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Police issue warning around open water swimming
POLICE are warning residents of the dangers of open water swimming following a tragedy in Doncaster.
Officers patrolled Manvers Lake at the weekend and asked people to stay away from the water - but many ignored the force’s plea.
A body was found at Lakeside in Doncaster on Saturday after a man in his twenties went missing in the water.
A police spokesperson said: “We have advised people in the water regarding...
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Family left broken by youngster’s diagnosis
A STAINCROSS couple have been left broken after their young son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Five-year-old Carter Jones has a Wilms tumour a rare childhood cancer which affects just 80 children every year and subsequent scans have shown that the cancer has spread to Carter’s vena cava, the main vein to the heart.
He underwent a major operation on Wednesday an open heart bypass and will then need a further six...
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A and E failing to hit target
BARNSLEY Hospital is falling short of NHS targets for all patients to A and E being seen within a four-hour period.
NHS England figures show 8,856 patients visited in July - a rise of 3 per cent on the 8,610 visits recorded during June, and 1 per cent more than the 8,788 patients seen in July 2021.
The figures show attendances were above the levels seen in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic -...
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Windfall tax calls renewed
COUNCILLORS have renewed their calls for an increase in a windfall tax on oil and gas producers whose profits have rocketed at a time when thousands of Barnsley families are now classed as living in poverty.
It comes just weeks cross-party councillors agreed to write to government ministers to express their growing concerns due to residents’ rocketing bills having declared a ‘cost-of-living emergency’.
Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent councillors backed an idea for local authority...
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Safeguarding concerns grow
ISSUES raised about adult social care in Barnsley increased by nine per cent last year, according to a new report.
The number of concerns received by Barnsley Council increased from 2,023 in 2020/21 to 2,231 in 2021/22.
The council say they are ‘particularly pleased”’ to see an increase in referrals from the public, family and friends and are ‘planning work to understand what supported them to contact us to inform our communications strategy in the...
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Teen homelessness to be tackled
PLANS to provide an accommodation unit specifically for teenagers experiencing homelessness in Barnsley are set to be approved next week.
The proposal will provide a place for 16 and 17 year olds experiencing homelessness as a result of substance misuse, poor mental and physical health, contact with the criminal justice system or domestic violence or abuse.
A report to Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet said demand for accommodation is high - almost 500 young people contacted...
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Teen talent Jalo 'has work to do' after debut
FABIO Jalo made his Barnsley debut aged 16 in midweek but has been told he has ‘a hell of a lot to do’ before he is a first team regular.
The striker came off the bench in the 1-0 EFL Cup win at Middlesbrough on Wednesday and became the sixth youngest player in the club’s history.
Jalo, who is originally from Portugal but has been called up for England youth training camps, has...
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Choir’s performances bag top reviews
BARNSLEY Youth Choir performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are drawing rave reviews.
In all, the choir will be performing 14 times during their visit to the world-renowned festival.
Highlight of their stay was the world premiere of ‘A Curving Flower of God’ - a piece written especially for the choir by celebrated composer and conductor, Paul Mealor.
Reviews posted by audiences include: ‘You were amazing when you were last in Edinburgh and even more...
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Demolition work on fire-damaged homes begins
DEMOLITION work on four properties which were decimated by a raging fire on the hottest day on record started this week.
The homes - on Woodland Drive, off Broadway - were completely gutted in the inferno, which began after a shed caught fire in the height of the 40C heatwave on July 19 before spreading.
A spokesperson for Berneslai Homes, which manages properties on behalf of Barnsley Council, said the houses ‘met all relevant building...
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Boss admits signing search could go down to final days
MICHAEL Duff admits Barnsley’s search for new players may go down to the final hours of the transfer window.
There are 19 days remaining in the window which closes at the end of August.
The Reds – who got their first league win of the season in their second game at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday – are hoping to bring in one or two more strikers, as well as potentially a right wing-back...
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Bailey and Brunt devastated after finishing 4th in Commonwealths
Barnsley women Sue Bailey and Katherine Brunt were both bitterly disappointed by finishing fourth in their events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Para table tennis player Bailey lost her semi-final to Indian Bhavina Patel then the bronze medal match to another Indian Sonalben Patel.
She had hoped to win a third Commonwealths title after gold in 2002 and 2006.
Sue said: “Both of the Indians have played so well this tournament but I’m so...
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Reds investigate offensive tweets
Barnsley FC are investigating offensive social media posts allegedly made by representatives of their new sponsors HEX.
The Reds reached an agreement with the cryptocurrency late last week and wore their logo on their match shirts in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town.
Social media accounts of individuals initially credited by HEX’s Brent Morrissey with brokering the deal appear to have previously made some homophobic comments, which have been highlighted and criticised by...
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M & S unveil plan for foodhall
MARKS & Spencer has revealed details of its plans to open a new foodhall just weeks after announcing the closure of its town centre store.
The retail giant announced last month that it will close its Queen Street store - ending its 90-year presence in the heart of the town - and is readying a move to Peel Retail Park, on Harborough Hill Road, where it will open a foodhall store with 60 per cent more...
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Man charged following incidents of indecent exposure
A BARNSLEY man has been charged following incidents of indecent exposure.
Samuel Starkie, 32, of Crookes Street, Kingstone, was charged with five counts of indecent exposure, with the incidents taking place between June 8 and July 25 in the Crookes Street area.
Starkie appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.
He was bailed with conditions to an address outside the area to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on January 5 2023.
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Public warned of new heatwave
SOUTH Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have asked the public for help as another period of extreme heat is expected.
A spokesperson from the service said: "We are heading for another heatwave and we need your help.
"Leave the disposable BBQs at home. No campfires and absolutely no garden bonfires.
"Take your litter home with you. Dispose of cigarettes safely."
The upcoming heatwave comes after a major incident was declared in South Yorkshire during July, as...
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Man jailed for attempted robbery of supermarket
A MAN who left staff ‘shaken and in fear’ after he attempted to rob a supermarket has been jailed.
Steven Waters, 39, of Beauchamp Road, Kimberworth, entered the Costcutter supermarket in Church Street in Wath Upon Dearne at 9.55pm on May 1.
With his face covered he pointed the weapon at the shop assistant and began shouting, demanding they open the till and hand over the cash.
An employee chased Waters out...
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Firefighters tackle property fire in Royston
CREWS from Cudworth and Barnsley station were called to a blaze at a flat in Royston on Friday night.
One man went to hospital with smoke inhalation, with crews arriving at 10.35pm.
The fire is believed to have started accidentally.
Firefighters left the scene at 12.15am.
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New post office to serve Mapplewell
A TREND has been bucked in Mapplewell with the opening of a new post office.
The store’s new location is the Premier Store on Town Gate, not too far from the site of the previous branch on Spark Lane, and it is set to open Monday to Sunday 8am-10pm.
Coun Steve Hunt is happy to see the new store resume full-time, permanent service.
“When I put it out on social media last...
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More than a dozen officers dismissed by police
MORE than a dozen police officers have faced dismissal from South Yorkshire Police over the last five years, shock new figures show.
The figure is even higher when you take into account two recent instances – both relating to Barnsley police officers – in the last few months.
Former PC Liam Mills, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in a public office and a data protection offence at Sheffield Crown Court...
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Duo enjoy special day... at short notice
A MUM-OF-THREE with terminal cancer married on Friday after her prognosis worsened in recent months.
Lois Walker, 38, was joined by her three sons Cole, Ronnie and Ray and a small number of friends and family at the town hall where she wed partner Dale Wistow.
“The wedding was lovely, a really nice day. I went to my friend's house first to get ready so it was all organised. We didn’t want anyone...

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