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A booksmart idea from teacher Amy

A TEACHER is taking matters into her own hands by ‘reading her height in books’ to help secure funding for the school library. 

 

Amy Holwell is the year two teacher and English lead at The Mill Academy, Lobwood, who believes that the library at the school is lacking in up-to-date resources. 

 

“The most recent book in our library was published in 1992,” said Amy. “The information is out of date, especially when it comes to science. There have been a lot of advances in the past 20 years and the resources we have are inappropriate for teaching up-to-date facts. 

 

“Unfortunately there is no budget for us to be able to update our books because it would cost about £1,500 to £2,000.”

 

Amy is planning to read a stack of books as tall as she is in an attempt to fundraise for new books and she plans to do it all in just one month. 

 

“Hopefully by the end of this month I will have read all the books,” she said. “I have a strategy where I am trying to read mostly children’s books so that I can get through the books quicker and also so I can make recommendations for the library. I’ve asked the children about what books they would like me to read and I think it’s a great way to get them interested in literature. 

 

“My aim in this is to get the children excited to go and pick up a book. They don’t want to read books from before they were born, they want things that interest them now. It’s hard enough to get them to take books home so I’m hoping with more books that appeal to them that it will bridge that gap.”

 

Alongside Amy’s efforts, the school is planning a sponsored read for the pupils where they can be sponsored to help raise money for the new books. Amy hopes to raise £300 to put towards starting the new library and has already read five books. 

 

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Brian's old Pals act for town's heroes
A PLAQUE to remember the Barnsley Pals who died at the Battle of the Somme has been lovingly restored after its wood mount rotted away.
 
Brian Smith, 50, is an inspector with the Metropolitan Police and an avid First World War amateur historian. While on a visit to the Battle of the Somme battlefields, Brian noticed that the plaque commemorating the Barnsley Pals had fallen to the ground due to the wood the plaque was mounted on rotting away. 
 
The Battle of the Somme was fought between July 1 and November 18, 1916 and was one of the largest and bloodiest battles ever fought. More than three million men fought at the Somme and it is estimated that around 1.3m men were killed or wounded. Now a memorial site sits on the battlefield and features memorial plaques to each regiment or battalion who were involved in the conflict, as well as graves of fallen soldiers. 
 
“I am very interested in the First World War and I visit the battlefields a fair bit,” said Brian, from Southampton. “I was walking through Sheffield Park which sits on what would have been the front-line when I saw the plaque laying on the floor. 
 
“The wood had rotted away due to the harsh winters of Northern France and the screws had come loose from the tree. I couldn’t just leave it there because I knew it means so much to people. I knew that if I handed it in it would get lost because the upkeep of the site does take a lot and I didn’t want the plaque to be forgotten about.”
 
Brian brought the plaque back to England where he restored it at his home.
“I got a decent piece of wood so that it will last out in the open. One minute it can be sunny and the next it can be raining so I varnished the wood five times to make sure that it was weatherproof.”
 
The process of restoring the plaque took Brian more than a month to complete and involved completely replacing the wood mount with a piece of English oak, using new brass screws to attach the plaque to the wood and cleaning the plaque. In early October Brian and his nine-year-old son, Noah, returned to the battle site to return the memorial to Sheffield Park. 
 
“It was a really great feeling to see the plaque back where it belongs,” said Brian. “Knowing that everyone who comes to this part of the battlefield can remember the people of Barnsley and their town’s contribution to the war, and knowing that I helped to keep that memory alive is really great.”

 

URGENT: Have you seen this puppy?

A THREE week old puppy has been stolen from its home, and the owners fear if it is not returned shortly, it will die.

 

Sambo Starkers, of Crookes Street, Barnsley, is frantically searching for the missing puppy fearing it will be dead by the end of the day.

 

His dog gave birth to a litter of six Lhasa apso cross shih tzu three weeks ago and they are still feeding from their mother and have barely opened their eyes.

 

At 4.56pm yesterday, CCTV footage shows three people entering the house, and two people leaving a few minutes later, walking separate ways. Sambo has been looking for the puppy ever since.

 

Sambo said: “The puppy needs to be returned otherwise it will die. It’s not old enough to be away from its mum. She is going frantic with worry. We just want her returned.”

 

Anyone with information should contact 101.

 

 

 

Flooding response praised

SOUTH Yorkshire’s policing boss has praised the joint operations between his force and the county’s fire and rescue service to help communities affected by flooding across the district.

Dr Alan Billings said there had been ‘first class’ co-operation between the two emergency services and a commitment from individuals, with some working well beyond their shifts to help ensure residents were safe with the minimum impact possible.

Dr Billings is the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, with responsibility for policing services and also sits on South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, the body which fulfils a similar function for the brigade.

The two organisations have been working more closely in recent years, a trend Dr Billings has been keen to pursue.

He said: “The response of the emergency services to the unprecedented rainfall and flooding along the River Don was everything we could expect.

“There has been first class collaboration between the police and fire and rescue services.

“When the flooding began last week, many police officers stayed beyond the end of their shift to ensure people were safe. I have heard nothing but praise for the work of police officers.

“It serves to remind us that we need the promised increases in police numbers not only to fight crime but also to assist in times of emergency such as this.”

Meanwhile John Healey, Labour candidate for the Wentworth and Dearne seat in Parliament, has demanded government assistance for businesses hit by the heavy flooding.

He served as floods recovery minister in the last Labour government and set up funds to help both small and larger businesses affected by flooding, through Yorkshire Forward, a quango since abolished.

Mr Healey said: “The Conservatives have been on a go-slow since flooding hit our area.

“When northern homes and businesses were underwater, Boris Johnson told us that the flooding wasn’t a national emergency. It’s hard to imagine him saying the same if this had happened in London.

“The government must now act to help businesses get back on their feet, just like Labour did in government after the floods in 2007.”

  • Provided by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Arrests made following warrants

THREE people have been arrested following a day of action from police to disrupt organised crime groups. 

 

During the day of action, neighbourhood officers, detectives and intelligence officers disrupted and gathered further intelligence around suspected OCG members.

 

Two warrants were carried out in Thurnscoe, with an address on Kingsway having more than 185 cannabis plants.

 

The two occupants, a 32 year-old man and a 33-year-old man were both arrested on suspicion of the production of a controlled drug.

 

As officers took the door off the second property, this time in Windsor Street, they found a quantity of Class A drugs and a cannabis set up. Weapons were also seized from inside the property and a vehicle parked outside. These discoveries led to a 22 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

 

 

Officers also attended the premises of a licensed bar on Peel Street in the town centre to check all was in order with their licensing. While officers were there, they conducted drug searches and checks of the toilets and beer garden. The bar passed the inspection.

 

Neighbourhood Inspector Rebecca Richardson said: “We are committed to targeting organised crime in our communities to protect those living and working in the area, including the most vulnerable members of our society.

 

“We are stronger when we work with our communities and continue to urge people to ring 101 with any information or concerns they may have.

“Signs to look out for are those who drive round in expensive vehicles, take holidays and have expensive belongings, without having a job.

 

“I also urge you to continue to report any concerns you have over properties, including those, who have a large amount of people coming and going, people coming to the address at odd times throughout the night and those who may have cars pulling up outside for a short time.”

Power cut affecting town centre

A POWER cut has left shops across Barnsley town centre without power.

 

At 11.54am, the lights went out, causing the market to be evacuated and shops to close.

 

The power cut is believed to have been caused by a fault with an electrical cable. More than 130 properties have been affected.

 

Northern Powergrid said in a statement: “We are currently working hard to restore your power however we are unable to provide an accurate restoration time. Please call us on 105 if you have any specific questions.”

Road closed following incident

There has been an incident on Park Spring Road, close to Cathill roundabout. Please use an alternative route.

Market traders due to walk out over rent cost

A WALKOUT is planned by market traders in Barnsley to support their campaign for a rent reduction across the board after the council slashed charges for those with stalls upstairs but left rent unchanged on the ground floor.

Traders are planning a protest around the Cheapside entrance to the new market hall on Thursday between 2pm and 3pm, in a bid to draw attention to the situation and gain public support. The market was moved to its new home in the Glass Works shopping centre around a year ago and there has been tension between traders and Barnsley Council since then, with some reporting difficult trading conditions though the council insists the market is thriving with strong footfall.

Early in the autumn the council announced rents upstairs would be halved, with an invitation to ground floor traders to relocate, if they wished.

Traders responded with a protest, arguing that reduced rent was needed for all involved but that argument has been rejected by the council. As a result, they are continuing their campaign with Thursday’s ‘walkout’ as the next step.

A notice issued to businesses in the complex by the protest group clarifies that they are not looking to reduce the discount upstairs, rather to bring all stalls into line with what those traders have been offered.

Traders are being urged to spare staff where possible to join the hour-long demonstration.

Spokesman for the Barnsley branch of the National Market Traders Federation, Kieron Knight, said: “I think we will see some traders pushed into bankruptcy because of accumulating debts. You cannot stand by and watch that happen without doing your very best to prevent it.”

Figures released by Barnsley Council at the end of the summer revealed a substantial percentage of stallholders owed rent payments to the council.

David Shepherd, Barnsley Council’s service director for economic regeneration, said: “As a responsible landlord, we have regular discussions with our market traders about improvements that can be made to the market. Recent conversations with traders suggested there was a difference in trading position between the ground level and first floor of the market. We decided to look into this opening up further discussions, with traders. After listening to feedback, we proposed a 50 per cent reduction in rent for first floor traders.

“After taking this to a consultation, the results showed that the majority of traders were happy with the proposal. Therefore the change was implemented from September 1.

“The rent reduction will not only help support traders on the upper level, but also help attract new businesses into the market to ensure it continues to be a vibrant shopping destination.

“By attracting more new businesses into the market, we’re hopeful this will offset any loss of rental income from reducing rents for upstairs traders.

“The market has been supported by the addition of new operators in Market Kitchen, which is an exciting addition to the market, wider Glass Works and town centre.

“As always, I would like to encourage the people of Barnsley to continue to support our fantastic traders and brilliant market by shopping locally.”

 

  • Provided by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Village shows respect to fallen

A REMEMBRANCE light switch on took place in Cudworth as a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives to war.

 

Nearly 200 residents gathered at the Star Hotel, on Barnsley Road, to watch the lone soldier and poppy light up, accompanied by standard bearers and a bugler. 

 

The Mayor, Coun Pauline Markham, council leader Sir Steve Houghton, Coun Joe Hayward and Barnsley East Labour candidate Stephanie Peacock were also in attendance on Friday at the event which was organised by landlords Simon and Diane Davies.

 

A raffle was held at the pub prior to the event to raise funds towards the cost of the lone solider, in addition to donations from across the borough and the UK. Businesses in Cudworth, the Cudworth Ward Alliance and Chris Fox from the Cudworth Businesses and Communities together group also donated money towards the poppy motif. The lights will remain lit for two weeks over the remembrance period.

 

The Mayor, Coun Pauline Markham, said: “This was a special event to be a part of to remember the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives serving our country to provide us with the freedom that we can all take advantage of today.

 

“Their brave actions have left us forever in their debt and we must all therefore never forget.

 

“This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for the fantastic community spirit along with volunteers who dedicate their own time to bring ideas to life.”

 

In addition to the lights, money was also raised for Homeless Barnsley Veterans and Help for Heroes. The event raised £511.10

 

Sir Steve Houghton said: “Thank you to Simon, Diane, and Chris, whose initiative this was to make it happen. I’m proud to live in a village that shows so much respect for our veterans and everything that’s been done. 

 

“Lest we forget all the sacrifices they’ve made and continue to make to keep this country safe. It was a fantastic attendance, it shows how much all this means to the community and long may that continue into the future.”

 

Simon Davies said: “It was a fantastic night. We were happy that the weather held off and it was a great night for the village.”

 

Dwindling users impacted services

IN RESPONSE to councillors opposing a reduced bus service through Worsbrough and Stairfoot, Stagecoach Yorkshire have said the number of people using the service has declined.

Independent councillors Jake Lodge, Gill Carr and Andrew Gillis all wrote a letter to the bus company, stating residents ‘will continue to pay large fares, even though they will receive a reduced service and have less access to a reliable service’.

They also stated a ‘reduction in service will only exacerbate the already overcrowded buses at peak times during the week and at weekends’.

In response, John Young, commercial director at Stagecoach Yorkshire, said the reduction of five to four buses is a ‘minor issue’.

He said: “We are making a minor change to service six from Saturday, January 25 next year, where daytime buses will run every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes.

“This change is regretted but is necessary in order to maintain the long term sustainability of the service. 

“The amount of people catching the six bus has declined, much like other bus services across the UK. This is caused by a number of factors, in particular lifestyle changes. 

“Online shopping and flexible working, including home working, both continue to grow, leading to less demand for bus travel. 

“Congestion is a major issue across our network. Buses are more negatively impacted by congestion than any other form of transport, such as the car. Congestion causes bus speeds to slow down on average ten per cent per decade, and passenger numbers to decline by between ten per cent and 14 per cent.”

Refuse collection - 'best it's ever bin...'

CREWS responsible for carrying out more than eight million bin collections achieved a 99.95 first-time pick-up rate, according to bosses behind the service.

 

Members of the Central Area Council, who represent Central, Kingstone, Worsbrough and Stairfoot wards, were told on Monday that there had been ‘improvements’ to the service in the last year.

 

A total of 8.12 million collections were ‘right the first time’, according to neighbourhood services leader Mel Fitzpatrick, and 99.6 per cent of ‘assisted collections’ – where crews go into vulnerable residents’ gardens – were done.

 

Those collections are available for residents with disabilities and are in place at 3,000-plus addresses across the borough, councillors were told.

 

Mel added: “It’s under continual review but we want the service to be one of the pound-for-pound best and we’ve modernised it to improve efficiency.

“We’ve had a strong performance in the last year but there are still areas of improvement. There is a 99.95 per cent first-time pick-up rate across the borough and in the Central Area Council’s wards it’s at 99.7 per cent.”

 

Councillors were also told that crews’ traditional paper route planners will be scrapped in favour of a built-in satellite navigation-style in the council’s recently modernised fleet of bin lorries.

This, Mel added, will show drivers their rounds as a series of dots on streets, which subsequently disappear when they have been collected akin to the ‘Pac-Man’ game.

 

“This will enable crews to see their rounds on a screen, so they know where they are going,” Mel said. “In the Central Area Council’s wards we’re at 99.7 per cent but that doesn’t mean to say we’re not looking at that remain 0.3 per cent.

 

“It is about making sure we have real-time monitoring so we know where they are and where the bins have been collected.”

 

The figures were discussed by councillors at the meeting, which resulted in Couns Gill Carr, Jake Lodge and Margaret Bruff raising issues about residents’ reports of missed bin collections.

 

Coun Lodge said: “Can we be sure they’re accurate? I receive missed bin reports from residents and I know 22 were missed in James Street in my Worsbrough ward, where there’s only 24 houses.”

 

Mel added that some missed collections were out of crews’ hands due to roadworks or police-related incidents.

 

“It’s a great service and it’s the best it’s been for a long time,” Coun Bruff added. “However, I’ve had complaints – and it’s happened to me, too – where bins are left in unsafe places when they’ve been emptied.

 

“They need to go back where the crews found them, not blocking driveways, as that’s happened before and you have no choice but to get out of your car and move it, causing a potential hazard for traffic.”

Think of the consequences – urges grieving pet owner

A DOG owner whose puppy suffered a fatal heart attack after being frightened by fireworks has urged restrictions to be brought in to prevent a repeat.

 

Susan Paterson’s four-month-old terrier Molly died in the early hours of Sunday morning after being ‘terrified’ for hours due to the loud bangs. 

 

Susan, from Wombwell, said that she had bought Molly and her sister, Sally, for £400 each in the summer and urged people to think about pets before buying loud fireworks.

 

“It was horrendous and we’ve been reliving it all week because of how traumatic the night was,” said Susan. “I understand it’s tradition for people to set fireworks off but it should be done on Bonfire Night, not four or five days before.

 

“It’s terrible for most dogs and our ordeal shows just how bad it can be. I think fireworks should only be let off at mainstream events and action is needed immediately to prevent other pet owners from going through what we have.

 

“Molly was a beautiful puppy, playful and a lovely companion. Her sister, Sally, has been constantly on edge since and continues to look for her but won’t leave our side.

 

“Molly may be gone but she will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts.”

 

Susan, who posted about the incident on social media, has made the national headlines this week and urged people to sign a petition calling for a review of regulations around fireworks to protect animals.

 

According to the RSPCA, the charity has received more than 2,200 calls about fireworks since 2014 and is also calling for restrictions on public sales.

 

A spokesman added: “We’re extremely sad to hear of Molly’s death and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

 

“We see the impact of fireworks on animals every year and we know there’s strong public feeling, with more than 500,000 people signing petitions to restrict their use in recent years.

 

“We’re urging the government to act on this strength of feeling, which would support owners to help their animals cope at this time of year.

 

“We are calling for the public sale and use of fireworks to be limited to four specific celebration and festival dates – November 5, December 31, Chinese New Year and Diwali.

 

“There is current legislation in place but we believe the Fireworks Act 2003 and the Fireworks Regulations 2004 don’t go far enough.

 

The public can help by writing to their local council to request restrictions on fireworks at a local level.”

Police stumble across cannabis

POLICE officers who stopped a car for a broken light found cannabis to the value of £2,000 inside.

 

Officers from the Cudworth-based local policing team were patrolling High Street, Shafton, in the early hours of Saturday morning when they stopped the car.

 

A 28-year-old man, from Monk Bretton, was arrested before being released while enquiries continue.

Special day for Normandy Vet

ONE of Barnsley’s oldest surviving Normandy veterans, who received the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur for his bravery as a teenager during the D-Day landings, will celebrate his 95th birthday on Remembrance Sunday.

 

Hubert Miller was 18 when he traversed enemy lines with no weapons or ammunition to find help for a squadmate injured after the troops’ Jeep was flipped by landmines.

 

Hubert, who has lived in Royston all his life and now resides in Westmeads care home, was awarded the top French award as a 92-year-old.

 

And three years later, the Anti Tank Regiment veteran’s birthday has fallen on the day of remembrance.

 

“He’s one of the oldest surviving Normandy veterans in Barnsley,” said son Ian, 57, of Autumn Close, Royston.

 

“Every year we go to church for the Remembrance service and we always know it’s going to be around his birthday. Obviously this year it’s on his birthday, but I never twigged until my son rang me and asked what we were doing.

 

“He went through so much. He crawled out of his Jeep that’d been blown up, with nothing, no equipment or ammunition, and went a mile-and-a-half over enemy territory to save someone.

 

“There are quite a few stories he won’t tell.

 

“He used to be quite a lively character, spending a lot of time in the Alexandra in Royston. He still is.

 

“He was driving until he was 91. It was not uncommon for me to go see him, for him to ring me saying they’d got a taxi to go for their tea from Westmeads.

 

“He’s survived a couple of heart problems and strokes, but he says he’s not quite ready to give his money up yet.”

 

Ian said he and Hubert’s family were hoping to take the veteran back to Normandy next year.

Bonni’s top Guy boosts community group

A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl raised nearly £800 for a local community group through ‘penny for the Guy’.

 

Bonni Milewski, of Carrhead Lane, Bolton-upon-Dearne, started fund-raising a few weeks ago and raised £793 for Bolton-upon-Dearne Voluntary Action Group (BODVAG).

 

The group is made up of residents and friends from the area who aim to help to improve the community.

 

Bonni’s dad Paul Milewski said she wanted to raise funds for BODVAG after hearing about what they do.

 

“With the group being a local one we decided it would be great to fundraise for them and then the money would be going back into the community.

 

“It took off a lot more than we expected it to and everyone has donated.”

 

Bonni sat outside and inside her local Co-op in St Andrew’s Square for two and a half weeks to raise the funds.

 

“80 per cent of this will go back into the local community,” said Paul. “Bonni is such a great girl and she has loved doing it. She wants people to smile like she does and she was sat outside with the Guy Fawkes, which she still has at home.”

 

Members of BODVAG asked Bonni, who goes to Lacewood Primary School, what she wanted the money to go towards, with the nine-year-old saying she wanted it to go towards a Christmas party and Halloween party for the community.

 

They also gave Bonni two budgies as a thank you for her fund-raising.

 

Dearne South Coun Neil Danforth said Bonni is a ‘credit to the community’.

 

“She’s a great girl who has done something great for the community,” he said. “The group never expected her to raise so much money.”

 

Claire’s warning – ‘lives will be lost’

A CAMPAIGNER whose two sons were killed in a house fire deliberately started by her estranged husband has said ‘more lives will be lost’ after the December general election halted the progression of the Domestic Abuse Bill.

 

Claire Throssell has been at the forefront of the campaign which – if passed – will place a legal duty on councils to provide secure homes to those fleeing domestic violence and to ensure them and their children are kept safe.

 

Claire lost her sons Jack, 12, and Paul, nine, to a house fire at the former family home on Tennyson Close, Penistone, in 2014.

 

It was deliberately started by the boys’ father Darren Sykes who had lured them to the attic with a new train set before lighting a fire. He also died in the blaze.

 

After her sons’ deaths, Claire said she has been determined to prevent other families experiencing the same tragedy, and has been backing the Domestic Abuse Bill all the way.

 

“I went down to the House of Commons and met with secretary of state for Justice Robert Buckland,” said Claire. “We were talking about the domestic abuse bill and left feeling very positive about it. When parliament was prorogued I was told it

has been put back again.”

 

The bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its first reading in July this year, and Claire believes that its delay will lead to more domestic abuse victims losing their lives.

 

“The thing is, more people will die the longer this bill is delayed. Two women are murdered each week from domestic abuse. We are at the total of 24 children being murdered by someone who is known to them. We owe it to the children, to all

the children, to get this bill through.

 

“We are coming up to Christmas which is red flag season. It’s one of the most dangerous times of the year and even though we see happy adverts picturing happy families, it isn’t always like that.”

 

Claire said she wants to stick to her promise to Jack and Paul that she will try to prevent a similar situation happening to other families, but she feels she is ‘letting them down’.

 

“I am still going up to see the boys (where they’re buried) and I tell them ‘I am doing my best’. I don’t want to let them down and I want this bill to be passed.

 

“When MPs come to vote I hope they remember the last time they stood up in Parliament and said they would not fail Jack and Paul again.

 

“Five years have passed, but they should never be forgotten and this should never have to happen to anyone else.”

 

The Domestic Abuse Bill has previously faced parliamentary delays following prorogation and now faces further delay due to the general election. but Claire added she is determined to keep her focus on her campaigning and to ‘carry on for her boys’.

X Factor Holly’s releases new single

FORMER X Factor contestant Holly Tandy released her new single this week after two years of working on her music.

 

Holly, now 18, has spent the past two years working on new music since she competed in ITV’s X Factor aged just 16 and released her new single, Small Talk, on Wednesday. 

 

“I’ve been doing a lot of writing in the past two years and I am really excited to be releasing new music to show people what I’ve been up to,” said Holly, from Darton. 

 

“My new single has got a really fun vibe and it feels like anyone can enjoy it. I’ve written music I would want to listen to which I hope will appeal to people. 

 

“I feel like I’ve really matured since I left the X Factor and this single is a representation of that. I’ve wanted to wait to release something that I was really proud of and it feels natural to be releasing music at this time.”

  • Holly’s single, Small Talk, is available on all streaming sites.
Emergency lifesaving machine now in place in village

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been installed outside a community centre allowing a village to have 24-hour access to the life saving equipment.

 

Kirk Harper, of Milgate Street, Royston, was keen for a defibrillator to be installed in the village that was fully accessible.

 

Royston had one defibrillator inside the ASDA store on Midland Road, however the store closes at 10pm meaning that during an emergency after that time, the closest defibrillator is not available until the store opens at 7am the next morning, or 10am on a Sunday.

 

Eager to change that, Kirk set up a fundraising page to have a fully accessible defibrillator available in Royston.

 

He said: “I began fundraising in June and I held a fundraising event at the Pack Horse pub on Church Street. Following this Joyce Hotchkiss, who is a resident and volunteers at Meadow Crescent Community Centre said she would organise

another fundraising event at the community centre to boost funds.

 

“We also had collection tubs in local businesses across the village and at the Meadow Crescent event which took place in September. People were very generous, donating items for the raffle we held.”

 

Altogether the community raised £2,200 for a defibrillator which was bought and installed at the community centre.

 

Kirk said: “The community has been fantastic. Joyce and the team have been amazing and it’s great that we finally have an accessible defibrillator in the area that anyone can use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

 

The money left over following the purchase of the defibrillator is going to be used towards another defibrillator for the village.

 

Kirk said: “It’s important that this lifesaving equipment is available and we plan to help other groups fundraising for a defibrillator in Royston to ensure that residents have an accessible defibrillator close to their home. 

“Please get in touch via the Royston Community Fundraisers page on Facebook if you are fundraising and would like to be considered.”

 

  • The Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be providing a demonstration on how to use the defibrillator tomorrow from 10am to noon at Meadow Crescent Community Centre.
Man guilty of owning extreme porn image

A MAN has pleaded guilty to possessing an extreme pornographic image involving an animal and making an indecent image of a child. 

 

Dean Mallinder, 47, was charged with making a category C – the least severe category – indecent image of a child on August 14, 2018. 

 

Two days later, Mallinder was charged with being in possession of an extreme pornographic image of a person performing an act of intercourse with a dog.

 

The case, heard by magistrates in Barnsley on Wednesday, was adjourned to allow for the Probation Service to complete a pre-sentence report.

 

Mallinder was released on unconditional bail and will reappear at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on November 27.

 

He was also required to add his name to the sex offenders register within three days of the hearing on Wednesday.

 

Almost 1,000 fewer incidents of fly-tipping – report

FLY-TIPPING incidents in Barnsley have been reduced by almost 1,000 cases in a year, according to official figures.

 

From April 2018 to March 2019, a total of 2,791 cases were recorded compared to 3,746 for 2017/18 – a 25.5 per cent reduction.

 

The figures, from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), reveal a three-year downward trend for the borough after figures peaked in 2016/17 when 4,328 cases were lodged with the council.

 

Although clean-up costs for the last financial year have not yet been published, the figure is expected to be much lower than 2017/18’s £226,776 and the previous year’s £321,640.

 

Little Houghton Parish Council’s Kevin Osborne, who has campaigned for stiffer punishments for fly-tippers, said: “It’s a remarkable achievement in terms of how much the figures have gone down in a year.

“However, it’s important to remember that these only relate to the council’s land and they don’t include private fly-tipping, where I believe it’s at its worst.”

 

According to the DEFRA report, construction and household-related tipping was most common throughout the period, with those categories totalling a combined 2,019 cases.

 

Seventeen fly-tippers’ vehicles were seized and crushed but just seven prosecutions were achieved, despite 2,528 ‘warning letters’ being sent by the council.

 

High-profile prosecutions of Alexander Cunliffe, of Cherry’s Road, Cundy Cross and Andrew Green, of Ashwell Close, Shafton took place during the period.

 

Cunliffe, 54, was fined a total of £1,531 having been caught dumping in Wombwell Woods on CCTV, while Green, also 54, was ordered to pay back more than £120,000 – the proceeds of illegally dumping an estimated 13,000 tonnes of waste.

 

“This figure alarms me as clearly the council know the person’s name and address but only seven of those have been prosecuted,” Kevin added. 

 

“I’d like to see this figure increase next year, and also stiffer checks being brought in for tyre and construction businesses.”

 

According to the council, figures for reported tipping are reducing thanks to proactive work by officers and the local authority’s award-winning #EverybodyThink campaign.

 

A spokesman said: “We‘re determined to reverse the trend here in Barnsley. 

 

“With our #EverybodyThink campaign we’re asking people to think carefully about how and where they get rid of unwanted items and rubbish.

 

“We’d like to encourage people to keep on supporting our efforts by reporting fly-tipping and sharing our social media messages.

 

“Together we can make a difference and change behaviour.” 

  •  Fly-tipping in Barnsley can be reported online at barnsley.gov.uk/everybodythink and information on known offenders can be shared confidentially by emailing safer@barnsley.gov.uk for the council’s enforcement team to investigate.

 

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