Father guilty of killing baby son

A man has been found guilty of murdering his 11-month-old baby son and then claiming the injuries were inflicted by the family dog.

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Man dies following industrial accident

A 48-year-old man has died in hospital, the day after being injured in an accident in Barnsley. Emergency services were called to industrial premises in Crow Edge yesterday afternoon, following reports that a man had been injured.

He was taken to hospital by air ambulance with life-threatening injuries, where he died today. A joint investigation between South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive is underway.


Man admits raping woman in her own home

Matthew Jones

A Barnsley man has pleaded guilty to raping a woman in her own home earlier this year.

Matthew David Jones, 30, from Carlton, admitted two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Jones forced his way into a house in the Huddersfield Road area of the town in the early hours of Saturday, 8 March.

He subjected a 20-year-old woman to a serious sexual assault and threatened the victim with a knife during the attack.

Jones left the property and the woman, who did not know her attacker, was then able to contact police.

Officers arrested Jones four days later.

Detective Sergeant Rob Platts, from the Rape Investigation Team, said:

“This is one of the most horrendous cases I have dealt with throughout my career due to the nature of the attack and the level of violence used.

“The fact the defendant has pleaded guilty has spared his victim a second ordeal of facing her attacker in court.”

Two charged over railway station protest

Two campaigners from Barnsley demonstrating over travel cuts in South Yorkshire have been charged with obstructing a police officer after a protest at Sheffield Railway Station.

The men were arrested yesterday after a protest by around 60 members of the so-called Freedom Riders who have been campaigning for the restoration of free public transport in South Yorkshire. Both of those arrested have been charged with obstructing a police officer.

One has also been charged with fare evasion. They are due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on July 7. Members of the Freedom Riders have alleged the policing of the protest by British Transport Police was heavy-handed. A British Transport Police spokesman said:

A number of separate incidents arising from these arrests and involving police have been brought to our attention. We are in the process of fully investigating these and will speak to all those involved. Clearly, we are still in the very early stages of all investigations and it would be inappropriate to comment further until we have been able to speak to all parties and clearly establish the facts.

– British Transport Police spokesman


Asos loses £22m of stock in Barnsley warehouse fire

Tonnes of stock piled up outside Barnsley distribution centre Credit: Ross Parry

Online retailer Asos has confirmed it has lost £22 million worth of stock after a huge fire at its Barnsley distribution centre. South Yorkshire Police who are investigating the blaze believe it may have been started deliberately.

Staff start assessing stock for fire damage Credit: Ross Parry

In a statement Asos said: "None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire. Our initial estimate is that approximately 20 per cent of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems. "

The shopping website was temporarily taken offline due to the fire but has resumed trading again this morning (Monday June2, 2014).


Asos to restart orders after distribution centre fire

Online fashion retailer Asos will restart taking orders today following a fire on Friday at its Barnsley distribution centre that caused damage to a large amount of stock.

About 70% of the company's stock was held at the Barnsley site, with the fire damaging roughly one fifth of that stock.

The Asos distribution centre in Barnsley was damaged in a fire on Friday. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The firm added that it was "fully insured for loss of stock and business interruption" arising from the incident, which the police are investigating as possibly being deliberate.

Read: Fire service: Asos warehouse blaze 'probably deliberate'

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