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Arson causes £75,000 damage

Police are appealing for information in an investigation that has caused £75,000 of damage to a block of flats in Goldthorpe.

The fire started in one of the two cars which were parked in an underground car park below the flats on Barnsley Road on October 4 at 11.30 pm.

The fire service were alerted and attended at around midnight.

A number of residents were evacuated and have had to be homed until the property can be made safe.

Both cars were destroyed in the fire.

Any one with information can contact police quoting incident number 1 of the 4 October 2014.

Barnsley police officer given top bravery award

A Barnsley police officer has won a top police bravery award after single-handedly stopping a man from suffering horrific injuries in an attack.

Sgt Christopher Foster

Sergeant Chris Foster was alone on patrol when he saw another man beating his victim with a stick. Despite the offender pointing what looked like a gun in his face, he continued to confront the offender before arresting him.

Charlie's father: He didn't get scooter skills from me

An extraordinary boy from Barnsley is taking the scooting world by storm, after competing and winning against boys twice his age - but his dad says he did not inherit the talent from him.

Young Charlie Dyson only took up the sport 14 months ago and is just six years old.

ITV Calendar reporter Sarah Clark went to meet him:


Six-year-old Charlie scoots to success

Six-year-old Charlie Dyson from Barnsley is taking the scooting world by storm.

Despite only taking up the sport 14 months ago, Charlie is competing at a national level and has won competitions against boys twice his age:

His father Andy says his son's talent certainly does not come from him, but that Charlie spends hours practicing:

To see more about Charlie and his scooting skills, tune in to ITV Calendar tonight at 6pm.

Barnsley couple's bid to become parents

A couple who have spent everything they have on five unsuccessful rounds of IVF treatment have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the emotional distress caused by infertility.

Initially told she had months to live, Laura Pye won her battle with aplastic anaemia and cancer only to discover the diseases had left her unable to conceive naturally.

Now she and husband Chris from Barnsley hope to begin a charity to help childless couples. Victoria Whittam reports.

Husband turns sculptor to fund IVF

A man from Barnsley has turned sculptor in a desperate bid to raise funds and awareness for IVF treatment.

Laura and Chris Pye hope to sell the sculptures to raise money for more IVF Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Laura Pye was told in 2007 that she had months to live. After overcoming the disease, she discovered it had left her unable to conceive naturally. Now her husband Chris has developed an unusual talent for creating sculptures from old tyres and hopes to be able to sell them.

Each round of IVF costs £6,000 because they need to use donor eggs.

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Mother appeals for "hit and run" driver to come forward

Blake Bailey was hit last Wednesday

The mother of a teenager who was seriously injured in a hit and run accident has appealed for the driver of the car to come forward.

At around 10.10pm on Wednesday 17th September, 16-year-old Blake Bailey and 15-year-old Jessica Green were walking along Barrowfield Road in Barnsley when they were hit by a car, which did not stop at the scene.

“It’s been terrible for the family, we are devastated. Blake is such a lovely lad, he would help anybody.

“We have had lots of support from family and friends but I just can’t understand what’s happened.

“All I’m asking for is to find who did it. Just come forward.”

– Michelle Bailey, Blake's mother

The vehicle, thought to be a dark-coloured and small, was travelling towards Goldthorpe. The front of the car may have been damaged.

Blake is in hospital being treated for serious injuries including a head injury that required surgery as well as fractures to his leg, pelvis and shoulder.

Jessica sustained minor injuries during the incident.

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