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Stun-gun robber sentenced to five years in prison over £10

A 19-year-old from Doncaster has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery of £10 armed with a stun gun.

Macauley Davies Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Macauley Davies of Hunt Lane, Bentley, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday to stand trial, however changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced immediately.

On Monday, 4 August Davies started talking to a 21 and 24-year-old man outside a pub on Scot Lane in the town centre.

He walked with the pair down the road, then as they approached an alleyway just off Scot Lane, he threatened them and demanded they hand money over to him.

The 21-year-old handed over the £10 and Davies left the scene and went back towards the pub.

Man jailed for stealing from children's hospice

Richard Shepherd Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A Doncaster man has been jailed after pleading guilty to stealing from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham.

Richard Shepherd, 26, pleaded guilty to theft by employee at an earlier hearing.

At Sheffield Crown Court today he was sentenced to one year in prison and a further 12 months on license.

A police investigation was launched after staff at Bluebell Wood contacted police with their suspicions about Shepherd in July 2013. One member of staff reported observing Shepherd, employed as a finance assistant, counting large piles of money, which was outside of normal procedure.

The hospice installed covert cameras, which captured Shepherd putting bundles of money in his pockets before leaving the office.

Officers discovered that Shepherd had been paying significant sums of money into his bank account between December 2012 and July 2013. Financial investigation of the hospice’s donations log showed a deficit of just over £20,000 during that period.

Shepherd’s actions are deplorable and I am pleased he has now admitted his guilt.

To steal donated money from a charitable organisation, especially one that provides essential care and support for terminally ill children and their families, is despicable.

The money he stole allowed Shepherd to fund a lifestyle far above that afforded by his legitimate income.

We are grateful to Bluebell Wood for their support and patience through what has been a long investigation and I hope that the conclusion of proceedings today shows that justice has been done.

– PC Angela Harwick, South Yorkshire Police

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Four charged over death of Doncaster man

Four men have been charged in connection with the death of 26-year-old man in Doncaster.

Adam Szurgocinski was found at a house in Jubilee Road on 14th September Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Rafal Palinski, 29, of Fenland Road, Thorne, Pawel Wegorzewski, 20, of Jubilee Road, and Jaroslaw Owczarczyk, 32, of Raby Road, Doncaster, have been charged with murder of 26 year old Adam Szurgocinski and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Dariusz Bogusz, 32, of Jubilee Road, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

All four men will appear before Doncaster Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Mr Szurgocinski was found at an address in Jubilee Road at 9.20am on Sunday 14 September, suffering from a serious neck injury. He was taken to hospital where he later died.

Two other men have also been charged in connection with the death of Mr Szurgocinski.

Sebastian Gurski, 30, of Ramsden Road in Hexthorpe, and Mateusz Halabura, 25, from Doncaster, were both charged with murder and appeared in court earlier this year.

They have been remanded in custody to appear in court at a later date.,

Rail engineers to strike over pay dispute

Scores of RMT rail engineering staff working for Wabtec at the Doncaster rail works will strike for five days next week in a fight over pay and conditions.

Following a massive “yes” vote for action the union’s Executive Committee has instructed members to strike from 00.01 hours on Monday December 15 and 23.59 hours on Friday December 19.

“RMT members at Wabtec do essential work and at the very least they should expect is a pay rise that reflects their commitment to the company.

" After all, it is the staff that generate the company profits for this large American engineering outfit. “The Doncaster engineering works is part of the history and fabric of the railways in Britain and the engineers working on the site play a crucial role in keeping our trains rolling.

"Their massive vote for action in this fight for workplace justice is a reflection of the anger on the shop floor.

“RMT remains available for talks and we are in no doubt that the determination of our members will remain rock solid as they battle for a fair deal.”

– Mick Cash , GMT General Secretary

Police appeal for man in distinctive jacket to come forward

Images of a man who could have vital information about an assault on a man in Doncaster on Monday December 8 have been released by police.

A 23-year-old man was seriously assaulted near to Tesco, between North Bridge and Church View, at around midday.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to over assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police
CCTV image of man police want to speak to over assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Distinctive jacket worn by man police want to speak to over assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police believe the man in the images may be able to help with their enquiries. He wore a distinctive Adidas jacket, which police believe has the words ‘Dark Side Imperials’ emblazoned on the back and the letters D and S on the front.

The victim was reportedly involved in an altercation with at least two other men. He remains in hospital in a critical condition.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody.

Do you recognise the man? Or perhaps you witnessed the assault?

Anyone with any information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 338 of 8 December 2014.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man sustains life-threatening injuries in Doncaster

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 23-year-old man sustained life-threatening injuries in Doncaster.

At around 12pm on Monday 8 December, the man was reportedly involved in an altercation with at least two other unknown men between North Bridge and Church View.

He was taken to hospital where his condition is described as critical.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody.

Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

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Firefighters rescue horse from slurry-filled ditch

Julie Hepworth tends to her exhausted thoroughbred horse Herbie after he became stuck for several hours in a slurry-filled ditch and had to be rescued by firefighters in the village of Sykehouse, near Doncaster, early today.

Julie Hepworth tends to Herbie after he has been rescued from slurry-filled ditch Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The battle now is to get Herbie back on his feet because he's 30 years old and has been worn out by his ordeal.

Julie bought him many years ago. Herbie is a former racehorse, who ran at Ascot and Epsom, but was retired because of injury

Doncaster assault: Police release CCTV images of potential witnesses

Police investigating an assault at a bar in Doncaster have released CCTV images of several potential witnesses.

South Yorkshire Police release cctv image of potential witnesses to assault Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Do you know this woman? Police hope she may be able to help their inquiry Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Is this you? Police hope you can help with their inquiry Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Officers are trying to trace the three people pictured in the images as they may have witnessed a 50 year-old man being attacked at the Relish bar on East Laith Gate on Friday evening.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Tributes to 'caring young man, friend and brother' at funeral

Leeds United footballers were among the mourners at a funeral service in Doncaster today for 16-year-old Blake Cairns - one of five teenagers killed in the car crash in Consibrough almost two weeks ago. Around 1200 people attended the funeral - the fourth this week for the victims of the tragedy, From Doncaster, David Hirst reports.

Leeds Utd footballers among mourners at crash funeral

Leeds United footballers were among the mourners at a funeral service in Doncaster today for 16-year-old Blake Cairns - one of five teenagers killed in the car crash in Consibrough almost two weeks ago. Around 1200 people attended the funeral - the fourth this week for the victims of the tragedy, David Hirst reports.

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