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Britain's oldest person dies aged 114

She lived through two World Wars, six British monarchs, 22 Prime Ministers, and she kept on dancing till she was 107 years young.

Sadly time eventually caught up with Ethel Lang last night and she passed away at the age of 114 at a nursing home in Barnsley. She was the oldest person in Britain and thought to be the eighth oldest in the world. Adam Fowler reports.


Barnsley man home after holiday insurance ordeal

Craig Lindley from Barnsley is back home after being struck down with a rare illness when he was in Thailand.

Craig at the airport with (L-R) Karl (brother), Lesley (mum), Craig, Kirsty(girlfriend)

Craig was away with family when he fell ill and faced hospital bills of £80,000 after a complication with travel insurance.

He told Calendar he applied for insurance online, but then found out the transaction failed. His family rallied to raise the money for his medical care and transport home and he is warning prospective travellers to make sure they are properly insured before going away.

Barnsley man stuck in Thailand without travel insurance

A Barnsley man trapped in Thailand after being virtually paralysed by a rare condition has told Calendar he didn't realise he wasn't covered by travel insurance.

Speaking from intensive care at a hospital in Bangkok, Craig Lindley, seen here with his brother Karl, says he applied for insurance online, but has since discovered the transaction failed.

Family and friends have rallied round to pay for his treatment and flight home next week, with costs now spiralling to more than £80,000.

David Hirst reports:

You can keep up with Craig's progress on his Facebook and Twitter feeds

Pensioner seriously injured in collision

An 82-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Barnsley on Wednesday.

At around 5.35pm, it is reported that a green Vauxhall Corsa was travelling along Garden Street, Darfield, towards the junction with Barnsley Road, when it was in collision with the 82-year-old pedestrian.

The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision to contact them.

Secret report reveals bugging of miners' union officials

A secret report into the miners' strike says Margaret Thatcher would have been defeated by Arthur Scargill if she hadn't intervened personally to draft in 7,000 police from across the country to the coalfields..

The revelation is in newly released Downing Street papers from 1985, which also shed light for the first time on the widespread bugging of miners' union officials - approved by Mrs.Thatcher. David Hirst reports.


Barnsley man jailed for catalogue of historic sex offences

Vincent Glazzard Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A man from Barnsley has been jailed for a catalogue of historic sexual offences against two young girls over a ten year period.

49-year-old Vincent Glazzard from Darfield was found guilty of eleven sex crimes against the girls, who were both only nine-years-old when the assaults began.

The eleven charges include three counts of rape on a girl under 16, four counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14, two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 16, sexual activity with a girl under 16 and sexual assault on a girl under 16.

Words cannot begin to describe the abhorrent actions of Glazzard and the suffering his victims have endured. His crimes against them were absolutely appalling.

He has consistently denied the offences and sought to shift blame onto his victims for making accusations against him. As a result of this they had to undergo the harrowing ordeal of reliving their experiences during the trial.

I would like to praise the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and fortitude throughout this two-year long investigation.

I can only hope they feel justice has been served for the distress and anguish he will have caused them and they have some form of closure now he is behind bars.

– Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons, South Yorkshire Police

Fines after miner killed at museum

Michael Buckingham

Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £590,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed and killed at the museum in 2011.

58-year-old Michael Buckingham from Grimethorpe near Barnsley died after he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader that he was operating.

The fatal incident happened 138 metres below ground at the museum’s site at Caphouse colliery in Wakefield.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Mr Buckingham, an experienced miner and electrician, was part of a team working on the second phase of a £2.7 million improvement project. This involved constructing 140 metres of new tunnels to revitalise the visitors’ tour and increase the number of exhibition galleries.

Mr Buckingham sustained fatal crush injuries when he became trapped between the tunnel construction machine and the forward-tipping dumper - a mineral carrying machine - that he had been operating. Health and Safety inspectors found the dumper was unsafe.

The dumper truck

Helipad appeal backed by sister of crashed man

The sister of a man from Barnsley who was critically hurt in a car crash is throwing her weight behind a campaign to raise money for a new helipad at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital. Andrew Chesterton was airlifted from his wrecked car and his sister Suzanne has joined the appeal for better facilities to speed up the transfer to A&E. James Webster reports:

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