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Funeral for two girls killed in Conisbrough crash

The funerals of two girls who were among five teenagers killed in a car crash in South Yorkshire will be held in Doncaster today. The service for

16-year-old Megan Storey and Jordanna Goodwin, also 16, will be held at the Salvation Army Hall in the town later this morning. They died along with three other present and former pupils of Danum School on the A630 at Conisbrough.

Yesterday it was the funeral for Bartosz Bortniczak - who used to attend the school and still had close links.

The headteacher Rebecca Staples told Calendar there are alternatives for those pupils who didn't want to go to the funerals:


Two women rescued after gas explosion in Bradford

Two women were trapped after a gas explosion in Bradford - but suffered minor injuries.

Part of a warehouse collapsed on Parry Lane this afternoon.

"At 4.37pm today, the emergency services were called to a report of a gas explosion at a warehouse in Parry Lane, Bradford.

"On attendance, it was found that part of the building had collapsed, causing two employees to be temporarily trapped.

"The employees, two women aged 19 and 35, were taken to safety and treated for shock at the scene.

"Search and Rescue dogs were deployed to the scene, as well as a structural engineer to assess the stability of the building.

"A total of 40 people were led to safety from adjoining premises.

"The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, but is not believed to be suspicious at this stage.

"Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene overnight and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

"Road closures at the junction of Parry Lane and Sticker Lane are also expected to remain in place overnight."

– Chief Inspector Suzanne Akeroyd, Bradford District Police

Guns amnesty hailed a success by South Yorkshire Police

A guns amnesty in South Yorkshire has been hailed a success by police after 52 guns were surrendered across the county.

The weapons handed in were:

  • 15 shotguns
  • 10 air rifles
  • 7 revolvers
  • 7 air pistols
  • 7 imitation guns
  • 4 rifles
  • 2 muskets
  • 300 ammunition rounds
  • 300 shotgun cartridges

"Taking these weapons off the streets and out of circulation means they will not fall into the hands of criminals and be used in any form of criminality.

Thankfully gun crime is relatively low in South Yorkshire and with the public taking advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of these firearms, we can continue to keep the figure low and keep our streets safe from this type of crime."

– DCI Zaf Ali, Armed Criminality and Gangs

The last amnesty in South Yorkshire was in March 2007 ran for 30 days. There were 78 weapons handed in over the month.

In comparison to the 12-day amnesty this month, just over four weapons a day have been handed in compared to just two and half weapons a day in 2007.


Three people injured in South Yorkshire crash

An investigation is underway after three people were injured in a crash in Ecclesfield in South Yorkshire.

It happened on Friday night around 10.10pm (Friday November 21, 2014) when a black Mini travelling towards Ecclesfield and a red Astra travelling in the opposite direction were involved in a collision near to the junction of Deep Lane.

The 26-year-old female driver of the Mini and a 29-year-old female passenger were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

The 17-year-old driver of the Astra and 19-year-old male passenger escaped with minor injuries. Another female passenger suffered serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to contact police.

Scarborough man sentenced to 15 years in jail for historic sexual abuse

A 59-year-old man from Scarborough has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the historic sexual abuse of a young girl.

Peter Philip Wallis, now of Thornden Buildings, Selby appeared at York Crown Court on Friday November 21, 2014, when he pleaded guilty to six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.

The offences took place between 1985 and 1994 in Scarborough.

"Wallis is an evil man who subjected his victim to sustained abuse over a number of years.

He has thankfully been imprisoned for a substantial length of time for his utterly appalling crimes.

“I would like to take the opportunity to praise the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting these distressing crimes she was subjected to by Wallis.”

– Det Cons Nadine Evans of North Yorkshire Police

New measures will force schools to play part in terrorism crackdown

New measures are to be brought in which will force schools, councils and prisons in the region to play their part in the crackdown on terrorism.

The Home Secretary's announcement came ahead of a new bill to be introduced in parliament later this week, and at a time when the UK's terror threat level is at severe.

Police forces across the region are playing their part in raising awareness and enocuraging people to be vigilant, especially in crowded places and on public transport. Frazer Maude reports.

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