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Strong winds and driving rain batter Barnsley

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Strong winds and rain battered Barnsley on Tuesday morning, making it a miserable return to work for many people. With Christmas and the New Year festivities over, local schools and businesses were back up and running – but were greeted by gale-force wind and driving rain, which made travelling conditions very difficult and merely added… Read more »


Vulnerable families to receive winter survival kits

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Up to 2,000 families in Barnsley will receive free winter survival kits to help them stay warm in their homes. Health bosses have come up with the pilot scheme in an effort to reduce the number of hospital admissions and deaths when the cold weather bites. The programme is being funded with £150,000 of Government… Read more »


Dead Goldthorpe man named by police

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A man who died after he was driven over while he lay in a Goldthorpe road has been named by police. Peter Topping, aged 56, died from injuries he suffered in Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe last Thursday evening. He was driven over by a vehicle which failed to stop and was last seen turning right into… Read more »


Men questioned by police after Royston car-jacking

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Two men and two youths are being questioned by police after a Christmas car-jacking in Royston. The car-jacking came at knifepoint, in the early hours of last Tuesday, and resulted in a chase by police cars and two helicopters. The police pursuit ended in Wakefield, where the car – a Peugeot – was abandoned. Helicopters… Read more »


Darfield Foulstone gets thumbs-up from Ofsted

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It has been a great start to the New Year for Darfield Foulstone School of Creative Arts – after Ofsted inspectors ruled that it no longer requires special measures. Their finding came after a two-day inspection of the school. Joint headteachers Steve Ely and Sharon Bell said: “The last year has seen a fantastic effort… Read more »


Dickie in dreamland on Oakwell turf

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One of Barnsley’s most famous sons was in dreamland yesterday. Not only was Dickie Bird celebrating getting an OBE in the New Year Honours List, but the former cricket umpire was invited onto the Oakwell pitch at half-time of Barnsley’s game with Leeds. It proved to be a perfect day for season ticket holder Dickie,… Read more »


Dickie in dreamland on Oakwell turf

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One of Barnsley’s most famous sons was in dreamland yesterday. Not only was Dickie Bird celebrating getting an OBE in the New Year Honours List, but the former cricket umpire was invited onto the Oakwell pitch at half-time of Barnsley’s game with Leeds. It proved to be a perfect day for season ticket holder Dickie,… Read more »


Dickie gets New Year gong

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Barnsley cricket legend Dickie Bird has been awarded an OBE in today’s New Year Honours list. It goes with the MBE he received 25 years ago. The 78-year-old, who stood in 66 Test matches, said of his latest award: “It is a tremendous honour and I feel very humble. I feel very, very proud. “I… Read more »


Corrie star Katherine set for explosive departure

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Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly is set to leave top soap Coronation Street at the end of January. The star, who plays Becky McDonald, is leaving the ITV soap and her final explosive storylines have already been filmed. Katherine, the daughter of Barnsley Lamproom Theatre owner John Kelly, has been on Coronation Street for five years… Read more »


Brierley man dies in chainshaw tragedy

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A teenage girl watched in horror as her father died just two days before Christmas. Trudy Eland, 14, saw her father Peter Conway, 62, slice open his neck with a chainsaw he was testing. Brierley man Conway was checking the tool worked, before he lent it to his brother’s friend. But he slipped – and… Read more »