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


Wombwell man found safe and well

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Wombwell man Shaun Lockwood, who had been missing since Friday, January 20, has been found safe and well. The family of the 44-year-old, who lives on Hoyland Street, has thanked everyone for their help.


Barnsley people urged to use their vote

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Up to 2,000 people who have not yet registered to vote in Barnsley are being urged to ensure they put their names on the electoral roll. Barnsley Council says people have until Wednesday, April 18, to register – or find themselves unable to participate in this year’s council elections. The number of Barnsley people now… Read more »


'Brassed Off' coming to Barnsley

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Following the huge success of ‘Kes’ at the Academy Theatre, another local smash hit is on the way to Barnsley. ‘Brassed Off’ will be staged at the Theatre from Tuesday, February 7 to Saturday, February 11. The classic Yorkshire story will also feature members of the Take 2 Big Band. For tickets call the Academy… Read more »


Thurnscoe man died of stab wounds

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A Thurnscoe man died from stab wounds post-mortem tests have concluded. Philip Alan Smith, 36, was found injured in Church Street, Thurnscoe on Saturday afternoon. Police officers found Mr Smith near the junction with Houghton Road. He was taken to Barnsley District General Hospital but there died from his injuries. A man was arrested on… Read more »


Dead Thurnscoe man is named

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Police have named the man who died yesterday after sustaining serious injuries in Thurnscoe as 36-year-old Philip Alan Smith. Philip, of Stotfold Drive, Thurnscoe, was found injured in Church Street around 4.30pm on Saturday, after a disturbance near the junction with Houghton Road. He was taken to Barnsley District General Hospital where he later died… Read more »



Government's grounding of police helicopter comes in for heavy criticism

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The head of the South Yorkshire Police Authority has criticsed the government’s decision to remove the force’s helicopter. The authority’s chairman, Charles Perryman, said the policing minister was using ‘a heavy hand’ to impose a ‘substantially less good service’. The helicopter will be be grounded as part of plans to introduce a national air service…. Read more »


Barnsley Schools in bottom three in new league tables

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Barnsley Schools, along with those in Hull and Bradford, have achieved some of the worst GCSE results in the country, according to new league tables published today. The authorities are claiming that the tables show for the first time the extent to which pupils from poorer backgrounds struggle to achieve good grades at secondary school…. Read more »


Holgate's future chef Adam cooks up a storm

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A pupil from Holgate Sports College has reached the regional final of a cooking competition. Adam Sellars, 15, represented the school in a ‘Future Chef’ competition – and came out on top. As well as receiving his very own chef’s jacket, Adam will now go on to represent South Yorkshire in the next round of… Read more »


Mayor's charities receive cheque boost from Escapade

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The Mayor of Barnsley’s charities have received a welcome boost – after receiving a £2,193 cheque from town centre club Escapade. The money was raised thanks to sales of tickets for Barnsley Council’s ‘Cracking Christmas Party’, which took place on Friday, December 16. Some 731 staff bought tickets for the event, which saw a special… Read more »