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A FORMER Barnsley police officer will appear at court tomorrow following charges linked to an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with a female victim of crime.
Former PC Liam Mills, 34, has been charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office and a data protection offence.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police added: “Former PC Liam Mills, who worked on a response team, is due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Wednesday, June...
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Nominations open for Proud of Barnsley
A DATE has been set for this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards – and there’s now a chance to nominate unsung heroes who deserve their time in the limelight.
The categories for this year’s awards are: Hospital Hero, Children’s Champion, Charity of the Year, Young Superstar, Community Hero, Sporting Achievement, Community Group, School of the Year, Triumph Over Adversity, Exceptional Achievement, Carer of the Year, Charity Fundraiser, Volunteer of the Year, Love Where You...
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Barnsley's Big Weekend makes return next month
BARNSLEY’S Big Weekend will be returning to the town next month.
The three-day event will take place on July 15 to July 17.
On the Friday, British Cycling Men’s and Women’s National Circuit Series will be in the town centre.
The following day includes events such as Mayor’s Day and Pride Barnsley in Mandela Gardens.
The weekend finishes off with a day of activities in the centre.
More information can...
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Council given £2m in funding to help with rising costs
BARNSLEY Council has received more than £2m in government funding to help people with the increase in their food and fuel costs.
The council will distribute the funding to people in receipt of pension credit and households with children who receive a benefit-related free school meal.
A spokesperson added: “There’s no need to apply for this support fund, as we’ll be sending out letters to everyone who’s eligible.
“If you’re eligible for...
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£12,000 raised for Barnsley Hospice
MORE than £10,000 was raised for Barnsley Hospice through this year’s Accumulator Challenge.
Every year, businesses take on the challenge of turning £31 into as much money as possible throughout May.
In this year’s event, a massive £12,000 was raised for the hospice.
A spokesperson added: “Each year, we need to raise £2.5m to support our services, and fundraisers like this make a huge difference to the care and support we provide.”
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Investigated launched following damage to war memorial
A POLICE investigation has been launched after damage to the Battle of the Somme memorial in the town centre.
It’s believed that screens containing photos of individuals who died on the first day of the battle were ‘destroyed’ between Friday June 17 and the following day.
Officers are appealing for residents with any information to come forward.
Sergeant Alun Oliver, from the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: ““This looks to be...
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Grimethorpe litter picker nominated for award
A GRIMETHORPE woman who helps keep her area litter-free has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award in recognition of her hard work.
Julie Jefferies, 58, of Manor Crescent, moved to Grimethorpe from London in 2016 and has wanted to keep the area something to be proud of ever since.
She’s been litter-picking since 2019 and even more recently started to help tidy up her street off her own back with a...
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Thousands left waiting for routine treatment at Barnsley Hospital
THOUSANDS more patients have been left waiting weeks for routine treatment at Barnsley Hospital – also battling to keep its busy emergency department running – due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic.
Waiting lists for non-urgent elective operations and treatment have continued to dwarf pre-pandemic figures – with the latest NHS statistics showing 17,060 were still waiting at the end of April after being referred.
The number of patients has snowballed this...
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Less than a quarter of Barnsley's teachers are male
MALE teachers make up just under a quarter of those working in Barnsley, according to new government data.
As of November, there were 1,921 teachers in state-funded schools working in the borough, of which 462 were male.
The percentage has fallen slightly on the previous year’s figure, from 24.5 per cent to 24 per cent.
Barnsley is similar to the national picture, with the average across England 24.2 per cent – although...
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DJ Nigel up for Proud of Barnsley award
A MAN described as the ‘epitome’ of community spirit has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.
Nigel Patrick, 58, of Cudworth, raised the spirits of his neighbours during the pandemic with his lockdown garden discos – but he hasn’t stopped there.
He’s since held large events in his area for both VE Day and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, all to put a smile on the faces of his friends.
“It...
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Changes made after devastated mum loses baby during labour at Barnsley Hospital
‘IMMEDIATE’ changes have been made at Barnsley Hospital after a devastated mother – who accused maternity staff of ignoring alarm bells – lost her baby during labour.
Emily Barley, 33, gave birth to Beatrice on May 22 with no signs of life, after staff reportedly failed to act on her baby’s bradycardia – a sustained low heart rate – but this condition was reportedly not written on records.
After Beatrice’s heart rate was...

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School friends reunited after more than half a century
SCHOOL friends were reunited for the first time in 55 years last week with their much-admired former teacher.
Ian Harley, 73, of Cinder Hills Way, Dodworth, began conducting research in 2019 into former pupils from Holgate Grammar School who lost their lives serving in World War Two.
Along with friend and fellow ex-pupil Melvyn Dunn, the research led to the idea to create a group email with former friends from Holgate who studied...
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Community hero Bob nominated for award
A MAN who’s well known in the Old Town community for his cheeky jokes and huge smile has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his work in the area.
Bob Sharpe, 83, is a former firefighter – but his work to tidy up the area in which he lives has gained the support from his neighbours.
He regularly takes part in litter picks and clear graffiti off walls, as well...
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Reds face Worksop in first preseason friendly
BARNSLEY will play their first game of preseason tomorrow as they prepare for their League One campaign.
They will face Worksop Town who play in the Northern Premier League, Division One East - one tier above Penistone Church.
It’s set to be the first preseason game Barnsley fans can attend since 2019.
Fans are being invited to a barbecue at Oakwell from 11am to 12.15pm before the away game.
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Grannies raise thousands for Barnsley Hospice
A GROUP of grannies have celebrated raising almost £3,000 for Barnsley Hospice – surpassing their goal almost twice over.
The ‘Grabby Grannies’ meet at the Heaven and Ale pub on Agnes Road in Kingstone at 1pm every Thursday, and have held fundraisers from auctioning off pork pies to weekly events in a mission to raise £1,000 for the hospice.
Their grand total now sits at £2,843 after an afternoon of music and games...
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Reds to travel to Middlesbrough in Carabao Cup
BARNSLEY will travel to Championship side Middlesbrough in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
It’s a repeat of the tie two years ago where the Reds came out 2-0 winners.
Barnsley also found out their EFL trophy group today.
They will play Lincoln, Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle u21s.
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A week left for residents to apply for energy rebate
THERE’S exactly a week left for residents to apply for their council tax energy rebate.
Residents have until Thursday to apply for their £150 rebate.
If an application is not submitted, Barnsley Council will credit the sum to your council tax account.
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Barnsley to make 600-mile round trip on first day of season
BARNSLEY will make their longest trip of the season on the first day of their League One campaign as they travel to Plymouth Argyle.
They’ll then host Michael Duff’s former team Cheltenham Town at Oakwell in the second game of the season.
The Reds will end their campaign against Peterborough United at home.
The full fixture list can be found on the Barnsley FC website.
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Reds sign Bristol City centre back
BARNSLEY FC have announced the signing of centre back Robbie Cundy after he rejected a contract at Championship side Bristol City.
The 25-year-old’s contract with Bristol City ended in the summer and he will now link up with Michael Duff at Oakwell on a two-year deal.
He signed for Bristol City back in 2019 and eventually broke into the team earlier this year.
He generally impressed in his 14 Championship appearances and...
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Appeal after cat boards lorry in Barnsley and ends up in Scotland
AN appeal has been launched for the owner of a cat to come forward - after it boarded a lorry and ended up in Scotland.
The tabby and white-coloured male cat was discovered on the back of the lorry - and now an appeal has been launched to find its owner having been handed into the Scottish SPCA.
A spokesperson added: “The lorry began its journey in Barnsley in England, then travelled to...
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Warning of fraud messages claiming to be Ofgem
BARNSLEY Council bosses have warned residents of fake text messages claiming to be from Ofgem.
The messages claim to offer £400 energy rebates, but these claims are bogus.
A spokesperson added: “Please be cautious of suspicious text messages and trust your instincts don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller or delete an email or email.
“You should never give your personal information or bank details over the phone.”
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Cauley Woodrow leaves Oakwell for Luton
BARNSLEY captain Cauley Woodrow has left Barnsley FC to join Luton Town.
Having made 157 appearances at the club, Woodrow will also go down as one of the great goal scorers of the 21st century at Oakwell.
He joins Luton for an undisclosed fee.
He said: “There has been ups and downs, but this football club, fan base, players and staff will be in my heart forever.
“I can’t thank everyone...
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Students expand knowledge in capital visit
BARNSLEY Sixth Form College students travelled to the capital to expand their knowledge of their subjects.
The three-day trip saw art and design students attend a number of art galleries as well as a workshop so they could learn more about their work.
Drama student Keira Duce said: “The stage combat workshop allowed us to develop our performance skills and explore roots of theatre that we had not previously looked at.
“We...
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Sign language app launched to help contact emergency services
A NEW app has been launched to assist sign language users in Barnsley to contact emergency services quicker.
The ‘999 BSL’ app can be downloaded on any smart phone and tablet, and offers an interpreter for residents to speak to police, fire and ambulance services.
Superintendent Cherie Buttle said: “As a force we already have in place and support the text message relay service that is available for those who are unable to...
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Warning after owl moved away from nest
THE RSPCA is warning people to not move owls away from their nests after a young bird was found alone in Wath-Upon-Dearne.
The distinctive young tawny was handed over to a bird of prey keeper by a member of the public who found him grounded in a wood.
It’s believed the fledgling was moved away from his nest by youngsters.
RSPCA animal rescue officers Liz Braidley and Leanne Horness-Heather worked together to...
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Police urging Ford Fiesta owners to remain vigilant
POLICE are warning Ford Fiesta owners following a surge in thefts.
More than 80 have been stolen from across South Yorkshire since March as Fiestas can be stolen without keys – considerably easier than other cars.
Police are now encouraging Barnsley residents to be more wary.
Detective Inspector Lee Wilson said: “There are various ways owners of Fiestas can reduce the risk of their vehicle being stolen.
“These include purchasing an...
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Barnsley FC partner with local foodbank
BARNSLEY FC has partnered with a local foodbank ahead of their upcoming League One season.
The club is continuing its relationship with the foodbank which saw a donation point set up during games at Oakwell through the last campaign.
The Reds announced they will open the donation point ‘more frequently’ over the coming months, with an awareness that foodbank use is predicted to increase during the current cost-of-living crisis.
“People are really...
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Three arrested following town centre burglary
THREE men have been charged following a burglary in the town centre last Friday morning.
Police were called in the early hours of the morning to reports of three men breaking into a shop on New Street.
Following the work of response colleagues and CCTV operators, three men were arrested and charged.
Karl Horsfield, 34, Dean Hood, 37 and 23-year-old Connor Francis have all been charged with an offence of commercial burglary.
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Face masks no longer mandatory at hospital
FACE masks are no longer mandatory at Barnsley Hospital, it was announced on Thursday.
However, health bosses confirmed they may re-introduce the measures if there is a further surge of Covid cases in the area.
A spokesperson added: “Infection prevention control guidance has continued to evolve throughout the pandemic, and we are now making further changes.
“With immediate effect, we are no longer asking colleagues, patients and hospital visitors to wear masks...
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New trans and non-binary support group starting up
A NEW support group for trans and non-binary people is starting this week.
The first face-to-face support group by new entity, TransBarnsley, will be this Thursday from 6-8pm.
The group is for those aged over 16, and more details can be found out by emailing transbarnsley@swyt.nhs.uk or by messaging the TransBarnsley Facebook page.
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Boy who recovered from dog attack nominated for Proud of Barnsley award
A YOUNG boy who had his face mauled by his dog last year has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his bravery in the coming months.
Judd Moore was just five years old when his own dog turned on him, causing serious damage to his face.
The youngster had to ensure facial and head operations in the months that followed – but he’s managed to recover and show...

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