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Sheffield city centre or Meadowhall? Debate over HS2 station to take place

A debate will take place today in Sheffield to decide where the city's HS2 station should be built.

A major HS2 summit is being held at the Memorial Hall Credit: Artsit's impression

South Yorkshire business leaders are meeting at the Memorial Hall inside Sheffield City Hall this morning to try to find agreement over the siting of the new HS2 high speed rail link station.

Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster are happy with the government's original choice of Meadowhall as the preferred site.

But Sheffield councillors and business leaders say it makes more economic sense to base it on the site of the former Victoria railway station in the city centre, claiming 6,500 jobs would be created. They argue it would bring in £530m in annual business rates, £2.5bn in annual income and 1,000 homes more than a station at Meadowhall.

The city centre option could cost up to up to £680m more than building out-of-town.

The debate begins at 8am at the Memorial Hall.

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Bus lane fines net council almost £1 million

Bus lane fines for motorists

Motorists in Sheffield have netted the city council almost £1 million in fines in less than a year for driving in bus lanes and through bus gates.

More than 40,000 fines were handed out between January and November 2015 to drivers caught on cctv across in 16 locations across the city including the Wicker, Glossop Road and Middlewood Road.

The Hillsborough Place bus lane on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough brought in the most money in fines last year - netting £140,125 from motorists. The section of the road cannot be used by cars from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 7am and 11am and 3pm and 7pm.

But the bus lane and tram gates on the Wicker are the place where the highest number fines were issued - with more than 6,000 handed out over the 11 month period.

Six due in court in connection with Hull bank robbery

Large amount of cash taken

Six men are due in court today in connection with a bank robbery in Hull during which a 'significant' amount of cash was stolen.

The money was taken from the Newland Avenue branch on Tuesday. Six men, all from the Liverpool area, were arrested in a joint operation between Humberside, Merseyside and Cheshire police forces. They will appear at Sefton Magistrates in Bootle later this morning.

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How to bag yourself a Black Friday bargain

Today is Black Friday - with spending predicted to top £1 billion over the course of the day. It's a trend that has made its way over to the UK from America and last year there were scenes of chaos with some shoppers literally fighting each other to grab themselves a bargain.

Julia Bartham has been finding out how to make sure you get the best bargains ..... peacefully!

Deaf mum-to-be hopes to hear baby's heartbeat

For any expectant mum, hearing baby's heartbeat for the first time is an extraordinary moment.

And for Kimberley Ward from Leeds, who is 17 weeks pregnant - even more so. Kimberley is deaf and she has now become the first pregnant woman in the country to have a cochlear implant fitted.

In just a few weeks time, it's hoped she will be able to hear the heartbeat of her unborn baby for the very first time. Calendar's cameras have been invited to share Kimberley's momentous journey. Jon Hill's report does include some of the operation - but it's not graphic.

School with healthy eating and exercise on the timetable

Worrying figures show that almost one in every five children in their last year at primary school is obese. The government's figures, which are produced every year, make disturbing reading.

There are more overweight children in deprived areas and one head teacher at a school in our region says there is too much cheap fast food available. Katie Oscroft went to a school in Halifax where healthy eating and exercise is on the timetable.

Amount stolen in bank robbery was 'significant'

Branch has now re-opened Credit: PA

Lloyds Bank has said that the amount stolen in a robbery at a branch in Hull on Tuesday was 'significant', although it is not disclosing just how much.

The branch, In Newland Avenue, re-opened this afternoon and staff, who were inside at the time, are being given support and counselling by both Humberside Police and Llloyds.

No-one was hurt in the raid, which saw three men in dark clothing use wooden ladders to access the roof of the bank, before breaking through into the building just before 5pm.

Humberside Police say they are working in Partnership with Merseyside Police as the grey Nissan Qashqai used in the getaway was stolen in the Liverpool area.

We are working closely with our colleagues in Merseyside, sharing information in order to identify the suspects for this offence. There are also a number of CCTV enquiries that we are following up.

I want to say thank you to the people of Hull for their fantastic response to yesterday’s appeal. They have given us a number of new lines of enquiry to follow up, especially in relation to vehicles seen near the scene.

– Det Insp Christine Calvert
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