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


Family of murdered pensioner appeal for fresh information

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The family of a murdered Barnsley pensioner are appealing for fresh information – on the 10th anniversary of her killing. Vera Cooper, 80, was found strangled in the kitchen of her home in Grimethorpe on January 24, 2002. South Yorkshire Police believe she was killed while her bungalow was being burgled. But despite a £5,000… Read more »


Dickie talks cricket with Prince Charles

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The Prince of Wales, on his first visit to Barnsley, ended up discussing the fortunes of the England cricket team when he met former Test umpire Dickie Bird on Tuesday. Prince Charles chatted to Dickie at the latter’s statue near St Mary’s Church in the town centre. Hundreds of Barnsley people braved the miserable and… Read more »


Kes flies back into Barnsley

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Kes has flown back into Barnsley. The famous story of young Billy Casper and his kestrel will again be staged at the Academy Theatre, Birdwell this week, put on by local theatre company LS Theatre Productions. The final dress rehearsal is held tonight, with Wednesday (7.15pm) being the opening show. There is a double bill… Read more »


Smithies site shut for emergency repairs

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Barnsley Council have confirmed that Smithies Waste Recycling Centre will be closed on Friday for emergency repairs. The public are asked to use the facility at West Street, Worsbrough.


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 »