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Body found in search of missing man

OFFICERS searching for a missing 72-year-man have found a body.

Derek Atkinson was reported missing yesterday afternoon after leaving Grange Lane and was last seen at 12.15 this morning on Silverstone Avenue, Cudworth.

This afternoon the body of a man was found on open land between Belle Green Lane, Cudworth, and Engine Lane. 

While formal identification has not taken place, police do believe it to be 72-year-old Derek, and his family have been informed. 

The death is not being treated as suspicious. 

Have you seen Derek?

AN urgent appeal has been issued by police to help locate a missing 72-year-old man.

Derek Atkinson was reported missing yesterday afternoon, after he left Grange Lane, Cundy Cross, at about 2.40pm. 

Overnight, officers have had a call from a member of the public, and it’s now confirmed that Derek was last seen at 12.15am this morning on Silverstone Avenue, Cudworth, walking in the direction of Oulton Drive. 

 

Derek is said to be 5ft 6ins tall, a slim build and thought to be wearing a rain jacket which is light blue/grey on the top half and dark blue/grey on the bottom half, light grey smart trousers and black shoes. 

 

A/Sergeant Becky Harrison, said: “Our concerns for Derek are growing, especially as he has now been missing overnight in cold, wet weather. 

 

“We’ve got officers and PCSOs out in the Cundy Cross and now Cudworth areas of Barnsley looking for Derek and we’re continuing to ask for your help – have you seen Derek?

 

“If you have seen him, please speak to an officer in the area or call 101 quoting incident number 688 of November 16.”

 
CCTV released in connection to assault

CCTV footage has been released after a 69-year-old man was critically injured during an assault in a bid to trace witnesses.

 

At 7am on October 27, emergency services were called to Dobie Street, where the man was found with severe head injuries.

 

 

He was taken to hospital where he remained in a life-threatening condition for a number of weeks. His condition has since improved slightly and is now described as serious but stable.

 

Detectives have released the CCTV footage as they continue with their enquiries. They are looking to trace a number of drivers and pedestrians who were in the Dobie Street area in the hours leading up to when the victim was found at 7am.

 


Detective Constable Emma Shipley, investigating, said: “The footage shows a number of vehicles and a pedestrian on Dobie Street on the morning of Sunday October October, between 1.10am and 5.20am.

“I’d like to please ask people to cast their minds back were you in the area that morning? Do you drive to and from work along that road?

“It’s really important that we identify and speak to these witnesses as they may have vital information about what happened.

“If you think you were in the area that morning, please get in touch with us.”


Two people have been charged in connection to the incident and remain remanded in custody.

Craig Smith, 30, of Honeywell Street, Barnsley, and Scott Toone, 26, of no-fixed-address, are both charged with Section 18 Wounding.

 

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number 337 of October 27.

Dedicate a light in memory of a loved one...

BARNSLEY Hospice is inviting people to dedicate a light in memory of someone special.

 

Light Up a Life is an annual appeal by the hospice that invites people to celebrate the lives of relatives and friends by dedicating lights in their memory.

 

Christmas trees will be illuminated during two church services on December 1 at 3.30pm and 7pm, and there will be a service at the hospice at 7pm on December 5.

 

Each person remembered will be recorded in a special Book of Blessings, and their lights added to the Christmas trees. The book will be displayed over the festive period and lights will shine until the 12th night.

 

Julie Perry, patient services director at Barnsley Hospice, said: “Everyone is warmly invited to join us at one of our Light

 

Up a Life services which we hope will help provide some much-needed comfort at this most difficult time of the year.”

 

Last year, it raised more than £25,000 with more than 1,000 lights on the Christmas trees.

 

To book onto a service or dedicate a light, visit the Barnsley Hospice website or call 244244.

Proud of Barnsley awards taking place tonight...

A GLITZY awards evening is set to take place tonight as the biggest Proud of Barnsley ceremony yet gets underway. 

 

This year’s event will take place at the Metrodome yet again, with broadcaster and DJ Stephanie Hirst and former Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd hosting the evening.

 

There are 15 categories. These are:

• Hospital Hero

• Children’s Champion

• 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 Live

• Charity Fundraising Team

• Charity of the Year

 

This is the eighth year the Proud of Barnsley Awards have been organised by the Barnsley Chronicle. 

 

Editor Andrew Harrod said: “This year is set to be the biggest Proud of Barnsley awards we’ve seen. We have so many amazing people in the community who will be celebrated for what they bring to Barnsley itself and to the people of Barnsley.”

  •  See the Barnsley Chronicle website and Facebook page for updates as winners are announced from 9pm onwards.
20 per cent of pre-school kids obese says survey

A PROBE into children’s bulging waistlines has revealed one in five reception-age pupils are now classed as obese in Barnsley – and the figure grows to almost one in three by the time they leave primary school.

 

The study, which focuses on the South Area Council’s wards including Rockingham, Hoyland Milton, Wombwell and Darfield, says 20.3 per cent of its four and five-year-olds are obese, higher than Barnsley’s overall rate of 18 per cent.

 

However, rates for ten and 11-year-olds rockets to 32.4 per cent in the South and 32.1 per cent across the borough – which the report says is an ‘all-time high’ – but remains slightly lower than 34.3 per cent national average.

 

Compiled by public health bosses in the town, it reveals Barnsley as a whole is the fourth-worst area in Yorkshire and the Humber for physical activity and for the proportion of residents who eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

 

It said: “Severe obesity in ten to 11-year-olds has now reached an all-time high. Overweight children are more likely to be obese as adults, increasing their risk of heart disease and some cancers.

 

“More young people than ever are developing type two diabetes. Excess sugar can also lead to painful tooth decay, bullying and low self-esteem in childhood.”

 

The Rockingham ward is the worst-hit area according to the study, with a quarter of its four to five-year-olds obese, while Hoyland has 24.7 per cent, Wombwell has 17.7 per cent and Darfield fares better with a rate of 14.2 per cent.

 

However, the figures for ten to 11-year-olds, which is the age when a child leaves primary school, grow rapidly in each ward and although Hoyland has the highest rate of 34.5 per cent, Darfield’s children’s figures more than doubled to 30.4 per cent in that five-year period from reception to joining high school.

 

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for Public Health England, said: “Children are consuming too much sugar, but parents can take action now to prevent this building up over the years.

 

“With a third of children leaving primary school overweight, tackling obesity requires wider action and is not just limited to individual efforts from parents.

 

“We are working with the food industry to remove 20 per cent of sugar from the products contributing the most to children’s sugar intakes by next year.

 

“I encourage all Barnsley parents and carers to take a look at some of the easy ways they can help their children consume less sugar and teach them how to make healthier choices that stay with them for life.”

 

The South area also has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Barnsley, with 70 per cent having high blood pressure and excess cholesterol.

 

A total of 4,560 South residents are at risk of a heart attack or stroke who are not aware they have high blood pressure and more than 100 people who are diagnosed but who are not getting the right treatment to minimise the risk.

 

Excess weight was identified as one of the public health bosses’ strategic priorities between 2018 and 2021 and Barnsley Council’s ‘food plan’ is a ‘response to the increasing levels of obesity in the borough’.

 

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “The proportion of Barnsley children who carry excess weight in reception is lower than the England rate, however the rate for ten to 11-year-olds is slightly worse than the rate, but not significantly.

 

“Compared to the other South Yorkshire authorities, Barnsley has the highest rate of four to five-year-old children who are a healthy weight.

 

“Barnsley Council’s food plan is about changing the food environment and culture within the town as well as improving access to quality food.

 

“Our approach focuses on developments to the policies and structures which we live, work, shop, eat and learn within, focusing on the social, cultural and environmental conditions around us.”

Ian’s pride and joy up in smoke

A RETIRED miner who bought himself a luxury car after he was diagnosed with a lung disease has been left devastated when it was ‘deliberately’ set on fire.

 

Ian Millthorpe, 58, of Windmill Avenue, Grimethorpe, bought his Jaguar XFS after he got a £25,000 payout from the Department of Work and Pensions when he was diagnosed with pneumoconiosis in 2016. 

 

The disease is due to inhalation of dust and is common in coal miners and others who work with coal.

 

The dad-of-eight said he was asleep on his sofa at home on November 4 when his 12-year-old daughter woke him up screaming about the car being on fire at around 11pm.

 

Mr Millthorpe said he has been left devastated by the damage done to his car, which cost him £16,000 and has had to be written off.

 

“If it wasn’t for my daughter being awake and letting me know the car was on fire, we might not be here,” said Ian.

 

“If it had become a bigger fire it could have spread to the house and God knows what could have happened.

 

“I’m just so upset, I have no enemies or know anyone who would have anything against me.

 

“My elderly neighbour told me she had seen two young lads running away after seeing them on my drive appearing to be lighting something.”

 

Ian said he has reported the incident to the police and is now offering a reward of £500 to anyone who can give information leading to a successful conviction.

 

  • Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting reference number 366 of November 12.
A picture perfect US trip...

A BARNSLEY photographer swapped the town for the Big Apple when she was flown out for a special anniversary photoshoot.

 

Collette Evans was hired by Rotherham couple Nicola and Mark Smith to capture special stateside photos of their tenth wedding anniversary in New York.

 

The photoshoot took place on November 8 at iconic sites around the city including in Times Square, the New York Public Library and Grand Central.

 

Collette, 32, established Day Street-based Picture Perfect Photography in 2012 which specialises in wedding and fashion photography.

 

Collette said: “I was thrilled to be asked by Nicola and Mark to capture their tenth anniversary in New York. The city holds so many special memories for me having organised my own wedding there in 2014.

 

“I have extensive knowledge of locations, venue and suppliers in the area, which meant that I could offer them a completely bespoke experience.”

Licence breach cost man £5k fine

A BARNSLEY man is facing a fine and costs of more than £5,000 for transporting waste without a licence.

 

Phillip Needham, of Sheffield Road, was charged with 39 offences of transporting controlled waste without a carrier licence.

 

The 34-year-old was fined £100 for each of the 39 offences, as well as costs of £1,536 and a victim surcharge of £170, totalling £5,606.

 

Wendy Lowder, executive director for communities, said: “This case is another example of the enforcement team’s commitment to stop illegal waste carriers in their tracks with help from South Yorkshire Police.

 

“We will continue to work with the police and the public to tackle environmental crime. Help us to protect our beautiful borough by making sure you only give your rubbish to someone with a valid licence.”

Lundwood residents are forced to rebuild homes

HOUSES on Lang Avenue in Lundwood filled with water following the torrential rainfall last Thursday, where parts of the UK saw more than one month’s worth of rain fall in just a few hours. 

 

The devastation following the flood, caused by the River Dearne bursting its banks, means that several residents on the street now have to pay out of their own pocket to replace what has been lost in their homes, due to insurance companies refusing to provide them with a policy following the floods of 2007 and 2012.

 

Shelley Neal, whose parents live on Lang Avenue, said: “We moved as much as we could upstairs but they have lost so much.

 

“We’re having to find money to replace the carpets, the sofas, the fridge and the list goes on. No insurance company will provide them with cover because they know they live in an area prone to flooding. It’s awful.

 

“When the rain was really bad they were left with no electricity so it meant they had no heating. They’re elderly but luckily they were able to stay with other family members.

 

“There are several other residents who live on the street and some houses are bungalows with elderly people and they would have not been able to save anything.

 

“One person from the council came on Friday to assess the situation but said that because not ‘enough’ houses were flooded, it’s not declared a major problem. Twenty houses filled with water on Thursday. How can they say it’s not a major problem?”

 

A fundraising page gas been set up for the Lang Avenue residents in a bid to raise funds to help replace lost items.

 

Shelley said: “There are no flood defences in that area and the residents have been left to sort out the mess yet again by themselves. Even if the money raised allows people to replace their fridge or the carpets, at least it’s one thing less to worry about.”

 

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Fundraisers appear on BBC’s The One Show

TWIN sisters who have been dressing up for more than 34 years to fund-raise for Children in Need appeared on BBC’s The One Show.

Kate Seal and Pat Lundford, both 67, began fundraising for Children in Need in 1985, after seeing how the appeal supports local charities.

Each year, the twins would dress up and walk across the borough and beyond and their efforts have raised more than £34,000.

The Children in Need Appeal was launched in 1980, devoted to raising money for charities working with children in the UK with Sir Terry Wogan as the presenter. Since the appeal was launched over £1bn has been raised.

Alex Forrest, 27, of Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth, contacted the BBC to tell them how hard the ladies had worked over the years so they could get some recognition for their work.

Initially, the BBC were going to send the ladies a certificate to thank them for their effort, but on Monday they received a phone call to say they were being whisked off to London to appear on the prime-time TV show, rubbing shoulders with ex-JLS star Marvin Humes and his wife, Rochelle Humes, of girl band the Saturdays.

Over the years the women have dressed up as the Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, The Incredibles, and this year they have dressed up as Ninja Turtles.

The images of the women dressed up as different characters was aired on the show, and they were each gifted with a large Pudsey Bear dressed as a turtle and a collection bucket.

The twins however believe that this may be the last year they will be able to fund-raise because Pat, of Cherry Tree Street, Hoyland has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

“I fell last year and broke a bone in my hand and two ribs,” said Pat

“I went to hospital and when I underwent tests I was diagnosed with cancer in January. I made the difficult decision to decline treatment.

“I wouldn’t have been able to fund-raise this year if I had treatment and I wouldn’t have even known I had the disease if I didn’t have a fall. I’m determined to raise as much money as possible and make the best out of the situation and enjoy life.”

Alex said: “I’ve seen how hard and dedicated these ladies have worked to raise money for the appeal and I’m so glad that they received recognition for their work on national TV.”

Today the women will be raising money by walking from Chapeltown to Wath, then Wombwell, Barnsley, Hoyland Common and Elsecar before finishing at the Knave and Kestrel in Hoyland at around 8pm.

 
£30,000 loss at oldest pub

THE landlord of what is thought to be Barnsley’s oldest pub lost an estimated £30,000 in stock and revenue after it succumbed to flooding for the fourth time in 15 months last week.

 

Emma Bailey, who runs The Mill of the Black Monk on Grange Lane, was left with no choice but to close the pub and restaurant.

 

The building was built in about 1150 although parts date back to about 700 AD.

 

“We began flooding at 11am and this is the fourth flood in 15 months,” Emma said.

 

“We have a drain outside and we always know when it gets to a certain level that we’re going to flood. We contacted Yorkshire Water to let them know but they didn’t do anything. We took as much as we could upstairs and within a few hours the water had risen to about four feet.

 

“We’ve lost around £30,000 in stock and revenue, including stock we had received for the launch of our Christmas menu. We had to close over Halloween because we suffered another flood and again we contacted Yorkshire Water to explain that something needs to be done but we’ve just been left to our own devices.”

 

Emma claimed Yorkshire Water promised to send an industrial pump, but it did not arrive.

 

“We have a couple of pumps that we own and we had staff members and volunteers help us empty the pub of water and sewerage,” Emma added.

 

“I can’t thank my staff and public enough. People have been giving up their own time to come down and help us clear the mess and Jay Cotton, one of our customers, has been kind enough to set up a Go Fund Me page to help us with replenishing stock and we are humbled by the support we have received.”

 

The devastation following the flood, caused by the River Dearne bursting its banks, means that nearby residents now have to pay out of their own pocket to replace what has been lost in their homes, due to insurance companies refusing to provide them with a policy following the floods of 2007 and 2012.

 

“This has been a massive blow,” Emma added. “For us it’s a business, we don’t live here but for residents they have to go through this time and time again and it’s not on. Something needs to be done and we feel as if we are being forgotten.

 

“You contact Yorkshire Water and they say we need to contact the Environment Agency, and it’s vice versa when you contact them. These big organisations are not taking responsibility and they are not taking any steps to ensure that we are not flooded.

 

“Our main concern now is that a dam has built up on the River Dearne so if there is more torrential rain, we’ll be underwater again. It needs sorting urgently.”

 

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Handbrake is put on council's enforcement car

BARNSLEY has lost its parking enforcement car – used to catch motorists abusing traffic regulations around schools – with the council now evaluating alternatives.

 

The car was mounted with a camera allowing the vehicle to film offenders as it was driven past, with penalty notices then posted out to offenders.

 

It was introduced in an era when it could also be used to enforce parking restrictions around bus stops, though that was halted in an edict from Eric Pickles when he was local government secretary several years ago.

 

Councillors have been told the car had to be decommissioned because it was at the end of its serviceable life, leaving enforcement outside schools to traditional foot patrols.

 

The issue with those is that wardens take several minutes to issue a paper penalty notice and the offence of stopping on yellow lines or zig-zags is often completed very quickly, allowing some motorists to commit an offence and drive away while a warden is present but dealing with another offence.

 

Coun Chris Lamb, Barnsley Council’s spokesman for transportation on the ruling cabinet, said:  “We’re currently collecting feedback from schools to review the effectiveness of the camera car.

 

“With limited resources, we need to ensure that the most effective solution to improve road safety outside of schools is being used. Foot patrols and other alternative solutions are being identified and evaluated to compare with the camera car.

 

“Working in partnership with schools and parents is a vital ingredient in the success of any of our initiatives to ensure our children’s safety. We hope that our residents would be considerate of children’s safety rather than parking irresponsibly for their own convenience.”

 

  • Provided by the Local Democracy Reporting Service. 
Twinkle-toed Libby and Layla on top...

TWO sisters are celebrating after coming out on top at a national dance competition.

 

Libby Davies, 11, and her sister Layla, eight, competed in the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) modern and classical dance sequence competition in Blackpool.

 

Dancing against girls from across the country, Libby, who has scoliosis, was crowned national champion for her classical dance routine and placed third for modern sequence.

 

Layla placed fifth, after placing seventh in the previous year. The girls achieved their results based on just 30 minutes private tutor lessons at Fusion Ballroom Dance Academy in Manchester.

 

Their mum, Mandy, of Hawshaw Lane, Hoyland, said: “I’m over the moon at what the girls have achieved it’s a big improvement on last year.

 

“The girls have done so well it was a really good day and a fantastic atmosphere. Libby had only just moved up an age group so I really didn’t expect her to do so well. They’ve really pushed themselves.”

Dangerous trend in tyre sales

ALMOST half of part-worn tyres being sold to the public in Barnsley were found to be not fit for use, according to an investigation carried out by enforcement officers.

 

Part-worn tyres are required to meet strict safety standards prior to resale to ensure that they are safe for use on the roads, but 45 per cent of tyres inspected were deemed to be dangerous.

 

However, 97 per cent were found to have minor issues such as a previous puncture repair, age-related deterioration and bulges.

 

Sellers across the town were visited as part of the scheme and the findings resulted in Barnsley Council admitting that ‘bad practices’ had been found during its own checks.

 

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “I hope this information acts as a stark reminder to anyone who is thinking about purchasing second-hand tyres.

 

“Our findings suggest that some sectors of the trade have developed bad practices which could be putting consumers at risk.

 

“Equally, traders need to take their responsibilities seriously. Recent examples have shown that the courts take a hard line of those who are shown to be flouting the law.

 

“Consumers may feel that they can get a bargain by purchasing second hand or others may have no choice. They have the right to demand that the products they buy are safe and legal.”

 

There are strict laws in place relating to the sale of used tyres, which mean that at the very least they must be safe to be put back onto a vehicle.

 

All businesses that were found to have defective tyres for sale will be re-inspected and formal action – including a prosecution which could lead to hefty fines being imposed through the court system – may be taken if further safety concerns are discovered.

 

Coun Charlie Wraith, chairman of the council’s licensing board, added: “It’s something we’re very keen to address as it could be a case of life or death – it is that serious and people shouldn’t be taking the risk.

 

“Our officers have done work alongside Trading Standards and we’ll continue to carry out spot-checks on those selling part-worn tyres.

 

“We’ve seen all sorts of issues in the past, including bald items and those with bulges on side walls which are obviously extremely dangerous and should not be fitted to a car.

 

“One area we’ve really improved is taxis’ conditions but it’s essential defective tyres are stopped from being available for sale.”

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.”

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