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


Former Chief Constable eyes Commissioner post

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South Yorkshire’s former Chief Constable Med Hughes has revealed he wants to become the county’s new Police and Crime Commissioner. Mr Hughes, who retired from South Yorkshire Police in October, after seven years at the helm, has put his nomination in to become the Labour Party’s candidate for the job. The election for the new… Read more »


Workshop for budding young Barnsley writers

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Writer Hannah Rodgers is holding a fun and creative writing workshop for young people next week, using Barnsley landmarks such as the markets and town hall as inspiration for a new book about the town past and present. Young writers can join the free two-day workshop held at Barnsley Central Library. Everyone who participates will… Read more »


Public consulation over Royston Fire Station ends today

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The public consultation period on cost-cutting proposals put forward by South Yorkshire Fire Service ends today. Fire chiefs have been told to save £4.7 million by April 2013, because of Government funding cuts. Closing some fire stations, including the one based at Royston, has been proposed.


Barnsley Hospice need more charity stock

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Barnsley Hospice are appealing for more unwanted goods to be given to their charity shops – after a decline in donations of almost 10 per cent. Between April and December last year, 30,955 bag loads of goods were donated, compared with 34,280 over the same period in 2010. Every year, the hospice needs to raise… Read more »


Fire chiefs criticise Asda chip pan promotion

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South Yorkshire Fire chiefs have criticised supermarket giant Asda for an advertising campaign encouraging customers to buy chip pans. The supermarket placed the advert in the latest edition of its Asda Magazine, promoting its cut-price chip pans ahead of National Chip Week. But South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue service has criticised the promotion, pointing out… Read more »


Penistone Grammar ALC is closed

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Penistone Grammar ALC is closed today due to power problems. All other Barnsley schools are open as normal, but parents and pupils should be wary of the threat of ice. Buses and trains in and out of the town are operating normally.


Man charged with murder

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A man has been charged with the murder of Philip Smith, who died from stab wounds he sustained in a Thurnscoe incident a week ago. Gary McKeown, 36, of Church Street, Thurnscoe, was charged on Friday and was due to appear before magistrates on Saturday. Mr Smith, aged 36, was found in Church Street, near… Read more »


Weekend weather warning

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Barnsley Council’s Highways department is asking people to be careful when driving over the weekend, as snow is expected on Saturday afternoon (February 4), becoming heavier in the evening, then followed by rain and freezing temperatures. The council’s gritting teams will be out to treat the borough’s major arterial routes. A council press release stated:… Read more »


Dan's warning ahead of National Libraries Day

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It is National Libraries Day on Saturday, but Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis has warned that this year’s celebrations will be tinged with a deep sense of alarm. In a column with the Guardian newspaper, Mr Jarvis said: “The future of is libraries is more uncertain than it has been in decades. Almost 600 libraries… Read more »


Barnsley MP quizzes PM over NHS

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Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis yesterday quizzed David Cameron at Prime Minster’s Questions in Parliament. Mr Jarvis chose the hot topic of the much-publicised changes to the National Health Service – and told Mr Cameron that last winter ‘200 people every day died from preventable cold weather-related illnesses.’ Mr Jarvis added: “In Barnsley instead of… Read more »