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Concern grows for missing Barnsley girl

South Yorkshire Poilice are appealing for help in finding a missing girl from Barnsley.

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15-year-old Lily Lewis was last seen this morning.

She is described as about 5ft 10ins tall with brown/ginger hair and was reported missing at about 10am this morning when she left her home address in the Ardsley Road area of Worsbrough.

Police and Lily’s family are concerned for her welfare and would like to hear from anyone who has seen or heard from her since this morning.

Lily is wearing her hair half up and half down and is also wearing black leggings and a grey hooded top. She is of a slim build and has brown eyes.

She also has links to the Leicestershire area.

Man jailed for raping women in Barnsley and Sheffield

Ethan Ray Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A 33-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years for raping two women from Barnsley and Sheffield.

Ethan Ray from Sheffield, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 21 July to receive his sentence after a week-long trial.

He was charged with four counts of rape against his two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard how both women, who were known to him, were subjected to abuse and violence at Ray’s hands.

A jury took less than an hour to unanimously find Ray guilty of all four counts of rape.

"Because Ray refused to accept responsibility for his crimes, his victims were forced to relive their abusive and terrifying experiences before the court."

"They are still plagued by the memories of this defendant’s behaviour towards them, describing it as being ‘tortured daily’, and I truly hope this positive conviction and lengthy sentence goes some way to reassuring them that he can cause them no further harm."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable McClure


Barnsley ballerina Tala Lee-Turton returns to her roots

Tala Lee-Turton has given a ballet masterclass to 20 students in her hometown of Barnsley.

The ballerina returned to Fearons Middleton School of Dance, in Cudworth, to train the students aged 8-11.

Lee-Turton is the third female from Britain to graduate from the Bolshoi ballet academy in Russia - and the first from Yorkshire.

She recently finished third in the world ballet competition in Orlando.

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

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