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'Vulnerable' Wombwell man missing

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A Wombwell man described as ‘vulnerable’ has gone missing. Shaun Lockwood, aged 44, was last seen by his brother John, who he lives with on Hoyland Street, at 5.45pm last Friday. He was then spotted by a neighbour the following morning, but since then there has been no sign. Shaun’s family say they are extremely… Read more »


Becky bids farewell to the Street

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Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly bid farewell to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street in a dramatic double bill last night. Katherine, daughter of Lamproom Theatre owner John Kelly, has relished the role of the fiesty Becky McDonald, who over the last few years has captured a special place in the heart of Corrie fans. She… Read more »


Sex attacker sees sentence appeal rejected

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A sex attacker from Grimethorpe, who was jailed after a drunken assault on a young girl, has lost his appeal against his eight-year prison sentence. Leon Thomas Hanley, aged 36, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court last July, after admitting three attacks on the girl, who was under the age of 13. Hanley, a self-confessed… Read more »


Students set for peek at new Horizon

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Students from both Holgate and Kingstone Schools will take a special tour of the Horizon Community College building site on Friday, February 3. The two schools are set to close and all the pupils will be attending the new Horizon College in September. Ten students from each school have been selected for the tour, which… Read more »


Road closures during visit of Prince Charles

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Several roads in Barnsley will be closed for a while on Tuesday – as the Prince of Wales makes his first official visit to the town. Among the people Prince Charles will meet is Barnsley cricket legend Dickie Bird, at the latter’s statue near St Mary’s Church. The Prince will also visit the offices of… Read more »


Barnsley man on large-scale drugs charge

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A Barnsley man has appeared in court accused of being involved in a large-scale drug supplying network across South Yorkshire. Paul Alan Lowe, of Arundel Gardens, Royston, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs. He is one of five men who were arrested and charged as part of an 18-month… Read more »


Headteacher warns of 'suspicious man in car'

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A headteacher has written to parents after a man in a black car was spotted ‘trying to entice’ young girl pupils. Julie Allen, headteacher at Birkwood Primary School, Cudworth, sent the warning and added that the car had been spotted touring the area. She believes the driver of the car is a man in his… Read more »


Scanning Live at Cannon Hall Farm

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The public is being invited along to Cannon Hall Farm on Sunday, February 5, between 11am and 3pm, to watch sheep being pregnancy scanned. The sheep will then feature in a Lambing Live event on March 30. This is a great opportunity to see, at first hand, the baby lambs as they develop inside the… Read more »


Police appeal after pedestrian suffers fractured skull

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South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information, after a 21-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car in Barnsley last night. The young man, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was crossing Whinby Road towards Dodworth when he was struck by a blue Ford Ka, which was heading towards the M1 motorway. The incident occured at… Read more »