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Barnsley Qualify for Playoffs

Barnsley have qualified for the League One playoffs following a 4-1 win at champions Wigan. Despite conceding early on, two goals from Sam Winnall and one each from Conor Hourihane and Josh Brownhill was enough for the Tykes to secure sixth place. They'll now face Walsall over two legs (at home on Saturday 14th May and away on Thursday 19th May) for the chance to play at Wembley for the second time this season.

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Barnsley had to win after Scunthorpe racked up their sixth straight victory with a 2-0 success at Sheffield United. The Iron missing out on the playoffs merely on goal difference.

Meanwhile, Bradford City will play Millwall in their play-off semi final after the Bantams secured fifth spot with a 2-0 win over Chesterfield. The first leg will be at Valley Parade on Sunday 15th May, with the return leg at the Den the following Friday.

Elsewhere, Doncaster's relegation to League Two was confirmed following a goalless draw at Burton.

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Concern for 14-year-old missing from Barnsley

Police are appealing for help to find a missing 14-year-old boy from Barnsley.

Ethan Davies was last seen by family members at around 5pm in the Chequer Road area of Doncaster.

He was due to return to his home address in Barnsley but has not been seen or heard from since.

His family, along with officers, are becoming increasingly concerned about his whereabouts.

Ethan, who has gone missing several times previously, has a keen interest in trucks and transport. He may currently be using the transport network in South Yorkshire.

He is described as around 5ft 6ins, of slim build with ginger hair and glasses. He was last seen wearing a black tracksuit top with stripes down the arms, a light green Eddie Stobbart T-shirt, a hi-visibility jacket and shorts. He was carrying a bright yellow bag.

Labour holds Barnsley

Labour has continued its dominance in South Yorkshire with a majority of seats in Barnsley Council once again.

The overall turnout for the local elections in Barnsley was 47,404 out of 175,998 electorate, which comes to 26.9%.

Labour won all of the first six seats counted, meaning it Labour will keep its majority intact at a council where only a third of seats were contested yesterday.

Prison officer who began relationship with inmate jailed for 10 months

A former prison officer who began a relationship with an inmate has been sentenced to 10 months behind bars for misconduct.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Dawn Sheard, 46, of Barnsley, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 4 May for misconduct in a public office after she began a relationship with a prisoner.

The court heard that Sheard, who was employed by HMP Doncaster from December 2014 to August 2015, began sending letters and cards to the prisoner in June 2015.

PC Kay Knox, from the prison investigation team, and the investigating officer, said: “Sheard used a different name to prevent being found out, but during a routine check of outgoing prisoner phone calls, it was discovered that the two had been talking in code.

“An investigation was then launched and found that the prisoner involved had made over 580 calls to Sheard in just two months.

“Sheard had been using a new sim card and phone that had not been disclosed to the prison. The investigation also discovered that Sheard had engaged in sexual activity with the prisoner while on duty, thus compromising the safety of her colleagues.

“South Yorkshire Police worked closely with the prison as part of this investigation and I would like to thank them for their support in helping achieve this positive outcome.

“We are committed to working together to tackle and reduce crime committed in South Yorkshire prisons.”

“This is a good result and shows that any incidents of staff being involved in corruption or misconduct will be dealt with robustly and they will be brought to justice.”

– Dave Hugill, Assistant Director of HMP Doncaster

Man dies following Barnsley collision

A 21-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries following a collision in Barnsley last month has died in hospital.

At around 10.05pm on Monday 11 April, it is reported that a Renault Clio was traveling along the A628 Westway from the Alhambra roundabout towards Townend roundabout.

Near to the junction with Wellington Street, it is reported that the Clio was involved in a collision with a 21-year-old pedestrian.

The 21-year-old man was taken to hospital where he remained in a critical condition until he died on Wednesday 4 May.

Police say family has been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward.

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