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  1. South Yorkshire Covid-19 patients sought to donate plasma

    People who have recovered from coronavirus are being asked to donate their plasma in South Yorkshire to help save lives.

    A person donates plasma

    The plasma can then be given to poorly patients who need help fighting the virus.

    Plasma contains antibodies which are created by the body after fighting an infection like Covid-19.

    Following a record number of infections since Christmas, more people than ever are thought to have the antibodies.

    So far, 3,500 people from Barnsley have volunteered to donate their plasma to the NHS.

    More people are being asked to come forward to help with new trials to help treat older people who have coronavirus.

  2. £80m flood defence investment a 'good start'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An £80m government investment in flood defences for South Yorkshire is a "good start" but more is needed to fully protect the region, the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) has said.

    Flooding in Bentley

    The money will help deliver up to 27 schemes, including natural flood management across the River Don catchment and schemes at Bentley (pictured during flooding in November 2019), Fishlake, Conisbrough and Tickhill in Doncaster.

    But SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis has said a further £125m is needed to fully protect South Yorkshire and it's expected further lobbying of government departments will take place in the coming months.

    Mr Jarvis, who's also Labour MP for Barnsley Central, said: “We all have in mind the hugely damaging floods that battered South Yorkshire in November 2019.

    “I’m pleased that in collaboration with the Environment Agency, we have secured £80m from government towards funding some of our identified flood prevention and protection schemes.

    “This is a good start, but I'm determined to secure the remaining £125m from government to fully protect homes and businesses in our region."

  3. Sheffield Mayor to give £80,000 salary away to good causes

    Dan Jarvis, the mayor of the Sheffield City Region (SCR), says he will donate his £80,000-a-year salary to good causes and charities across the area.

    Dan Jarvis

    Following the implementation of a devolution deal for South Yorkshire, an independent panel suggested Mr Jarvis should be paid an annual salary of £79,500 for his role.

    But the SCR head, who is also Labour MP for Barnsley Central, said he would be giving away his salary instead.

    The mayor had been working with no salary for his mayoral work for over two years due to the incomplete devolution deal.

    In a meeting between the mayor and South Yorkshire's council leaders, Mr Jarvis also said he would not be implementing a mayoral precept that would add a bill onto residents’ council tax to pay for services.

    Mr Jarvis said: “I said in my manifesto I would not be introducing a mayoral precept - and I’m sticking to that.

    "In the midst of the pandemic, there is already a massive financial strain on people and communities across South Yorkshire and I am not going to add to that burden."

  4. Firearms arrests in Doncaster after armed dispute

    Four people have been arrested in Doncaster after two armed men were involved in a dispute with the occupants of a silver BMW car, say police.

    Police car

    Armed officers were called to Church Street in Conisbrough just after 12:00 yesterday, following reports of two men being seen with guns, according to South Yorkshire Police.

    Three men aged 18, 20 and 22 and a 44-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and are being held in police custody, officers said.

    Anyone with dashcam or CCTV footage of the incident is being urged to contact officers.

    Det Inspector Steve Smith said: “I completely understand people may be concerned following this incident, we have officers in the area who are there to listen and speak to you."

    The South Yorkshire force says there will be "an enhanced police presence in Conisbrough" over the next few days.

  5. Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    Rain and hill snow will gradually push eastwards this morning, becoming heavy in the afternoon.

    This evening, the rain and hill snow will clear to the east.

    Into the night, it will be rather cloudy and largely dry, although occasional showers are possible:

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    Video caption: The Arena will be open seven days a week and will be run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

    The Arena will be open seven days a week and will be run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

  7. Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    After a frosty and clear start to the day, remaining dry and fine with a moderate breeze.

    This evening will be chilly, dry and clear. Into the night, it will stay dry but cloud cover will gradually increase:

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  8. Flood warnings in place on rivers across Yorkshire

    A total of 10 flood warnings - meaning immediate action should be taken as flooding is expected - are in place in Yorkshire associated with heavy rain brought by Storm Christoph last week.

    River Ouse in flood

    The warnings include the River Aire at Allerton Ings in West Yorkshire, the River Ouse in York, and the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge on the border between North and East Yorkshire.

    There are also eight flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible, be prepared - in place on Yorkshire's rivers.

    No significant rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours, but further unsettled weather is expected later this week, according to the Environment Agency.

  9. South Yorkshire drink-drive crackdown figures released

    About 10% of drivers who were breathalysed in South Yorkshire in December were found to be over the drink-drive limit, the county's police force has revealed.

    Breath test being carried out

    Out of a total of 764 drivers who were given breath tests during the four-week crackdown, 75 were shown to be over the legal alcohol limit, according to South Yorkshire Police.

    Roads Policing Sgt Bruce Yacomeni said: "In 2019, 11% of drivers stopped in December were found to be over the limit.

    "Last year, although slightly lower, there were still a high number of drivers who have made a conscious decision to increase their chances of causing death or serious injury on our roads.

    "Those who get behind the wheel after a drink or taking drugs need to ask themselves ‘Is it worth it?’"

    Meanwhile, a total of 60 drivers were stopped and tested by South Yorkshire Police officers for cannabis and cocaine in December.

    Of those, 47 of those drivers - that's 78% - tested positive, the force said.

  10. Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today will be bright but chilly in Yorkshire with spells of sunshine and occasional showers.

    Tonight will be cold with clear spells and the risk of a few rain, sleet or snow showers:

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  11. Police warn people 'travelling to see flooding'

    Police in South Yorkshire say they've had reports of people traveling to see flood water in the county.

    Flood water in Doncaster

    In Doncaster, the River Don has seen its level rise with some low-lying land around the river take on water.

    South Yorkshire Police said people should not be driving out to see the water as it's "very dangerous".

    It added people should be staying at home in line with the government's coronavirus lockdown restrictions and only make essential journeys.