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  1. News, sport, travel and weather on Friday 2 December 2016

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By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

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Nathan Sumner arrives at Sheffield Magistrates' Court

A man who attacked a police officer with an axe, fracturing her skull, is jailed for 15 years.

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Five things we've learned today

Oli Constable

Thanks for joining us today on what has seemed to be a very busy Friday across our region.

If you've missed any of our top stories throughout the day, you can take a look at a small selection below:

Weather over the weekend looks cold, but dry. Keeley has an extended forecast below:

I'm off to do some Christmas shopping - just three more Fridays before the big day!

I hope you have a great weekend, I'll be back Monday.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J37 for A628 Barnsley and J38 for A637 Darton.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J37, A628 (Barnsley) and J38, A637 (Darton), because of an accident.

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Watch: Could South Yorkshire become a London suburb?

Oli Constable

Andy from Hillsborough was in the BBC Radio Sheffield audience during the HS2 debate on Thursday night and says a station at Meadowhall will make the capital commutable.

It currently takes more than two hours to get to London from Sheffield.

South Yorkshire generosity reunites school with their elephant

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Remember Sheffield's Herd of Elephants that were auctioned off to raise money for the Children's Hospital?

Well, at the auction bids for the elephants rocketed, so a kindly benefactor stepped in to ensure the elephant "All for One" could go back to the school which painted it - Porter Croft Primary School.

Here's a photo of some of the pupils with their much-loved ele.

Elephants
BBC

Your sport round up this afternoon

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen admits he may not be playing alongside Conor Hourihane by the end of the transfer window. The Irishman is attracting interest from a number of clubs following his impressive displays for the Reds.

Hourihane
Getty Images

Rotherham United caretaker boss Paul Warne has rubbished national newspaper stories slamming the clubs training ground and suggesting it was a reason for Kenny Jackett's departure. The Millers use the pitches at Roundwood Golf Club at Parkgate while plans for a purpose-built training ground come to fruition.  

Kenny Jackett
Getty Images

Sheffield United will again be without Jake Wright for the FA Cup tie against Bolton. The 30-year-old is still suffering from a hamstring injury.

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J34 for A631 and J35 for A629 Rotherham affecting J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J34, A631 (Meadowhall) and J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Congestion to J32, M18 (Thurcroft).

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CCTV footage moments after axe attack

Oli Constable

Police have released the CCTV footage from inside a shop moments after Nathan Sumner attacked PC Lisa Bates back in April.

CCTV
South Yorkshire Police

In the video, Sumner can be seen throwing items at customers in the Co-Op store in Gleadless Valley.

Stunned customers watch on as Sumner enters the store bare-chested and smashes bottles, moments after attacking a police officer.

CCTV
South Yorkshire Police

Scarring to my leg and hand acts as a constant reminder of what happened. I continue to suffer from dizziness, headaches, nausea, nightmares and flashbacks."

Lisa Bates

Nathan Sumner has been jailed for 15 years and has been ordered to serve his sentence in a secure hospital.

HS2 campaigners slam MP during debate

Oli Constable

People affected by the proposed HS2 route have slammed Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron for only "looking after his own back yard".

Mr Barron, who initially supported HS2, said he wants South Yorkshire to benefit from the high speed rail line.

HS2 announced the new route through South Yorkshire back in July, scrapping a proposed station in Meadowhall in favour of a stop in Sheffield city centre.

Doncaster college on 'unimaginably sad' student death

Oliver Wright

BBC News Online, Yorkshire

High Melton College have released a statement after the body of one of their students was pulled from the water on Wednesday.

James Nicholls, 29, from Long Eaton, was found dead by workmen on Tuesday.

"It is with a huge amount of sadness that we can confirm that one of our students, James Nicholls, was found dead on our High Melton campus on Tuesday. The student’s family have been informed. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family at this unimaginably sad time.

Catherine ParkinsonDeputy Principal

BreakingAxe attacker jailed for 15 years

Oli Constable

The man who attacked PC Lisa Bates earlier this year with an axe has been jailed for 15 years.

Nathan Sumner, aged 36, of Plowright Close, was arrested after he attacked PC Bates in Gleadless in April.

The officer lost a finger, suffered a deep wound to her head, sustained a fractured skull and a smashed ankle during the attack,  

Sumner
Ross Parry

Sumner repeatedly hit her with the weapon when she was called to a disturbance at his home in Sheffield.

Earlier this year, PC Bates told the court how she broke her leg after jumping down a flight of stairs fleeing Sumner as he chased her with an axe.

Watch: The Rotherham chapel with a secret

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Ever wondered what's inside the chapel on the bridge in Rotherham?

Well wonder no more.

I've been to find out what it's hiding:

The sleigh ride at Coventry Transport Museum

An appeal is launched to find the "lost sleighs" of the Co-op and the company and staff who worked on them.

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 South Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, at J31 for A57 Sheffield.

M1 South Yorkshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and queuing traffic northbound at J31, A57 (Sheffield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Man named after sewage tank death

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The man who was found dead in a sewage tank at High Melton College, Doncaster on Tuesday night has been named as 29-year-old James Nicholls from Long Eaton.

He was pulled from the water the following day after workmen discovered his body.

Police say Mr Nicholls' death is not suspicious and enquiries are ongoing to determine the exact circumstances.  

Head and shoulders
South Yorkshire Police

Nick Clegg: Remainers 'not allowed an opinion on Britain'

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

Remain voters feel "airbrushed out of the equation" after the Brexit vote, says Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg.

Speaking to BBC News about the Richmond Park by-election win, he says Remainers feel like they're not allowed to express concern for the country.

Police recreate THAT Christmas advert

Oli Constable

South Yorkshire Police have launched their Christmas advert this week, to tie in with a seasonal uptake in burglaries across the region.

The advert might look a little familiar...

Apparently no police officers, dogs or trampolines were harmed in the making of this!

Your South Yorkshire headlines this afternoon

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

Refugees
Reuters

Council cleaning team sent out after syringe find

Oli Constable

Sheffield City Council say they've sent a cleaning team to the site where a used needle was found, just yards from the gates of a primary school.

Concerned mum Rebecca Ashforth said her son found the syringe as they walked to school yesterday morning.

Needle
Rebecca Ashforth

The council say residents can report problems, such as this, by going to their website sheffield.gov.uk/litter.

Doncaster body found in a sewage tank 'not suspicious'

Oli Constable

The discovery of a body that was found by workmen at a Doncaster college is not being treated as suspicious, according to police. 

Officers were called to High Melton College on Tuesday afternoon following reports that a body had been found in a sewage tank.

Formal identification is yet to take place.

Police car
BBC

Watch: Could Sheffield city centre move?

Oli Constable

Andy from Hillsborough says he thinks the city centre in Sheffield has the potential to move closer towards Meadowhall.

Therefore, he says it makes more sense to build the HS2 station there, rather than at Sheffield Midland.

It was said during our debate at BBC Radio Sheffield yesterday on the future of high speed rail through South Yorkshire.

Sheffield praised after resettling 70 Syrian refugees

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has been thanked by the government for its role in resettling refugees from Syria.

Seventy refugees have been given homes in Sheffield under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme since last year.

“The support of Sheffield City Council and other local authorities has been paramount in helping us resettle so many vulnerable people who have fled conflict. The humanitarian crisis in Syria is unprecedented which is why we decided to undertake one of the largest resettlement schemes in the UK’s history.

Robert GoodwillImmigration Minister
Refugees
Reuters

Watch: HS2 open up about compensation for business owner

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield hosted a debate last night with guests including Paul Griffiths from HS2 Ltd, the company tasked with delivering the project.

Debbie runs a dog groomers' and cattery and says she's worried she'll have to start her business again.

She wanted answers to find out if she'll be worse off when she has to sell her home and office.

Watch: Surprise for BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero

If you watched Look North yesterday you'll have seen the moment that they surprised their own BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero.

Shiv Krishan has been a community cricket coach in Yorkshire for almost 40 years, inspiring youngsters to get involved in his favourite sport. 

 He's volunteered thousands of hours of his time to pass on his skills. This was his reaction when Tanya Arnold surprised him with the BBC Unsung Hero Award:

BreakingSex attacker jailed for nine years

Oli Constable

Sex offender Corie Adams has been jailed at Sheffield Crown Court this morning for nine years after he attacked young girls in Rotherham.

Police say more victims could now come forward.

Corie Adams
South Yorkshire Police

BreakingTour de Yorkshire to climax at Stocksbridge

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

The full route of the 2017 Tou de Yorkshire has just been revealed and the end of the race will be at Fox Valley in Stocksbridge on Sunday 30 April. 

Stage One will be between Bridlington and Scarborough.

Stage two is Tadcaster to Harrogate.

And Stage Three will be from Bradford to Fox Valley at Stocksbridge.

The final stage will include a ride through Deepcar and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.

Map graphic
BBC

'Used needle' found by child outside Sheffield primary school

Oli Constable

A Sheffield mother has said she's 'disturbed' after her son found a used hypodermic needle in a hedgerow near a Sheffield primary school.

Rebecca Ashforth, from Hackenthorpe, said her son spotted the needle just yards from Rainbow Forge Primary school on Beighton Road yesterday morning.

Needle in hedge
Rebecca Ashforth

Ms Ashforth said her son pointed it out as they walked to school together on Thursday morning.

Sheffield City Council have been approached for comment.

Watch: Your 15 second weather update

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Mostly dry with variable cloud and some sunny intervals through the morning.

For the afternoon, cloudier conditions with some showery rain is expected to spread to coastal areas from the North Sea.

Mainly light winds, but feeling a little chilly.

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Your headlines across South Yorkshire this morning

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

New York Stadium
BBC

Watch: How hospitals keep track of loaned equipment

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Hospitals are sometimes failing to keep an eye on what they've loaned out and to who, with kit like wheelchairs and crutches going missing.

Some hospitals even refuse to collect it, saying it's cheaper to buy new gear.

The NHS in Barnsley is being held up as an example of how to save the health service thousands of pounds.

I've been to have a look around their recycling facility.

Sex offender to be sentenced after 'hideous' attacks on children

Oli Constable

A man who committed what's been describes as a string of 'hideous' sex attacks against children in Rotherham will be sentenced today.

Corie Adams, 18, admitted a series of charges relating to girls aged between 12 and 14.

Sheffield Crown Court
BBC

The offences took place January last year and early this year.

Police say Adams, who lived in Maltby, was such a prolific offender that there are probably other victims of his who have yet to come forward.

Former teacher speaks after losing her husband to asbestos-related cancer

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The BBC has learned that in the last decade 140 teachers have died from the cancer mesothelioma in Britain, possibly caused by asbestos in school buildings.

Compensation of £1m has been paid out by local councils in Yorkshire as a result of people contracting the condition in the past 10 years.

Sue Pegram is a former teacher from Sheffield and her husband died last year from mesothelioma.

Jackett's resignation 'not over transfer funds'

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart has denied claims that Kenny Jackett's departure was due to lack of transfer funds.

The club is set to appoint a new head of recruitment, which the club's next manager will now oversee.

The New York Stadium
BBC

Tony Stewart has told us that they've had 40 applications for the vacant manager's position and will begin the shortlisting process today.

Axe-attacker to be sentenced

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A man who attacked a police officer with an axe in Sheffield is due to be sentenced today.

Nathan Sumner carried out the attack in Gleadless earlier this year which nearly killed PC Lisa Bates.

Nathan Sumner mugshot
South Yorkshire Police

She lost a finger and suffered numerous blows to her head.

Sumner was cleared of attempted murder but found guilty of grievous bodily harm.

Yorkshire schools pay £1m in asbestos-related compensation claims

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

There are calls this morning for action to remove asbestos from our schools.

It's estimated 75% of school buildings contain the potentially deadly material.

Asbestos
Thinkstock

Figures obtained by BBC Yorkshire reveal 140 teachers have died from mesothelioma, known to be caused by asbestos, in the past 10 years.  

The BBC has learned that local councils in Yorkshire have paid out £1m in compensation in the past decade.

Good morning: Your live coverage today

Oli Constable

Good morning, Oli here bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel news across South Yorkshire today.

It's dry morning so far, and it should stay fairly dry but cloudy throughout the day, but we'll bring you the latest weather forecast with Alina later.

Weather graphic
BBC

Five things we learned today

Kate Linderholm

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Had too much to do today to keep glued to our live news. Well here are the main points:

Ever taken a photograph that reminds you of a painting? 

This tree-lined path at Moss in Doncaster taken by Weather Watcher "Grazzer" contains the vivid colours and shapes of one of David Hockney's Yorkshire tree paintings:

Tree lined path with fallen leaves
Weather Watcher Grazzer

Enjoy your evening.

Breaking news and travel updates will continue throughout the night.   

Weather: Mostly fine tonight but cloudy

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cold overnight, with some patchy cloud, interspersed with clearer spells. One or two very isolated spots of rain are possible in the west at first. Otherwise remaining dry with light winds and a risk of patchy frost or fog.  

Hourly forecast
BBC

Watch: Man cleared of child abuse may take legal action against South Yorkshire Police

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

A man from Sheffield who was wrongly convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl is considering taking legal action against South Yorkshire Police. 

Rassam Ali was cleared of the crime on appeal but only after he'd served 18 months in prison. 

He believes police failed to investigate the case properly and he was made a scapegoat because they were under heavy scrutiny following the Rotherham child sex grooming scandal:

South Yorkshire Police say they passed the evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service which brought a prosecution after determining there was a realistic prospect of conviction.

It said if he wishes Mr Ali could make a formal complaint to the force or through the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).