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


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 »


Barnsley granted government money – to spend on traveller sites

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Government money has been pledged to Barnsley – to develop 10 new traveller sites. Communities Minister Andrew Stunell announced that £80,000 will be granted to Barnsley, to be spent on new, authorised pitches as well as developing better facilities. However, the Minister stressed that the support for official traveller pitches coincides with a decision to… Read more »


Police manage to persuade man from jumping off bridge

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Police successfully managed to talk a suicidal man out of jumping from a motorway bridge near Higham. The M1 motorway was closed earlier this morning, in both directions between junctions 37 and 38, after the man threatened to jump. A number of roads in and around Higham were also closed.


Motorway shut as man threatens to jump from bridge

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The M1 motorway was closed earlier this morning, in both directions between junctions 37 and 38, after a man threatened to jump from a bridge near Higham. A number of roads in and around Higham were also closed. Just after 9am the police confirmed that a man was threatening to jump off the motorway bridge… Read more »


Prince a 'charming chap' says Dickie

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Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird says he is looking forward to meeting up with Prince Charles in Barnsley later this month. Dickie describes the Prince of Wales as a ‘charming chap’. The royal makes his first visit to the town on Tuesday, January 24 – and he will meet Dickie at the umpire’s statue next… Read more »


Carlton head scraps staggered times

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Police are to patrol outside a Barnsley school to make sure there is no disruption or parking problems. Police are on hand at Carlton Community College, after new headteacher David Powell opted to scrap staggered start and finish times. The staggered times had initially been introduced to stop hundreds of schoolchildren arriving at the same… Read more »