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  1. Live updates have finished on Tuesday 25 October 2016

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By Kate Linderholm

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Today's top stories Tuesday 25 October

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Five things we learned today in Sheffield and South Yorkshire:

Thanks for your company today I leave you with this lovely image of geese flying south for winter sent in by Charlotte Topliss

V shaped flocks of geese in flight
Charlotte Topliss

We'll be back with more tomorrow from 08:00.

Watch: When trees talk

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Carving words and initials into tree trunks is an age old tradition. I've had a look at some in Grenoside Woods.

Carvings on tree trunks in Grenoside Woods

Rape suspect released on bail

A 44-year-old man who was arrested in connection with reports of a rape in Sheffield in the early hours of Sunday's been released on bail.

A 25-year-old woman is being supported by police after the incident in a taxi in the Duke Street area.

Watch: Virtual reality helps amputees learn to use new limbs

James Vincent

Reporter BBC Look North

A new interactive exhibition using virtual reality to explore the lives of amputees opened at Sheffield Hallam University today.

Visitors can try the new technology and discover how amputees learn how to use their prosthetics in a virtual kitchen, where users can pick up items such as fizzy drinks and apples, open cupboards, and even smash plates.   

Virtual reality helps amputees learn to use new limbs

Weather: Clouding over tonight with mist forming

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Some clear spells this evening, allowing some fog patches to form. Cloud will tend to thicken overnight, with some patchy rain possible across western hills by the morning.  Looking milder for the rest of the week.

Hourly forecast

The host towns for next year's Tour de Yorkshire have been revealed

Fox Valley at Stocksbridge will play a starring role in next year's Tour de Yorkshire.

Statue at entrance to Fox Valley

The six start and finish locations were confirmed today. 

Tadcaster and Harrogate will also host the race for the first time, along with Bradford. The event, over the last weekend of April, returns to Scarborough and Bridlington. 

Map of start and finish sites
Tour De Yorkshire

Yorkshire MEP faces libel bill after European Parliament ruling

The Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins is facing a bill of hundreds of thousands of pounds, after the European Parliament rejected her claim of immunity from paying libel damages.  

Jane Collins has described the vote by the European Parliament as “one lost battle in a war of words I’m determined to win.”

Jane Collins

Ms Collins falsely claimed 3 Rotherham Labour MPs were aware of sexual exploitation of girls in the town, but did nothing. 

The British courts have already ruled that in making the comments she libelled the three MPs.

Speaking after the vote, Ms Collins said

Following discussions I believe there are definite grounds for an appeal. It also seems that there may be grounds to challenge the EU itself for failing to uphold its treaty obligations to member states. These areas must be considered.”

Ed Balls with another dodgy lift

Strictly's Ed Balls shows how it's (not) done. 

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Work starts on merged police and fire station in Maltby

The move to accommodate South Yorkshire Police and Maltby firefighters under one roof is a huge step to reducing costs according to the region's Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings.

PCC Billings holding spade with others at the site

The move will shift fire service resources around a mile closer to the east side of Rotherham, which traditionally accounts for a greater volume of emergency incidents compared to lower risk areas to the east of Maltby.  

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint backs new runway at Heathrow

MP Caroline Flint has described the decision to progress with a new runway at Heathrow as "good for Doncaster, good for the North and good for Britain".

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Labour's representative for the Don Valley says now there needs to be more government investment in air infrastructure in the north:

I want the Government to balance this with complementary investment to improve access to regional airports; many of which have a stake in the growth of Heathrow, but need investment to improve access for passengers to benefit from that growth.”

MP Caroline Flint

Listen: Excitement builds in Stocksbridge for Tour de Yorkshire

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Organisers of the Tour de Yorkshire have confirmed the six locations where the stages of the race will start and end next April. They include Fox Valley in Stocksbridge.

Tony Gibb recently opened Full Gas Cycles in the shopping complex. He told BBC Radio Sheffield, when it comes to cycling, Yorkshire is the place to be:

Autumn in all its misty golden glory

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Thanks for all the photos you've been sending in of the most majestic of seasons. Like this shot of the mist across Parson Cross Park in Sheffield taken by Malcom Dodge:

Mist across Parson Cross Park
Malcolm Dodge

An art project across the Dearne Valley has been using leaves to get creative in Thurnscoe Park:

Circle created out of leaves
Timm Cleasby

Those piles of leaves spotted by Weatherwatcher Gill in Rotherham are just too inviting not to scuff through

Path edges with leaves
Gill via weatherwatchers

An open expanse of sky across a ploughed field at Ulley by James Foers has glints of gold edging the hedgerows:

Ploughed field
James Foers

Jennifer Totty shows autumn displaying all its colours at Elsecar Park in Barnsley:

Elsecar Park
Jennifer Totty

And Weather Watcher Imari caputured this sheltered grove in Totley just starting to prepare for winter: 

Trees in Totley

More progress in Sheffield open air gallery

Street artists are continuing their transformation of walls across Sheffield. This is Agostino Iacurci's mural taking shape:

Scene of car and trees being painted on wall
Sheffield City of Makers

The paintings are part of the 'Year of Making' celebrating craft skills and creativity across Sheffield. 

They will be complete by Saturday 29 October with a celebratory tour of the trail and an art market being planned for November. Sheffield street artist Phlegm is working on a new mural on Snuff Mill Road just off Ecclesall Road:

Artist painting mural
Gerard Norris

UKIP MEP to face prosecution over Rotherham remarks

A UKIP MEP will be sued for libel over remarks she made about the Rotherham abuse scandal after her attempt to get immunity from prosecution failed.

Jane Collins, who represents Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, claimed three MPs knew about child exploitation in the town but did nothing to intervene.

Jane Collins

The MPs in question - Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Champion - sued for slander and libel.

The European Parliament ruled there were no grounds for granting immunity.

Sir Kevin Barron, Sarah Champion, John Healey

Woman dies after hit and run in Thurnscoe

Two people have been arrested under suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a 36-year-old woman was knocked down by a car in Thurnscoe yesterday evening.

Barrowfield Road

The woman was walking along Barrowfield Road around 200 yards from the vehicle scrap yard at 19:30 when she was hit by a car which failed to stop. She died later in hospital. 

A 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman are currently in police custody.

Sheffield FC officially applies for UNESCO status

Olive Grove in Sheffield could become a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Sheffield FC
Sheffield FC

Sheffield FC, the world's oldest football club was founded there in 1857. It's been based in Dronfield for the past 15 years.

Sheffield FC pitch
Sheffield FC

The club want to raise £2m to return to Olive Grove and rebuild the original stadium that was the original home to the beautiful game. 

Listen: MPs concerned about HS2 route through South Yorkshire take fight to Whitehall

Ed Miliband is among a group of South Yorkshire MPs opposed to the HS2 route who have signed a letter objecting to the route:

MPs concerned about HS2 route through South Yorkshire take fight to Whitehall

Poppy shop opens in Rotherham

The Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Lynsday Pitchley officially opened the Royal British Legion shop selling poppies today at the Chapel on the Bridge in the Town Centre:

Rotherham Mayor cutting ribbon
Rotherham Council

Weather: Latest forecast staying dry and turning milder

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The rest of the day should remain dry, with sunny spells and light winds.

Some clear spells are expected this evening, allowing some fog patches to form. 

Hourly forecast
Tour de Yorkshire cyclists in the Yorkshire Dales

The six towns that will host start and finish events in the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race are unveiled.

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Don't be spooked by PC Pumpkin on patrol with South Yorkshire Police

Listen: Police Federation disappointed at Sheffield axe attack verdict

The organisation representing rank and file officers says it's concerned at the verdict on a man in Sheffield who attacked a police officer with an axe in Gleadless Valley earlier this year.. 

Nathan Sumner was found not guilty of attempted murder, PC Lisa Bates the officer who was attacked is still off work and needs further surgery. 

The detective who handled the case says he is not disappointed with the verdict. He says the officer who was attacked is not disappointed. But today Zulekha Payne from the Police Federation representing rank and file officers told BBC Radio Sheffield she is disappointed:

Sheffield to host Tour de Yorkshire

The six towns which will host start and finish events during the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race have been named.

Racing will begin or end in Bradford, Bridlington, Harrogate, Scarborough, Sheffield and Tadcaster in the three-day event from 28-30 April next year.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "I'm delighted the race will visit all four corners of the county."

This year's Tour de Yorkshire attracted about two million spectators.

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 overall winner Thomas Voeckler celebrating
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Tour de Yorkshire 2016 overall winner Thomas Voeckler celebrated at the end of the third stage in Scarborough

BreakingNo immunity from libel for Yorkshire MEP

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Walls in Sheffield become canvases

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A bunch of artists are creating a colourful outdoor gallery in Sheffield city centre.

Mural being painted
The Art House

Feature Walls is curated by Bradbury and Blanchard of B&B Gallery, celebrating the city's long tradition of lending its walls to street artists. 

Mural above car park
Vanessa Toulmin
Mural in development
Vanessa Toulmin
Painted brick wall
Vanessa Toulmin
Wall cordoned off with painting underway
Sheffield Creative Guild

The gallery have invited 16 artists, both local and international, to showcase their talents by painting huge murals in the heart of the city.  

Work starts on merged police and fire station in Maltby

Work begins today on a new joint fire and police station in Maltby. 

Design image for merged station
South Yorkshire Fire

Chief Fire Officer James Courtney and Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings are attending an event to formally begin work on the site. 

Maltby fire station will close and Maltby police station will be modified to accommodate fire service vehicles and staff, under the plans approved by Rotherham Council last year.  

Half of South Yorkshire's MPs object to new HS2 route

Kevin Larkin

Doncaster Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Half of South Yorkshire’s MPs have signed a letter objecting to the new route for the HS2 rail line.


All of the MPs from Doncaster and Rotherham signed it and so did Angela Smith who represents Penistone and Stocksbridge.

The two page letter offers two solutions to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling:

  • Move HS2 back to Meadowhall
  • Start all over again

Chris Grayling
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The seven MPs say the current plans don’t send enough trains to South Yorkshire and don’t offer enough connections to major cities like Birmingham and London.

They say that means the economic benefits from HS2 to the region are much lower than they were under the Meadowhall option.

Anti HS2 banner in a field
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

There’s also a warning that the new route may not save the £768 million HS2 expects it to.

A report HS2 wrote two years ago is also quoted at length which says “Sheffield Meadowhall is the right answer for the South Yorkshire hub”

We’ll find out if the MPs' campaign has been successful when the proposed route is confirmed next month.

Map of proposed route

Listen: Darnall Post office due to close if community can't find cash to support it

Mushtaq Tufail

BBC Radio Sheffield

A post office in one of Sheffield's most deprived communities is set to close if more funds can't be found to run it.

Darnall Forum is calling for residents to invest in the post office after cuts in grants from Sheffield City Council. 

Doncaster job losses blamed on Brexit vote

Jobs are being lost in South Yorkshire as a result of Britain voting to leave the EU, according to MP Dame Rosie Winterton.

The Labour MP for Doncaster Central told the Commons about one firm which is laying off nearly 1,000 staff:

Jobs are being lost in South Yorkshire as a result of Brexit vote

Tour de Yorkshire: More of route revealed today

Cycling fans will find out more details later today from Welcome to Yorkshire, about which towns will host either a start or a finish in next year's Tour de Yorkshire.

Last year one stage finished in Doncaster.

Doncaster welcomes Tour De Yorkshire 2016

We already know some of the places where the tour will be stopping; Harrogate, Selby and Sheffield's Fox Valley. The full routes are due to be revealed in December.

Sport: Rotherham United sign former West Brom and Stoke City striker

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Rotherham United manager Kenny Jackett has made his first new signing.

Peter Odemwingie
Rex Features

He's brought in 35-year-old Nigeria world cup star Peter Odemwingie.

He'll be with Rotherham until January and the Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart says he might be the first of many  

Fireworks warning after shed destroyed in Rotherham

Firefighters are warning the public to take care with fireworks after a shed was destroyed in Rotherham.

SYF poster

A rocket from a family firework display ignited the shed on Verelst Avenue at Aston on Saturday night.

Birley Moor fire station tackled the blaze in which no one was hurt.

European ruling due on libel prosecution of Yorkshire MEP

A Yorkshire UKIP MEP will find out today whether she could potentially face costs and damages of a libel action. 

Jane Collins claimed three Rotherham Labour MPs were aware of sexual exploitation of girls in the town, but did nothing. 

Jane Collins

The MPs strenuously denied the claims and took legal action. However, the case was put on hold after she made a late appeal that as an MEP she was immune from prosecution. 

The European Parliament in Strasbourg will rule this morning. 

Bin strike on in Sheffield again

Members of the GMB union who work in Sheffield emptying the bins will go out on strike again later. 

GMB members on strike in Sheffield

Refuse collectors are staging a half-day walk out in their continuing dispute over pay. 

Veolia say householders should put their bins out as usual and leave them out until collections are completed. 

Travel: Accident M1 northbound in South Yorkshire

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound on the M1 before J33 at Catcliffe because of an accident involving a car and a van.

Congestion back to J32 for the M18.

Future uncertain for axe attack Sheffield policewoman

Everard Davy

BBC Radio Sheffield News

South Yorkshire Police say the future is uncertain for an officer in Sheffield who was attacked by a man with an axe six months ago and it's not yet clear whether she will return to work. 

PC Lisa Bates
South Yorkshire Police

PC Lisa Bates suffered a fractured skull, leg injuries and was left with a finger hanging off in the attack when she and a colleague were called to a domestic incident in Gleadless in April.

The force said it remained "hopeful she will, in time, make a full recovery but this will take some time due to the severity of her injuries".  

Nathan Sumner, 35, was convicted of GBH yesterday but cleared of attempted murder. He will be sentenced in December.

Watch: Weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

What does today have in store? Well despite a frosty start it's continuing mild for this time of year.

Good morning: Join me for today's live coverage

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

I felt the cold for the first time this year cycling in to work ... brrrr. 

But it's still milder than usual for the rest of the week. 

Weather graphic

As well as the weather, I'll be bringing you news, sport and travel updates until 18:00.