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


Victims urged to report cases of domestic violence

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Victims of domestic abuse in Barnsley are being urged to stop suffering in silence – and report the people who are making their lives a misery. Police are urging victims to report offenders as part of an annual New Year crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder in the whole of South Yorkshire. A police spokesman… Read more »


Vile chants claim refuted

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Barnsley fans have rubbished claims that they taunted Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp over his dead son, during Monday’s local derby match at the Keepmoat Stadium. Allegations first appeared on the social media site Twitter, and were then reported by a number of national newspapers, which claimed that fans had been accused of vile chants… Read more »


Donations reach £2,000

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Relatives of Private Matthew Thornton, the Barnsley soldier killed in Afghanistan in November, have raised almost £2,000 for forces charity Help for Heroes. Thornton, a Territorial Army soldier of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, died in a roadside explosion just six days after his 28th birthday. He was later buried with full military honours… Read more »


Strong winds and driving rain batter Barnsley

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Strong winds and rain battered Barnsley on Tuesday morning, making it a miserable return to work for many people. With Christmas and the New Year festivities over, local schools and businesses were back up and running – but were greeted by gale-force wind and driving rain, which made travelling conditions very difficult and merely added… Read more »


Vulnerable families to receive winter survival kits

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Up to 2,000 families in Barnsley will receive free winter survival kits to help them stay warm in their homes. Health bosses have come up with the pilot scheme in an effort to reduce the number of hospital admissions and deaths when the cold weather bites. The programme is being funded with £150,000 of Government… Read more »


Dead Goldthorpe man named by police

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A man who died after he was driven over while he lay in a Goldthorpe road has been named by police. Peter Topping, aged 56, died from injuries he suffered in Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe last Thursday evening. He was driven over by a vehicle which failed to stop and was last seen turning right into… Read more »


Men questioned by police after Royston car-jacking

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Two men and two youths are being questioned by police after a Christmas car-jacking in Royston. The car-jacking came at knifepoint, in the early hours of last Tuesday, and resulted in a chase by police cars and two helicopters. The police pursuit ended in Wakefield, where the car – a Peugeot – was abandoned. Helicopters… Read more »


Darfield Foulstone gets thumbs-up from Ofsted

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It has been a great start to the New Year for Darfield Foulstone School of Creative Arts – after Ofsted inspectors ruled that it no longer requires special measures. Their finding came after a two-day inspection of the school. Joint headteachers Steve Ely and Sharon Bell said: “The last year has seen a fantastic effort… Read more »


Dickie in dreamland on Oakwell turf

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One of Barnsley’s most famous sons was in dreamland yesterday. Not only was Dickie Bird celebrating getting an OBE in the New Year Honours List, but the former cricket umpire was invited onto the Oakwell pitch at half-time of Barnsley’s game with Leeds. It proved to be a perfect day for season ticket holder Dickie,… Read more »


Dickie in dreamland on Oakwell turf

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One of Barnsley’s most famous sons was in dreamland yesterday. Not only was Dickie Bird celebrating getting an OBE in the New Year Honours List, but the former cricket umpire was invited onto the Oakwell pitch at half-time of Barnsley’s game with Leeds. It proved to be a perfect day for season ticket holder Dickie,… Read more »