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Common arthritis drug offers cancer hope - Researchers

Scientists in Sheffield say they've found a way to potentially stop breast cancer spreading to the bone.

A  consultant analyzing a mammogram.
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The team identified a protein in bone marrow which was found to encourage cancer cells to form tumours when they reach the bone.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester then found this protein could be blocked by using a drug currently used to treat arthritis.

Tests on mice found this molecule can be blocked by the drug, which is already available on the NHS.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.


  • The 08:21 service from Leeds to Scarborough has been cancelled
  • The 08:39 service from Leeds to Chester is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:42 service from Bradford Interchange to Manchester has been cancelled
  • The 08:47 service from York to Scarborough has been cancelled
  • The 09:00 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 14 minutes late
  • The 09:02 service from Bradford Interchange to Chester is running about 10 minutes late

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Doctor Who: Sheffield university honours cast and crew

The cast and crew of a Doctor Who episode that was filmed in Sheffield have accepted honorary doctorates from one of the city's universities.

Doctor Who team
Sheffield Hallam University

The opening episode of series 11, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, featured Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor.

Chris Chibnall, showrunner and executive producer on the series, was awarded the honour of Doctor of Arts by Sheffield Hallam University.

He said it was a "massive team effort" and praised the people of Sheffield.

"From the moment we made the decision for the Doctor to fall out of the sky into the streets and homes of Sheffield in 2018, the residents and the city have treated us brilliantly, on screen and off."

The episode was filmed at various locations across the city and premiered at The Light cinema in Sheffield in September 2018.

General Election 2019: How many votes to win a seat?

James McDonald, from Doncaster, has used the BBC's Your Questions Answered to ask: “What has to be the majority amount of votes to win a seat?”

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In general elections, we use the first-past-the-post voting system whereby the candidate with the most votes in each constituency wins.

This system means there is no “majority amount” of votes a candidate needs to win a seat.

All a candidate needs to be elected is to get more votes than any other candidate in their constituency.

In some constituencies, an MP can be elected by just a few votes.

The most marginal constituency in the 2017 election, for example, was North East Fife which had an SNP majority over the Liberal Democrats of just two votes.

If you’re interested in finding out more, there's more information about about marginal constituencies here and this video explains more about how your vote counts:

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Once the cloud has lifted there will be some sunny spells and it'll stay dry for most with temperatures up to 9C in places.

Overnight it will stay clear and dry meaning we're in for another ground frost tomorrow morning.

Ten people arrested in human trafficking raids

Ten people have been arrested in raids across England in an international human trafficking investigation.

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A total of eight women aged 18 to 30 were rescued during the operation led by South Yorkshire Police, which was supported by officers from Romania.

The women were taken to a "place of safety" and the suspects, eight men and two women, remain in custody.

Addresses were raided in Staffordshire, Norfolk, London and the Northumbria force area.

The suspects, who are aged between 19 and 38, were held on suspicion of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and money laundering.

Similar activity took place in Romania while the UK warrants were being executed, resulting in the arrest of a 37-year-old man.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

This morning's fog and mist may take a while to lift but when it does there'll be some bright, sunny spells with temperatures getting up to about 5C or 6C.

Overnight it will stay dry and slightly milder than last night with temperatures down to about 2C or 3C:

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

BBC Weather

After a cold and frosty morning we're in for a bright, sunny day.

But, it's going to be fell chilly with top temperatures not getting much above 8C.

Overnight it will stay clear but that will see temperatures drop to -4C in places:

Doncaster flooding: What we know now

That's all for our coverage of the flooding in South Yorkshire for the week:

Here's a recap of some of today's headlines:

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All homes in Fishlake 'clear of water by Sunday' - EA

All homes in Fishlake will be "clear of water by Sunday", according to an Environment Agency expert.

Soldiers help with sandbagging homes in Fishlake
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John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s director of flood risk management, said "intense pumping efforts" have helped to significantly clear the South Yorkshire village of water.

He also told a news conference that he's “alarmed” by the prospect of further flooding across England this winter.

Mr Curtin encouraged people living on or near floodplains to sign up for Environment Agency flood warnings, explaining that only half of people living in these areas have done so.

He explained that because there has been so much rain this autumn, the land has been left so saturated that he is concerned floods are going to “get worse, more frequently, more often”.

The three months from September until now have seen near record levels of rain which has seen 900 properties flooded to date across England.

Flood-hit residents rehoused in Doncaster

People living in Doncaster have been temporarily rehomed following flooding.

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So far, 16 people have been given accommodation, the council says.

It comes as the council says almost 2,000 people called their emergency helpline in the past week asking for help.

More than 40,000 sandbags have been handed out, with the Army also helping efforts.

South Yorkshire flood appeal passes £250k mark

An appeal to raise money for those affected by the floods in South Yorkshire has now topped the £250,000 mark.

Fire teams working in flood water

The South Yorkshire Community Foundation has started to issue initial grants to those whose lives have been affected by the flooding which has hit Doncaster and Sheffield.

This appeal is aimed at helping support families and local residents who have been displaced from their homes and had their property damaged by the severe flood waters.

Ruth Willis, from the foundation, says the response from people putting their hands in their pockets has been overwhelming.

"We originally set a target of £30,000, but we smashed that target before we even started. It's gone crazy," she said.

Doncaster flood-hit roads 'closed for a reason' - Council

Drivers in South Yorkshire are being reminded not to drive on roads which have been closed due to flooding.

Road closed sign
Doncaster Council

In a tweet, Doncaster Council has issued a stark warning to people to think again.

The authority warns: "They're closed for a reason. You could cause more flooding to nearby homes.

"Yes, it's frustrating when roads that appear clear are not re-opened, but once the flood water has gone there are a number of things we need to do to check it's safe," it adds.

"Once we've ensured the route is safe, we reopen the road."

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire train services hit by flooding

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There are several problems on Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's rail services just now due to flooding.

TransPennine Express services are currently suspended between Sheffield and Scunthorpe due to flooding in the Kirk Sandall area, near Doncaster.

Train operator Northern is also unable to run services between Doncaster and Goole due to the Kirk Sandall flooding.

Northern trains between Doncaster and Scunthorpe will run at a reduced speed, not calling at Kirk Sandall.

Passengers needing to stop at Kirk Sandall are being asked to use rail replacement buses between Doncaster and Goole.

Disruption on these routes are expected to continue for the rest of the day, according to National Rail Enquiries.

Meanwhile, rail services are also affected between Sheffield and Lincoln Central/Gainsborough Central/Retford/Worksop, and also between Leeds and Lincoln Central.

This is due to flooding near Kiveton Park, which means trains have to run at a reduced speed, with services delayed up to 30 minutes, cancelled or revised.

Yorkshire weather: Breezy but getting drier

BBC Weather

This morning will see early patches of rain gradually clear away.

Bright or sunny spells this afternoon but still with the chance of a shower and breezy.

Highs of 9C (48F).

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What happened overnight?

With the rain falling on South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire last night, there was some surface water flooding.

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Roads remain closed as a result, but thankfully it wasn't as bad as last week despite the yellow rain warning being issued by the Met Office.

Some homes remain flooded along the River Don.

River levels did rise, but far below last week's record-breaking peak of 6.31m.

We've seen roads flooded in East Yorkshire, including the A63, but that has since been cleared and reopened.

A number of flood warnings remain in place for the region and they can be seen here.

Thousands of homes protected by flood defences - EA

The Environment Agency (EA) said since flooding began last Thursday, about 5,500 South Yorkshire properties had been protected by flood defences.

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More than 800 properties have been affected by the floods, with people evacuated from homes in Bentley and Fishlake, near Doncaster, the agency said.

Around 38 pumps are on site in South Yorkshire to remove 50m litres of water per hour to protect homes and businesses, the EA added.

Pumps set up around the village of Fishlake have removed 1.25m tonnes of water in the past 24 hours, reducing water levels from two metres to 0.3 metres.

It said about 200 operational staff have been on sites in Yorkshire assisting with pumping and deploying sandbags ahead of further rain later on Thursday.

Bank confirms text message sent to flood-hit customers

Barclays has confirmed it has been sending text messages to flood-hit customers after concerns were raised over the legitimacy of the message.

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People on Facebook have been questioning the text, which offers support to people with accounts who may have been affected.

It says: We hope you haven’t been affected by the flooding in South Yorkshire – we just want to let you know that if you need any support with your account, cash, cards etc. we’re here waiting to help.

If you’d like us to give you a call, just reply Yes to this message. If you don’t need any support from us, you don’t need to do anything. Your Barclays Team

The bank confirmed with the BBC that the message is genuine.

Watch: Your flooding questions answered

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Paul Hudson was here to answer your questions on flooding and the weather to come for South Yorkshire.

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Nine community hubs set up to offer flooding advice

A number of community hubs have been set up to help residents who have been forced from their homes following the floods in Doncaster.

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The nine council-run hubs offer help and advice when it comes to planning to return home.

Centres have been set up in Stainforth, Thorne, Askern, Bentley, Consibrough, Denaby Main and Swinton.

A council spokesperson said since the flooding began its teams have knocked on more than 700 doors to check on residents and helped with filling and handing out more than 31,000 sandbags.

Fire service: Almost 300 people rescued

The fire service says it has helped rescue more than 300 people from flooded properties in South Yorkshire.

A fire boat

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service says it's had 2,550 emergency calls since last week Thursday.

Help from a number of other fire and rescue services from across the country meant 75,000,000 litres of water has been pumped out of affected areas.

That's the equivalent of 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools,

Yorkshire batsman Nicholas Pooran given ball-tampering ban

BBC Sport

Yorkshire and West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran has been banned from his country's next four Twenty20 internationals after he admitted to tampering with the ball.

Nicholas Pooran
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Pooran, 24, played for Yorkshire in this year's T20 Blast and will return to Headingley as an overseas player next summer.

He was caught on camera using his thumb to scrape the ball and seam during the third and final match of the Windies one-day series win over Afghanistan.

"Pooran was charged with violating Article 2.14 of the code, which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball'," a statement from the International Cricket Council, cricket's world governing body, read.

"He will now miss the next four T20I games for the West Indies and will have five demerit points added to his record."

Special flood delivery for Polly

Doncaster Council says its staff are working 24/7 to help those affected by flooding.

Council workers with seed
Doncaster Council

They've even been able to give one resident who's unable to get out themselves some bird seed to feed a pet parrot.

The authority says it owes a "massive thank you" to all its staff.

South Yorkshire flood appeal hits £110k

A crowdfunding campaign to help people affected by flood water in South Yorkshire has raised more than £110,000.

A person rescues a dog from a flooded home
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South Yorkshire's Community Foundation set up the appeal last week, raising money to support families and local people who have been displaced from their homes.

More than 1,000 people have so far donated money to the appeal.

Environment Agency 'got it wrong' over Fishlake - Council

The Environment Agency (EA) "got it wrong" over the flooding of a Doncaster village, the council has claimed.

Fishlake, Doncaster
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Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said Fishlake wasn't identified as a risk area by the EA.

A severe flood warning, meaning there was a threat to life, was issued for the village by the EA after heavy rain last week.

Hundreds of homes in the village were later evacuated due to flooding.

Ms Jones admitted the council itself could have reacted quicker, but had to base it's response on information from the EA.

She said: "In some instances, at the very beginning, the Environment Agency didn't get it right.

"But after that, we got it and as soon as we got that advice we got out there with the sandbags."

The EA is being contacted by the BBC for its response to Ms Jones' claim.

Five 'severe' flood warnings for South Yorkshire removed

Five "severe" flood warnings along the River Don in South Yorkshire have been removed, but 20 flood warnings, meaning "flooding is expected", remain in place.

Flooded street in South Yorkshire
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There is a yellow "be aware" warning for heavy rain to hit the area tomorrow.

In Doncaster, 500 homes have been flooded with more than 1,200 properties evacuated.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced 100 Army personnel will be deployed to support the recovery effort in South Yorkshire.

Further rain will "put a hold on drying out process"

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

BBC weather presenter Paul Hudson says rain forecast to fall in South Yorkshire over the coming days will not be "anywhere near the same magnitude" as it was last week when more than a months worth of rain fell in 24 hours.

Woman in rain
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Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield he said: "I can't see there being further river flooding but what it is going to do is slow down the process of those rivers falling back down to normal levels.

"Where houses are still flooded it's going to prolong the time it's going to take to dry things out."

Operation launched to clean swans caught in oil spill

Swans affected by an oil spill caused by the severe floods in South Yorkshire are being cleaned and cared for at a wildlife centre in Nantwich, Cheshire.


The RSPCA facility at Stapeley Grange said it had so far helped 38 swans affected by the spill in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire canal, with a further 25 animals expected.


The birds had been at risk of hypothermia, it said.


The oil came from an upturned barge in Rotherham and leaked from cars trapped in flood water.

An emergency fundraising appeal has begun to help with the rescue and rehabilitation.

Met Office warns of villages being cut off by further rain

With further heavy rain forecast over the next 48 hours, the Met Office is warning that some small communities could be "cut off for several days".

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Up to 60mm of rain could fall on already flooded communities in the Doncaster area.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for South Yorkshire.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It'll be cloudy at times today and windy with showers and a chance of more prolonged rain in the afternoon.

Tonight, showers will ease, leaving it largely dry and clear overnight, followed by a bright morning for Wednesday:

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PM convenes emergency committee over Yorkshire flooding

The prime minister is to chair a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra later in response to floods in South Yorkshire and the east Midlands.

Police van in flood water

The Environment Agency currently has five severe warnings in place on the River Don in South Yorkshire, meaning a "significant risk to life".

There are also 17 flood warnings and nine flood alerts.

About 400 homes have been flooded and 1,200 properties evacuated.

Prior to the government's announcement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had called on Boris Johnson to convene Cobra.

A government spokesman said: "The prime minister will chair an emergency meeting today to discuss the response to recent flooding."

A yellow "be aware" warning for rain remains in place over parts of Yorkshire for today and Thursday.

An emergency appeal to support "displaced" families affected by the floods has raised almost £50,000.

Doncaster flooding: What we now know

That's all for our live coverage of the flooding in the Doncaster area today.

Fishlake flooding
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Here's a recap of what has happened:

Finally, here's a look at this evening's forecast:

Doncaster weather forecast

Jeremy Corbyn criticises government response to floods

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Boris Johnson to call an emergency meeting following flooding across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Flint visit flood damaged homes

In a letter to the the Prime Minister Mr Corbyn urged him to call a meeting of the government's emergency committee, Cobra, and take "personal charge" of the response.

He called for "full assurance" that "every resource is being utilised to aid those that need it and protect against future potential floods".

He went on to suggest that if the flooding had happened "in Surrey, not Yorkshire or the East Midlands, it seems far more likely that a national emergency would have been declared".

The BBC has contacted the government for a response.

Fundraising appeal for flood victims passes £50,000 mark

A crowdfunding appeal for people affected by flooding in South Yorkshire has passed its initial target of £50,000.

Flooded properties in Doncaster

The South Yorkshire Community Foundation set up the appeal after heavy rain lead to the flooding of homes.

A new target of £100,000 has now been set.

The money will be used to help families who have had their properties damaged by the flood waters and those who have been displaced from their homes.

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Doncaster 'still in emergency situation', say council

Doncaster remains in an "emergency situation" according to the council, with a number of severe flood warnings still in place.

Police van in Doncaster floodwater

"Risk to life" warnings remain along the River Don at Bentley, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge Caravan Site, with some places being evacuated.

In its latest statement, Doncaster Council said a "full scale recovery plan" will swing into action once the situation is downgraded by the Environment Agency.

The warnings are expected to remain for the rest of the day.

“We continue to operate on Environment Agency guidance and we are still in an emergency situation across parts of Doncaster," said the council's chief executive Damian Allen.

“A dedicated 24-hour public information helpline was established on Thursday evening to provide advice and support for any concerned residents and to date we have dealt with over 2,500 calls."

Tram train services remain suspended after flooding

The tram train service between Sheffield and Rotherham remains suspended this evening because of flooding.

Floodwater covered parts of the track between Meadowhall and Rotherham Parkgate on Thursday and Friday last week, causing damage to part of the line.

Supertam say the yellow route won't be able to stop at Meadowhall either.

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Heavy rain means further flood threat - Met Office

Heavy rain today and tomorrow could cause further flooding and problems on the roads and rails, the Met Office has warned:

Five severe flood warnings, deemed a threat to life, remain on South Yorkshire's River Don, with flooding in the area likely to continue until Wednesday.

There are also 18 flood warnings for South Yorkshire, meaning flooding is expected and 9 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible.

The Met Office says: "Due to frequent heavy showers today and a spell of more persistent rain tomorrow morning, there is the risk of some flooding and transport disruption."