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Man jailed after admitting 15 offences
A 21-YEAR-OLD man known for being a prolific shoplifter has been issued with a maximum length Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) and sent to prison.
Jamie Wilks, of Wood View, Elsecar, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to 15 shoplifting offences as well as breaching a CBO.
Wilks was sentenced to 15 months in prison and an extended seven-year CBO, which issues a new condition prohibiting Wilks from using anything...
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Art meets music at unique museum event
A LOCAL musician has teamed up with Cannon Hall Museum staff for a unique event tomorrow.
Taking place at the De Morgan Museum at Cannon Hall, the event will celebrate the sounds locals see in their artworks through an interpretative tour of the museum.
Director of the De Morgan Museum, Sarah Hardy, will explain the paintings and ceramics in terms of their auditory expressions. From harps to panpipes the De Morgans’ artworks are...
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Pub staff help teenage stabbing victim
A TEENAGE stabbing victim was helped by the brave actions of a local pub’s staff.
Just after midnight on Tuesday emergency services were called to a reported stabbing on Racecommon Road. The victim, a 19-year-old man, suffered a serious throat injury, and while waiting for an ambulance was supported by staff from the nearby Shaw Inn pub.
Landlord Darren Buckley said: “He’d come in from outside bleeding from the injury. Mostly he needed...
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Lyndsay strides out to raise cash and awareness
A LOCAL woman is taking on a sponsored walk for people who suffer with endometriosis.
Lyndsay McDermott, 36, from Monk Bretton, will be taking part in a ten-mile walk tomorrow to raise funds for Endometriosis UK.
The charity is focused on breaking down barriers to access diagnoses, treatment and support for those suffering with the condition, which causes tissue similar to the lining of the uterus to grow elsewhere in the body.
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Conservation work uncovers 'wonderful discovery'
WORK on historic shopfronts have uncovered hidden traces of past businesses.
As part of the Eldon Street High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), major conservation works have been taking place at 32-38 Eldon Street, a historic street in Barnsley town centre with a fascinating past.
The project is in its final stages and work has begun to restore the historic shopfronts. As part of that work, the modern signs have been removed, revealing...
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Second major investment for village hall
A BARNSLEY village hall and library is to benefit from £450,000 of investment – the second major investment in the community facilities in less than 18 months.
Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall and the library in the same building will undergo major improvements over the next few months, with preliminary works to start next week.
Improvements to the charity-run village hall will have a positive impact on all aspects of the day-to-day running...
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Future is looking ship-shape for promising sea cadet James
A TEENAGER from Barnsley has climbed the ranks in the Sea Cadets and bagged an honour awarded to less than one per cent in the country.
James Sandham-Mulholland, 18, started at the Sea Cadets on his 13th birthday and within five years he had become one of only ten – out of a possible 1,335 – registered cadets in the country to be awarded the ‘Cadet Sergeant’ rank.
Maddison Brown, 27, chair of the...
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'Treasure trove' of memories finally published
A BOOK which has been 30 years in the making has finally been published.
Historians Neil Morris and Joshua Daniels – who penned ‘Private Memories: Letters of a Rotherham Soldier’ – came together to document the colourful life of the former’s uncle, Private Dennis Jones.
Dennis, from Masbrough, served in the Second World War after being enlisted at the age of 18 in 1943.
He first served in the York and Lancaster...
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Free big screen showing of pit story
A LOCAL filmmaker has said she had to pinch herself when she saw her film on the big screen for the first time.
Rebecca Sills is celebrating after finding out her project on the town’s mining past will be screened at Cineworld in Barnsley next month. The 25-year-old from Bolton-upon-Dearne will see her film – Regeneration – played at the cinema on March 11 at 11am.
Regeneration tells the story of how the...
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Police carry out safeguarding operation
A POLICE operation in the town centre at the weekend was aimed at safeguarding the town’s most vulnerable.
As part of the operation held on Sunday, neighbourhood policing teams and roads policing officers came together alongside dog handlers, Barnsley Council and community groups to safeguard those at risk through hotspot patrols and to provide early intervention to those who could be affected.
Barnsley town centre was the main area of focus, with teams...
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Make a difference to lives with a career in adult social care
Working in adult social care is a rewarding job where no two days are the same – although every day is filled with opportunities to support others to enjoy a better, vibrant life.
The government recently announced a package of measures that will reaffirm care work as a career as well as providing new, accredited qualifications, digital training and funded apprenticeships.
Being a care worker can also fit around your life with flexible hours....
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Second man charged over Goldthorpe stabbing
A 28-year-old London man has become the second person charged in connection to the death of Lazarus Makono.
Officers were called on Wednesday February 21 at 1.21am to a house on Cooperative Street, Goldthorpe, for reports of a stabbing. Lazarus, 26, sadly died at the scene.
A murder investigation was launched, with a total of five arrests being made in connection.
Today, Sipho Pfukani, of Luxembourg Mews, London, has been charged with...
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Cadets need volunteers to get onboard
CAN anyone help Barnsley Sea Cadets?
The charity is solely run on volunteers and donations and, at the moment, is really struggling to deliver its great and engaging programme for young people due to a lack of volunteers.
Chairperson Maddison Brown has warned that without new volunteers, they will have to look at reducing what they offer.
She said: “If you or anyone you know can help please let me know. We...
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New Bump, Birth and Beyond service piloted in town
A NEW service to support women in pregnancy and early years is being piloted in Worsbrough.
The Bump, Birth and Beyond service will be run by children’s charity Barnardo’s, in partnership with the NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB), family hubs and local community organisations.
Specialist practitioners from the charity will provide support on a wide range of issues, including preparation for birth, support around sleep, feeding and weaning, emotional wellbeing for...
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New pastor welcomed to town
THE Mayor of Barnsley welcomed the new pastor of Barnsley Baptist Church to the town earlier this month.
The church, on the corner of Union Street and Sheffield Road, celebrated the induction of its new pastor Professor Dr Andrew Keay on February 17. Andrew was inducted into the ministry at the church at a special service by Rev Dr Nike Adebajo, a regional minister with the Yorkshire Baptist Association.
He has been a...
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Fraudsters to be tackled in new campaign
RISING numbers of fraudsters hoodwinking vulnerable residents into parting with cash will see a new campaign rolled out across Barnsley to combat criminals preying on victims.
According to South Yorkshire Police, an older person is a victim of fraud every 40 seconds and the typical targets of so-called ‘courier fraud’ are individuals over the age of 70.
In courier fraud scams, criminals pose as authority figures, including police officers and bank officials, to...
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Suspected loan shark accused of kidnap
A SUSPECTED loan shark who is also accused of kidnap and wounding will appear at Sheffield Crown Court next month.
Richard Dawson, of Hill End Close, Barnsley, allegedly oversaw an illegal money lending ring in the town between October 2020 and February this year.
The charges follow an investigation by the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), who worked in partnership with Barnsley Trading Standards.
The 35-year-old was also charged with taking a male...
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Bid to convert offices into flats
PLANNING ROUND-UP: Planning permission is being sought to convert the upper floors of a town centre building into flats after it became ‘unlikely’ to find a new tenant.
The unit’s ground floor, on Regent Street, is currently a local estate agent branch, with the upper two floors occupied by a recruitment agency. They have stated they are set to terminate their lease agreement in the near future.
This has led to a planning...
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Big break for young Johnny
A YOUNG snooker prodigy, who has been playing the sport ever since he could hold a cue, is reaching for the stars after winning a national competition.
Johnny Blaise Collier, 11, of High Street in Dodworth, recently won the qualifying round of the English under-14s National Snooker Championships at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.
Johnny won the final of the qualifiers, seeing off competition from 18 other boys. He won a total...
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Do you know a young champion?
THE Young Champions Awards are back for 2024 and will shine a light on young fundraisers, students, apprentices, entertainers, volunteers and carers who live among us.
The Barnsley Chronicle has teamed up with Barnsley College to launch the biggest-ever search for our town’s inspiring young people.
Nominations are now open with a glitzy celebration evening in the spectacular setting of the Metrodome Arena being held on Friday, June 14.
Can you help...
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'When I first started coming I was Billy no mates'
​​ANDY’S Man Club begins a new chapter next month when sessions begin at Wombwell Library.
The men’s mental health and social group began in 2016, after 23-year-old Andrew Roberts took his own life despite never expressing any struggles with his mental health.
Following the tragedy, his family came up with the idea for the group, which allows men to openly talk about their emotions without fear of judgement.
Barnsley group facilitator Dean...
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Love to Move message shared with village
AN exercise session for people living with dementia is coming to Mapplewell.
The free Love To Move session is being run in collaboration with Deangate Care Home and is set to take place on Wednesday at 2pm in Staincross Methodist Church Hall.
Janice Starkey, social prescriber for Barnsley Primary Care Network and Love To Move facilitator, will lead participants through a series of exercises tailored to their abilities.
These sessions are designed...
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Caring Chelsea loves helping others
A YOUNG girl from Kendray is set to embark on yet another fundraiser to support children who attend Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Chelsea Ellis, aged seven, is no stranger to raising funds close to her heart – and in the pandemic managed to raise thousands of pounds for a mental health charity.
But she’s now planning to cycle the distance from Barnsley to the largest children’s hospital in the country – almost 180...
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Have you seen missing Andrew?
UPDATE: Andrew has now been found safe and well by officers.
POLICE are asking for your help to find missing Barnsley man Andrew.
Andrew, 42, was last seen today around 6am on Summer Lane, heading in the direction of Barnsley town centre. He has not been seen or heard from since and concerns for his welfare are growing.
He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, with short brown hair and a...
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Man charged over Goldthorpe stabbing
A MAN has been charged with murder in connection to the death of Lazarus Makono in Goldthorpe.
Officers were called on Wednesday at 1.21am to a house on Cooperative Street to reports of a stabbing. Lazarus Makono, 26, suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A murder investigation was launched with detectives working around the clock to find those responsible.
A total of five arrests have been made...
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Charter launched amid 'hidden' domestic abuse fears
FEARS that cases of domestic abuse are being under-reported in an area of Barnsley are set to be tackled thanks to a support service’s new charter.
The campaign – spearheaded by Barnsley-based Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) – was launched after data showed that the charity receives far fewer referrals for support from Penistone residents than other local areas.
Information from IDAS shows only 53 referrals were received from Penistone in 2023, significantly...
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Latest hygiene ratings served up
TWENTY Barnsley establishments have received new food hygiene ratings with well over half getting the top score.
Five stars – Bridge End Fisheries, Penistone; Subway, Turnpike Garage, Staincross; Subway, Wombwell Lane, Stairfoot; The Fountain Inn, Wellthorne Lane, Ingbirchworth; The Old Court House, Barnsley town centre; The White Bear, Barnsley town centre; Thyme Bistro, Cawthorne; Pausa Cafe, Wombwell Lane; Tesco Cafe, Stairfoot; Bistro Romano’s, Barnsley town centre; Butterfield’s Bar, Barnsley town centre; Greggs, Penistone; Greggs,...
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New measures set to tackle ASB
NEW measures have been put in place across Wombwell in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour.
The area has benefited from Safer Streets funding in order to improve community safety at ‘hotspot locations’ – including on Wombwell High Street and the local park.
Barnsley Council were successful in securing the funding to install new lighting and CCTV cameras in response to known areas of concern for local residents.
These improvements come alongside...
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Junior doctors' strike action underway
JUNIOR doctors are on strike once again at Barnsley Hospital – with the industrial action running into the middle of next week.
The strike started at 7am this morning until 11.59pm on Wednesday, a total of five days.
A spokesperson said: “The care and safety of people who use our services is our highest priority, and it is important that people continue to use our services when they need them.
“Some appointments...
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Local singer remembered: 'what a talent he had'
TRIBUTES have been paid to Barnsley ‘singing legend’ Alan Baxter following his death earlier this month.
Alan, who first started out as a singer for popular Worsbrough Bridge group the Dolphins, died on February 8 at the age of 83.
Local historian and filmmaker Dave Cherry was the bass player with the group, and has fond memories of his time with Alan. He said: “He was a Lundwood lad with a fantastic voice...
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Goldthorpe stabbing victim named by police
A MAN who died following a fatal stabbing in Goldthorpe on Wednesday has been named.
Officers were called on Wednesday at 1.21am to reports that a 26-year-old man had been stabbed in a house on Cooperative Street.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Lazarus Makono was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A total of five arrests have now been made in connection. A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder...
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Playgroup 'chuffed' at outstanding success
BIRDWELL Playgroup is celebrating after receiving the first outstanding Ofsted grade in its 30-year history.
The pre-school on Sheffield Road has finally received the coveted grade, following an inspection in December.
Ofsted congratulated the school’s involved staff, and positive culture. The report said: “Children are confident and eager to talk and staff ask questions to develop kids’ thoughts.
“Parents sing the praises of staff and the playgroup – they are really happy...
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Call to dog owners after attack on swan
DOG walkers are being warned to keep their pets under control after a swan was seriously injured in Royston.
The swan, which is now being cared for at the Yorkshire Swan and Wildlife Rescue Hospital in Leeds, was reportedly attacked by a dog at Rabbit Ings Country Park.
A spokesperson said: “One of the cygnets at Rabbit Ings was recently injured. It has since been rescued by the wonderful volunteers at the Yorkshire Swan...
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Takeover plans down at Oakwell
WESTON Park Cancer Charity will be taking over Oakwell Stadium on Saturday to raise funds.
The charity has been partnering up with local football clubs including Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday as part of a campaign to raise £50,000.
Their ‘Big Purple Bus’ will be making its Barnsley debut at the weekend during the Reds’ match against Derby County, with a team of healthcare professionals and qualified welfare advisors who will be available...
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Thief used child to help commit crimes
A PERSISTENT Barnsley thief has been locked up after stealing £1,000 worth of alcohol from a supermarket and using a child to help him commit his crimes.
Michael Cash's crimes were deemed "so serious" by a judge that only a custodial sentence could be justified, with the 34-year-old jailed for five months earlier this week.
Cash, of Nanny Marr Crescent, Darfield, pleaded guilty to two thefts and two counts of making off without...

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