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A YOUNG couple were pulled from a fire in a Wombwell flat on Thursday.
Fire crews were called to Station Road on Thursday (May 13) just after 8pm.
Crews from Dearne, Cudworth, and Tankersley stations attended after smoke started coming out of an electrical socket.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “A young couple were inside the property at the time of the incident, but were unharmed.
“Firefighters isolated the...
Man killed in Grimethorpe collision
OFFICERS are appealing for information after a man was killed during a collision in Grimethorpe.
On May 2 at 5.55pm, a black Peugeot was pursued by police after it failed to stop in Brierley.
At the junction of Park Road and Brierley Road the Peugeot was involved in a collision with a silver Ford.
The front seat passenger of the Peugeot, Tze Chun Tsang, 52, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Bridge closed due to Reds match
THE temporary footbridge over the Jumble Lane crossing will be closed tomorrow due to the Barnsley FC game.
The bridge, which has a limited capacity, will be closed one hour before the match, and one hour after the match for the safety of fans.
The link bridge in the interchange will also be closed – except to people with mobility issues or wheelchair users.
A spokesperson for Travel South Yorkshire said: “The...
Police alert made for bogus parcel delivery texts
AN EMERGING scam where fraudsters text their victims with a bogus parcel delivery notice has been a priority for police.
South Yorkshire Police’s fraud co-ordination team has issued a warning to local residents about the scam.
A number of people across the borough have received text messages from scammers pretending to be parcel delivery companies - such as Hermes - claiming they have an outstanding fee to pay for a package due to...
Barnsley babies born in April
BARNSLEY Hospital has revealed that more than 215 babies were born last month with more than half of the newborns being girls.
The midwifery unit at the hospital reveal monthly figures detailing the different types of births throughout the month.
The team reported that 219 women gave birth throughout April, with the busiest days being April 13 where 15 babies were born that day.
There were more girls born than boys, with...
Smithies recycling centre set to close for vital work
THE SMITHIES recycling centre will be closed from Monday for essential maintenance.
From Monday (May 17) until Friday (May 28), the Smithies tip - on Smithies Lane - will be closed to the public.
This is due to essential maintenance at the site.
From June 7, the Worsbrough recycling centre will be closed and then the Goldthorpe site will be closed from June 15.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “We...
History to be preserved as pit banner is reclaimed
A GROUP of former miners have set out to preserve history by commissioning a replica of the Wath Main NUM banner which they hope will make more people aware of the legacy of the pit in the area.
Three former miners at the pit – John Beard, Adrian Hughes and Melvyn Caddick – have banded together in an attempt to preserve the history of Wath Main Colliery which was closed in 1988.
Lorries are 'an accident waiting to happen...'
PEOPLE living in a narrow Penistone lane are pleading for help in stopping lorries from using the route.
Town councillors heard the situation in Chapel Lane was ‘an accident waiting to happen’ and Barnsley Council’s highways bosses are being urged to hold a site visit to consider implementing weight and height restrictions.
Resident Duncan Sissions said he was pleading on behalf of residents of Chapel Lane and Hartcliffe Road, especially the bend by...
Superdrug boosts rollout
A PHARMACY in the town centre now offers the coronavirus vaccine as part of its roll-out across the borough.
Superdrug, on Cheapside, will distribute jabs from the store with more pharmacies to follow in the next few weeks across Barnsley.
The pharmacy will come up as an option when a person books their Covid-19 vaccination through the national booking system or when calling 119.
Kirsten Major, chief executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals...
'Immense pride' felt as The Hill Primary gets nomination
STAFF at a Thurnscoe school who delivered food packages for pupils stuck at home during the pandemic have been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.
The team at The Hill Primary School, on Tudor Street, have been described as going ‘above and beyond’ by parents after making fortnightly calls to homes during the first coronavirus lockdown.
Teachers also held wellbeing assemblies online to ensure that pupils were learning and coping last year....
Families get left in horror houses...
FAMILIES are being stretched to breaking point over issues with their homes on a new housing estate on Barnsley town centre’s outskirts.
Kathryne Hall, who moved into the Oakland Gardens estate with her partner Connor Semley just over two years ago, has struggled to look after two-month-old son Euan while attempting to fix more than 100 faults with their first home.
The problems started immediately with a mislaid carpet, and the couple went...

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Grieving parents want to start a legacy for Libby
A MUM and dad whose baby tragically died 17 minutes after being born hope to channel their heartbreak into helping others.
Vicki White, 37, and Danny Bridger, 38, from the town centre, were left devastated after the death of Libby Rose who was born at 22 weeks and weighed just 395 grams.
The pair, who have three children, are now aiming to turn their sadness into a positive and give back to the...
Under 40s now eligible for vaccine
ANYONE aged 38 and above is now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine amidst blood clot fears.
The age group for the vaccine has been lowered to residents aged 38 and 39 however anyone under the age of 40 will not be offered the Oxford-AstraZeneca.
This is because the vaccine could be linked to rare blood clots that have occurred in patients who have received the vaccine.
Anyone in the age group...
Watch out for Census scammers in Barnsley
FRAUDSTERS are using the Census to try and scam victims out of their cash.
Barnsley Council official have urged residents to remain cautious when receiving emails or texts claiming to be from the official Census 2021 website.
The scam starts with a text with a link to a phishing site which mimics the official Census website and demands payment for late or incorrect completion of census.
The fake site asks for card...
Drop-off points for unused devices in Barnsley
UNUSED laptops bought over the pandemic could be reused in local schools to help disadvantaged children get access to a device.
The group Laptops for Kids Barnsley is asking local families and businesses to donate any unused technology that they might have.
The initiative takes any donated devices, wipes them using secure software and then distributes them to schools so children from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to the internet.
Barnsley has two...
Man wanted after woman threatened
POLICE are asking for information to help trace a man wanted in connection to an incident in Darfield.
Ben Grocock, 32, is wanted after a woman was threatened and damage was caused to her property on April 16.
He is also wanted in connection to previous reports of assault and coercive and controlling behaviour.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Grocock is described as stocky and resides in Rotherham, although he...
All-female student committee set to start their term at Barnsley College
AN ALL-FEMALE students’ committee has been elected for the first time in Barnsley College history.
The new Students’ Union Executive Committee at the college was decided by an online election process over the course of seven days and voted for by their fellow students.
For the first time in its history, the committee was made up of a six women-strong team.
Those involved in the committee include Bethanie Jacobs, Lucy Bartholomew, Seren...
Covid-19 outreach team to set up at Penistone Market
A CORONAVIRUS outreach team will set up shop at Penistone Market tomorrow to dish out testing kits and face masks.
The Covid-19 community outreach team will be at the popular market tomorrow (May 13) to distribute the face coverings and testing kits.
The team will also offer guidance about the vaccine rollout.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “They’ll also be able to answer your questions about Covid support and the vaccination...
Dad-of-three dies in crash
OFFICERS are appealing for information after a dad-of-three was killed during a collision in Grimethorpe.
On May 2 at 5.55pm, a black Peugeot was pursued by police after it failed to stop in Brierley.
At the junction of Park Road and Brierley Road the Peugeot was involved in a collision with a silver Ford.
The front seat passenger of the Peugeot, Tze Chun Tsang, 51, suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Cannabis cultivation in town centre seized
HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were seized by police from a property in the town centre earlier today.
Police in Barnsley have launched an investigation after the discovery of a cannabis cultivation in Barnsley town centre today (May 11).
Officers from the Tasking and Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Teams conducted a search at a commercial property in Market Street and located a cannabis farm with more than 650 plants.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire...
Hundreds of spot checks to Barnsley businesses
MORE than 250 Barnsley businesses have been checked in the past month to make sure they are following Covid-19 guidelines.
The businesses so far have all implemented secure measures and so no premises have been referred to the council’s regulatory services team for a follow-up.
Since April, checks have been made to ensure that the businesses are keeping on top of risks from coronavirus to protect workers, visitors and customers.
Julia Burrows,...
Grant available for local businesses to help after lockdown
BUSINESSES across the borough could be eligible to receive a grant of up-to £3,000 if they have been allowed to open outdoors.
The grant will help businesses who have faced an additional cost to reopen as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
The money could help cover the cost of gazebos, tables and chairs, and payment equipment for outdoor use.
Business owners can now apply for the grant, but the money will be...
M1 closed after collision
PART of the M1 was closed yesterday following a collision between a lorry and a van.
The motorway was closed southbound from junction 37 at Dodworth.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The driver of the van, 38-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
“The road was closed whilst officers carried out enquiries but was reopened at around 3.30pm.”
Can you help find missing teen?
A MISSING teen who has not been seen since Thursday has still not been found.
Zayn Imran, 16, has been reported missing and was last seen in Wombwell area on Thursday (May 6).
He is believed to be wearing a black jumper and dark coloured jogging bottoms.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Zayn has links to Rotherham and Sheffield. Have you seen him? Do you know where is staying?
Residents evacuated after bomb scare
RESIDENTS from a Royston road were evacuated from their homes over the weekend following the discovery of artillery shells in a garden.
The army’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team were called to Cropton Road yesterday afternoon (May 9) after a man reported that he had found some artillery shells while carrying out renovations at his property.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “As a precautionary measure, a temporary cordon was put in...
School closed due to water issue
A SCHOOL in Shafton will be closed today following a water issue.
Outwood Academy Shafton, Engine Lane will be closed all day to both staff and students as the building has no water supply.
The building will be closed while the issue is fixed.
Go with the flow to help halt COVID-19
We are all in this together and that includes everybody regularly taking a rapid COVID-19 test. Even if you do not have symptoms you could still have the virus and be spreading it unknowingly. It is quick, easy and free – this is why you should get into the flow of testing.
You could have the virus and not know it – that is true of around one in three people who show...
Man arrested after a crossbow report in town centre
A MAN seen brandishing a crossbow in Barnsley town centre led to an arrest by armed police.
At around 1.30am this morning (May 9) a man was located on police CCTV reportedly threatening members of the public with the weapon.
Armed police confronted the man on Peel Square and he dropped the crossbow, fleeing before being caught and detained by officers on the bridge overlooking West Way.
Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “Prior...
More than quarter of residents fully vaccinated
MORE than half of all Barnsley residents have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccination.
Figures released by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) show that 135,078 residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 62,440 have received their second dose.
This means a quarter of the Barnsley population are fully vaccinated.
Deaths from the virus have also showed a rapid decline – with the rate falling from nine people...
Consultant pens letter about life in pandemic
A LETTER from a consultant at Barnsley Hospice has been added to a book of letters about people's experience with coronavirus.
Dr Becky Hirst, who is a consultant in palliative medicine at the hospice, has focused her contribution to the book from the perspective of a key worker and the difficulties of the past year.
She was inspired to send in a submission after hearing about the initiative on the radio. Now her...
Barnsley recycling centres set to close for vital repairs
RECYCLING centres across the borough are set to close over the next few weeks for essential repair work.
All four venues at Penistone, Smithies, Worsbrough and Goldthorpe have seen significant extra demand since the start of the pandemic.
These repairs, originally due to take place last year, were delayed in order to minimise any further disruption.
It is not possible to delay the safety-related works any longer.
These include resurfacing, repairs...

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