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Man arrested after Barnsley crash which left driver critically injured

A man has been arrested after two cars crashed in Barnsley leaving one of the drivers fighting for his life in hospital.

A black Audi A4 and a blue Audi A4 TDI were in collision in Laithes Lane, near to the junction of Lindhurst Road at around 12.05am on Sunday November 16, 2014.

The 32-year-old driver of the Audi Avant suffered life threatening injuries. He is in hospital where his condition is described as critical.

The 26-year-old driver of the other car was uninjured. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of the crash. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries

Police appeal after teenager hit by car in Barnsley

South Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was hit by car in Barnsley.

It happened when the 15-year-old was walking along Spark Lane in Mapplewell towards the centre of the centre of the village around 5.05pm on Tuesday October 25, 2014.

Police said enquiries are ongoing to find the driver of the silver or light blue car involved in the collision.


Police hoping for peaceful derby

South Yorkshire Police is urging football fans attending Saturday's match between Sheffield United and Barnsley FC to enjoy the game safely.

Police hoping for peaceful derby

The force say extra officers will be on duty for the match at Bramall Lane on Saturday 1 November to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for businesses, residents and shoppers.

The game is expected to attract more than 20,000 supporters and there will be a visible policing presence around the ground and in the city centre.

Barriers will also be in place around the ground on the day to ensure the safety of everyone attending the match.

We are planning for a safe, enjoyable event for everyone attending. This is the first time the two teams have met in the league for a few seasons and we are expecting a great atmosphere. I will ensure we provide a welcoming environment for fans who want to attend and enjoy the game and endeavour that there is as little disruption as possible for people conducting their daily business in the city centre. However, we will not tolerate any level of disorder or violence within South Yorkshire and we have sufficient resources in place to deal with those intent on causing trouble.

– Superintendent Scott Green

South Yorkshire elects new Crime Commissioner

The ballot opened yesterday Credit: Press Association

We will find out today who will be South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner.

The election was held yesterday after former Commissioner Shaun Wright stepped down in the aftermath of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. The counting of votes begins later this morning with final result being declared this afternoon.

Second boy dies as a result of Penistone fire

A 12-year-old boy left critically ill following a house fire in Penistone has died as a result of his injuries.

Emergency services were called to a house on Tennyson Close at around 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 October. A man and his two sons were rescued from the property by fire fighters.

Darren Sykes, 44, and his nine-year-old son Paul Sykes both died as a result of the fire.

His older son Jack Sykes was taken to hospital in a critical condition but lost his fight for life last night (Monday 27 October).

Detectives investigating the fire have confirmed it was started deliberately and that an accelerant was used. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

120 jobs to go at coking plant

Around 120 workers are set to lose their jobs under plans to close a coking plant in South Yorkshire.

Hargreaves Services have launched a 45-day consultation on potential redundancies at the Monckton Coke and Chemical Company in Barnsley.

The firm said that although talks continue with key export customers, a "significant" change in market conditions and customer demand would be needed to secure the plant's future.

Monckton was budgeted to make a profit of £2 million in the current financial year, but the company said the outlook beyond this year was "very poor" given current market prices.

Hargreaves acquired Monckton in 2005. Whilst great progress has been made by the team in improving efficiency and environmental performance over the past 10 years, the coke markets have become increasingly challenging for the business.

"I have worked closely with the management team and it is with great personal sadness that we find ourselves having to start this consultation process."

– Gordon Banham, Hargreaves chief executive

Steve Morris, regional officer of the GMB union, said the consultation is due to end on December 11, after which he expects the plant to close.

The shop stewards have been expecting this news. The plant is linked to a coalfield that no longer exists. This is a sad day. It marks the final nail in the coffin of the coal industry in Yorkshire."

– Steve Morris, GMB regional officer


Arson causes £75,000 damage

Police are appealing for information in an investigation that has caused £75,000 of damage to a block of flats in Goldthorpe.

The fire started in one of the two cars which were parked in an underground car park below the flats on Barnsley Road on October 4 at 11.30 pm.

The fire service were alerted and attended at around midnight.

A number of residents were evacuated and have had to be homed until the property can be made safe.

Both cars were destroyed in the fire.

Any one with information can contact police quoting incident number 1 of the 4 October 2014.

Barnsley police officer given top bravery award

A Barnsley police officer has won a top police bravery award after single-handedly stopping a man from suffering horrific injuries in an attack.

Sgt Christopher Foster

Sergeant Chris Foster was alone on patrol when he saw another man beating his victim with a stick. Despite the offender pointing what looked like a gun in his face, he continued to confront the offender before arresting him.

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