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


Fire at Stairfoot scrap company

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A fire broke out at a scrap company on Tuesday evening. Two crews from Barnsley and another from Cudworth were called to C Soar and Sons, on Tank Row, Stairfoot, at approximately 7.15pm after machinery caught fire. The firefighters spent two-and-a-half hours at the site which is used to dismantle transformers for electricity companies. There… Read more »


Top pictures on show at The Civic

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Photographs taken by entrants in a long-running international competition have gone on display in The Civic in Barnsley as part of a travelling exhibition. The 120 pictures have been selected from close on 3,000 submitted to the Royal Photographic Society for its International Print Exhibition by both amateur and professional photographers. Staff at The Civic… Read more »


Woman hit by train dies in hospital

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The woman hit by a train at Barnsley Interchange last week has died in hospital. The 73-year-old from Monk Bretton had fallen under a train when she lost control of her mobility scooter and tumbled from the platform. The fire service was called and she was airlifted to Northern General Hospital. A spokesman for British… Read more »


Yorkshire 'e-crime' addressed by police

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The UK police capability to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime was strengthened today with the announcement of three regional policing e-crime hubs. Barnsley falls into one of the new hubs, in Yorkshire and the Humber. The other two will be in the North West and in the East Midlands. The e-crime hubs will… Read more »


EXCLUSIVE: Council planning to spend £800,000 on Stairfoot traveller site

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Barnsley council is planning to spend £800,000 developing a permanent gypsy and traveller site (10 pitches) on land off Sandygate Lane at Stairfoot, Barnsley News understands. When these proposals were first published in 2008 local residents protested, forcing the council to commission a working party, made up of councillors, officials, local residents and gypsy and… Read more »


Thurnscoe man remanded in custody

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A Thurnscoe man charged with murder has been remanded in custody for a week after his first appearance at court. Gary McKeown, of Church Street, Thurnscoe, is accused of killing 36-year-old Philip Smith, who was stabbed to death. Mr Smith, of Stotfold Drive, Thurnscoe, was found injured in Church Street, Thurnscoe, around 4.30pm on Saturday,… Read more »


Former Chief Constable eyes Commissioner post

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South Yorkshire’s former Chief Constable Med Hughes has revealed he wants to become the county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner. Mr Hughes, who retired from South Yorkshire Police in October, after seven years at the helm, has put his nomination in to become the Labour Party’s candidate for the job. The election for the new… Read more »


Workshop for budding young Barnsley writers

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Writer Hannah Rodgers is holding a fun and creative writing workshop for young people next week, using Barnsley landmarks such as the markets and town hall as inspiration for a new book about the town past and present. Young writers can join the free two-day workshop held at Barnsley Central Library. Everyone who participates will… Read more »


Public consulation over Royston Fire Station ends today

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The public consultation period on cost-cutting proposals put forward by South Yorkshire Fire Service ends today. Fire chiefs have been told to save £4.7 million by April 2013, because of Government funding cuts. Closing some fire stations, including the one based at Royston, has been proposed.


Barnsley Hospice need more charity stock

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Barnsley Hospice are appealing for more unwanted goods to be given to their charity shops – after a decline in donations of almost 10 per cent. Between April and December last year, 30,955 bag loads of goods were donated, compared with 34,280 over the same period in 2010. Every year, the hospice needs to raise… Read more »