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


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 »


Council chief executive 'puzzled' by manner of departure

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Former Barnsley council chief executive Phil Coppard says he is ‘puzzled’ by the manner of his departure. The council released a statement in December saying Mr Coppard was to leave by mutual consent, and thanked him for his hard work. He had been employed by the council since 1976 – and had been chief executive… Read more »


Snowflake Twins a smash hit for Hospice

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The Snowflake Twins didn’t just melt away. In fact the pair, who go by the stage names of Les Lee and Paul Lee, proved to be a bit of a smash hit! So much so that they provided a welcome fund-raising boost for Barnsley Hospice. The Twins are actually Dave Drumgoon and Dan Brunt, who… Read more »


Cigarettes taken off nine-year-old

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Thousands of what is alleged to be counterfeit cigarettes have been seized by police – after a nine-year-old was spotted in Athersley North carrying some of them. An investigation has been launched.


Little Hopefuls launched

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Today sees the launch of Yorkshire Little Hopefuls at the Houghton Road Community Centre in Thurnscoe. Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice will open the Thurnscoe Little Hopefuls group from 10am-1pm. It is a weekly support and fortnightly playgroup for children with additional needs and disabilities. The gay couple decided to start the group after an appeal… Read more »


MiCard may be scrapped due to council cuts

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The MiCard scheme which has proved so popular among under 18s in and around Barnsley could be scrapped because of yet more council cut-backs. The scheme currently offers free bus travel across the borough, which is particularly helpful to schoolchildren and college students. But Barnsley council has been informed by the Government that it has… Read more »


County's Fire and Rescue welcome jail terms

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South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) has welcomed the jail terms handed to two people for flouting environmental laws after a fire at an illegal tyre dump in Mexborough. At the height of the blaze, at White Lea Grove on June 28, 2010, around 60 firefighters were at the scene and scores of homes had… Read more »


Motorists urged to put road safety first in 2012

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Police want South Yorkshire motorists to put road safety at the top of their agenda in 2012. Drivers are being reminded to stay within set speed limits, be fully aware of broad conditions, and to never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Motorcyclists and scooter riders have been urged to always put on… Read more »


Roadworks to start on Sunday

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Sunday will see the start of major roadworks on Dodworth Road in Barnsley – to put in a new right-hand lane turn and a pedestrian island for Horizon Community College. The new school, which is beginning to take shape on the old SR Gent site, is set to open in September, and will incorporate pupils… Read more »