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Councillor blasts drug users’ behaviour
A LOCAL councillor who found a packet of white powder next to a children’s play area has slammed drug users.
Coun Kevin Osborne, who represents the Darfield ward, found the bag of white powder - believed to be cocaine - in Middlecliffe last weekend and he says he’s disposed of it after informing South Yorkshire Police.
He told the Chronicle: “I was angry and disappointed to find what appeared to be a packet of illegal...
20,000 obesity drug prescriptions issued
MORE than 20,000 prescriptions for anti-obesity drugs have been administered in Barnsley in the last five years - at a cost of more than £500,000.
Currently, orlistat is the primary weight loss drug prescribed by the NHS and has been approved for use since 2010.
Orlistat, commonly sold under the brand name Xenical, is available on prescription from doctors, or can be bought at a pharmacy where it must be taken under the supervision of...
Junior doctors take to picket lines
JUNIOR doctors went on strike for three days across Barnsley this week - and hospital bosses expect the fallout to cause disruption in the coming days.
Starting on Monday at 7am, the strike action continued until 7am yesterday, with junior doctors asking the government to reverse the ‘steep decline’ in pay faced over the last decade.
Staff were on the picket lines outside the hospital during the three-day strike.
A hospital spokesperson said: “It’s very...
Lord-Lieutenant becomes hospice patron
DAME Hilary Chapman, the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, was this week announced as a patron of Barnsley Hospice.
Along with fellow new patron Dan Jarvis MP, this extraordinary lady will be volunteering her time and expertise to support this valuable service.
And, as with all her commitments and responsibilities, Dame Hilary, 59, will undoubtedly approach the role with dedication, compassion and hard work.
She said of her new responsibility: “As a resident of Barnsley, it...
MP discusses residents’ concerns with police
PENISTONE and Stocksbridge MP Miriam Cates met with local police officers last week to discuss residents’ concerns.
She met with the Penistone policing team to attend one of their routine speed check sessions.
Ms Cates said: “I’ve had a number of residents write to me about their concerns over vehicles travelling at high speeds along Huddersfield Road, and so I’m pleased that local law enforcement are working to monitor and deter speeding in the area....
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Russell called up by Jamaica but Ipswich still have just two
Barnsley midfielder Jon Russell has been called up by Jamaica.
The 22-year-old, who signed in January, has been added to the squad to face Mexico on Monday. He has been called up before but is yet to make his debut.
Meanwhile, Ipswich's Greg Leigh is not in the Jamaica squad - meaning they do not have the three international call-ups which they used to call off their game at Oakwell on Saturday.
The East Anglian...
Reds relishing Wednesday derby
Barnsley will look to end local rivals Sheffield Wednesday’s 23-game unbeaten run in a South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell from 8pm on Tuesday which could be played in front of one of the biggest crowds there in years.
Wednesday are top of League One by a point. The Reds are fourth, nine points behind the Owls and eight off second-placed Plymouth Argyle who have played two extra games.
The Reds won 1-0 at Wycombe Wanderers...
Talking points from Wycombe win
Analysis of Barnsley's 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers. Slobodan Tedic scored in the 85th minute.
Barnsley had pulverised a series of promotion rivals at Oakwell before this game but gained a very different if no less important win at Adams Park on Saturday.
The Reds were nowhere near their best but somehow ground out an epic late victory to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games with...
Duff thrilled with Tedic winner after 'poor' performance
Michael Duff said his Barnsley side were ‘poor’ at Wycombe Wanderers but was delighted for Slobodan Tedic who netted his first goal for the club in a late 1-0 win.
The Reds were not at their best against tough opponents but scored an 85th minute winner.
Duff said: “It wasn’t a good performance but we ground out a good win.
“We managed to find two points which we’ve been better at post Christmas. That’s...
Tedic nets late winner
Slobodan Tedic netted an 85th-minute winner with his first Barnsley goal as they continued their superb form with a 1-0 victory at Wycombe Wanderers.
In a poor match, the Reds could not recreate their recent performances, struggling to play fluent football against direct and physical opponents who had the better chances overall.
But the substitutes made the difference with Luke Thomas crossing for Manchester City loanee Tedic to deftly head into the top...
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Excess deaths to be probed by health bosses
IN-DEPTH analysis will be undertaken by health bosses in Barnsley in a bid to understand - and better prevent - rocketing rates of premature deaths which have been recorded over the Covid-19 pandemic.
A report, set to be discussed by councillors on Barnsley’s overview and scrutiny panel on Tuesday, will delve into the period from March 2020 to June 2022.
The analysis - which will follow next week’s meeting - will be put towards the...
Teachers: Overhaul of education system needed
A ‘COMPLETE overhaul’ of the education system is needed for ‘underpaid and overworked’ teachers in Barnsley, as staff went on strike for two days this week.
A number of schools closed their gates for kids this week during strike action - as dozens of teachers travelled down to the capital to take part in the ‘biggest rally in decades’.
As part of a nationwide strike - the third and fourth in Barnsley in recent months...
Ill boy’s family fear worst after budget announcement
THE family of a Darfield boy on palliative care now fear the worst after Wednesday’s budget did nothing to help fill a £300m annual gap for kids in a similar position.
Daniel Green, six, whose brain is damaged in three areas, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and mitochondrial disease at four months old leaving him struggling to stand, sit and eat.
He was placed into palliative care in 2021, but his family took comfort in...
Report: Ex-coalfields communities need more investment
LONG-TERM inequalities remain in ex-coalfield communities such as Barnsley and investment is required to turn around their fortunes, a ground-breaking inquiry has concluded.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coalfield Communities - which has received support from Barnsley MPs - was launched last year and aimed to work out what still needs to be done to regenerate mining towns.
Although progress has been made to regenerate former coalfield communities, they still lag behind on most indicators...
Town centre club awaits decision on its future
A TOWN centre club - which had its licence revoked in December for reportedly serving ‘underage drinkers’ - is awaiting the final result of an investigation which will decide its future.
The Sugar Club, based on Pitt Street, originally had its licence axed by Barnsley Council in December following a review, after South Yorkshire Police were tipped off that a number of underage people were drinking on its premises.
A police statement in the licence...
Wale and Hall victorious
Barnsley boxers Dempsey Wale and Danny Hall both kept their winning records going at the Metrodome last Friday.
Danny Hall vs Serge Ambomo (Pictures: Keith Turner)
Wale got the better of Luke Fash on points and Hall edged out Serge Ambomo.
The Chronicle’s Ashley Ball grabbed headliner Dempsey for an interview after the show.
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Danny Hall (Pictures: Keith Turner)
Josh Wale, Dempsey Wale,...
Local football round-up: Rec draw 3-3 in thriller
Athersley Rec are still bottom of NCEL Division One after they drew 3-3 at home to mid-table Selby Town on Saturday.
The visitors netted twice in the final minutes of the first half then Lee Garside scored twice in the first five minutes of the second.
Rec had a man sent off before Selby took the lead again but saw a penalty saved by Ellis Pickard then Ricky Berry levelled in the 88th minute. ...
Wins for home boxers
Both the Barnsley boxers in action at the Metrodome on Friday night got points victories.
Dempsey Wale, from Brampton, and Grimethorpe boxing brickie Danny Hall had their hands raised by referee Andy Brook following four round contests.
Lightweight Wale, younger brother of the event's promoter Josh, saw off Hull's Luke Fash 40-36.
Wale was in a dominant mood against the much shorter man and looked to land heavily when his man was...
Dempsey on right collision course as he bids for ninth straight win
DEMPSEY Wale’s career in the ring was mapped out from the very start and his dad and trainer Mick feels he is only a couple of steps away from a shot at glory.
The Brampton lightweight, 26, headlines at the Metrodome again this evening.
It will be another solid workout for the brother of former British champion Josh, who is promoting the event.
Dempsey faces a four-round contest against Hull journeyman Luke Fash.
Bethany nets stunning winner for Spurs
BETHANY England netted a long-range winner in Tottenham Hotspur’s WSL victory over fellow strugglers Leicester City on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old striker from Barnsley started Spurs’ 2-1 loss at Liverpool on Sunday, which saw them drop down a place to third-bottom.
They then won 1-0 at home to bottom club Leicester at Leyton Orient, England netting the second half winner with a fine 20-yard strike into the top right corner.
Only one side are due to...
Man arrested following shooting
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a victim was shot in Goldthorpe.
Just before midnight on Saturday, officers were called to a report of a firearm discharge on Washington Road.
A man is believed to have entered a property and shot a man in his 20s - he received minor injuries as a result.
The gun was located and seized at the scene by officers.
A number of warrants have...
Trainer’s dog lands top Crufts prize
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Manchester terrier - from Worsbrough - followed in the footsteps of her dad by picking up a top prize at Crufts.
Gillian Knight, 67, and her husband Clive, 63, have been training dogs for the last 32 years - and they picked up yet another winner last weekend.
Back in 2015, Gillian’s then-three-year-old Manchester terrier Travis picked up the coveted prize of ‘best of breed’.
Fast-forward eight years and his daughter, five-year-old Tara,...
Council pay gulf revealed
THE highest paid Barnsley Council employee gets paid almost ten times as much as the lowest paid, new figures have revealed.
A report, which will be discussed at cabinet next week, shows the lowest pay point in the council equates to an annual salary of £20,441 - an hourly rate of pay of £10.60.
Whilst the highest paid receives just over nine times that.
The report said: “The highest paid salary in this council is...
Man wanted in connection to alleged rape
APPEALS to locate a man who has been on the run since 2019 - after being connected to an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl in Barnsley - have ramped up after he appeared on BBC Crimewatch last week.
Mudasser Ahmed, 26, is wanted in connection with the rape which occurred in October 2019.
Officers have carried out extensive enquiries into this offence and are now asking for the public’s help to trace Ahmed.
Staff rate hospital as one of the country’s best
BARNSLEY Hospital leaders have praised their workforce for going above and beyond - after the facility bucked a national trend by recording higher-than-average results in a staff survey.
The NHS survey - split into nine areas - saw more than 2,000 employees take part which rated the hospital among the best-scoring trusts in England for compassionate leadership, flexible working and team working.
Its scores across the nine themes - which also include categories such as...
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MATCH PREVIEW: Wycombe v Barnsley
An in-depth look at today's match at Adams Park. Fourth-placed Barnsley will look to extend their ten-game unbeaten run at seventh-placed Wycombe.
TEAM NEWS: Barnsley: Out injured: Conor McCarthy (knee), Matty Wolfe (knee). Doubts: Robbie Cundy (knee) Brad Collins (quad).
Wycombe: Doubts: Nick Freeman, Sam Vokes, David Wheeler. Out: Ryan Tafazolli, Dom Gape, Jordan Obita.
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It is fair to say that the last few...
League One's promotion battle
An in-depth look at the sides currently in the top six in League One, as Barnsley challenge for promotion.
BARNSLEY, 4th, 66 points, 34 games
A very settled Reds side are performing with real confidence, outplaying strong opponents, scoring excellent goals from a variety of sources and staying strong at the back.
They look a very well-drilled, well-organised team with momentum and consistency built up over many months, having collected 45...
Barnsley confident heading into another huge week
BARNSLEY know the trip to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow will be a threat to their excellent recent run but Michael Duff has said: ‘there is no reason we can’t win every game.’
The Reds are fourth in League One, eight points off the two automatic promotion places and six clear in the top six.
A 3-0 home success over second-placed Plymouth Argyle on Saturday extended their unbeaten run to ten games with eight wins including comfortable...
Harry relishing competition with former u9 club-mate Brad
HARRY Isted has known Brad Collins since they were under nines together in Portsmouth’s academy and welcomes the competition for Barnsley’s starting goalkeeper spot in the run-in.
Isted joined the Reds on loan in January from Luton Town and has played the last seven matches following an injury to Collins who is now nearing a return to fitness.
Isted told the Chronicle: “It’s a game of luck sometimes.
“When you get your opportunity, you’ve got...
Reds option to buy unbeaten Bobby if they are promoted
BOBBY Thomas admits he couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Barnsley career, which the club are thought to have an option to extend if they are promoted this season.
The 22-year-old centre-back’s ten games for the Reds – since signing on loan from Burnley in January – have coincided with the current ten-game unbeaten run which includes eight wins and two draws.
He has won all five of his games at Oakwell...
Landmark bridge starts to take shape
A STRIKING new bridge - set to open to the public in October - will ‘wow’ visitors and become a major focal point of the town centre’s transformation, according to council leader Sir Steve Houghton.
The Chronicle can reveal the £12m Market Gate structure - which will span the railway lines and connect Schwabisch Gmund Way with the Glass Works - will start to take shape tomorrow night when its ‘pylons’ are installed.
Sir Steve...
Free lung checks to be given to smokers
RESIDENTS who have a long history of smoking will be targeted through a Barnsley GP-run scheme which sets out to detect lung cancer - the most prevalent of all cancers diagnosed in the town - earlier in a bid to save lives.
People in Barnsley aged 55 to 74 who smoke or used to smoke and are registered with a Barnsley GP will be invited by letter for a free lung Health check from later...
Barber’s Easter egg donation campaign begins
A BIG-HEARTED barber has started a campaign to donate Easter eggs to kids in need - just months after delivering thousands of Christmas presents to struggling families.
Tony Batty, who owns Tony’s Barber Shop on Racecommon Road, restarted the campaign to deliver Easter eggs to hospitals across South Yorkshire earlier this week.
He’s already seen donations fly in - and he’s hoping to at least match last year’s donation figure of 2,000.
He told the...
Brothers hailed heroes after attack
TWO young brothers can finally be lauded as heroes today 15 months after they bravely stepped in to save their mum and auntie when they were subjected to a brutal attack.
Emergency services were called to a house in Church Street, Cudworth in December 2021 after reports that two women, Donna Kemp, 46, and Nikki Kemp, 42, had been seriously injured.
The sisters were taken to hospital and although Nikki was discharged soon after, Donna...
Top rating for Kendray school
A PRIMARY school in Kendray is celebrating after receiving a coveted ‘outstanding’ rating at its latest Ofsted inspection.
The Forest Academy, on Thornton Road, was inspected over the course of two days last month and was given the top rating in all areas of the school, including the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.
Head of school, Katie Pierce, added: “This is tremendous news for the...
Malcolm wins gold for England Masters
PENISTONE Footpath Runner Malcolm Rose represented England Masters at the Chester 10k and won gold in the men’s over70 age category.
Malcolm’s time of 41-05 ranked him as the number one over70 man for the 10k distance in the UK for 2023.
Penistone’s long distance runners Harriet Drouin and Rachel Liptrot took on the Haworth Hobble in challenging conditions including snow drifts taller than them. The race was 21 miles in distance and involved 2,800...
Barnsley WFC's clean sheet run ends
BARNSLEY Women’s FC lacked ‘desire and grit’ as they conceded their first league goals since January in a draw on Sunday.
The Reds looked like continuing their good form which had seen them win four of five league games without conceding a goal as they went 2-0 up at home to lowly Norton and Stockton Ancients on Sunday through Eve Marshall’s long-range strike and a penalty by Brooke Marsden.
But Norton – who lost...
Barnsley sport snowed off
WHILE the undersoil heating system at Oakwell and a team of people clearing the surrounding areas helped Barnsley FC get their game played on Saturday, no other competitive sport is thought to have taken place in the town that day.
All the local football in Barnsley was cancelled after snow blanketed the area on Friday, and games for town teams further afield were also postponed.
The town’s rugby and hockey teams also saw their home...
Barnsley AC win prize at Retford Half Marathon
BARNSLEY AC had a very successful trip to the Retford Half Marathon.
Gary Briscoe, Gareth Cooke, Josh Bird and Michael Grain won the men’s team prize as the club with the first four runners to finish. Gary was third in a time of 1-10-50 with Gareth just a place behind with a course PB of 1-11-18.
Josh was eighth, knocking 38 seconds off his PB in 1-13-26. Michael also set a new PB by more...
Reds get biggest league win of season and 5th successive clean sheet
BARNSLEY Women’s FC crushed hosts Norton and Stockton Ancients 6-0 to record their biggest league win of the season and continue their excellent recent form.
They have won four of their last five league games, keeping clean sheets in them all.
The third-placed Reds have 32 points from 15 games and are 12 behind leaders Durham Cestria who have played two extra matches.
One side is due to be promoted from National League Division One...