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  1. Doncaster's Tent City to be shut down by council
  2. NSPCC says the football abuse scandal could be "bigger than Yewtree"
  3. Drop-in service for addicts opens in Sheffield
  4. Doncaster's Frances Bishop is fired from The Apprentice
  5. Live updates on Friday 16 December 2016

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By Kevin Larkin

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Five things we learned today

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it from me for this week.

Kate will be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, travel, weather and sport for South Yorkshire.

But before I go are five things we learned today:

Let's get a final look at the all important weekend weather with Keeley:

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Emin Supermarket, in Spital Hill, Sheffield

A 17-year-old boy appears in court charged with murdering a man who died in hospital nine days after being assaulted in a Sheffield street.

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Man dies after Doncaster stabbing

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man who was stabbed at a house in Doncaster last month has died in hospital.

The 26-year-old had been in a critical condition after the attack on Surrey Street in Balby on the 15 November.

Surrey Street

Jonathan Swift, 49, from Seaforth in Liverpool has been charged with attempted murder and criminal damage by detectives investigating the incident.

He appeared at Doncaster Magistrates' Court last month.

Sheffield man has half his car stolen

Oli Constable

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man from Ranmoor in Sheffield will miss Christmas with his family after part of his car was stolen. 

Mike Smith was called by the police this morning after they thought his car had been involved in an accident. 

Instead, he had just had part of his brand new Vauxhall stolen:


Teenager charged with Sheffield murder

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Ahmed Sayeed Adan in Sheffield last month.

The 40-year-old was attacked outside the Emin Supermarket on Spital Hill in the early hours of 20 November.

He died in hospital nine days later.

Emin Supermarket

Today the teenager appeared at Sheffield Youth Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court next month.

A 19-year-old man remains on police bail in connection with the investigation.   

Doncaster 'tent city' being dismantled

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Doncaster's "tent city" was being dismantled this afternoon.

It's after the borough council obtained a court order to take back the land by the old Civic Theatre on Waterdale.

Tent City

Doncaster Council say everyone on the site has been offered accommodation and the authority's chief executive, Jo Miller, says the camp has "served its purpose".

No one needs to sleep rough or be homeless and our work as agencies to support those who need help it will continue.”

Jo MillerChief Executive, Doncaster Council

Tommy Groome's family 'devasted' they can't lay him to rest

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The family of Tommy Groome have given their reaction after his killer was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court in a statement:

"Tommy was a much loved Dad, son, brother, grandad and uncle. We love and miss him so much. He was a larger than life character who loved to travel and sing on the karaoke.

“On the 1st January 2010 we said goodbye to him not knowing that this was the last time that we would see and speak to him.

Tommy Groome
South Yorkshire Police

“Throughout the last five years, we have hoped and prayed that Tommy was still alive but our worst fears became a reality when we were told that Tommy had been killed.

“However, his body has still not been found. We are devastated that we have been unable to lay him to rest in a place where we can visit and remember him and give him the funeral that he deserves.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved or assisted in the investigation into the disappearance of Tommy. This includes the Police in Ireland, Portugal and South Yorkshire. Without them, we would never have known what happened to Tommy.”

'Greed and revenge' lay behind Tommy Groome's murder

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Prosecutors say "greed and revenge" was the reason for the murder of Doncaster man Tommy Groome.

Jason Thaxter, 39, was found guilty of the 53-year-old's murder at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Sheffield Crown Court

Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Langan said Thaxter and his mother June Buttle, who was Tommy Groome's partner, wove a "tangled web of lies and deception" to cover up the murder.

He added in a statement: 

The CPS was able to call two witnesses who told the court that June Buttle had confessed to killing Tommy Groome. She told one witness in some detail how she and her son had dismembered his body and disposed of it on a bonfire. Their motive was a combination of greed after Mr Groome had been awarded a substantial sum of compensation and revenge for the violence which had been a prominent feature of their relationship.

Friday night's BBL action

Sheffield Sharks v Leeds Force (19:30 GMT)

BBL action continues across the BBC this evening as Sheffield Sharks welcome Leeds Force to the English Institute of Sport.

Both Yorkshire sides sit towards the bottom end of the table in the British Basketball League, with the Sharks in sixth and Force in tenth. 

You can watch all the action live on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TV's from 19:30 GMT by clicking here and if you want to learn more about the BBC's coverage from the BBL and WBBL in 2016/2017 click here.

Sheffield Sharks v Leeds Force
BBC Sport

Doncaster man guilty of Tommy Groome murder

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A man from Hexthorpe has been found guilty of murdering his mother's partner six years ago.

Jason Thaxter, 39, was convicted of murder and conspiracy to prevent a burial at Sheffield Crown Court .

Jason Thaxter
South Yorkshire Police

Thaxter's mother, June Buttle from Doncaster, is currently serving 16 years in prison after admitting Tommy Groome's manslaughter last year.

She also admitted charges of conspiracy to prevent a burial and fraud against Tommy Groome's estate.

Thaxter has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Monday.

Sheffield schoolchildren collect more than 20 bags of litter

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Pupils at a Sheffield primary school have collected more than 20 bags of litter.

Children at Shortbrook Primary School cleaned up their Westfield neighbourhood as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s “Love Where You Live”.

They have also had a competition to design a poster which will be put on the city's litter bins, which was won by 11-year-old Ruby Graham Burke:

Ruby Graham Burke
Sheffield City Council

Doncaster tent city: 'The job has been done'

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Doncaster Council's Chief Executive Jo Miller has been speaking to me about the town's "tent city".

The authority has been given a court order to take back the land on Waterdale where the site has been operating for the past month.

Tent city

The council boss says she feels "the job has been done".

Of the 80 people at the site, Jo Miller says half have been housed and the other half were either not homeless or refused offers of help.

She added that she hopes the site will not move to another location as help is available from authorities.

BreakingBody found in River Don confirmed as missing Rotherham man

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A body found in the River Don on Tuesday has been confirmed as missing Rotherham man Daniel Higgs.

The 32-year-old was reported missing last month.

His family have been informed and are receiving support from specialist police officers.

Doncaster 'tent city' organisers given until tomorrow to leave

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

The organisers behind Doncaster's so-called "tent city" have been given until tomorrow morning to shut it down.

Doncaster Council has been granted a court order to take back the land by the old Civic Theatre on Waterdale which has housed the homeless camp for the past month.

The authority has told organisers it will not take enforcement action until 10:00 tomorrow.

Tent City

Organiser Philip Hartley has praised Doncaster Council's efforts to house the homeless and said those left on the site have refused help from authorities.

However he did point out that the council was refused an injunction stopping the site moving saying that those left had a "legal right" to move the tents somewhere else.

The people it was there to help have been helped."

Philip HartleyOrganiser, Doncaster Tent City

New campaign in Sheffield to protect vulnerable people from rogue traders

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A new campaign has been launched in Sheffield to protect vulnerable people from rogue traders.

Sheffield Trading Standards estimates more than 600 residents are being targeted by scam mail.

It says at least half those victims lose more than £50 to fraud, while 5% lose more than £5,000.

Albert from Manor Top with his carer Sarah
Sheffield City Council

The "Not Born Yesterday" campaign brings together the city council, police and charities.

If you are concerned about rogue traders or scam mail you can contact Sheffield Trading Standards on 03454 040506.

Brodsworth Hall all lit up for Christmas

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Yesterday I went for a sneak peek at Brodsworth Hall's Christmas lights.

The Enchanted Christmas Garden at the country house opens to the public tonight.

They're using a glitter ball to light up the front of the mansion:

Brodsworth Hall 1
English Heritage
Brodsworth Hall 2
English Heritage
Brodsworth Hall 3
English Heritage

Your lunchtime headlines

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

Let's take a look at the stories making the news across South Yorkshire this lunchtime:

BreakingDoncaster Council granted court order to take back 'tent city' land

Tom Ingall

Journalist, BBC Look North

Doncaster Council has been granted a possession order to take back land being used as a tent city to house the homeless.

The site on land by the Old Civic Theatre in Waterdale has been used by campaigners since last month.


Doncaster Council told Doncaster County Court they did not intend to apply for costs from the campaigners.

However, the court decided not to grant the authority an injunction preventing the camp from moving to other sites in the town centre.

CCTV image released after alleged sex assault on Doncaster bus

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A CCTV image has been released after an alleged sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl travelling on a bus in Doncaster.

The girl was on an 87 bus from the Frenchgate Interchange going towards Stainforth on Saturday 15 October, when a man sat behind her started stroking her hair.

Police want to speak to the man in the image below who they believe was on the same bus.

Bus CCTV image
South Yorkshire Police

Anyone who can help is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weather: Staying cloudy and mild

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy day across South Yorkshire but don't expect much change.

It will also stay mild this afternoon.

I have a full forecast for you below:

Lunchtime Weather

New network launched to honour Mexborough poet

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A new network has been launched to honour poet Ted Hughes who spent his childhood in Mexborough near Doncaster.

The Ted Hughes Network has been launched at the University of Huddersfield.

Steve Ely (left) with Mexborough poet Ian Parks
University of Huddersfield

The new network involves The Ted Hughes Society, The Elmet Trust and the Ted Hughes Project (South Yorkshire).

One goal of the group is to secure funding for a Yorkshire-wide Ted Hughes Literary and Heritage Trail.

South Yorkshire's best Christmas jumpers

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield

Did you know it's Christmas Jumper Day today?

I donned my light-up festive top and set myself a target to take "elfies" with 100 people.

Here are some of the best Christmas jumpers I've seen this morning:

Andy Jumper 1
Andy Jumper 2
Andy Jumper 3

No guarantees of no disruption if Sheffield Central Library deal goes ahead

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Plans to turn Sheffield Central Library into a five star hotel have been discussed. At a meeting last night the council said it can't guarantee there'll be no disruption to the service if the library moves.

Sheffield Central Library

A petition against the proposals has gathered more than 10,000 signatures. 

A further public meeting about the council's plans will take place at the town hall tonight.

Doncaster's defeated Apprentice candidate calls for 'indie retail' support

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Frances Bishop is on her way home to Doncaster.

It's after the boutique owner failed to make it through to the final two in The Apprentice.

She's been on Twitter this morning and is calling for more support for independent traders:

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Your headlines this morning

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

Let's take a look at the top stories in South Yorkshire:

Watch: Charity single released in memory of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox

BBC Look North

A charity single recorded in memory of the murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox is released today.

A group of music stars and MPs have covered "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones.

Sales of the single will raise money for the Jo Cox Fund.

The appeal has raised almost £2m in memory of the politician, who was murdered in June.

You're fired! Doncaster contestant out of The Apprentice

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Doncaster's Frances Bishop is out of The Apprentice.

The clothing boutique owner was fired by Lord Sugar last night.

Frances Bishop

Frances failed to get through a gruelling set of interviews and is heading back to Yorkshire.

You can watch The Apprentice on the BBC iPlayer.

Doncaster's 'tent city' set to be shut down

Tom Ingall

BBC Look North

A tent city for the homeless which has been set up in Doncaster is set to close today.

Doncaster Council is going to court to get an order to take back the land by the Old Civic Theatre in Waterdale.


The authority says that although the camp has done good work since it was set up last month, it is now becoming a "magnet" for homeless people from outside the borough.

Campaigners say they are working on getting the last few people on the site housed but have also said they are considering setting up a second site at another location in Doncaster.

Watch: New drop-in service for addicts opens in Sheffield

Joshua Cook

BBC Radio Sheffield

A new drop-in service in Sheffield officially opened yesterday helping drink and drug addicts get clean. 

The Sheffield Recovery Community is running weekly sessions at De Hood in City Road on Thursdays between 16:00 and 20:00. 

I went along to meet some of the organisers:

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Football abuse scandal 'bigger than Yewtree'

BBC Radio Sheffield

We've been talking about the football abuse scandal this morning.

It comes after it was confirmed that three historical abuse cases are being investigated by South Yorkshire Police.

The clubs involved in the cases have not been identified.

Football image

A national helpline set up by the NSPCC has had more than 1,700 calls in the past three weeks - an unprecedented number.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield Mike Hanning from the charity said the football abuse scandal could be bigger than Operation Yewtree, the investigation started after the Jimmy Savile abuse claims.

Andy Woodward said it might be bigger than Yewtree. Unfortunately at the moment he's been proved correct."

Mike HanningNSPCC

If you have been affected by this story you can contact the NSPCC's dedicated football abuse line on 0800 023 2642.

Weather: Cloud, drizzle, sunny spells and staying mild

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

We've got a mix of conditions expected today.

It'll be mostly cloudy but there's a chance of showers and if you're lucky - some sunny spells!

I have a full forecast for you below:

Good morning: Latest updates for South Yorkshire

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

Good morning, it's Kevin here.

I'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for South Yorkshire.

It's beginning to feel a bit more festive out there, so why not take a look at this shot of Enchanted Christmas Garden at Brodsworth Hall which opened last night:

Brodsworth Hall

If you've got a story or a photo to share, we'd love to hear from you.

Why not tweet us on @BBCSheffield or drop us an e-mail?

Five things we learnt today

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

That's it from me for today.

We'll continue to keep you updated overnight with the latest news and travel updates.

I'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest for South Yorkshire.

Here are five things we learnt today:

But before I go take a look at this sneak peek of the Christmas lights at Brodsworth Hall which has put me in the mood for a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine:

Broadsworth Hall

Weather: Cloudy with rain dying out overnight

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's been a murky old day across South Yorkshire.

The good news is any rain is set to die out during the evening leaving a mostly cloudy night.

It'll also stay relatively mild for the time of year:

Afternoon weather

Severe accident: M18 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

M18 South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J4 for A630 and J3 for A6182.

M18 South Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M18 southbound between J4, A630 (West Moor) and J3, A6182 (St Catherines), because of an accident.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Watch: Sheffield space pie flight

Kevin Larkin

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

A team from Sheffield have sent a pie into space for what's believed to be the first time.

Sent Into Space put the pie into flight at the World Pie Eating Championships in Wigan.

They've sent us a video of the pie-neering trip:

Severe accident: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

BBC Travel

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

M1 South Yorkshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J35, A629 (Rotherham) and J34, A631 (Meadowhall), because of an accident. In the roadworks area.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Your afternoon headlines

Claire Renwick

BBC Radio Sheffield

Let's take a look at the stories making the news in South Yorkshire this afternoon: