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Rise in homelessness warning issued to councillors
MARKET issues causing soaring house prices and the cost-of-living crisis are posing a ‘perfect storm’ expected to lead to a rise in homelessness, senior councillors were told.
Homelessness teams working within Barnsley Council are seeing more employed people approaching services for support, Tuesday’s meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee was told.
Michelle Kaye, group leader for housing and welfare, said the average length of stay in temporary accommodation is currently six months but is...
Sex and violence links to many crimes
MORE than half of all crimes reported to police in Barnsley were linked to violence and sexual offences in April, shock new figures have revealed.
Statistics obtained by the Chronicle show that throughout April the latest figures available a total of 1,791 crimes were reported to South Yorkshire Police in the town’s four policing wards of Barnsley Central, South East, West and North East.
The latter had the most reports with a total of 624...
MMA fighter Joe to represent country
BARNSLEY’S answer to Conor McGregor will represent England tomorrow in the English Mixed Martial Arts Association’s Four Nations tournament.
Joe Ambler, 26, from Kendray, is the number one-rated middleweight amateur MMA fighter in the UK and Ireland.
He will travel to Liverpool for the EMMAA’s Four Nations competition - representing his home nation for the first time in his career.
Joe is unbeaten with a record of 6-0-0 and he’s hoping to turn professional next...
Damaged turbine to be repaired
A TEMPORARY speed limit will be introduced on a busy road which runs by a wind farm next week while a broken turbine is repaired.
This week, the 40mph speed limit was announced and will be in place from Monday for four weeks from Rotherham Road roundabout to Grimethorpe Colliery roundabout.
Work to make the area safe and remove the damaged turbine - which dislodged from the structure in March 2021 during stormy weather -...
Census reveals town’s population growth
BARNSLEY’S population has grown by more than 10,000 in the last decade, the census has revealed.
The census takes place every ten years, with every household in the UK required to take part.
The first results have been released, and on census day there were 244,600 people living in the town - a six per cent increase from 2011.
The population of men and women is in the balance - with 49.1 per cent male...
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Barnsley woman Bethany hoping to help England to home Euros win
BETHANY England is delighted to be part of what she hopes will be another thrilling summer for English football as the Lionesses compete for the European Championship on home soil from next week.
The 28-year-old striker from Kingstone is in Sarina Wiegman’s England squad for the tournament which begins on Wednesday.
It will be the pinnacle of a career that began with Junior Tykes then saw her work at a fish and chip shop in...
A position-by-position look at Barnsley's current squad
A look at the players in each position currently at Oakwell
STRIKERS
Carlton Morris might be the most important cog in the precarious machine Barnsley are attempting to construct this window.
There is a strong argument that he is the player they should do everything to keep above all others, although it will depend on what bids come in for him and who they can recruit.
With Cauley Woodrow sold, the departure of Morris...
Palmer moves to Turkey
Romal Palmer has joined Turkish second tier side Goztepe on a four-year contract after turning down Barnsley's offer of an extension.
The 23-year-old midfielder spent eight years at Oakwell, playing 77 games.
His first full season in senior football saw him help the Reds into the Championship play-offs as an ever-present.
Palmer struggled for form last season in a very young midfield and admitted he lost confidence as the Reds were relegated to League One.
Reds players ‘not in control’ of moves, warns boss Duff
- Head coach says ‘it’s not a revolving door’ at Oakwell
- ‘Good money’ for Woodrow, Cheltenham’s May price questioned
- Adeboyejo and Palmer contracts officially expire today
MICHAEL Duff says Barnsley’s players are ‘not in control’ of their futures as they look to keep the majority of their squad together for the season that starts this month.
The Oakwell club’s League One campaign begins at Plymouth Argyle on July 30,...
Barnsley man in England judo squad for Commonwealths
LACHLAN Moorhead, from Penistone, has been selected to represent England in judo at this month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 22-year-old, who is the current British champion, has been selected in the under 81kg category for the event which runs from July 28 to August 8.
Lachlan said: “While I was hopeful about being chosen, it’s not an automatic thing.
“It’s never 100 per cent known and confirmed until the announcement is officially made. ...
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Tributes paid to Harry Gration
VETERAN broadcaster and journalist Harry Gration’s death on Saturday aged 71 has been felt as deeply in Barnsley as anywhere else in Yorkshire.
The Bradford-born Look North presenter capped a 42-year career with his final live broadcast from outside the town hall in October 2020, a day before his 70th birthday.
More than just a mainstay on locals’ televisions, he was a frequent visitor to the borough - hosting Barnsley Hospital’s annual Heart Awards several...
Town shakes unwanted Covid tag
BARNSLEY no longer has the worst Covid death rate in the United Kingdom.
The town’s current rate - where deaths within 28 days of a positive test are concerned - is 458.3 per 100,000.
Barnsley is the second-worst hit town in the country, now behind Blackpool.
Two residents have died in the borough within a month of a positive test in June.
120-plus seriously injured on town’s roads
MORE than 120 residents were seriously injured on Barnsley’s roads from collisions last year, shock new figures have revealed.
Provisional figures from the Department for Transport suggests there were a total of 483 casualties in Barnsley last year, an almost ten per cent rise from 2020.
A total of 122 serious injuries were recorded across the borough - more than a 16 per cent increase on the previous year’s figure of 105.
Fewer people were...
Covid infections rise
MORE than 400 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Barnsley in the last seven days.
The town’s current infection rate is 164.1 per 100,000 residents as 407 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the last week.
Since the start of the pandemic more than 91,000 cases have been reported - bringing the overall rate to 36,809.6 per 100,000 residents.
Jackie’s memory honoured by change in law
LIFE sentences have finally been made available to ‘restricted’ judges presiding over death by dangerous driving cases following pressure from the brother of a Barnsley woman who was killed by four career criminals speeding in a stolen HGV.
The long campaign to scrap the previous 14-year maximum term - spearheaded locally by Johnny Wood and Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock - began when 58-year-old pedestrian Jackie Wileman was killed on Common Road, Brierley, on September...
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Barnsley look at Kiki but far from a done deal
BARNSLEY have been monitoring Portuguese left wing-back Kiki Afonso but he is not currently close to joining the club, the Chronicle understands.
The 27-year-old has been linked with the Reds in Portuguese media and he is someone they have looked at.
He is considered to suit their requirements for a position in which they have very few players.
But, as of yesterday, the deal was not thought to be close and they are also looking...
Will thrilled to sign and is happy to be right wing-back
WILL Hondermarck is delighted to have signed a new contract with Barnsley and is currently focusing on developing his game at right wing-back.
The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international, who joined last September following his release by Norwich City, has penned a new two-year deal.
Hondermarck started three Championship games and came off the bench in six others as Barnsley were relegated to League One. He was out of contract but has been training...
Joe predicts bright future for Reds and town
JOE ACKROYD knows his fellow Barnsley people ‘suffered a lot’ during the relegation season but has predicted a bright future at Oakwell and in the town in general.
The 19-year-old midfielder from Darfield is hoping to break into the Reds team this season, having made his debut in the FA Cup win over Barrow in January then spent four months on loan at Czech side Vyskov, while Barnsley were finishing last in the Championship.
Ackroyd...
Hondermarck signs new deal
Will Hondermarck has signed a new two-year contract at Barnsley.
The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international signed last September following his release by Norwich City.
He started three Championship games and came off the bench in six others, playing in central midfield, right wing-back and centre-back.
He was out of contract but has been training at Oakwell for four weeks this summer and has now signed up until 2024.
Early Cheltenham game 'felt inevitable' says Duff
MICHAEL Duff says it ‘felt inevitable’ that Barnsley would face his former club Cheltenham Town in the first home game of the new season.
Duff’s first competitive match at Oakwell will be on August 6 against the club he left for the Reds earlier this month.
He has now been replaced by his former coach Wade Elliott.
Duff told the Chronicle: “It felt inevitable that we would play them early on.
“Wade was one of...
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Planning application slammed by concerned councillor
PLANS to build 50 new homes near a ‘dangerous’ Dodworth road have been slammed by a local councillor.
An application for the residential development of 50 new properties was submitted to Barnsley Council’s planning board last month.
The properties - 37 of which will have three bedrooms, nine will have four bedrooms and four will have two bedrooms - will be built just off of Dodworth Green Road.
As part of the application, a dwelling...
Rape convictions revealed
FEWER than 20 people were convicted of rape in the county last year despite more than 1,500 new offences being recorded by police.
Figures from the Ministry of Justice show 58 rape cases from South Yorkshire were heard in court last year, resulting in 18 convictions.
However there were 1,556 alleged rapes recorded by South Yorkshire Police, meaning only a fraction are likely to lead to a conviction.
Giant warehouse set for approval
A GIANT warehouse - which will measure more than 250 metres in length and spark Hoyland’s next phase of development - has been earmarked for approval, according to documents released this week.
The plans, submitted by Firethorn Developments, are within the so-called Gateway 36 scheme on land to the north of Dearne Valley Parkway, which was once home to Rockingham Colliery.
Firethorn purchased the site in February for £11.6m and although a tenant has not...
NHS diagnostics hub officially opens in town centre
A ‘FIRST of its kind’ NHS community diagnostic centre officially opened in the town centre to help ease a soaring backlog of cancer screening appointments.
The centre - in the Glass Works - has been in use since April this year, with phlebotomy and ultrasound services on offer, and later joined by breast screening in May and plain film x-ray services in early June.
On Tuesday, the centre introduced bone density scanning to complete its...
Shafton home plan criticised
A FRESH planning bid to build 40 homes on a ‘clogged-up’ road in the centre of Shafton is set to be approved next week - despite locals objecting to the scheme.
An application, submitted by Alex Baillie, seeks permission to build on the empty plot of land off High Street.
The council’s planning board - whose members will mull over the scheme on Tuesday - previously awarded consent in 2015 and 2018, but neither came...
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Reds to host Forest in friendly
BARNSLEY have confirmed they will play Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest in a pre-season friendly on July 16.
The 5.30pm kick-off will finish an open day at Oakwell during which the under 18s and women’s team will play on on the training pitches, as well as other activities.
Barnsley began their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 win at non-league Worksop Town on Saturday and are now due to play a behind-closed-doors match on Friday....
Barnsley sprinter Joe off to World Championships after massive PB
BARNSLEY man Joe Ferguson will represent Great Britain at the World Athletics Championships next month after slicing more than a third of a second off his 200m personal best at the British Championship.
The 22-year-old from Darton, who started running at Barnsley AC nine years ago, took silver in the national championships in Manchester on Sunday, which were also the world trials. His time of 20.23 was a hundredth of a second inside the qualifying...
Five talking points from first friendly
What we learned from Barnsley's first pre-season friendly of the summer – a 3-1 win at Worskop Town.
EARLY FRIENDLY REFLECTS BUSY REDS APPROACH
This was one of the first pre-season friendlies of the summer across England, with most clubs waiting until July to start.
Getting a game in within five days of the start of full pre-season seemed to reflect the general approach of the Reds over the very busy...
Joe hoping to prove he is one of fastest in UK at world trials
JOE FERGUSON has shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on the initial England squad for the Commonwealth Games and is hoping to prove he is one of the fastest men in Britain.
The 22-year-old from Darton is due to run the 200m at the British Championships in Manchester today.
They are the trials for the upcoming European and World Championships.
He is hoping to continue a fine season in which he has set personal bests...
Duff pleased with friendly and gives update on coach and injuries
Michael Duff was pleased with his Barnsley side’s run-out in a 3-1 win at Worksop Town in their first friendly.
The Reds netted all their goals in the first half through Devante Cole, Aaron Leya Iseka and Callum Brittain then the hosts scored a penalty early in the second half against a team of under 23s.
Josh Benson came off with an ankle problem but Duff said he hoped it was not too...
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Fraud warning after criminals target pensioner
A VULNERABLE Darfield resident is now ‘significantly out of pocket’ after becoming a victim of courier fraud.
The offender posed as a bank official or police officer and gained the 86-year-old’s trust before asking them to hand over high-value goods to a courier, who was sent to their home.
Police urged residents to remain wary of the scam after confirming Action Fraud members are investigating the case.
A spokesperson for Barnsley South Neighbourhood Policing Team...
Levelling up discrepancies blasted by MP
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis has blasted ministers for failing to level up the town with similar-sized - but more prosperous - areas in the country.
Dan Jarvis challenged the Secretary of State for Levelling Up - Michael Gove - on his department’s ‘unfair’ funding formula that will see South Yorkshire lose out on millions of pounds a year.
This issue has been exacerbated by a miscalculation in funding, according to Dan, meaning the region...
Question Time to stop off in Barnsley
FLAGSHIP BBC programme Question Time will be live from Barnsley on Thursday.
Audience members are being sought ahead of the programme.
Anyone wishing to apply is asked to come up with two questions to be considered, as well as complete a form asking whether - and which way - they voted in the EU referendum, what political party they’re likely to vote for, and whether they’re politically active.
Applicants must be older than 16 and...
Investigation launched into war memorial damage
A POLICE investigation has been launched after damage to the Battle of the Somme memorial in the town centre.
It’s believed that screens containing photos of individuals who died on the first day of the battle were ‘destroyed’ between Friday June 17 and the following day.
Officers are appealing for residents with any information to come forward.
Sergeant Alun Oliver, from the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: ““This looks to be wanton damage to...
Ofsted rating plummets at nursery
A POPULAR nursery saved from closure after its new director spotted parents’ campaigning in the Chronicle has seen its Ofsted rating plummet.
Welcome Nurseries, at Lundwood’s Priory Campus, opened in December having took over from charity Barnardo’s - which had run the centre since 1995 but ran into difficulties last May, said to be due to low registration.
The firm’s director Linda Cuddy, from Barnsley, said seeing a group of shocked families featured in the...
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Reds win first friendly
Barnsley won 3-1 at Worksop Town in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.
The Reds raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals by Devante Cole, Aaron Leya Iseka and Callum Brittain.
The hosts pulled one back early in the second half for which the Reds made a raft of changes and mainly used under 23s.
Mads Andersen and Carlton Morris did not feature but watched from the sidelines...
Reds sign centre-back McCarthy
Barnsley have made Irish centre-back Conor McCarthy their fourth signing of the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old began his career with Cork City then moved to St Mirren in 2019, playing 68 games in the Scottish top flight.
He was out of contract in the summer and has signed a three-year deal with the Reds.
McCarthy told the club website: “Now that it’s all signed, sealed and delivered, it’s a great feeling. You only have to take...
Who else could be sold by Barnsley this summer?
With Cauley Woodrow heading to Luton, we look at which other Barnsley players could exit this transfer window
CALLUM STYLES
One of the most likely players to be sold, despite his performance levels for Barnsley dipping last season – like most of his colleagues.
He is a 22-year-old who can play various positions, a full international, who has already had six campaigns in senior football and, despite last season, one of...
COMMENT: Season feeling closer but transfer dealings could define it
BARNSLEY’S 2022/23 season feels much closer after the appointment of head coach Michael Duff was followed in the last week by a flurry of transfers in and out, the start of full pre-season training and yesterday’s fixture list reveal.
The instant headline was that Duff’s first competitive game at Oakwell will be against Cheltenham Town – the club he left last week to join the Reds.
The opening match of the season at Plymouth Argyle...
Duff hopes to revive ‘very very good’ Josh’s career
MICHAEL Duff believes Barnsley fans will soon see that his former player Josh Benson is a ‘very very good footballer’.
Benson is the only current Reds player that new boss Duff has worked with before this week, signing him for Burnley under 23s in 2018 after his release from Arsenal.
Duff then spent four years as Cheltenham manager, almost securing a loan for Benson who instead played briefly for Burnley in the Premier League then...