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Barnsley man jailed for catalogue of historic sex offences

Vincent Glazzard Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A man from Barnsley has been jailed for a catalogue of historic sexual offences against two young girls over a ten year period.

49-year-old Vincent Glazzard from Darfield was found guilty of eleven sex crimes against the girls, who were both only nine-years-old when the assaults began.

The eleven charges include three counts of rape on a girl under 16, four counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14, two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 16, sexual activity with a girl under 16 and sexual assault on a girl under 16.

Words cannot begin to describe the abhorrent actions of Glazzard and the suffering his victims have endured. His crimes against them were absolutely appalling.

He has consistently denied the offences and sought to shift blame onto his victims for making accusations against him. As a result of this they had to undergo the harrowing ordeal of reliving their experiences during the trial.

I would like to praise the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and fortitude throughout this two-year long investigation.

I can only hope they feel justice has been served for the distress and anguish he will have caused them and they have some form of closure now he is behind bars.

– Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons, South Yorkshire Police

Fines after miner killed at museum

Michael Buckingham

Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £590,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed and killed at the museum in 2011.

58-year-old Michael Buckingham from Grimethorpe near Barnsley died after he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader that he was operating.

The fatal incident happened 138 metres below ground at the museum’s site at Caphouse colliery in Wakefield.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Mr Buckingham, an experienced miner and electrician, was part of a team working on the second phase of a £2.7 million improvement project. This involved constructing 140 metres of new tunnels to revitalise the visitors’ tour and increase the number of exhibition galleries.

Mr Buckingham sustained fatal crush injuries when he became trapped between the tunnel construction machine and the forward-tipping dumper - a mineral carrying machine - that he had been operating. Health and Safety inspectors found the dumper was unsafe.

The dumper truck

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Helipad appeal backed by sister of crashed man

The sister of a man from Barnsley who was critically hurt in a car crash is throwing her weight behind a campaign to raise money for a new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital. Andrew Chesterton was airlifted from his wrecked car and his sister Suzanne has joined the appeal for better facilities to speed up the transfer to A&E. James Webster reports:

A&E Doctor: Current helipad makes patient transfers more complex

An A&E consultant at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital says a new helipad there would make patient transfers in from major traumatic events less complex. Dr. Stuart Reid is helping with the fundraising appeal, aiming to raise the last £500,000 needed to build a new, closer helipad:

Sister: Minutes saved by new helipad could make all the difference

A woman from Worksop whose brother was transferred to hospital by air after a crash last month says it's vital every minute is saved when getting patients to A&E. Suzanne Wilson's brother Andrew Chesterton is now recovering, but since she heard about the time it currently takes to transfer people from the existing helipad to the emergency department she has thrown her weight behind the fundraising appeal to provide a newer, closer helipad:

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Critically injured man's sister backs new helipad appeal

Andrew Chesterton who was critically hurt in a crash in Athersley Credit: Family photo

A woman from Worksop is backing an appeal to pay for a new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital. Suzanne Wilson's brother Andrew Chesterton from Barnsley was critically hurt in a night-time car crash last month. The driver of the other vehicle did not stop. The 32 year old is now out of a coma and is improving though his injuries were severe.

The young dad had several broken ribs, swelling on the brain and other internal bleeding. The 32 year old is now out of a coma and is improving but doctors say getting him to hospital as quickly as possible after the crash was vital.

Suzanne Wilson is now backing the appeal to raise the last £500,000 of £2m needed to pay for a new helipad at the Northern General Hospital. The current helipad requires a land ambulance to transfer arriving patients the final short distance to the A&E department. The new one would only require a short trolley push.

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