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Government's grounding of police helicopter comes in for heavy criticism

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The head of the South Yorkshire Police Authority has criticsed the government’s decision to remove the force’s helicopter. The authority’s chairman, Charles Perryman, said the policing minister was using ‘a heavy hand’ to impose a ‘substantially less good service’. The helicopter will be be grounded as part of plans to introduce a national air service…. Read more »

Barnsley Schools in bottom three in new league tables

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Barnsley Schools, along with those in Hull and Bradford, have achieved some of the worst GCSE results in the country, according to new league tables published today. The authorities are claiming that the tables show for the first time the extent to which pupils from poorer backgrounds struggle to achieve good grades at secondary school…. Read more »

Holgate's future chef Adam cooks up a storm

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A pupil from Holgate Sports College has reached the regional final of a cooking competition. Adam Sellars, 15, represented the school in a ‘Future Chef’ competition – and came out on top. As well as receiving his very own chef’s jacket, Adam will now go on to represent South Yorkshire in the next round of… Read more »

Mayor's charities receive cheque boost from Escapade

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The Mayor of Barnsley’s charities have received a welcome boost – after receiving a £2,193 cheque from town centre club Escapade. The money was raised thanks to sales of tickets for Barnsley Council’s ‘Cracking Christmas Party’, which took place on Friday, December 16. Some 731 staff bought tickets for the event, which saw a special… Read more »

Yorkshire and Humber MEP hosts Ocean 2012

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Environmental campaigners and representatives from the fishing industry have met with Yorkshire and the Humber MEP, Linda McAvan, to discuss the future of sustainable fishing. Linda hosted the event with Ocean 2012, an organisation which is campaigning to ensure that the proposed reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in 2012 halts overfishing, ends… Read more »

Tribute night in memory of Barnsley man Robert

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The family of a young Barnsley man who died suddenly are holding a tribute night in his memory on Friday, February 3. Robert Cooper, aged 25, appeared fit and well when he went off to work but died two hours later from cardiomyopathy. His sister Sarah O’Mara and her husband James have decided to hold… Read more »

Chance to take part in country's biggest garden bird survey

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Wentworth Castle are offering people the chance to take part in the country’s biggest garden bird survey on Saturday. The event at Stainborough Park kicks off with an informal introductory chat about some of birds that might be seen, before there is a walk (approximately two miles) around the parkland, with the opportunity to record… Read more »

Fire crews called to flat fire in Jubilee Gardens

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Fire crews were called out to a flat at Royston last night. The incident occured just after 8pm, when crews from Royston and Cudworth were sent to a first floor flat in Jubilee Gardens. A smoke alarm had sounded and the male occupant had got out of the flat before the firefighters arrived to put… Read more »

Katherine lands top tv award

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Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly won the award for Best Serial Drama Performance at last night’s National Television Awards at the O2 Arena. Katherine won the public vote in recognition of her magnificent portrayal of Becky McDonald, a part she played for six years before leaving Coronation Street on a night of high drama on Monday…. Read more »