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Town’s Covid hotspots revealed
SHOCK figures have been released detailing the areas across the borough where the most people have died with coronavirus - and one Barnsley area is one of the worst-hit in South Yorkshire.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, show the number of deaths in the town from March to December 2020.

A total of 503 residents died last year with Covid - Mapplewell and Staincross was the worst-hit area as 34 of...
Quad-riding yobs cause chaos at golf club
YOBS who broke into a popular golf club and tore up its greens and fairways with their quad bikes have left the course ‘in tatters’.

On Sunday, residents noticed the boundary fence at Barnsley Golf Club, on Wakefield Road in Staincross, had been pushed to the ground by vandals.

The group then caused costly damage to the course by using off-road quad bikes to churn up grass.

The club, which has been forced to temporarily...
Relief as flood-prone area escapes
RESIDENTS in an area blighted by flooding are breathing a big sigh of relief after escaping serious problems during the latest threat to their properties.

A leading official from the Low Valley Flood Group has praised the help received from Barnsley Council as Storm Christoph hit this week, raising the level of the River Dove to an alarming 1.6m.

Linda Wilding, secretary of the group, believes past experience helped both the council and residents deal...
Universal Credit cut ‘morally reprehensible’
THOUSANDS of families across the borough face the prospect of losing out on vital cash after the government announced a ‘morally reprehensible’ cut to Universal Credit payments due to come into effect by April.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed he intends to cut benefit payments by refusing to extend the ‘uplift’ scheme that was introduced last year.

The scheme helps to provide an extra £1,040 a year, or £20 a week, on top...
Forces join to support hungry kids
A CAFE owner and local firm have joined forces to support schoolchildren in the wake of the free school meals scandal.

The £15 government voucher scheme that proved successful last year has now been reinstated, after the poor state of food parcels sent to children who are at home was revealed last week.

Images circulated provoked outrage from parents, but Jen Jen’s Cafe owner Jenna Crossland and electrical firm CK Beckett saw an opportunity for...
Pay breakthrough for student nurses following campaign
A LOCAL MP has won a campaign which will see student nurses being paid while working on the Covid frontline in hospitals.

In November, Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey called on the government to pay students on placements, as they did in the first wave of the pandemic.

Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote to the Nursing and Midwifery Council asking them to reintroduce emergency standards, which allow final year student nurses to...
Another pup killed by dangerous dog
A COUPLE whose pup was killed in a vicious attack scarily similar to another incident two weeks ago have stressed more needs to be done to stop careless owners of dangerous dogs.

Jayne and Tim Davies’ seven-year-old Lhasa Apso, Boris, was out with Tim on an evening walk at around 6.30pm on Sunday when he was set upon by an Akita.

The much larger dog had shown little warning, said Jayne, before running across Dodworth...
Arthur seen off in style
A WELL-KNOWN horse lover was seen off in style by family members on Monday as he travelled to Barnsley Crematorium in a horse-drawn carriage.

Arthur Bostwick, 92, known to many as ‘Bozzy’, died with Covid earlier this year.

Born in 1928, Arthur was one of eight children and lived in Redbrook all his life.

He left school at 14 to become a miner but he was worked as a driver at Barnsley Market - though...
Woman appeals for help in finding watch’s owner
A KINGSTONE woman is hoping to find the owner of an inscripted watch presented for 40 years’ service by Yorkshire Traction after more than a month of unsuccessful searching.

Sue Duda, 57, of Woodland Drive, found the watch in December outside a bus stop on Broadway - but despite posting tirelessly online for the owner she has yet to find them.

She said: “I don’t really know what else to do because I’ve put it...
Enquiry pursued over miners’ missing money
THE borough’s Labour MPs have put their signatures to a letter asking for a formal enquiry into a pension scheme for former mineworkers.

The Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme has been criticised by MPs - including most prominently Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock - as one which ‘the government both manages and profits from’ despite not contributing to in more than 34 years.

The government has, according to the letter, received more than £4bn from the scheme...
Veteran councillor urges others to receive vaccination
ONE of Barnsley Council’s longest-standing councillors received his first coronavirus vaccine last week after self-isolating at home since April.

Coun Joe Hayward, who represents the Cudworth ward, went for the jab at Priory Campus in Lundwood.

The 83-year-old, who has been a member of the council since 1999, said he was excited to receive the vaccine so that he could see his family again.

“Throughout the pandemic I’ve been extremely careful,” he said. “I rarely...
MPs’ annual expenses revealed
BARNSLEY MPs claimed almost £170,000 in expenses between them during a 12-month period, it has been revealed.

The basic annual salary of a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons is £81,932, but MPs are able to claim allowances to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff and maintaining a constituency residence.

Dan Jarvis, Barnsley Central’s Labour MP, claimed a total of £57,901.63 for the year from April 1, 2019, which was...
Warning issued after more ‘bogus official’ reports
VULNERABLE residents who are self-isolating at home due to the coronavirus pandemic have been told to be on high alert - after more bogus officials claiming to be carrying out work on behalf of a housing provider were reported by concerned tenants.

Police are investigating incidents in Kendray and Worsbrough and have urged residents to remain vigilant following numerous reports of a fraudster trying to enter homes.

The Barnsley West Neighbourhood Team received reports of...
New school plan to go before cabinet
PLANS for a new 210-place primary school in Royston - resulting from a contentious masterplan framework which will see vast swathes of land turned into houses - are set to be presented to cabinet this week.

The masterplan framework - designated ‘MU5’ - sets out plans for 828 new homes on a site off Lee Lane, as well as a new primary school.

Latest pupil projection information and expected housing development trajectories indicate the need...
Mum appeals for information on 20th anniversary of daughter’s death
THE mother of a teenager who died in a deliberate house fire is continuing to fight for justice on the 20th anniversary of the unsolved crime.

Lindsey Scholes was 17 when she died in a blaze on Milgate Street, Royston, on September 8, 2001.

The fire was deliberately started after white spirit was posted through the letterbox and set alight.

Lindsey’s two friends survived but Lindsey did not and no-one has ever been caught.

Her...
Landlords join forces with police in cannabis farm fight
LANDLORDS across Barnsley have joined forces with police in the town in a bid to stop rented properties being used as cannabis farms - after officers uncovered multiple drug hauls last year worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Cannabis Aware Scheme, launched in August, has so far seen a total of 35 landlords and letting agents in the town sign up to put a stop to drug criminality and exploitation within the community.

The...
£1.5m Penny Pie Park bridge moves a step closer
PROPOSALS to build a bridge costing up to £1.5m in order to connect a ‘trapped’ park which will be at the centre of a new one-way road system with a nearby recreation ground have taken a step closer.

Sheffield City Region approved funding for the ‘active travel’ structure for pedestrians and cyclist over train lines between Penny Pie Park and Pogmoor Recreation Ground.

The contentious wider scheme, which resulted in Penny Pie Park being closed...
Laptops handed to Royston kids after priest’s campaign
A FUNDRAISING priest has seen success in his campaign to buy laptops for local schoolchildren.

Father Craig Tomlinson, of Royston St John the Baptist Church, hoped to raise £1,000 for its namesake primary school to fund five laptops for kids who may struggle with access to technology while at home.

Members of the community have already seen the campaign get within touching distance of its goal, and Fr Tomlinson said he hoped it could go...
Lundwood rocked by more arson attacks
COUNCIL and county fire bosses have hit out at mindless arsonists who have blighted play areas and football pitches across Lundwood after more than 30 deliberate blazes were recorded in a month.

The latest, on Sunday, took place at around 7pm and saw yobs target the skate park on Pontefract Road.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “These mindless acts damage the local environment and ruin facilities for everyone as well as tying up fire...
Flood warnings in place across borough
AMBER and yellow weather warnings are in across the borough due to heavy rainfall from Tuesday to Thursday.

As the snow has melted, river levels have risen and there is a flood alert in place for parts of the River Don.

A period of heavy rain is also expected tonight (January 18) which could help drive up river levels further.

A spokesperson for the government’s Flood Information Service said: “As the ground is saturated and...
Dickie refuses to be caught out by Covid
RETIRED cricket umpire Dickie Bird who has been shielding for ten months received the first part of his Covid vaccination - and now he’s urging Barnsley residents to get theirs.

The former umpire, 87, lives alone at his Staincross home and has been self-isolating for almost a year - only leaving occasionally for some exercise.

Dickie received his vaccine at Apollo Court Medical Centre in Dodworth and says he was pleased to see other elderly...
MBE title for hospital’s long-serving professor
A LONG-SERVING professor at Barnsley Hospital who has clocked up more than 25 years’ service in the town has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Adewale Adebajo, a consultant rheumatologist and previous clinical director at the venue, was recognised in the New Year’s honours list for his services to promoting inclusive patient and public involvement in health research.

He specialises in diagnosing and treating inflammatory conditions that affect joints, tendons,...
Historic Stainborough Castle’s restoration begins
MAJOR conservation work which will see a historic castle brought back to life over the next five months is underway.

Executed by the National Trust and funded by Barnsley Council, Stainborough Castle, is part of a programme of works to improve the condition of the site within the first three years of a 25-year partnership lease at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Work started on the folly castle - situated in the heart of South Yorkshire’s only...
Monk Bretton burglary prompts police appeal
POLICE officers in Barnsley are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a reported burglary in Monk Bretton last month.

It is reported that on December 17, at 3pm, an unknown male - thought to be around 16 or 17 years old - knocked on the window of a property on Parish Way claiming he was there to pick up a phone but was unsure from which house.

The occupant of the property, a 56-year-old...
‘Appalling’ state of free meals handed out to town’s children revealed
FREE school meals given to hungry kids during the lockdown have been blasted as ‘appalling’ by parents in Barnsley - after images circulated showing the poor quality of government-funded food parcels.

With schools and colleges closed until at least February 8, except for key workers’ children, calls for the government to reintroduce its £15-per-child-per-week voucher scheme to cover the usual benefits-related free meals for children have hopefully been heard.

Parents Paul and Samantha Milewski, whose...
Community groups urged to apply for cash
A FUNDING scheme administered to the town’s community groups by the Barnsley Chronicle has been resurrected after being halted due to the pandemic.

Stronger Together, backed by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, offers grants up to £1,000 and is open to any voluntary group working to help others in their community.

Organisations can apply for funding to provide diversionary activities for young people, purchase set-up equipment that will enable groups to...