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Pensioner, 70, tied up and threatened at knife point during robbery

A 70-year-old man is in hospital after being bound, gagged and threatened at knife point during a robbery at his home in Royston near Barnsley.

70-year-old man tied up and threatened at knife point during robbery Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It happened on Thursday November 26, when the pensioner answered the door of his home.

A man, who initially said he was from the police and was wearing a balaclava threatened the penioner at knife point forcing him into his flat where he was bound by his hands and feet and his mouth was covered.

The robber escaped with cash and a mobile phone.

The pensioner called for help but was not heard until the following morning when the police were called. He was taken to hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.

The offender is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall, with a local accent. He was wearing dark clothing.


'Human error' caused Alton Towers crash, say theme park owners

The crash on the The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers which seriously injured five people was caused by "human error" and the ride will re-open next year, the theme park's owner Merlin Entertainments has said.

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Leah Washington, 18, from Barnsley had to have her left leg amputated after being trapped for hours. Her boyfriend Joe Pugh was also injured in the crash in June.

Girl, 12, reported missing from Barnsley

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing yesterday afternoon (Monday 23 November).

Lois Elliott Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Lois Elliott is originally from Liverpool but now lives in Royston, Barnsley.

She was last seen at her school in Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, at around 9.15am.

She was seen getting on a train from Wakefield to Leeds, with the intention of returning to Liverpool.

Lois has not been seen or heard from since, and police are trying to establish where she is to ensure she is safe and well.

She was last seen wearing a black puffa-style jacket, a black crop top, black leggings and fluorescent pink trainers.

She is 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build, with long dark hair with a red tinge, and has a strong Liverpudlian accent.

Ben Parkinson joins forces with Barnsley homeless veterans group

Ben Parkinson has joined forces with Barnsley-based Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity that supports former members of HM Forces facing homelessness.

Ben Parkinson with charity's new CEO Steve Bentham-Bates Credit: Help 4 Homeless Veterans

The former soldier is the charity's new Patron, his Mum Diane Dernie who fought the MOD to give better help to seriously injured service personnel has also agreed to become a trustee.

Paul Weston, a former army captain who works as a solicitor, Doncaster councillor John Healy are also new trustees. The last new member of the charity is its new CEO - Steve Bentham-Bates, an award winning volunteer of Yorkshire ex-service projects in addition to his role since 1997 as the Regular Forces Employment Association South Yorkshire employment consultant.

With this fresh team I hope that the charity can build upon its success to date helping around 200 Veterans and expand its support initially around South Yorkshire, but in time further afield. There is an ongoing need for this type of help and our charity fully intends to meet the demand when and wherever it can.

– Tom Wood, Founder

CCTV images released in hunt for Barnsley armed robber

Officers investing an armed robbery in Barnsley have released CCTV footage.

At 5.40pm on Monday 16 November, a man entered the Coral Bookmakers in Garden Street, Darfield, reportedly armed with a black handgun.

The man is said to have threatened two members of staff in the bookmakers before stealing about £700 in cash and leaving on foot.

No shots were fired during the incident and no one was injured.

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Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may recognise the man in the CCTV image.

The man is described as about 5ft 10ins and of a slender build. He was wearing a fluorescent orange high visibility vest with a black jacket underneath, black gloves and beige combat trousers with black patches between the knee and ankle. He was also wearing a woolly hat and a black scarf to cover his face.

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CCTV released in connection with Barnsley nightclub assault

Police investigating an assault near to a Barnsley nightclub have released CCTV footage.

Police would like to speak to these men about an assault in Barnsley Credit: South Yorkshire Police

At about 5.20am on Saturday 7 November, a 32-year-old man was assaulted near to the Voudou nightclub in Wellington Street.

The victim, from Barnsley, suffered serious facial injuries as a result of the assault.

Officers are keen to speak to the two men pictured in the CCTV image who they believe could hold important information which could help with enquiries.

Parents of premature baby back neonatal unit appeal

The parents of a baby who weighed less than two pounds when he was born are giving their support to an appeal to raise money for the unit they say saved his life.

Nine-month-old Thomas is at home now with his mum and dad after being born three months premature in Barnsley Hospital.

Scott and Janine Meyers say he wouldn't be here without the staff there - and they're urging everyone to support the appeal which aims to raise a million pounds.

Barnsley hospital holds open day to highlight demands on neonatal units

A South Yorkshire hospital is raising awareness of the care that is needed for babies who are born prematurely.

Thomas was born 13 weeks premature.

Barnsley Hospital is marking World Prematurity Day by holding an open day to highlight the demands on neonatal units. It's one year since the hospital launched its Tiny Hearts Appeal, which aims to raise one million pounds for a new special care baby unit.

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