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Summary

  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Views on policing South Yorkshire wanted
  3. Flashback to Sheffield city centre in the 80s
  4. Autism school places shortage
  5. Live updates on Friday 4 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Mick Lunney

All times stated are UK

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  1. 96 years: Child sex gang jailed

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A group group of men who abused three girls in Rotherham have today been jailed for a total of 96 years.

    Here's what you need to know about the case:

    Eight men jailed
  2. Weather tonight: you'll need a coat

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Showers later and a chilly 6C.

    Weather graphic
  3. Children in Need 80s fundraiser

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Not long now.. BBC Radio Sheffield's Back to 80s charity night at the Leadmill is a sell-out.

    Tonight's concert for Children in Need sees dancing news people, singing presenters, stand-up, Jive Bunny and Toby Foster's old band from the 80s is reunited for this one-off night.

    Nothing can go wrong, and if it does they'll pretend it was all planned:

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    Video caption: Band Toby Foster for CiN Back to the 80s
  4. Cat flu concerns

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    It's a testing time for the Thornbury Animal Sanctuary in North Anston.

    An outbreak of cat flu is blighting operations there, a third of its cats have the flu.

    The centre says it spread like wildfire:

    Quote Message: Even worse, it got to some of the kittens we currently have in our care and it’s left them desperately ill. At the moment, all the poorly cats and kittens on medication, which is being changed to another to see if it’s more effective." from Sheila Underwood Cattery manager
    Sheila UnderwoodCattery manager
    An abandoned kitten
  5. The Limit Club in Sheffield - 80s memories

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    For many it was the only club in town that mattered.

    Music lovers in the 1980's couldn't get enough of the Limit Club.

    It was known for its cutting-edge appeal, where the cool 'in the know' crowd went to hang out and share their common passions.

    Paul Unwin used to run Limit and he's shared some memories of the place by way of these photos.

    Remeber the tickets to get in?

    How about those bands?

    Do you remember Paul Unwin from back in the day?  

    Have a look and let us have your memories of the Limit Club here:

    Limit Club ticket
    Limit Club poster
    Limit Club ticket
    Paul Unwin
  6. Funeral of 'forgotten' man found dead at home

    mohammed yasin

    BBC Radio Sheffield reporter

    A funeral ceremony has been taking place for a man who is thought to have been dead in his home for up to two weeks.

    Yemeni elder Hussain Abdo Ismail, who was 75, lived in Carwood Way in Sheffield and passed away alone in his house.

    It's understood that he has no family in Sheffield and to date nobody has claimed his body.

    The community has rallied to stage a funeral for him today with around 400 people attending the Yorkshire Muslim Academy in Grimesthorpe.

    Funeral ceremony
  7. Watch: police react to sex gang sentencing

    Phil Bodmer

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Victims have welcomed the jailing of eight men who abused young girls in Rotherham.

    They've been given a total of 96 years behind bars; the girls they abused were as young as 13.

    Outside Sheffield Crown Court, Senior Investigating Officer Martin Tate spoke to us:

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  8. 'We don’t want you in our community' says council leader

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Following the jailing of eight men who preyed on young girls in Rotherham, the council says it's a clear message to those who commit such vile crimes.

    In all the eight men have been sentenced to 96 years in jail for abusing girls as young as thirteen over a four year period from 1999.

    The eight men sentenced today
    Quote Message: Today further justice has been served with perpetrators of these terrible crimes being sentenced. We don’t want you in our community, you are not welcome, we will track you down and you will be prosecuted." from Chris Read Rotherham council leader
    Chris ReadRotherham council leader
  9. 'Groomers thrive in the silence of others'

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    A statement from one of the girls abused by the gang jailed for a total of 96 years today has been read outside the court.

    The gang of eight are Sageer Hussain, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Waleed Ali, Masoued Malik, Asif Ali, Naeem Rafiq, Basharat Hussain and Mohammed Whied.

    They were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court, having been convicted of a total of 16 charges after a trial. 

    Quote Message: “I know grooming still goes on but I feel that the help is available now if you speak out. Groomers thrive in the silence of others. Speak out and someone will listen. The people who chose to hurt you will be held to account for their actions, no one else, as those who hurt me have found today."
    statement
  10. Bonfire night killer in Sheffield still on the run

    Sheffield Star

     A killer who struck in Sheffield on Bonfire night 15 years ago is still on the run.

    Michaela Hague
  11. Watch: sentencing for sex abuse gang

    Phil Bodmer

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    Eight men have been sentenced today for abusing girls in Rotherham.

    BBC Look North's Phil Bodmer has been reporting live from Sheffield Crown Court:

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    Video caption: Sex abuse eight men jailed Sheffield Live report Phil Bodmer
  12. No remorse from gang says man who brought them to justice

    The man behind bringing the Rotherham child sex grooming gang to justice has been speaking after the men were sentenced to a total of 96 years in prison today.

    Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said: “Significant sentences have been handed to these individuals for their significant and horrific crimes.

    “The rape and sexual abuse of children is completely abhorrent and this group have shown no remorse for their crimes, forcing the young women who came forward to report this awful abuse to relive traumatic experiences before the court.

    “We are indebted to the victims, who have supported our investigation and have shown remarkable strength in attending court to give evidence.

    “This has been a lengthy and complicated process but I hope they are pleased with today’s results. These dangerous sexual offenders are now behind bars where they can cause no further harm, thanks in large part to the victims’ trust and confidence in our investigation.”

  13. MP welcomes sentencing of "utterly despicable" gang

    Sarah Champion

    Reacting to the news that eight men have been sentenced to a total of 96 years in prison for sexually abusing children in Rotherham, the town's MP Sarah Champion said: "I welcome the news that these eight men have been jailed for a total of 96 years for their utterly despicable crimes. This sends the strongest signal that we will not stand for the abuse of children. 

    "I hope today’s sentences bring some closure to the survivors and that they feel justice has been done.

    "By coming forward, these brave women have been forced to relive the most horrific experiences and their courage has not only secured eight convictions but will hopefully encourage other survivors to speak out.

    "But let me be clear: the fight isn’t over. We will not rest until every victim of child sexual exploitation has justice and until these vile practices have been stamped out – both in Rotherham and across the UK. We have to focus on prevention as well as prosecutions.  

    "I would like to thank South Yorkshire Police, the CPS and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for all their vital work in securing these convictions."

  14. Robbed of their adolescence by child sex gang

    Rotherham child sex abuse gang

    The eight men sentenced today for abusing teenage girls in Rotherham were reminded of the effects their criminal actions had on their victims by the judge.

    The gang, jailed for a total of 96 years, were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today after being found guilty of abusing three teenage girls in a trial which ended last month.

    As she sentenced them Judge Sarah Wright told the eight men: "The victim of all eight of you was vulnerable. She was just 13 to 14 years old.

    "Although she had a loving and supportive family, and was doing well at school as she was reaching adolescence, she was susceptible to the attention that you and others gave her.

    "She was targeted, sexualised and subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature."

    She said: "The childhood and adolescence of each of the victims can never be reclaimed.

    "Each has suffered severe psychological harm. They continue, and will continue to suffer, considerable trauma throughout their lives as a result of your actions."

    The judge added: "I would like to take this opportunity to commend wholeheartedly the remarkable courage of all of the victims in this case.

    "All three have shown immeasurable bravery in coming forward to give their accounts."

  15. Rotherham child sex ringleader jailed for 19 years

    Eight men have been given jail sentences of up to 19 years for sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham. 

    A month-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard how the men "sexualised" their victims and, in some instances, subjected them to acts of a "degrading and violent nature". 

    One girl and her family told police and their MP and then home secretary David Blunkett about the abuse and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men. 

    The court heard that this victim had gone to the police in 2003, saying she had been repeatedly raped by Sageer Hussain when she was 13.

    Judge Sarah Wright, who jailed Hussain for 19 years, said he had conducted a "campaign of violent rape" against the vulnerable 13-year-old. 

    Hussain's brothers, Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras, were jailed in April following the first successful prosecution of a grooming gang in Rotherham since the child sexual exploitation scandal engulfed the town two years ago. 

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    A1(M) South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J36 for A630 Warmsworth Road.

    A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) lane blocked on entry slip road northbound at J36 A630 Warmsworth Road, because of a broken down vehicle.

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  17. BreakingGang of sex abusers sentenced

    Mark Ansell

    BBC Look North reporter

    A gang who abused three teenage girls in Rotherham have been sentenced to a total of 96 years in prison.

    The sentences of the eight men follow a six week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

    This is the second major trial since the Jay report - published in August 2014 - identified at least 1400 were subjected to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

    The eight defendants were found guilty on all charges including rape, indecent assault & false imprisonment.

    In passing the sentences Judge Sarah Wright described how the men "targeted, sexualised and subjected" the victims to "acts of a violent and a degrading nature."

    The eight men
  18. Watch: Young player's Steely talent

    Tanya Arnold

    BBC Sport

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    Video caption: LIam Kirk Steelers star

    We don't know what kind of a week you've had, but we're guessing for most of us it would be hard to compete with the last seven days in the life of 16-year-old Liam Kirk from Maltby. 

    On Saturday he scored his first professional goal for the Sheffield Steelers

    On Tuesday he made his debut for Great Britain's ice hockey team. 

    His coach says he's the best player in his age group in the country.

  19. Views on policing South Yorkshire wanted

    Mick Lunney

    BBC Local Live, Sheffield

    Survey

    People are being asked to complete a survey into what South Yorkshire Police should be focusing on.

    The priorites list is being drawn up by Dr Alan Billings, the area's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    It includes questions on the level of confidence people have in the force and how well it's doing in a number of areas.