The UK police capability to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime was strengthened today with the announcement of three regional policing e-crime hubs. Barnsley falls into one of the new hubs, in Yorkshire and the Humber. The other two will be in the North West and in the East Midlands. The e-crime hubs will… Read more »
The general Barnsley news section covers some of the breaking stories from around the borough
Barnsley council is planning to spend £800,000 developing a permanent gypsy and traveller site (10 pitches) on land off Sandygate Lane at Stairfoot, Barnsley News understands. When these proposals were first published in 2008 local residents protested, forcing the council to commission a working party, made up of councillors, officials, local residents and gypsy and… Read more »
A Thurnscoe man charged with murder has been remanded in custody for a week after his first appearance at court. Gary McKeown, of Church Street, Thurnscoe, is accused of killing 36-year-old Philip Smith, who was stabbed to death. Mr Smith, of Stotfold Drive, Thurnscoe, was found injured in Church Street, Thurnscoe, around 4.30pm on Saturday,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 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.
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 »