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The general Barnsley news section covers some of the breaking stories from around the borough


Police again appeal for witnesses over hit-and-run

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Detectives investigating the hit-and-run collision which left a Goldthorpe man dead have again appealed for help in tracing the vehicle involved. Peter Topping, 56, died after a car ran over him as he lay in the road close to his home. Mr Topping, who lived alone at Cooperative Street, Goldthorpe, was hit on the night… Read more »


Police officer resigns after Facebook probe

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A South Yorkshire police officer has resigned following a probe into his use of force computer systems and the social network site Facebook. Police chiefs have released details under the Freedom of Information Act. They have admitted that, as part of the investigation into allegations that the officer misused police computer systems, his personal Facebook… Read more »


Drivers in seventh day of strike action

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Bus drivers in parts of South Yorkshire, including Barnsley, today held their seventh day of strike action in a dispute over pay. The drivers, who work for Stagecoach and are members of the Unite union, say they want parity with drivers who work for other South Yorkshire bus companies. However, Stagecoach have claimed that a… Read more »


Prince of Wales heading to town

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His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will make his first official visit to Barnsley later this month. Prince Charles is coming to town on January 24. During his trip he will meet up with Barnsley-born former cricket umpire Dickie Bird at the latter’s statue near St Mary’s Church. He will also talk to students… Read more »


Last chance for public to plead for Royston fire station

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A final public meeting will be held next week over the plans to close some South Yorkshire fire stations, including the one at Royston near Barnsley. Fire officials have held seven meetings across the county, as part of a public consultation exercise to gauge opinion. Bosses have warned that they need to save roughly £10… Read more »


Town centre market project

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Barnsley town centre is in need of a facelift – but officials are confident that things will begin to change dramatically, and for the best, over the next few years. The council have pledged to push on with the town centre market project – and high street giant Debenhams will act as the anchor tenant.


Kes is coming!

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The stage version of Kes is coming back to Barnsley this month. The shows will be held at the Academy Theatre in Birdwell, starting on Wednesday, January 25. After a sell-out run in 2010, Kes is returning with a brand new cast of fresh local acting talent, to bring the well-known tale of one boy’s… Read more »


Barnsley's Sam ready for the ice

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Barnsley’s Sam Nixon, along with his fellow children’s tv presenter Mark Rhodes, will be taking part in Dancing On Ice 2012. The former Pop Idol singers have been in training for the new ITV series, which starts on January 8. Sam admits that practice has been tough, but he is thoroughly enjoying himself and determined… Read more »


Fan arrested for racial abuse against rival supporter

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It has emerged that a football fan from Barnsley was arrested for racial abuse during the South Yorkshire local derby between Doncaster Rovers and the Reds on Bank Holiday Monday. South Yorkshire Police have comfirmed that the supporter was arrested for racial abuse towards a Doncaster fan. Two others, one from Barnsley and one from… Read more »


Down Memory Lane….

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This picture of a cricket team was taken around 100 years ago in Worsbrough Village. Can anyone name the side and the trophies they are showing off?