography student at Chesterfield College, and sent us this picture she took yesterday morning over Handley near Marsh Lane.

With pictures like this I think she'll go far!

Hay bales
Beth Whithorn

Champagne for the Crucible!

The Sheffield theatre picked up several gongs at last night's UK Theatre Awards.

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Brexit role for Sheffield MP

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister for Brexit.

The newly created front bench team will be led by former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer. 

Paul Blomfield
Paul Blomfield

Ben Needham: Police briefing

Protesters march against HS2

Campaigners have marched through a Rotherham village in a protest about HS2.

A change to the route was announced in July which would see the high speed service run through Aston and Bramley.

Protesters took to the streets of Bramley earlier over fears about 70 homes could be demolished.

It’s 60 years too late. It’s causing a lot of upset and a lot of worry, it’s devalued people’s houses already. We’ve got to fight to stop these people from wasting £100bn on something that was obsolete 20 years ago."

Sue Wake, Ravenfield resident

A spokesman for HS2 said the line would "dramatically improve" journeys between the Midlands, the north of England and London.

Rotherham Council has opposed the plan and Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron said he had applied for a debate in the House of Commons about the proposal.

Doncaster defeat brings relegation a step closer

BBC Sport

Doncaster Belles have been all-but relegated from Women's Super League One after losing 3-1 to Liverpool Ladies yesterday - their 13th defeat in a row against Liverpool.  

Rovers are nine points from safety with three games left.

Here's how the Women's Super League One table stands after the weekend... 

Women's Super League One table

We're calling this 'the mackerel cloud'

Dan Green

BBC Radio Sheffield

Spotted over Sheffield this morning, this unusual cloud formation is brightening up our Monday morning!

If you snap any good pictures when you're out and about we'd love to see them. 

Email us at

Clouds over Sheffield

Ben Needham: The latest from Kos

Council contractors walk out in Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Hundreds of workers with the Sheffield City Council contractor Amey have started a 24-hour walkout this morning.

There is a picket line at the Amey Depot on Olive Grove, and people who work on street lighting, highway maintenance, grass cutting and street cleaning have all walked out.  

They're members of the GMB union, and are taking action in a dispute over compulsory redundancies. They say Amey is refusing to negotiate or consult over pay. 

Amey says they are working with the union to solve the dispute as soon as possible.

Amey depot

Ben Needham search: 60 items found near farmhouse to be analysed

BBC News England

About 60 items found in a search on the Greek island of Kos for missing toddler Ben Needham are being sent back to the UK for analysis.

Digger on Kos

Ben, from Sheffield, was 21 months old when he disappeared on 24 July 1991.

The items of are "low importance", Det Insp Jon Cousins, of South Yorkshire Police said.

They are investigating claims Ben may have been accidentally run over by a digger driver 25 years ago.

Will you need that brolly today?

Abbie has the answer...

Good morning!

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Good morning, it's Kat here. I'll have the latest news, weather, travel and sport for South Yorkshire until 18:00.