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


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 »


Dickie gets New Year gong

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Barnsley cricket legend Dickie Bird has been awarded an OBE in today’s New Year Honours list. It goes with the MBE he received 25 years ago. The 78-year-old, who stood in 66 Test matches, said of his latest award: “It is a tremendous honour and I feel very humble. I feel very, very proud. “I… Read more »


Corrie star Katherine set for explosive departure

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Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly is set to leave top soap Coronation Street at the end of January. The star, who plays Becky McDonald, is leaving the ITV soap and her final explosive storylines have already been filmed. Katherine, the daughter of Barnsley Lamproom Theatre owner John Kelly, has been on Coronation Street for five years… Read more »


Brierley man dies in chainshaw tragedy

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A teenage girl watched in horror as her father died just two days before Christmas. Trudy Eland, 14, saw her father Peter Conway, 62, slice open his neck with a chainsaw he was testing. Brierley man Conway was checking the tool worked, before he lent it to his brother’s friend. But he slipped – and… Read more »


Man dies in Goldthorpe

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A 56-year-old man has died after an incident in Goldthorpe on Thursday night. It is believed that the man had been lying in the carriageway on Co-operative Street, when an unknown vehicle drove over him at around 8.25pm. The vehicle did not stop, and was last seen turning right into Doncaster Road. Police are appealing… Read more »


Bumper police presence for big game

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Extra police will be on duty for the New Year’s Eve game between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell. More than 140 officers will take to the streets around the town centre and the ground for the Championship clash, which kicks off at 1pm. A special conference on Thursday afternoon to plan the operation. The… Read more »


Football fan cautioned for homophobic chants

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A Barnsley football supporter has been cautioned by police for shouting homophobic abuse at Brighton fans, on leaving a Championship match between the two clubs at the Amex Stadium. Sussex Police stated that officers initially ‘gave strong words of advice’ to the 18-year-old, after he made anti-gay chants at Falmer station on November 6. The… Read more »