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



Long-term unemployment in Barnsley up by 56% says MP

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Unemployment in Barnsley continues to rise, mirroring the situation all over the country, and there is no immediate sign of bucking that trend according to one local MP. Figures released today show that unemployment in Britain has reached a 17-year high. There is also a record number of young people currently out of work. After… Read more »


NHS Barnsley supports 'Olympic off-the-couch to 5k' plan

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NHS Barnsley is encouraging residents to get fit for this summer’s Olympics – and turn their New Year resolutions into healthy reality – with the help of a free two-month beginners’ running plan. Starting with runs of just one minute each, the plan is designed to get Barnsley people off the couch and running five… Read more »


Barnsley cyclist killed in crash is named by police

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The Barnsley cyclist who was killed in a collision with a car in South Hiendley has been named by police. Carlton woman Maria Micklethwaite, aged 36, was killed when her bike was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus car on Slack Lane last Friday afternoon. An inquest into her death is due to… Read more »


Burst pipe halts opening of new fitness suite

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Barnsley FC players were due to open a new £1.5m gym at the Metrodome today – but it has been called off because of a burst water pipe. The pipe burst due to the bitterly cold temperature, leading to the postponement. Barnsley Premier Leisure issued a message on Facebook, saying that it would keep people… Read more »


Drivers United again in pay dispute

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Stagecoach are adamant that a ‘near normal’ service will be in operation across Barnsley today – despite another 24-hour strike by some bus drivers. Members of the Unite union have rejected the latest pay offer from Stagecoach – and are not working today as part of their protest.


Meeting tonight to discuss £40m police budget cuts

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Police budget cuts will be top of the agenda at at meeting in Barnsley this evening. The force has been told to slash £40 million from its budget over four years. Members of the police authority budget focus group will discuss it in detail – and also want the public to be involved. One of… Read more »


Dearne Playhouse set for panto opening night

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The Dearne Playhouse in Goldthorpe is preparing for its week-long production of pantomime Dick Whittington. Opening night is on Saturday at 7pm – and the panto will run until January 28. It is being put on by the theatre section of the Dearne Community and Miners Welfare Scheme. The producer is Simon Carr, of 2Act… Read more »


Woman cyclist dies in collision

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A woman cyclist from Barnsley has died after being involved in a road accident. The 39-year-old woman, who has yet to be named by police, was cycling in South Hiendley when she was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus car at 3.25pm. It happened on Slack Lane at the junction with Church Lane…. Read more »


Monday strike after bus drivers reject latest offer

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There will be further bus strikes in Barnsley on Monday – after drivers rejected the latest pay offer. Members of the Unite union votes 206 to 89 against the offer submitted by Stagecoach yesterday. The local branch secretary of Unite, Mr Tony Rushforth, said that the £9.05 an hour offer was rejected because no backpay… Read more »