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


Goughie does the 'mambo'

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Former England cricketer Darren Gough took part in ‘Let’s Dance for Sport Relief’ on BBC1 last night. The Monk Bretton-born star, who has starred in Strictly Come Dancing, performed the ‘mambo’ – coming up against ex-Great Britain javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread, Radio 1 disc jockey Scott Mills and pop star Olly Murs.


Bus drivers accept revised pay deal

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A new pay deal has been accepted by bus drivers who have been staging strikes since November. Stagecoach services in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley will fully return to normal after the deal was accepted by the Unite union. In Saturday’s ballot drivers voted to accept Stagecoach’s latest, revised pay offer, ruling out any… Read more »


Scargill takes NUM to court

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Former miners’ leader Arthur Scargill has taken the National Union of Mineworkers to court. Mr Scargill,74, is taking legal action against the NUM at Sheffield Crown Court, claiming he is owed more than £15,000 towards the cost of a car, as well as payment of other benefits including phone bills. The 74-year-old, who retired as… Read more »


Change in tax credit will hit Barnsley workers says MP

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Changes to the way tax credits are handed out could see more than 300 working couples in Barnsley lose up to £4,000 per year, local MP Dan Jarvis has warned. The changes will come into force from April 6, 2012 – and will affect couples who are in part-time work and have children. The government’s… Read more »


Unemployment in Barnsley continues to rise

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Unemployment in the constituency of Barnsley Central Labour MP Dan Jarvis has risen for a seventh consecutive month. It now stands at 9.6 per cent of the workforce, with 291 more people losing their jobs between December and January, taking the total to 3,032. Jarvis said: “Many people were in short-term work over the Christmas… Read more »


Barnsley corner shop owners jailed after insurance scam

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A husband and wife who staged a £750,000 insurance scam by having their Barnsley-based corner shop ransacked and burned down have been jailed for a total of eight years. Mother-of-three Sukhjit Kaur, aged 28, dialled 999 claiming a gang of four thugs carrying knives had held her 33-year-old husband Dharminder Singh hostage together with their… Read more »


Pensioner given oxygen after house fire

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A woman in her 90s was given oxygen at the scene of a house fire in Barnsley. Crews from Cudworth and Barnsley fire stations rushed to the incident on Sceptone Grove at around 7.30pm on Tuesday night. The blaze was sparked by a pan which had been left on the hob, causing the kitchen to… Read more »


Six years and still burning down the disco!

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Now in its sixth year, Barnsley promotions company Burn Down the Disco is going from strength to strength. And this year promises to be its biggest yet. The celebrations kick off on February 24 with a headline gig from the ever superb Tiny Giants – a band who are very definitely one to watch for… Read more »


Burlesque show set for Trades Club

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All the glamour that surrounds burlesque dancers comes to Barnsley on Friday at Barnsley Trades Club. The show’s co-ordinator and performing artiste Danni La Blue said: “The show has an astounding line-up and is a chance for people to see burlesque cabaret at its best, at just £5 a ticket it gives everyone the chance… Read more »