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Police manage to persuade man from jumping off bridge

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Police successfully managed to talk a suicidal man out of jumping from a motorway bridge near Higham. The M1 motorway was closed earlier this morning, in both directions between junctions 37 and 38, after the man threatened to jump. A number of roads in and around Higham were also closed.


Motorway shut as man threatens to jump from bridge

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The M1 motorway was closed earlier this morning, in both directions between junctions 37 and 38, after a man threatened to jump from a bridge near Higham. A number of roads in and around Higham were also closed. Just after 9am the police confirmed that a man was threatening to jump off the motorway bridge… Read more »


Prince a 'charming chap' says Dickie

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Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird says he is looking forward to meeting up with Prince Charles in Barnsley later this month. Dickie describes the Prince of Wales as a ‘charming chap’. The royal makes his first visit to the town on Tuesday, January 24 – and he will meet Dickie at the umpire’s statue next… Read more »


Carlton head scraps staggered times

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Police are to patrol outside a Barnsley school to make sure there is no disruption or parking problems. Police are on hand at Carlton Community College, after new headteacher David Powell opted to scrap staggered start and finish times. The staggered times had initially been introduced to stop hundreds of schoolchildren arriving at the same… Read more »


Top DJ Nicola heading for town

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Top DJ Nicola Bear brings her nationwide tour to Barnsley on Friday, January 27. She is the special guest at the town’s very own Indie Disco, presented by Opium No.10 and Burn Down The Disco. Nicola is determined to get Barnsley and the rest of the country buzzing with some top tunes, before she jets… Read more »


Quality bands at the Cedar Room

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A new band called Shermer, which has ex-The Rabbits drummer Dave in it, are playing at The Cedar Room on Friday, January 27. Shermer are joining a quality line-up with Dirty Jeans and The Mexanines. Doors open at 8pm.


Cricket Club steward is jailed

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A cricket club steward from Barnsley has been jailed for stealing nearly £14,500 in bar takings. Glyn Noble, 55, was sentenced to nine months in prison after being found guilty of pocketing cash from Darfield Cricket Club. Sheffield Crown Court heard that Noble, of Calder Crescent, Kendray, had failed to bank the bar takings and… Read more »


Police again appeal for witnesses over hit-and-run

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Detectives investigating the hit-and-run collision which left a Goldthorpe man dead have again appealed for help in tracing the vehicle involved. Peter Topping, 56, died after a car ran over him as he lay in the road close to his home. Mr Topping, who lived alone at Cooperative Street, Goldthorpe, was hit on the night… Read more »


Police officer resigns after Facebook probe

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A South Yorkshire police officer has resigned following a probe into his use of force computer systems and the social network site Facebook. Police chiefs have released details under the Freedom of Information Act. They have admitted that, as part of the investigation into allegations that the officer misused police computer systems, his personal Facebook… Read more »


Drivers in seventh day of strike action

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Bus drivers in parts of South Yorkshire, including Barnsley, today held their seventh day of strike action in a dispute over pay. The drivers, who work for Stagecoach and are members of the Unite union, say they want parity with drivers who work for other South Yorkshire bus companies. However, Stagecoach have claimed that a… Read more »