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


Town's libraries supporting Holocaust Memorial Day

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Barnsley libraries are supporting the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day with the theme of ‘Speak Up, Stand Out’. The Memorial Day falls on Friday, January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of infamous concentration camp Auschwitz in 1945. Throughout the week leading up to the day, Barnsley’s Central Library will be displaying a book of… Read more »


Killed cyclist had only been married for months

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Maria Micklethwaite, the cyclist killed in a collision with a car on January 20, had only been married for three months. Maria, agd 36, of Ouson Gardens, Carlton, was on her bike training for a triathlon when she was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus. Police are investigating the incident, which took place… Read more »


South Yorkshire has new Chief Constable

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South Yorkshire’s new Chief Constable has been named today. David Crompton will leave his job as Deputy Chief Constable at West Yorkshire Police to take up the post. He was one of three candidates initially in the running, but then saw the other two pull out of the race.


College students raise money from Army stint

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Students at the Barnsley College Public Services department survived three nights with the British Army – to achieve their goal of raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund. The students took part in a number of activities at the Beckingham Barracks in Lincolnshire, including intensive fitness sessions, basic fighting skills, night exercises and the infamous… Read more »


'Vulnerable' Wombwell man missing

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A Wombwell man described as ‘vulnerable’ has gone missing. Shaun Lockwood, aged 44, was last seen by his brother John, who he lives with on Hoyland Street, at 5.45pm last Friday. He was then spotted by a neighbour the following morning, but since then there has been no sign. Shaun’s family say they are extremely… Read more »


Becky bids farewell to the Street

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Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly bid farewell to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street in a dramatic double bill last night. Katherine, daughter of Lamproom Theatre owner John Kelly, has relished the role of the fiesty Becky McDonald, who over the last few years has captured a special place in the heart of Corrie fans. She… Read more »


Students set for peek at new Horizon

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Students from both Holgate and Kingstone Schools will take a special tour of the Horizon Community College building site on Friday, February 3. The two schools are set to close and all the pupils will be attending the new Horizon College in September. Ten students from each school have been selected for the tour, which… Read more »


Road closures during visit of Prince Charles

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Several roads in Barnsley will be closed for a while on Tuesday – as the Prince of Wales makes his first official visit to the town. Among the people Prince Charles will meet is Barnsley cricket legend Dickie Bird, at the latter’s statue near St Mary’s Church. The Prince will also visit the offices of… Read more »


Barnsley man on large-scale drugs charge

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A Barnsley man has appeared in court accused of being involved in a large-scale drug supplying network across South Yorkshire. Paul Alan Lowe, of Arundel Gardens, Royston, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs. He is one of five men who were arrested and charged as part of an 18-month… Read more »


Headteacher warns of 'suspicious man in car'

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A headteacher has written to parents after a man in a black car was spotted ‘trying to entice’ young girl pupils. Julie Allen, headteacher at Birkwood Primary School, Cudworth, sent the warning and added that the car had been spotted touring the area. She believes the driver of the car is a man in his… Read more »