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Two killed in Barnsley house fire

Two people have died following a serious house fire in Barnsley.

Firefighters rescued a man and a woman from the blaze on Cherry Tree Street, Elsecar.

However, despite the considerable efforts of firefighters and ambulance crews, both passed away at the scene.

Firefighters were called to the incident at around 6.50pm on Tuesday evening.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

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Man jailed after blowing up his own home

A man who caused a massive explosion which destroyed his home in Leeds has been jailed for six years.

Richard Dickenson

The blast tore the roof off the bungalow at Tingley in May last year. Leeds Crown Court had heard that garage manager Richard Dickenson, 46, who admitted arson reckless whether life was endangered, started the blaze with petrol in an act of revenge against his estranged wife.

Detective Inspector Sean Duggan, of Leeds District CID, said: "Dickenson's actions in deliberately starting a fire at his home caused an explosion which could have had far more serious consequences for people in proximity of his address. As it was, he was the only person who was injured.

"The incident required a significant response from the emergency services and Dickenson had to be rescued from the property by firefighters. It also caused understandable concern among local residents. Arson is rightly treated as a very serious crime and the sentence he has received should remind people of the consequences of potentially lethal behaviour like this."

Howard: Blades ready and raring to go for promotion

Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard says his team are "ready and raring" to go ahead of the upcoming League One season.

The Blades missed out on promotion last season after falling to Swindon in the play-offs but under new manager Nigel Adkins they will be hoping to go one better and return to the Championship.

Chris Dawkes spoke to Howard about the return to preseason:

Grimsby MP calls for more support for coastal flood protection

The MP for Great Grimsby is calling for more support for coastal communities to protect them from flooding, Melanie Onn has today spoken in parliament , saying that a funding shortfall could put homes and people at risk.

She says more financial relief, improved warning systems and better drainage is needed. But DEFRA, which oversees government funding for flooding projects, says it is spending more than £2 billion over the next six years.

Duncan Wood spoke to Ms Onn and began by asking what her biggest concerns for coastal communities are:

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