ALMOST half of drivers surveyed by police across Grimethorpe were caught driving above the speed limit yesterday.
On Wednesday (March 3), the team from Barnsley North East performed an operation across Grimethorpe, sweeping priority roads reported by residents.
Of the 42 vehicles checked, 20 were found to be travelling above the limit.
All have been reported for further action.
A spokesperson for the team said: “Some of the drivers were speeding by a considerable margin.
“Check your speed in built-up areas or it could cost you £100 and three penalty points.”
Pick up a book for the hospice
BARNSLEY Hospice has found a novel way to help fundraise for the charity in honour of World Book Day.
A read-a-thon bingo has been created and includes everything from reading for one hour straight to writing a book review.
Anyone wanting to take part will have to be sponsored for each space on the bingo board.
A spokesperson for the hospice said: “In the spirit of World Book Day, why not dust off your pile of books and get reading for Barnsley Hospice?
“We have developed a read-a-thon bingo and we challenge you to help raise vital funds for the hospice, whilst getting sponsored to tick each part of the challenge off your list.”
To take part email email@example.com.
Shafton bins rescheduled
BLUE bins on a road in Shafton will be collected today after a rescheduling.
Council bosses have said the bins on Park View Estate are due to be collected this morning (March 4) in place of yesterday.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “Please make sure you leave your bin displayed for collection.
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience. Please bear with us.”
Police crackdown on thefts in Barnsley town centre
POLICE across the town centre carried out patrols after reports of vehicle theft continue to rise overnight.
The Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team has seen a spate of items being taken from vehicles in the area, including stolen registration plates and catalytic converters.
A spokesperson from the central team, said: “Three types of thefts from vehicle have taken place in recent weeks in Central ward, mostly overnight.
“Two sets of registration plates were stolen overnight from the Oakwell area on the same night.
“Stolen plates are often used by criminals to commit further crime.
“Three catalytic converters have been stolen from cars two in Harborough Hills and one in Old Town.
“Precious metals in catalytic converters have increased in value in recent years and this has led to an increase in thefts in recent years.
“Six cars have been broken into with no signs of forced entry so either unfortunately they’ve been left unlocked or a criminal has used a remote locking device. “Technological advancements mean criminals can now intercept the signal from the key fob that is used to open modern vehicles.
“Police patrols are carried out, both in marked and plain vehicles, and on foot, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by police officers.
“We urge anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it on 101 or online on the South Yorkshire Police website.”
Barnsley residents help chose new hospital department name
BARNSLEY Hospital want residents to help chose the name of its new paediatric unit.
Bosses at Barnsley Hospital have released a poll to help chose the name of the Paediatric Emergency Department and Assessment Unit that is due to be open soon.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “We are currently deciding on the perfect name for our new paediatric emergency department and we would like your help with that.”
To cast your vote, click here.
Suspected mortar shell found in Hoyland
POLICE were called after a suspected explosive device has been found in Hoyland today.
The discovery was made at Burying Lane after an old mortar shell was found in a stream.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The Army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit are on the way to assess the shell.
“Our officers will remain at the address until enquiries have concluded.
“Burying Lane is currently closed; please avoid the area."
This is the second mortar shell to be found in Barnsley in the past week.
Last week a mortar shell was found in Fleets Dam.
College students cook up a storm
BUDDING chefs from Barnsley College have cooked up a win after achieving first prize in a college-led culinary competition.
Level one catering and hospitality students, Max Hodgkinson, Will Smith, and Jessica Steele took part in the Stretch and Challenge competition.
Throughout a period of four weeks the students created four dishes using a specific ingredient each week.
They then had seven days to submit their dishes along with pictures of them making the dish, and a recipe they used.
The competition was created by catering tutor, James Key, who wanted to encourage the students to think about different recipes.
Jessica said: “I was shocked to win the competition, I’m proud that I have accomplished it.
“My favourite dish to make was my pasta dish; it was linguine in a spicy chorizo tomato sauce.
“I am thankful to James for coming up with the cooking competition as it kept my lockdown interesting and gave me something different to do and think about.”
Three overnight fires classed as deliberate
FIREFIGHTERS from across the borough dealt with three blazes last night that are all being treated as deliberate.
A crew from Cudworth was called to Beech Road, Wath-upon-Dearne at around 7.10pm after a wheelie bin was set alight.
The fire is being treated as deliberate, and the crew left the scene at 7.55pm.
Later in the night, crews were called to two deliberate rubbish fires.
At around 10.50pm, the Barnsley crew was called out to a rubbish fire on Eldon Street North and at midnight the crew from Cudworth attended a rubbish fire in an outbuilding on Doncaster Road.
Both fires were put out and crews left the scenes at 11.30pm, and 12.45am respectively.
Royston collision left man, 19, with broken ribs
POLICE were called to a collision in Royston yesterday that left a 19-year-old with broken ribs.
At around 5.13pm yesterday (March 1), emergency services arrived at Lee Lane following reports of a road traffic collision.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “On arrival, officers found that a black Vauxhall Astra, a blue Nissan Juke and a red Seat Leon had been in collision.
“One of the drivers, a 19-year-old man, was taken to hospital suffering from fractured ribs.”
RSPCA warn against spate of dog thefts in the borough
AN animal charity has warned residents after reports of people posing as fake RSPCA inspectors following a spate of dog thefts across the borough.
Staff at RSPCA have been made aware of a number of incidents in different areas of the borough where people have been targeted in their own homes or while out walking their dogs.
In some cases, police have been made aware of the circumstances.
A spokesperson for RSPCA said: “We want to ensure that the public, their animals and our own staff are safe, and that our officers can continue to carry out their vital work without being compromised by bogus officials.
“Thankfully, there have been only a handful of incidents that have been officially reported.
“However, we’re aware that many alleged incidents circulating on social media may not have been actual cases of people trying to pass as bogus officials and, in some cases, our own officers have been stopped in their work vehicles and asked to prove they are genuine staff members.
“We’re also extremely concerned to hear that some fraud callers are mirroring our emergency hotline number 0300 1234 999 to make outgoing calls claiming to be calling from the RSPCA.
“While this number should be dialled by members of the public trying to report animal cruelty, outgoing calls made by our control centre will never display as this number.
“If you receive a call from this number we would urge you not to divulge any personal information, to hang up and to report this to the police.”
Council warn against bogus calls to residents
COUNCIL bosses have warned against fraudsters who have been targeting residents by disguising as official council workers or as fraudulent documents.
Barnsley Council urged residents to stay vigilant of bogus letters, emails and phone calls about council tax payments, reductions and refunds.
The correspondence, which includes letter headed paper and government logos, appears genuine.
It encourages you to provide personal details in return for reductions and refunds and warns of increased liability if you fail to comply.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “These are all scams. The links provided have no connection to any local authority and the phone numbers are linked to other fraudulent schemes.
“Be cautious when receiving unsolicited calls, emails and correspondence.
“Don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller, bin a letter, delete an email or shut the door.
“If you think you’ve been scammed, tell your bank and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
“Always report a possible scam, it could save someone else from becoming a victim.”
Furniture needed for new hospital ward
BARNSLEY Hospital Charity is appealing for help to raise funds to provide a new ward with some much-needed furniture.
The Care of the Elderly Ward will help support patients with Alzheimer's and dementia at Barnsley Hospital.
The new furniture will be colour-coded and will help patients to be able to find their way around the ward easier.
The charity has been provided £10,000 towards the furniture on the condition that the amount is match-funded in donations.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “We have secured £10,000 for colour coded furniture for our Care of the Elderly Ward on condition we match fund it. The furniture will enable us to transform our ward into a homely and welcoming place.
“The furniture we will buy is colour coded bedside tables, lockers and chairs which will transform our ward bays and rooms.
“We are so delighted to have received this funding and determined to raise the funds so we can access it.
“Thank you for your support in helping to make a difference for the people of Barnsley."
To donate to the fundraiser, click here.
Families have until tomorrow to claim Good Food Box
RESIDENTS have until tomorrow to claim a free box full of ingredients for children's lunches.
Anyone who has received a letter will have to register for their Good Food Box by tomorrow (March 3).
The boxes are available to anyone who's children are eligible for free school meals.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “The good food box contains ingredients to make delicious and healthy meals for your child's lunchtime meal.
“The box also contains an activity pack which inclusdes lots of healthy activities for you and your child to enjoy together over the school holidays.”
The scheme has previously been available throughout the Christmas school break.
For more information about the scheme, click here.
Man arrested after serious collision in Carlton
A MAN has been arrested following a collision in Carlton yesterday which resulted in a five-year-old child suffering serious injuries.
At 12.35pm yesterday (February 28), it is reported that an officer in a marked police car in Athersley North spotted a vehicle with a smashed windscreen.
The 29-year-old driver of a blue Citroen C3, is believed to have become aware of the police presence and drove off, with the police vehicle following.
On Fish Dam Lane, as the Citroen was travelling in the general direction of Royston, it was involved in a collision with a white Range Rover Evoque travelling the opposite way.
The collision happened close to the junction with Shaw Lane.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The driver of the Evoque, a 32-year-old man, and the front seat passenger, a 32-year-old woman, both suffered minor injuries.
“A five-year-old girl travelling in the rear of the Evoque suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital where she remains.
The driver of the Citroen, a 29-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“He has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
“The Citroen was later identified as having been stolen in a burglary in Barnsley.
“Did you see the collision? Any witnesses, or motorists with dash-cam footage, are asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 419 of February 28.
“If you have footage, you can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the incident number in the email subject line.
“The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been notified.”
Boatmans not resting on laurels...
A WORSBROUGH pub has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for overcoming the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Boatmans Rest, on Edmunds Road, has been praised for going ‘above and beyond’ in keeping the pub going during lockdown.
Like most across the borough, the pub, which had been forced to close its doors for the majority of last year, has been struggling to keep afloat.
However owner Jason Alderton said it was essential to keep the community fed and keep money coming into the business.
He said: “It’s been a challenging time for us but we wanted to find a way to keep going.
“We’ve not done takeaway much before but thought it was essential in order to stay open during the lockdown.
“Word-of-mouth has worked really well as we’ve started to see more faces come in everyday – even NHS workers who have come to be fed during a long shift.
“We’ve done everything possible to keep out staff working. We’re a family-run pub so this is really important to us. Staff have even volunteered their free time to come and help.
“We’re just looking ahead to having bums on seats once again and see everyone back in the pub.”
The team’s dedication has landed them a nomination at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards in the Exceptional Achievement category.
“It’s brilliant to be nominated and very unexpected. We’re just doing the best we can.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us during a difficult time.”
Green bins due to be collected across the borough
GREEN bin collections will begin again this week - council bosses have confirmed.
From today (March 1), Barnsley Council will start collecting waste from residents with green bins across the borough.
To find out when your bin is meant to be cleared, residents can type their address into the council website and a date will be shown of when to expect it.
To check your bin day, click here.
Car seized following resident concerns on Huddersfield Road
A CAR was seized for breaching numerous driving restrictions as police conducted traffic checks across the borough.
The team from Barnsley North performed a speed operation on Huddersfield Road on Saturday.
In one instant, a car was seized following five offences including defective lights, obscured registration mark, speeding, no insurance and drug possession.
A spokesperson for the team said: “Residents had concerns over speeding vehicles on Huddersfield Road, particularly late at night.
“Several vehicles were in excess of the speed limit and were dealt with accordingly. We will be returning to conduct further operations.
“It was clear that a certain driver didn’t want to stick with the one offence so quickly collected five.
“After the vehicle was seized, the driver had plenty of time to learn from their mistakes on the long walk home.”
Secondary school places revealed for Barnsley students
SCHOOL children across the borough have been informed of their secondary school places in September - with 97 per cent securing their first choice.
Earlier today (March 1), it was revealed that 96.9 per cent of children have been offered their first choice of secondary school - the largest percentage of first choice offers achieved in recent years.
Coun Margaret Bruff, cabinet spokesperson for children’s services, said: “This is excellent news, and we’re incredibly proud to see a significant increase in first choice secondary school places.
“This is a result of effective partnership working between our school admissions team and secondary schools.
“We recognise some children and families may have received disappointing news today, and we will support them in their next steps.
“Please notify our school admissions team in writing if you don’t want to accept the place offered within ten working days of receiving the offer.
“Those who haven’t received a place for their child at their chosen school can complete a Notice of Appeal form and return it to us by March 31. Appeals will be held between May and June 2021.
“The admissions team is happy to support any parents wishing to appeal with appropriate advice and guidance throughout the process.
“They can be contacted by emailing email@example.com or calling 773677.”
Items thrown off of a Smithies bridge at passing traffic
POLICE will crackdown on patrols in Smithies after reports of items being thrown from a bridge at buses and cars below.
On Thursday (February 25), police were on patrol along Smithies Lane following reports of antisocial behaviour in the area.
A spokesperson for the Barnsley North Neighbourhood Policing team said: “We’re working alongside Stagecoach South Yorkshire to tackle recent reports of items being thrown from Smithies Lane Bridge.
“This involved officers using a 'trojan bus' where passengers were solely members of the team along with other officers nearby.
“This approach is something that has been used very successfully in Sheffield recently and, when not halted, we will be back.
“In the meantime additional patrols will be completed on foot and vehicle in this area.”
Penistone pensioner takes on a new challenge...
AN 89-YEAR-OLD man from Penistone has began work on his bug hotel inspired by his late wife thanks to the support of a local charity.
Age UK Barnsley, based on Eldon Street, has been running a selection of ‘Activities At Home’ in a bid to help older people feel less lonely.
Sharon Haggerty, the social inclusion worker for the Penistone area, said: “We asked 89-year-old Brian if he would like to have a bug hotel for his garden.
“His reply was, ‘I’ll make them for you because since losing my wife, I’ve felt lonely and this will give me back a sense of purpose’.
“We think you will agree that Brian has done an amazing job, and we can’t wait to see the bird boxes that he’s making.”
Opinions sought from residents who have been through Barnsley Hospital complaints...
STAFF at Barnsley Hospital are asking to hear from patients who have been through their complaints process.
The deadline for the engagement poll ends at the end of March, with hospital bosses hoping to improve the way they collect feedback.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “Have you ever been through the Barnsley Hospital complaints process?
“If so we would like to hear from you.
“We want to be able to improve the way in which we collect feedback about the complaints process and would like to know what your preferred method for providing us with feedback would be?”
To complete the poll, click here.
'Tiny forest' set for Goldthorpe
GOLDTHORPE will be home to Yorkshire’s first ‘Tiny Forest’ in a bid to reach the council’s ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2045.
There will be 600 trees all a mixture of native species located within the Brickyard Ponds site and work is due to be completed by the end of March.
Astrea Academy Dearne played a key role in the Tiny Forest initiative, with students helping design its layout while also learning about the importance of forests to address the climate issue.
Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “Our Tiny Forest project is hugely exciting because of the speed it will become established.
“Within weeks it will be a beautiful addition to the landscape at the Brickyard Ponds and within its first four years it will already be contributing benefits to local communities and our environment.
“For example, we expect the Tiny Forest to help attract local biodiversity and contribute to mitigating urban flooding from rainfall.
“It will also enable people to connect with nature in their local area and by working with Astrea Academy Dearne it will help our young people learn about climate change.”
Customers and staff 'at risk' following vandalism of Barnsley bus
Quad bike crackdown in Kendray
OFFICERS from Barnsley West’s neighbourhood policing team seized a quad bike at a Kendray football centre earlier this week.
The incident occurred at 2.30pm on Thursday (February 25) as the officers noticed three males on the 5IVES football centre riding a quad bike.
A spokesperson for the neighbourhood team said: “After speaking with the males the quad bike was seized to prevent further antisocial behaviour.
“Within our Ward area there has been a significant rise in this kind of unwanted behaviour.
“We would like to reassure the public and residents that we take the issue seriously and we are working robustly to reduce the antisocial use of illegal off road vehicles.”
Crackdown on mobile phone use whilst driving is police priority across the borough
BARNSLEY officers from the Roads Policing team have taken to new heights to create safer roads across the borough as part of a crackdown on mobile phone use.
This month, Highways England provided South Yorkshire Police with an unmarked HGV tractor unit, which allowed our officers to see inside vehicles of a greater height, including HGV’s and LGV’s.
The height of the vehicle enabled officers to film any unsafe behaviour taking place.
This comes after more than 2,000 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of a driver being distracted on motorways and major roads over five years.
Roads Policing Sergeant, Bruce Yacomeni, said: “I am extremely pleased that South Yorkshire Police are the first force in the country to make use of this unmarked HGV, provided fully funded through partnership working with Highways England.
“We have an extensive motorway network running through South Yorkshire and work hard to ensure the safety of all users.
“This initiative has allowed us to enhance and increase our detection rates of those drivers using their mobile phone behind the wheel, or committing other #Fatal4 offences - drink and drug driving, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.”
Sarah Watson-Quirk, Highways England regional road safety co-ordinator, added: “The vast majority of people drive responsibly and we hope this operation will encourage all road users to drive safely.
“We have several lorry cabs at Highways England that provide the police will a valuable tool to carry out their job enforcing the law.
“Unfortunately around 450 people are killed or seriously injured every year on England’s motorways and major A-roads as a result of a driver being impaired or distracted.
“Those who break the law by using mobile phones or distracted in other ways are putting lives at risk.”
'Leave Them Certain' campaign urges residents to discuss organ donation
BARNSLEY Hospital is backing a campaign which urges families to talk about organ donation after research showed that less than half of adults in the country have had the conversation.
The Leave Them Certain scheme, led by the NHS, aims to highlight the impact not knowing about organ donation has on those who are left behind.
A spokesperson for the hospital said: “It follows the law change last year in England, which means that all adults are seen as willing to donate their organs, unless they opt out or are in one of the excluded groups.
“However, many don’t realise that families will still be approached before any donation goes ahead.
“Even though 80 per cent of people are willing to donate their organs, only 39 per cent say they have shared their decision.
“And while a huge nine in ten families support organ donation if they knew what their loved one wanted, this figure falls to around half when a decision is not known.”
Worsbrough pupils get creative ahead of World Book Day
PUPILS at a primary school in Worsbrough have been out and about finding scarecrows ahead of World Book Day next week.
Students at Worsbrough Common Primary School, alongside children from Ward Green Primary School, have been making and finding their own scarecrows across the neighbourhood.
The scarecrows are inspired by the students’ favourite book characters - ahead of World Book Day on March 4.
Some of the best and most creative designs will win some prizes from school staff.
A spokesperson for Worsbrough Common Primary said: “As part of our World Book Day celebrations we will be holding a book character scarecrow building competition and would love to brighten up our local area with colourful scarecrows based on book characters.
“We are working in collaboration with Ward Green Primary and our aim is to create a scarecrow trail which children can follow when out taking their daily exercise and adhering to government guidelines.”
Source of stench remains a puzzle
A HOMEOWNER said he has ‘had enough’ after living with the smell of sewage for almost six months.
Glen Myers, of Mill Stones, Oxspring, said he first noticed the smell coming from his bathroom in September last year.
Since then his home has constantly smelled like drains, something he described as ‘nauseating’.
“At first we tried to fix the problem ourselves,” said Glen, 63. “We tried the usual thing of putting bleach down the drain which seemed to fix the problem.
“However, a few days later the smell was back, and it seemed to be worse.”
Glen contacted Yorkshire Water about the issue, but he said despite a home visit, the problem remained.
“Because of the virus, my partner and son now work from home,” he added. “It’s disgusting having to smell sewage every day, but imagine what it’s like working with the smell.
“We’ve had engineers round but nothing has happened. This is constant and it’s making us unwell.”
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Water said they have since identified the route of the issue and are working to eliminate the smell.
“Over the last few months we have run several investigations to eliminate possible causes of the odour we’ve also carried out a number of maintenance and cleaning jobs in the area.
“We visited again last week, and spoke with the customer about reinstating a manhole in their garden, which has been covered up by a patio.
“This will help in getting access to any blockages there may be, and will allow the pipes to aerate properly.”
'Illegal gathering' in Royston woods
A ROYSTON man said he was ‘disgusted’ after finding a number of empty beer cans and burnt-out deck chairs while walking his dogs.
Richard Jarosiewicz, 47, of Hatfield Gardens, was walking his dogs in woodland – between Royston and Notton – when he came across the remains of what he believes was an illegal gathering.
He said: “There was three or four burnt-out deck chairs, which is why I don’t think it was someone homeless because they would have taken it with them.”
Richard believes that the site is dangerous due to the broken glass bottles, especially with more people walking during lockdown.
“I walk my dogs every weekend but because there’s more families out walking, if a child was to go over the bridge and fall they would definitely get hurt,” he added.
Do you know more about this family?
LITTLE is known about the Barnsley family featured in these photographs other than their names and the fact they used to live in Hoyland.
They were taken some time in the early 1950s and show David Rose, wife Muriel and son Peter on a trip to the seaside and in Kent.
The three were visiting Janet Raven – formerly Farmer – and her parents Joan and Jack.
But that’s all Janet, who would’ve been around six or eight years old at the time and recently stumbled across the photos, knows about them.
She’s looking to track down relatives of David and Muriel and pass the photos on.
“The photos don’t really mean a lot to me and I have no family they will mean anything to,” said Janet, 73, now living in Keighley.
“My parents aren’t alive and I don’t know how they met them.
“They were my parents’ friends. I probably only saw Peter on a couple of occasions.
“I’ve no idea where the seaside ones are, I assume somewhere in Yorkshire, and they were taken by the Rose family and sent to my parents.
“The other two I believe were taken in Kent, on a family visit to us, by my father who does not appear in any of them.”
Do you recognise the family in the photos?
Contact the Barnsley Chronicle newsroom on 734262.
Adaptable Springwell staff have earned school category nomination
SCHOOL leaders who support children with complex needs have been praised for going ‘above and beyond’ for their pupils during the lockdowns.
Springwell Learning Community, on St Helen’s Boulevard, has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for offering free school meals to every single student, regardless of if they are eligible, as well as new uniforms for new starters during the pandemic.
The school has also been praised for visiting students during the lockdown, providing essential foods and items and delivering them to families who need a boost.
Throughout the pandemic, the school has remained open for any pupil who needs to come and receive additional support in a bid to support families.
Last year, staff at the school were praised for offering coronavirus test kits to families who struggled to get access to them in the hope pupils would return to the school.
Danny Ross, the head of school, has said the team effort from teachers, staff, parents and pupils was key to tackling this pandemic.
“Like all schools, this last year has been a real challenge for us to keep our students learning and supported.
“Our children have special educational needs and so need a sense of normality and routine as much as possible – which has been difficult to establish.
“However, it was so important to use to put our children and their families first and make sure they were supported during a difficult time, because ultimately we want everyone back again as soon as we can.
“We’ve had to change the way we operate for safety reasons including doing parents evening briefings over FaceTime and maintaining social distancing at all times.
“Members of our fantastic pastoral team made regular phone calls and door visits to our families so we never felt too distant, even making food donations whilst in lockdown.”
The school’s efforts have landed them a nomination for School of the Year at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.
“I’m so proud of our entire team who have really pulled together to make this happen. Our pastoral team have invaluable this past year so it’ll mean a lot to them too.
“We’ll continue to put out pupils first and work towards reuniting properly as soon as we can.”