Charlotte Hutton takes a look back through the archives from September 1993.

A RETIRED dairy worker has had an emotional first meeting with his Polish sister... and met his brother for the first time in 53 years.

Tears flowed as Leon Kula, aged 68, of Springfield Street, Barnsley, met his youngest sister Helen, aged 53, and had a reunion with brother Alex, aged 57, during a visit to Poland.

Leon, who worked as head processor at the Co-op Dairy for more than 38 years, had to flee wartime Poland for Austria when he was 15 because it was feared he may be captured by the Germans and sent to Silesia.

Leon, who came to live in Barnsley in 1949, had only written occasionally to his brother and sister. All Helen had was a photograph taken of Leon years ago.

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“It was worth every penny of the fare to be able to turn up on Alex’s doorstep. As the two brothers walked towards each other the tears started flowing,” said Leon’s wife, Cynthia.

YOBS who hacked off a horse’s tail and mane and then covered it with blue paint have been branded “sick” and “callous” by police and the animal’s owner.

Dancer a 12-year-old competition-winning show jumper was attacked at Willowbank, Barnsley.

Dancer’s owner, Dawn Ashton, of Smithies Lane, says the attack will mean an end to her horse’s show-jumping career.

Dawn said: “Dancer’s tail and mane were cut off and it will take at least two years for them to really grow back so this attack has really ruined her show-jumping career.”

Dancer disappeared for several hours after straying into some fields near Tinkers Pond.

She was not seen until a day later when residents in the Woodstock Road area reported sightings of a blue horse to the police.

A SPILLAGE of red resin material at a Penistone foundry polluted Cubley Brook, Barnsley magistrates were told on Tuesday.

The incident happened a year ago when the water course turned pink and was covered in foam, said David Lockhart, prosecuting for the National Rivers’ Authority.

Hi-Tec Integrity Castings Ltd, of Green Road, Penistone, pleaded guilty to polluting the brook and were fined £500 and ordered to pay £895 prosecution costs.

Court chairman Norman Myers said while the level of toxins released into the water was high, the bench was satisfied the spillage had been accidental and that the company had taken steps to prevent it happening again.

BARNSLEY’S very own Batman came to the rescue when the Natural History Museum in London asked for help in constructing a model bat-friendly house.

Bat lover Alan Winlow, managing director of Yorkshire Brick, in turn, sought the help of Lindholme Prison, near Doncaster, and the result was the construction of a model with 18 bat-friendly features.

After being on show at the Natural History Museum, the model has now been loaned to Barnsley Council who exhibited it at Worsbrough Country Fair.