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Five things we've learnt today

Oli Constable

Thanks for being with us today. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for South Yorkshire.

Here's a quick look at a few stories we've covered today:

  1. Sheffield has been called the 'least productive city' by the Office for National Statistics
  2. A Barnsley man has been jailed for 13 years for firing gun in a Sheffield pub car park
  3. A Rotherham trucker is to be honoured by the Polish ambassador after raising almost £200,00 for the Berlin lorry attack
  4. A Rotherham who lost his leg has spoken about his depression after multiple Work Capability Assessments
  5. Three teenagers have been seriously injured in a Barnsley crash
Michael Hardy

Thanks to Michael Hardy for sending the above picture in. It's of a nearly-empty Ladybower Reservoir taken yesterday.

Hospital apologises for death mistakes

BBC News England

Two patients died as a result of errors at a Sheffield hospital in the space of a fortnight.

The incidents happened at the Northern General Hospital in March.

They were among 29 serious untoward incidents (SUIs), including five deaths, recorded in 2016 by the NHS Trust at the five hospitals it runs across the city.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the Sheffield Star newspaper.

Signs at Sheffield Hospitals
Geograph/Terry Robinson
Signs outside Northern General Hospital

Hospital apologises for death mistakes

Two patients died as a result of errors at a Sheffield hospital in the space of a fortnight, it is revealed.

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BBL continues on the BBC tonight

BBC Sport

BBC Sport’s live British basketball continues tonight with coverage of the BBL Trophy as Worcester Wolves host Sheffield Sharks in the first round of the tournament.

Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT and you can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TVs by clicking here.

For more information on the BBC’s BBL and WBBL coverage, click here.

Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks
BBC Sport

Sheffield is the 'least productive city'

BBC Business News

Sheffield has been found to be the least productive city in Britain, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Once home to a huge steel industry Sheffield is now lagging well behind, being 19% less productive than the national average.

The most productive industry is finance and that is concentrated in London, while many regions suffer from poor infrastructure and communications.

Steel making in Sheffield
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Your afternoon sport round-up

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has hinted at further incomings soon with Charlton defender Morgan Fox strongly linked with a move to Hillsborough.

Meanwhile, Rotherham United have sold midfielder Greg Halford to Cardiff City. He's agreed an 18-month deal with Neil Warnock's team.

Morgan Fox
Getty Images

Watch: Stripping off for art

Mick Lunney

BBC Local Live, Sheffield

The Millennium Gallery in Sheffield is running new 'life art' classes, where artists get the chance to try their hands at sketching life models.

Grab your charcoal, and take a look:

Izzy Brown

Huddersfield sign Chelsea forward Izzy Brown on loan to the end of the season after the Blues recall him from Rotherham.

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Bristol City's Taylor Moore

League One Bury sign defenders Taylor Moore and Cameron Burgess on loan, while Reece Brown rejoins the Shakers.

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Rotherham trucker to be honoured by Polish ambassador

Oli Constable

The Polish Ambassador is going to personally thank a South Yorkshire truck driver who led a fundraising campaign to help the family of a man who was killed in the attack on the Berlin Christmas Market. 

Lucasz Urban

David Duncan, who lives in Rotherham, helped to raise nearly £190,000 in just a few weeks by setting up a crowdfunding page. 

Lucasz Urban was shot and stabbed when his lorry was hijacked by a terrorist who drove it into the crowded market - killing 12 people.

Mr Urban was buried last week in his home village in Poland. His funeral was attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda and a German diplomat.

Sheffield MP: 'Care system in a state of crisis'

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

The Labour MP for Sheffield South East has written to Theresa May to say there's a crisis in social care and current measures are only a 'stop gap solution'.

Clive Betts, who chairs a parliamentary committee on local government says there needs to be a cross-party review of both the health and social care systems.

Along with the chairs of the Health Select Committee and Public Accounts Committee, he's demanding that the government finds a long-term solution to the problems of an ageing population and increasing costs of care for older people.

Clive Betts

The system isn't working, it's in a state of crisis, there aren't enough resources in there to provide the care that people need".

Clive BettsSheffield South East MP

Jail for men who committed violent robberies

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Two men from Mexborough who carried out two violent robberies have been jailed for a combined total of nine-and-a-half years.

Steven Thorpe, 29, from Windmill Crescent and Jordan Bailey, 19, and from New Street, carried out the two robberies on Sunday 3 July.

Sheffield Crown Court

In the first attack a 41-year-old man was punched repeatedly and forced to the ground before having his phone and wallet stolen.

In the second a 19-year-old man was punched in the head and face and a 16-year-old girl was pushed in the chest before having her bag and purse stolen. 

BBL continues on the BBC tonight

BBC Sport

BBC Sport’s coverage of British basketball continues tonight with live video of the BBL Trophy as Worcester Wolves host Sheffield Sharks in the first round of the tournament.

Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT and you can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TVs.

There's more information on the BBC’s BBL and WBBL coverage here.

Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks
BBC Sport

Watch: Moor Market traders 'hopeful' with regeneration

Kat Cowan

Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

Traders at the Moor Market say they're hopeful that footfall will increase when the nine-screen cinema opens in the summer.

But with the council saying 100,000 people will shop in the market, traders have asked for reduced rent for another six months, until September 2017.

Man jailed for 13 years for firing gun in pub car park

Oli Constable

A man has been jailed for 13 years for firearms offences after police were called to shots being fired in the car park of a Sheffield pub.

Jamie Lee Howden, 26, of Barber Street, Barnsley, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

It comes after members of the public called the police to shots being fired at the Thorncliffe Arms, Chapeltown, in July last year.

Jamie Lee Howden
South Yorkshire Police

Howden began by firing a single shot wild into the air across a car park full of cars. CCTV showed that some of these cars had people inside them who could be seen ducking for cover upon hearing the sound of gunshots."

Steve RobinsonDetective Constable

Sheffield Council spends over £8 per person on cleaning the city's streets of litter

Sheffield Star

Sheffield Council forks out over £8 per resident on cleaning the city's streets of litter, latest figures show.

Shock statistics also revealed the authority's total bill for street cleaning topped £4.4m in just one year.

Amey street cleaners
Sheffield Star

Listen: Amputee sent for several 'fit for work' assessments

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Lee Inman, 49, lost his leg after a crash crash in 2013.

He says he's still being sent for "fit for work" assessments by the DWP, despite an independent tribunal ruling that he's unable to work.

Talking to me yesterday, he said the experience has "mentally killed" him: 

Resident-only recycling permit scheme to be introduced

Oli Constable

A residents-only permit scheme will be introduced for Barnsley’s four household waste recycling centres.

Residents visiting a recycling centre will be issued with a car window sticker when they show a valid vehicle registration document (V5) showing registration in the Barnsley metropolitan borough area.

The scheme will be phased in over the next three months and will become mandatory from Monday 6 March.

Residents will be able to acquire a permit sticker on their first visit and will be required to display it in their windscreen on future visits.

Barnsley recycling centre Smithies Lane

We’ve noticed an increase in use since our neighbouring councils have reduced their opening hours. This scheme will help to reduce queues at the sites as well as the cost of disposing of non-Barnsley household waste.”

Cllr Roy MillerBarnsley council

Amazon to open warehouse near Meadowhall

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Internet retailer Amazon UK are set to open a new warehouse near Meadowhall, serving South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

The huge 134,400 sq ft building could see the internet giants provide jobs for the area.

Amazon warehouse

Disruption on Sheffield trains

BBC Travel

There are issues on trains through Sheffield today because of signalling problems.

National Rail say trains may be amended, cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes, with disruption expected to continue until 14:00.

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Sport: Injury updates

Andy Giddings

Sports Editor, BBC Sheffield

Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Marko Marosi will have a scan today on an injured ankle, after he was stretchered off during last night's win over Portsmouth.

Marko Marosi injured
Getty Images

Sheffield Wednesday will be without midfielder Keiran Lee for around three to four months. Lee has undergone surgery on a hip injury that has plagued him this season.

Your pictures: Ice on Stanage Edge

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to Wendy Scott for uploading this great shot to the BBC Weather Watchers website.

It was taken on Stanage Edge, on the border between South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Ice on Stanage Edge
Wendy Scott
Greg Halford

Michael Pearlman

BBC Wales Sport

Cardiff City sign defender Greg Halford for an undisclosed fee from Rotherham until the summer of 2018 as Lex Immers leaves.

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Manor Racing go into administration

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Manor Racing have gone into administration and will collapse without new investment.

A source close to the team told BBC Sport that staff were informed of the development on Friday.

The UK team, that were once based in Dinnington, finished 11th and last in the championship last season and have been in talks with new investors but so far no deal has been concluded.

Racing car
Getty Images

'Violent' man wanted after absconding from prison

Oli Constable

A man, who is serving a seven year sentence for two robberies, has absconded from an open prison in Doncaster.

Ricky-Lee Langford, 30, was reported missing from HMP Hatfield, in Thorne Road, on Friday 30 December.

South Yorkshire Police say they think Langford will try to avoid being arrested and could be violent.

Ricky-Lee Langford
South Yorkshire Police

Work Capability Assessment: 'It's mentally killed me'

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

A man from Rotherham, who was run over and lost a leg in 2013, is demanding an apology from the Department for Work and Pensions for being sent on five 'Work Capability Assessments'.

Lee Inman, 49, was a roofer when he had his leg amputated after a serious car accident.

He says the experience of dealing with the DWP and the medical assessment company Maximus, has made him ill, depressed and angry.

Department for Work and Pensions

The review of written medical evidence for Mr Inman's case was completed at the end of November and a decision was made to invite him to a face to face assessment in December. Mr Inman's condition changed in December and in line with our process, we asked for the provision of further medical evidence."


Watch: Rotherham new market plans

Andy Kershaw

BBC Radio Sheffield News

Ambitious plans to bring more shoppers into a part of Rotherham town centre are being considered by Rotherham Council but planners have recommended that the application be refused.

The owners of the Old Town Hall on Frederick Street, want to set up a new permanent weekday market in the arcade there, following a revamp earlier this year.

Here's a look around the arcade:

We've asked Rotherham Council for comment.

Jobs lost as skip company liquidated

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Twenty jobs have been lost after a skip company have been placed into liquidation.

Mr Rubble, on Stevenson Road, Sheffield, say they've struggled with the increase in cost of permits to handle waste.

The firm, known for its bright orange skips, had traded since 2001 and had heavily invested in recycling systems to meeting increasing regulations on waste management and disposal.

Mr Rubble skip company

Teenagers seriously injured in Barnsley crash

Oli Constable

Three teenagers have been injured in a serious crash in Shafton, Barnsley this morning.

Two 15-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man were taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in crashed on a bend on Sandybridge Lane just after midnight.

The driver left the scene, leaving his passengers with serious or life-threatening injuries, South Yorkshire Police said.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the crash, that involved a blue Peugeot 106.

Sandybridge Lane

Fracking could start in Marsh Lane

Gina Bolton

BBC Radio Sheffield

The possibility of fracking in our region a step closer after oil and chemical firm INEOS have applied for planning permission to explore for shale gas.

It's on private land off Bramleymoor Lane, between the villages of Apperknowle and Marsh Lane, near Eckington.

Marsh Lane field

Weather: Cold with outbreaks of rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Rovers extend their advantage

Rob Staton

BBC Radio Sheffield

Doncaster Rovers have extended their lead at the top of League Two with a win over Portsmouth last night.

Rovers are now four points clear at the top.

Rex Features

Brinsworth and Catcliffe by-election candidates to be announced

Charlotte Rose

BBC Radio Sheffield Political Reporter

Today is the deadline for the candidates of the Brinsworth and Catcliffe by-election that will take place next month.

The seat was left vacant after the previous councillor, Andrew Roddison, stepped down after his conviction for sexual assault.

The Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems and UKIP have all announced their candidates for the poll on 2 February.

Ballot Box

Arrest after arson attack in Sheffield

Nick Wilson

BBC Radio Sheffield

A man has been arrested after starting a fire in a block of flats on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old man from Sheffield has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after the fire on Lowedges Crescent, Sheffield.

The fire started in the stairwell of the flats. No one was injured.

Lowedges Crescent

Your live coverage across South Yorkshire

Oli Constable

Morning, I'll be with you throughout the day bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

A quick look at the travel and there's just the one incident to tell you about. Sandybridge Lane in Shafton is closed because of an accident. It's been closed for about six hours now.

Shafton map
Doncaster striker John Marquis

John Marquis scores in each half to help League Two leaders Doncaster to victory over promotion-chasing Portsmouth.

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Five things we've learnt today

Oli Constable

Thanks for being with us today, as always we're back tomorrow from 08:00.

Updates will continue throughout the night, but in the meantime let's take a look at a few stories that we've covered today.

It's been a cold but dry day today, with tomorrow looking cloudier and just as cool. I'll leave you with an in-depth forecast with Paul Hudson: