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Honorary degree for Stephanie Hirst

Radio star and transgender role model Stephanie Hirst receives an Honorary Doctorate today from Leeds Beckett University.

Role model: Stephanie H

Stephanie was born as Simon in Barnsley in 1975 and in 2014 she left her presenting position on Capital Radio to begin living as Stephanie, leaving behind her old life as Simon.

She said at the time her decision was made when she realised she would never be happy living as a man.

Stephanie receives the award for her contribution to public life.

Cyclist fights for life after crash in Barnsley

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A cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after a crash with a car in Barnsley.

The 33-year-old man was involved in a collision with a blue Mini Cooper on the Stairfoot roundabout, at the exit for Doncaster Road heading towards Ardsley, at around 1.25pm yesterday.

He suffered a serious head injury and is in hospital in a stable condition.

Police appeal after woman injured in Barnsley shooting

Police in South Yorkshire are asking for information after a reported shooting in the Wombwell area of Barnsley on Thursday morning.

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Two men are believed to have fired a weapon through the door of a property in Burrows Grove, shortly after midnight.

A woman standing behind the door suffered a minor injury to her arm while the two men are then believed to have run away from the scene down Burrows Grove.

Specialist police resources were sent to the area to search for the suspects, but no arrests have yet been made in what is thought to have been a targeted incident.


Growing calls for Dan Jarvis to stand for Labour leader

A twitter campaign is gathering momentum to persaude the Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis to stand in a potential Labour leadership election.

Former paratrooper Mr Jarvis has been sent messages of support and encouragement to run against Jeremy Corbyn if a Labour leadership election is called following today’s vote of no confidence.

Mr Jarvis ruled himself out of the contest in 2015, and has not indicated he would want to stand if the opportunity arose.

But more and more people are taking part in a twitter campaign to persuade him to stand, under the label #StepUpDanJarvis

Woman rescued from burning Barnsley building

A woman has been rescued from a burning building in Barnsley yesterday

Crews from Barnsley, Tankersley and Cudworth attended an incident in the early hours of Monday morning.

They were called to Osmond Place, Worsborough. On arrival they found the house was well alight.

Wearing breathing apparatus, they entered the property and were able to bring the blaze under control using a hose reel.

They rescued one female casualty who was left in the hands of the ambulance service and transported to hospital.

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