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Three men in hospital after Barnsley petrol store explosion

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An explosion in a Barnsley garage led to three men being taken to hospital on Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were called to Springfield Street, near Dodworth Road at around 2.30pm after an underground petrol store exploded. The fire crew put out the flames and also assisted ambulance crews in providing first aid to the injured men…. Read more »


Wortley Hall show their support for International Women's Day

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Wortley Hall will show their support for International Women’s Day this year by hosting a Guest Speaker Pie and Pea Supper on Thursday, March 8. They have invited speakers to come along and share their experiences on how things have changed for women over the years. The evening is £7 per person and there will… Read more »


Auditions at Academy Theatre

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The Academy Theatre, Birdwell are holding auditions on Thursday, February 23, for male parts (ages eight-18 only) in their forthcoming show Joseph & His Technicoloured Dreamcoat (modern version). The audition piece is Close Every Door or any song from the show. If anyone can’t attend because of work etc.. please contact the Academy Theatre to… Read more »


Super Sam keeps on skating!

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Barnsley’s Sam Nixon has again been voted through in ITV’s Dancing On Ice. Monk Bretton-born Sam turned in a terrific performance on Sunday despite badly twisting his knee in training. The former Pop Idol-turned-television presenter did not know if he would be able to skate until hours before he was due on the ice in… Read more »


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 »


Jury considering verdict over Hoylandswaine rape case

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A local teenager was sexually assaulted and raped by a ‘growling’ man, a court heard. The girl, aged 16 when she was attacked while walking her dog in a field in Hoylandswaine on May 13, 2010, was so traumatised it took her a year to tell police. Kevin Wood, of Ward Street, Penistone, who suffers… 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 »