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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 14 October 2016
  3. Ched Evans found not guilty of rape
  4. Headless torso found in suitcase at lay-by
  5. Murder arrest after man falls from flats
  6. Ben Needham search continues on Kos

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By Kat Harbourne

All times stated are UK

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Norwich City go top of the Championship after a deserved win against bottom side Rotherham United.

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Sheffield and South Yorkshire's top stories today

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's all from me today. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from South Yorkshire.

To end with this week, here are today's top stories for South Yorkshire:

  1. Footballer Ched Evans is found not guilty at retrial of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room
  2. Police investigating the discovery of a headless, limbless, burned body on the main road between Sheffield and Manchester are liaising with Europol, as the unidentified victim could be a foreign national
  3. Police searching for missing Sheffield toddler Ben Needham say the money "won't run out"
  4. The Herd of Sheffield elephants are packing their trunks for their last hurrah.
  5. Bring me sunshine! Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson's statue of Morecambe and Wise is unveiled by Eric's widow Joan and son Gary:
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Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident.

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#OdetoJess: Jessica's retirement sparks poetic outburst

Kat Harbourne

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

People have been writing their odes to Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill on her retirement.

Here's one I've written:

Well done Jess, You're the best, Time to put your feet up, For a rest.

Watch: Morecambe and Wise statue unveiling

A statue of legendary comedy duo Morecambe and Wise by Barnsley sculpton Graham Ibbeson has been unveiled at a ceremony in Blackpool.

Eric and Ernie performed in the resort more than 1,000 times in what has been described as their "spiritual home".

Eric Morecambe's widow Joan and son Gary unveiled the £75,000 bronze statue, which is 8ft tall.

Rotherham man jailed for sexually abusing women and girls

A man has been jailed for 22 years after admitting sexually abusing five women and girls in South Yorkshire. 

Matthew Wood
South Yorkshire Police

Matthew Wood, 24, of Buckleigh Road, Wath, Rotherham, admitted 15 offences against five victims.

He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday. 

Wood will serve 14 years in custody with an extended eight years on licence, after he was deemed by the judge to be a dangerous sex offender.

He admitted rape, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and common assault, as well as possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

South Yorkshire's weather: A cloudy and wet evening ahead

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a rather cloudy evening, some showers redeveloping before they merge into longer spells of rain later, the heaviest and most persistent rain in the east. 

A minimum temperature of about 9C (48F).  

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BBC Radio Sheffield's Toby Foster reunites with teenage band for Children in Need

Sheffield Star

After 30 years, Toby Foster, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Breakfast presenter, is dusting off his bass guitar to reunite with his teenage band Courting The Act for Children in Need.

Toby Foster
Toby Foster

Watch: Ched Evans 'overwhelmed with relief'

Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans has spoken of his "overwhelming relief" at being found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

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

He was found not guilty of the same charge at Cardiff Crown Court earlier today. 

Who were Morecambe and Wise?

As a new statue of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise by Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson is unveiled in Blackpool, let's take a look back at Eric and Ernie.

Eric and Ernie
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The seaside town of Blackpool has been described as the duo's "spiritual home", where they performed more than 1,000 times during their career.  

Eric and Ernie
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  • John Eric Bartholomew was born in Morecambe in 1925, later changing his name to his stage name Eric Morecambe
  • Ernie Wise was born Ernest Wiseman in Bramley in 1925
  • The legendary comedy partnership began in 1941 when they participated in Jack Hylton's revue show
  • The Morecambe and Wise Show began on the BBC in 1968, before switching to ITV in 1978  
  • At the height of their success, more than 27m people watched the 1977 Christmas Special on BBC One

Calls to Childline rise over 'creepy clown' fears

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Childline says it has received 120 calls in the past week from children frightened by people dressing up as "creepy clowns".

A quarter of all the callers were under 11.

A 14-year-old described being chased by a clown while walking with his brother. "My little brother has not stopped crying, and I am really worried about him," he told the helpline.

And a 12-year-old said he had heard about clowns in his area with knives.

BRA-VO for Sheffield's revolutionary breast cancer care support

Sheffield Star

Hallam University and Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust have partnered with Panache Lingerie to develop a bra that could help women undergoing breast radiotherapy.  

Bra
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Watch: Ben Needham search in Kos

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

As South Yorkshire Police come to the end of their third week of digging on Kos, let's take a look back at what they've found so far.

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Ched Evans: Gasps from public gallery

A jury of seven women and five men took just two hours to clear Ched Evans of rape following a two-week trial.

The footballer played for Sheffield United at the time of the incident, in May 2011.

There were gasps and cries in the public gallery when the verdict was read out, with members of Mr Evans's group, including his fiancee Natasha Massey, breaking down.

Mr Evans was then discharged from the dock and embraced Natasha.

Ched Evans
Wales News Service

Limbless body discovery: Did you see a fire?

The badly burned body of a man found in a lay-by near the Peak District had its head and limbs missing and was stuffed in a suitcase, police have said.

It is thought the body was dumped some time between 21:00 and midnight on Sunday, just off the A628 at Tintwistle, near Glossop, Derbyshire.

Officers want to hear from anyone who was in the area on Sunday night or who travels regularly along the A628 between Tintwistle and the Flounch roundabout.  

One eyewitness reported seeing a fire in the area.

Layby
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I am pretty satisfied this poor individual was not murdered in the lay-by."

Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliamDerbyshire Police

Ched Evans found not guilty of rape

Footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Ched Evans
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The Chesterfield striker was accused of attacking her at a Premier Inn in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, on 30 May 2011.

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

He was found not guilty of the same charge at Cardiff Crown Court today.

BreakingChed Evans: Not guilty

Chesterfield footballer Ched Evans, 27, has been found not guilty of raping a teenager in a hotel in north Wales following a two-week retrial at Cardiff Crown Court.

More to follow.

Weather: It's getting drier!

Hurrah.

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Police 'liaising with Europol' over limbless body

Police investigating the discovery of a headless, limbless, burned body are liaising with Europol, as the unidentified victim could be a foreign national.

A member of the public discovered the remains on Monday.

Post-mortem examinations revealed the body belonged to a white man under the age of 50, but no DNA matches have been found on the national database.

The cause of death is still unknown.

Lay by
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I recognise this must be a very shocking incident for either people who live in the area or frequent the area for recreation."

Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliamDerbyshire Police

Ben Needham: Funding will not 'run out'

The senior police officer leading the search for Sheffield toddler Ben Needham on the Greek island of Kos says the Home Office are fully committed to funding the work. 

On day 19 of the search, repairs are being made to the farmhouse, part of which was demolished more than a week ago. 

Teams are still raking through soil from a second search area. 

Even though the work has been extended there is apparently no danger that funding will run out, as Tom Ingall reports:

Ben Needham: Day 19

Ched Evans: Jury starts deliberations

The jury at footballer Ched Evans' retrial for rape has started its deliberations.

The Chesterfield striker denies raping a 19-year-old woman at a Premier Inn in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, on 30 May 2011.

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

Read more here.

Ched Evans
Wales News Service

Have you seen 21-year-old Uyen?

Police in Rotherham are asking for your help to find Uyen Thi Luong. 

Uyen, who has long black hair, was reported missing on Friday 7 October from the Broom Grove area, following concerns that she had not been seen for over a week. 

Officers looking for Uyen believe she may still be in the Rotherham area and would like to hear from anyone who has seen or heard from her since Tuesday 27 September. 

Uyen is described as about 4ft 5ins and has a tattoo of her name on her hand. She was last seen wearing light pyjama type clothing. 

Young girl
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Morecambe and Wise statue unveiled

And here it is! 

The moment Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson's statue of Eric and Ernie is unveiled in Blackpool.

The eight foot tall bronze statue cost £75,000 and has been funded by donations. It was commissioned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the pair's first appearance on stage together in 1941.

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I am delighted to have brought the boys back together so the nation can see them as they should be - Eric and Ernie alongside one another."

Graham IbbesonSculptor
Eric and Ernie on a beach
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Morecambe and Wise statue: The crowd awaits!

Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson's latest creation is being unveiled in Blackpool today, in the foyer of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The eight-foot tall bronze statue cost £75,000 and has been funded by donations.  

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Bring me sunshine!

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Eric's son Gary and widow Joan ahead of the unveiling

A statue by Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson of comedy legends Morecambe and Wise is being unveiled in their "spiritual home" of Blackpool today.

It marks the 75th anniversary of their debut performance as a double act at Liverpool's Empire Theatre in 1941.

The 8ft bronzed sculpture has been designed by Graham Ibbeson, who made the statue of Eric in the comedian's hometown of Morecambe in 1999.

It will be a day that will live with us forever."

Eric's widow, Joan

WATCH: Ben Needham: Day 19

LISTEN: 'Creepy crowns': South Yorkshire Police Halloween warning

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

South Yorkshire Police are warning treat or treaters that they need to think carefully about their costumes this Halloween.

It comes after a 17 year old suffered a head wound in Dinnington after an altercation with somebody dressed as a clown. 

The police say they're now dealt with more than 80 reports involving the so-called "creepy clown" craze in South Yorkshire.  

Here, Superintendent Colin McFarlane warns of the consequences of deliberately scaring people:

BBC Yorkshire on Instagram

If you're on Instagram, why not follow us as we share some amazing images from around the region. Just tag your images #bbcyorkshire to be featured.   

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16-year-old boy attacked by a dog in Sheffield

A sixteen-year-old boy has suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a dog in Osgathorpe Park off Earl Marshall Road. 

The attack happened on Wednesday at around 16:20, where he received lacerations to his head and was taken to hospital.

The owner is not believed to have been in the park at the time and the police haven't yet found the dog.

Officers are advising the public to be aware of a large, white mastiff or bulldog type dog with brown patches in the Fir Vale and Grimesthorpe areas of Sheffield. 

A number of enquiries are ongoing to trace both the owner and the dog believed to be involved in this incident. I would advise the public to please be aware of a large, white mastiff or bulldog in the area, and not to approach it if seen."

Sergeant Matt DuffySouth Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J35 for A629 Rotherham and J34 for A631 affecting J35A for A616.

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J35a, A616 (Stocksbridge).

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Goodbye Herd of Sheffield

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

The 58 painted elephants that made up the Herd of Sheffield trail are at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield for their last hurrah.

They're being auctioned next Thursday.

It's all to raise money for the Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

Ben Needham: Updates from Kos

Headless and limbless body discovered

A headless, limbless burned body has been discovered on the main road between Sheffield and Manchester.

It is thought the body was dumped some time between 21:00 and 00:00 on Sunday, just off the A628 at Tintwistle, near Glossop. 

Police say a witness saw a fire close to the road on Sunday and a member of the public discovered the remains the following day. 

Post-mortem examinations have revealed the body belonged to a white man, but DNA samples have not given a match to any names on the national database. 

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Travel: M18 southbound

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Slow traffic and one lane closed on the M18 southbound between J2 for A1 (M) and J1 for A631 Hellaby because of a broken-down vehicle.

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Weather: latest forecast

We may* even see some sunshine.

* But don't hold your breath!

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He's beeehhiiinndd you...

Fancy taking the little ones to special Christmas show in Sheffield?

Cbeebies The Nutcracker stars many of your favourite CBeebies stars, and some special guests.

The show will be a musical and dance spectacular with plenty of Christmas magic as the action follows a brother and sister to the Land of Sweets where their toys come to life!  

The live performances take place at The Crucible on 5th November - apply for tickets here.

CBeebies
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Refugee demonstration: Reaction

Toby Foster

Presenter, BBC Radio Sheffield

We've been talking about a demonstration that's due to be held in Sheffield later.

Campaigners want the government to bring more child refugees to the UK.

You've been getting in contact to share your views. 

Boy on bike
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This woman is talking tosh there's plenty of UK children needing help. We are full and using the racism card is scraping the barrel. If they was that desperate they would have stopped in the first safe country not the UK."

Ade

That poor deluded woman. Too full here. Stand on the A628 where the sign says 'Welcome to Barnsley' you can't actually see a house from that point. I've brought four grown up kids up and would take on four refugees to keep siblings together."

Paul in Shafton

It's amazing how many think saying 'racist' is a substitute for articulate debate and cogent argument. Fact is the inarticulate left NEVER enter into an open debate because they'd lose every time. Many think simply saying 'racist' makes them sound clever, such self delusion is very very sad!"

Simon

LISTEN: Refugee demonstration

There's due to be a demonstration in Sheffield to highlight the problems of refugee children trying to get to the UK. 

Sheffield Stand Up To Racism are at the railway station later to protest against how few children have been brought to this country. 

Maxine Bowler is helping to organise the demo:

Elephants pack their trunks...

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

...and head to Meadowhall shopping centre.

I've been to see them before their enclosure opens to the public.

They've been moved here after the Herd of Elephant trail in Sheffield, raising money for the Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

Colourful elephant
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Blue elephant
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Green elephant
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Silver elephant
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Ben Needham: The latest