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A PRIMARY academy has continued its climb up the Ofsted rankings.
Laithes Primary Academy, in Smithies, has been rated as ‘good’ across the board by the education watchdog, with its early years provision singled out as ‘outstanding’.
The academy, said headteacher Georgina Fletcher, has been on a ‘journey’ over the last decade.
Its predecessor school, prior to Laithes becoming an academy, was put in special measures in May 2014.
The school...
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Barnsley firefighters called to collision
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a two-vehicle collision in Oxspring on Wednesday - but no one was injured.
The crew from Barnsley station arrived on Jockey Road, at 5.40pm, and moved the vehicle off the road.
They left the scene shortly after 6pm.
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Barnsley solider 'undoubtedly' saved lives
A BARNSLEY soldier who ‘undoubtedly saved lives’ after a suicide bomb was detonated during the evacuation of British nationals and eligible Afghans from Kabul has been awarded for his outstanding bravery and selflessness.
Corporal Daniel Hoyland, of the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, was one of three soldiers to be recognised in the operational awards list.
He received a Mention in Despatches (MiD) for the evacuation effort last year as the Taliban...
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MP asking struggling residents to get in touch
A BARNSLEY MP is asking her constituents to get in touch with her if they’re struggling with the cost-of-living crisis – but has praised government funding for local schemes.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, held a number of one-to-one surgery phone calls last week – and said one of th main concerns was the rising cost of living and increased energy bills.
She has asked those struggling to contact her for...
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Food festival ends this weekend
A FOOD festival boasting more than 30 stalls will be located in the town centre until Sunday.
The Flavours Food Festival opened in the Glass Works Square yesterday, and will remain there until 5pm on Sunday.
It’ll be open from 10am to 8pm today and tomorrow, and from 10am on Sunday.
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Ex-Reds head coach joins Scottish Premier League side
FORMER Barnsley head coach Lee Johnson has joined Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.
The 40-year-old takes charge of the side, replacing Shaun Maloney who lasted just four months at Easter Road.
Former head coach Lee Johnson was in charge of 51 Barnsley games in just less than a year from February 2015 to the same month in 2016 when he left for former club Bristol City.
Hibs chairman Ron Gordon said: “We...
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Enquiries ongoing following concern for safety of child
ENQUIRIES are ongoing after police were called following reports of concern for the safety of a child this morning.
A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at around 8.55am this morning (Thursday, May 19) to reports of a concern for safety for a child in Sandymount Road, Wath-upon-Dearne.
“Officers are at the scene and enquiries are ongoing.”
We will update this page as we receive more updates.
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Council start competition for Queen's Jubilee
YOUNGSTERS are being asked to draw a portrait of the Queen as part of the council’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
There are two age categories for the competition - those aged between four and seven and those aged between eight and 11.
All entries will be showcased in the council’s jubilee gallery and the winning entries will receive a Barnsley gift card.
A spokesperson said: “Send a photo of your portrait to communications@barnsley.gov.uk...
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No bus service in Hoyland town centre after 7pm
BUSES will not serve Hoyland town centre after 7pm until Tuesday due to antisocial behaviour.
Services two, 66, 67 and 136 will not stop at any bus stops on High Street or Southgate - but will continue as normal for all other bus stops in Hoyland.
A spokesperson for Stagecoach said: “Due to increasing antisocial behaviour, no buses will serve Hoyland town centre after 7pm until Tuesday, May 24.
“We are sorry...
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Council warn of bogus phone call scam
BARNSLEY Council is warning residents after they received reports of bogus phone calls impersonating them.
The fraudsters have been asking residents to sponsor books in Barnsley’s schools, wanting donations and bank details over the phone.
A spokesperson for the council said: “This is a scam, and you should never give out personal information or bank details over the phone.
“Please be cautious and listen to your instincts don’t be afraid to hang...
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Police appeal for missing Barnsley man
POLICE in Barnsley are appealing for information to find a missing man as officers become increasingly concerned for his welfare.
Adam, aged 38, has been missing from his home in the town and was last seen on Saturday.
It was believed he was heading towards the Bridlington area.
A police spokesperson said: “He is white and described as tall, of slim build, and bald.
“Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Adam’s...

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Fund set up to support would-be football officials in Barnsley
A LEGACY fund aimed to encourage and support people in Barnsley who want to take up refereeing has been launched.
Barnsley Referees Association created the fund - which is only available to Barnsley natives - with grants of up to £60 per person available.
It’s hoped it will help potential officials follow in Barnsley alumni such as Darren England, who is now a Premier League referee and is qualified to officiate at international...
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Bus service axed following antisocial behaviour
PERSISTENT antisocial behaviour has led to a bus service’s indefinite cancellation.
The 456 Outwood Academy Shafton school service to and from Cudworth was axed from last Thursday due to the issues.
A spokesperson for Stagecoach Yorkshire said: “After persistent antisocial and unsafe behaviour on board, the decision was taken that we would no longer operate the 456 Outwood Academy Shafton school service to and from Cudworth after Thursday May 12.
“The safety...
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Callum Styles called up by Hungary
BARNSLEY player Callum Styles has been called up by Hungary for their UEFA Nations League fixtures next month.
The 22-year-old won his first cap in March and he’s now in contention to play competitively at this level for the first time.
Hungary face England twice, Italy and Germany all in the space of 11 days.
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Deliberate blaze tackled in town centre
THREE fire crews were called to the town centre last night.
Firefighters from Cudworth, Tankersley and Dearne stations arrived on Bridge Street, at 8.30pm, to find a pile of rubbish well alight inside a derelict shipping container.
They extinguished the blaze - which is believed to have been started deliberately - and left the scene at 9.18pm.
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Transformational projects submitted to government
FIVE ‘transformational’ projects to revitalise areas of the Dearne as part of a £23m project have been submitted to the government for approval.
An initial consultation – which took place over a two-week period between August and September in 2020 – yielded plans to grow employment, improve active travel options, boost local amenities and improve the environment in Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton-upon-Dearne.
It was part of a larger £3.6bn ‘Towns Fund’ that was...
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Pop-up vaccine clinic in town centre
A POP-UP vaccine clinic will be held in the town centre on Thursday.
From 9.30am to 3.30pm, anyone aged 18 and over can get their first, second or booster jabs of the Covid vaccine.
It’ll be held outside Marks and Spencer on Peel Square - and those wishing to attend are asked to look out for a St John Ambulance.
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Further tests being carried out after pair found dead in Cudworth
FURTHER tests are being carried out to determine the cause of death of a Cudworth man after a post mortem was ‘inconclusive’ - while a post mortem for the woman found dead at the same time is yet to be carried out.
Their two bodies were discovered by police last Wednesday in a property on Market Place after concerns were raised for their welfare.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Police attended...
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Barnsley organisations come together to support action week
ORGANISATIONS from across Barnsley will come together this week to support Dementia Action Week.
Interactive events and activities will take place this week - and a full list of everything taking place can be found on the council website.
Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and communities, said: “In Barnsley, we want to make sure you can get the right care and support you need.
“While getting a dementia diagnosis can...
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Driver stopped after being twice over legal limit
A DRIVER who was over twice the legal limit of alcohol was stopped in Hemingfield last week.
In the early hours of Friday morning, two special constables saw a vehicle speeding down Cemetery Road.
A spokesperson added: “The vehicle was stopped on Lady Croft Lane in Hemingfield where the driver blew 82 at the roadside, the legal limit being 35.
“The driver also tested positive on a drugs wipe for cocaine so...
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Barnsley bus didn't run after paint mishap
A BUS did not run on Sunday after a passenger spilled a tin of paint on the floor.
The 59 bus service - which travels between Royston and Barnsley - did not run at 2.50pm.
A spokesperson for Stagecoach Yorkshire apologised for the delays on social media.
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Investigation underway after pair found dead
A MAN and a woman were discovered dead in a Cudworth property - and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding their death.
Their two bodies were discovered after concerns for their welfare were raised.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Police attended a property on Market Place in the Cudworth area of Barnsley following the discovery of two bodies.
“Emergency services were called to the property at around 11.50am...
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Darton man awarded his MBE at Buckingham Palace
A DARTON man named in this year’s New Year’s honours list was awarded his MBE at Buckingham Palace.
Munir Mamujee, the managing director of M2R – an award-winning international education services company – was given the title for his services to education and export, presented by Princess Anne in Buckingham Palace’s throne room.
The occasion on May 4 was the first time the throne room had been used for such celebrations in more...
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Only five per cent testing positive for Covid
FIVE per cent of residents taking a Covid test are receiving a positive result, figures have revealed.
Around 1,800 PCR tests - where a swab is taken to a lab - are taken every week in Barnsley.
Latest figures show 5.3 per cent of those tests are returning positive results.
More than 6,600 virus tests - including LFT - have been reported in Barnsley in the last week.
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Two men plead guilty to assaulting police officer
TWO men pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in Lundwood – leaving him with broken facial bones and damaged teeth.
Toby Love, 20, of Park Avenue, and Jack Love, 19, of Village Court, indicated guilty pleas to grievous bodily harm at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court following the incident on April 25.
Both will appear at Sheffield Crown Court on May 31.
It was shared by South Yorkshire Police that the attack came...
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Vehicle deliberately set alight in Cudworth
A VEHICLE was deliberately set alight in Cudworth earlier this week.
A fire crew from Cudworth station arrived on Pontefract Road, at 3.45am on Thursday morning.
They deemed the blaze was started deliberately and after tackling the fire for about an hour they left at 4.40am.
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Rwanda plan condemned by action group
ATTENDEES at a meeting of a support and action group for refugees and asylum seekers condemned the government’s recent plan to send refugees to Rwanda.
The plan was scolded by attendees at the Penistone Refugee and Asylum Seekers Support Group’s ‘Another Big Conversation’ meeting last Saturday.
It was announced last month by the government’s Home Office that people arriving illegally in the UK will be detained and sent to the eastern African nation...
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Firearm surrender taking place across county
SOUTH Yorkshire Police is taking part in a national firearm surrender - and the weapons can be dropped off at a Barnsley police station.
As part of the two-week surrender, which ends on May 29, residents can hand in a firearm or ammunition anonymously at a police desk.
The surrender offers the chance to dispose of unwanted guns safely without fear of prosecution for the illegal possession.
However, the surrender does not...
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Elderly man left in critical condition following incident
AN elderly driver has been left in a critical condition after he suffered a medical episode at the wheel.
The man had crashed into a parked car on Park Road in Worsbrough on Tuesday evening, causing him to suffer a serious head injury.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “We received a report at 5.20pm on Tuesday.
“It was reported that a vehicle had crashed into a parked car on Park...
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Covid hospital patients at lowest in almost a year
THE number of patients in Barnsley Hospital with Covid is at its lowest point in almost a year.
There are currently six patients on the site with coronavirus and no one is on a ventilation bed.
It’s the lowest figure since June 29 last year.
Fourteen patients have been admitted to the hospital in the last seven days with Covid - bringing the total to 4,944.
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Police warn inconsiderate motorists about parking
POLICE have warned motorists of the consequences of ‘inconsiderate’ parking around schools.
The warning has come after recent complaints in the Dearne area regarding parking and school pick-up and drop-off times.
A spokesperson for Barnsley South East NPT said: “We would like to remind people to park considerably when dropping off and picking up children from school.
“If you park on the zig-zag lines or at the school gates – you...

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