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Coal mining comes to an end in South Yorkshire

The last piece of coal was handed over to the Mayor of Doncaster

Taken at noon, the picture (above) of the last piece of coal mined at Hatfield Colliery, marks the end of coal mining in Doncaster and South Yorkshire as a whole.

As recently as 1980 there were 10 deep mines in Doncaster employing more than 17,000 men. There were 46 deep mines in South Yorkshire employing nearly 50,000 men.

This Monday, it is expected that Hatfield Colliery Partnership Ltd will be wound up in court and the site handed over to the Official Receiver and the Coal Authority.

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Presentation of last piece of coal marks end of an era

End of an era

The Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, will be presented with a piece of the last coal mined at Hatfield colliery today - to mark the end of coal mining in South Yorkshire.

As recently as 1980 there were 10 deep mines in Doncaster, employing over 17.000 men and 46 mines in South Yorkshire employing 49,000.

On Monday it is expected that Hatfield Colliery Partnership Limited will be wound up in court and the site will then be controlled by the Official Receiver and the Coal Authority.

Yorkshire-based supermarket Morrisons promises action over milk prices

Milk farmers say an industry crisis has driven them to extreme measures - from emptying supermarket shelves of milk, to leading cattle through the grocery aisles. But has there been a breakthrough in the relationship between retailers - and the farmers who claim they're being treated unfairly? Today, talks led to Yorkshire-based supermarket Morrisons promising to take action - as Helen Steel reports.

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Morrisons launch more expensive "Milk for Farmers"

Supermarket Morrisons is to launch a new brand, "Morrisons Milk for Farmers" which will sell at 10p a litre more than usual, with the extra money being passed on to the crisis-hit dairy industry.

The Bradford-based chain has been one of the main targets for protesters from the farming industry who have stripped milk from the shelves before dumping the produce or giving it away for free.

Industry leaders met Morrisons bosses to try to tackle falling milk prices which, the National Farmers Union (NFU) says, will lead to dairy farmers being forced to leave the industry in the next few weeks as they struggle to pay bills and face rising debts.

"We will be launching a milk brand that allows customers to pay a little more if they want to support British farmers. Called Morrisons Milk for Farmers, this product will sell at a 10p per litre premium to the standard Morrisons milk price.

"All of that premium will go directly back to the farmers that supply our processor Arla. It will go into stores in the autumn and is aimed at shoppers who want to directly support dairy farmers ." "Consumers can choose whether they want to pay more to support British dairy.

– Morrisons Corporate Services Director, Martyn Jones

Yorkshire " pirate hunters" in Indian court today

Three men from East Yorkshire being held in India for alleged weapons offences are due to appear in court today.

The men on their release from prison in June 2014

Ray Tindall from Hull, Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham and Paul Towers from Pocklington, were arrested along with three other former British soldiers on suspicion of smuggling weapons as they worked onboard a ship providing protection from pirates in October 2013.

The charges were eventually dropped last year .

However they were informed on July 1st that a police appeal against them had been successful and that they would face a full trial in southern India.

The six British men were originally taken into custody after what they thought was a routine paperwork check aboard their security vessel Seaman Guard Ohio. Police seized 35 automatic weapons and nearly 5,700 rounds of ammunition from the ship.

The men had been working for AdvanFort, a private security company providing protection to ships in the area.

Bakewell show expected to attract 60,000 visitors

The 185th Bakewell Show opened today in the heart of the Peak District. Our reporter, Martin Fisher, was there to soak up the sights and sounds, as well as taking a look at some of the issues affecting the agricultural industry.

Now as far as agricultural shows go, our region boasts some of the finest - the Lincolnshire Show in June..The Great Yorkshire Show in July

There's the biggest one-day show in the country at Driffield, and today in the heart of the Peak District it's the opening day of the 185th Bakewell Show. There for us , sampling all its bucolic delights is Martin Fisher

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