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Barnsley police watch out for burglary victim

Police officers in Barnsley have presented a burglary victim with a limited edition watch identical to the one stolen from his home.

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke and Chris Dutton
Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke and Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton had several items stolen during a robbery on Janurary 25 this year, including his wedding ring and a limited edition Manchester United Football Club watch that was a present from his late wife.

Despite extensive enquiries, police have been unable to trace the highly sentimental property.

However an officer in the case, PC Louise Little, has found the next best thing by sourcing the last of the limited edition watches, produced by Surrey-based Danbury Mint in 2011 to mark the club’s then record 19th league title.

The firm kindly donated the timepiece and it was presented to Mr Dutton yesterday afternoon by South Yorkshire Police’s Barnsley Commander, Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke, in a ceremony at the town’s police station.

Mr Dutton said: “I felt very excited about getting the new watch and think PC Little and South Yorkshire Police have done a lovely job. Her phone call just came out-of-the-blue. I thought all the stuff had gone and that was it.

“The watch that was taken is more sentimental, but I’m very grateful for my replacement. I used to do little jobs for my wife and she bought me the watch as a thank-you in September 2011. It was an early Christmas box.”

Mr Dutton says he is still anxious when he hears noises in his home.

Ch Supt Brooke said: “This was a particularly shocking case, the victim being confronted at night in his home by offenders.

“The officer involved has worked tremendously hard to try to locate the property stolen, even contacting Manchester United to see if a replacement special edition watch could be obtained.

“The club were fantastic and pointed us to the manufacturers, who sent a replacement free of charge. I know this is very much appreciated by Mr Dutton.”

Police are increasingly concerned about a man who went missing from hospital in Barnsley

Concern is continuing to grow for the welfare of James Stephenson, who went missing from a hospital in Barnsley almost three weeks ago.

James Stephenson has not been seen for almost three weeks
James Stephenson has not been seen for almost three weeks

Police have reason to believe that Mr Stephenson was in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, this weekend and are urging him to make contact.

They believe that the 40-year-old may be camping in the Dewsbury area, and have made an appeal to dog walkers, joggers and ramblers to look out for him.

Mr Stephenson left the Cambian Oaks Hospital in Sheffield Road, Barnsley, at around 10.15am on Tuesday 18 March. He told staff he intended to go shopping in the Huddersfield area, but never returned.

The last confirmed sighting of him was last Wednesday, 2 April, at a shop in Wakefield. Following this sighting, police issued a new CCTV image in a bid to trace him.

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Man charged with murder

Murder victim Doreen Walker Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police have confirmed the identity of the 75-year-old woman who was found dead at a property on Birkwood Avenue in Cudworth on Wednesday evening as Mrs Doreen Walker.

Emergency services were called there at 5.35pm on 2 April.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died of multiple injuries. Liam Naylor, 23, of Junction Street, Barnsley, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with murder and has been remanded in custody until his next court date at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, 17 April.

A 17-year-old girl also arrested has been bailed pending further police enquiries.

Barnsley sun beds exceeding radiation limits

A check on Barnsley tanning salons has found a worrying amount of sunbeds emitting radiation levels over the legal limit.

Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services and Public Health departments have completed a project with the aim of helping businesses to comply with the Sunbeds (Regulations) Act 2010 and to test actual radiation levels from their sunbeds using specialist equipment.

Regulatory Services officers visited all known sunbed businesses within the borough and offered advice and information about the levels of radiation emitted from their sunbeds, the potential effects of sunbed use on health and the importance of controlling sunbed use in compliance with legislation.

Sunbeds well above this level are blasting customers with rays that are only found in outer space. The levels found are literally out of this world. We expect all sunbed operators within Barnsley to ensure that they comply with the legislation and acceptable standards of safety.

– Cllr Roy Miller, Barnsley Council

Two arrested in murder investigation

Police have arrested two people in connection with the murder investigation launched last night in Barnsley.

A 23-year-old man and 17-year-old girl have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.

Emergency services were called to a house in Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth, at about 5.35pm on Wednesday evening after the body of an elderly woman, believed to be in her 70s, was found.

Murder investigation in Barnsley

South Yorkshire Police has launched a murder investigation after the body of an elderly woman was found in Barnsley.Emergency services were called to an address in Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth on Wednesday evening.

Police cordon on Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth
Police cordon on Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth

The woman is thought to be in her 70s and from the Cudworth area.Specialist officers are at the scene, conducting enquiries and carrying out forensic examinations.

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Murder inquiry launched into death of elderly woman

South Yorkshire Police has launched a murder investigation after the body of an elderly woman was found in Barnsley. Emergency services were called to an address in Birkwood Avenue, Cudworth, yesterday evening.

The woman is thought to be in her 70s and from the Cudworth area. Specialist officers are at the scene, conducting enquiries and carrying out forensic examinations. Anyone with information is urged to call police,

Man named after Barnsley altercation

South Yorkshire Police have named a man who died following a disturbance at a working men's club in Barnsley.

William O'Hara, was left with life threatening injuries after he was involved in an altercation at Thurnscoe Coronation Working Men's Club on Saturday afternoon and died in hospital yesterday.

A 53-year-old man, has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Murder arrest after working men's club argument

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an argument at a Barnsley working men's club led to a man dying.

A 60-year-old man was injured on Sunday at the Thurnscoe Coronation Working Men's Club in Stuart Street in an altercation with a 53-year-old man and later died.

A post mortem examination is expected to take place today to find out how he died.

Three people have been arrested.

Police arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by detectives.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and perverting the course of justice, while a 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.Both have been bailed while enquiries continue.

Disability Games return to Barnsley

Competitors at last year's Games

Disabled athletes from across the region will be descending on The Barnsley Metrodome today for a popular sporting event.

The annual Rotary District 1270 Disability Games is set to attract hundreds of adult and junior competitors as they battle it out across a range of sporting disciplines.

The Games include competitions in archery, boccia, darts, curling, rifle shooting, snooker, swimming, table tennis, weight lifting and wheelchair racing.

Stephen Woodcock, secretary of the district said:

"After the success of last year's event, we hope to attract even more teams and are aiming for more than 400 competitors to take part in a whole host of sporting events."

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