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Unique scheme to look after Doncaster's vulnerable

With cuts taking a heavy toll of public services in our region a call is going out for people to help care for some of the most vulnerable in society.

The plea is being made by the charity Shared Lives, which has a unique way of looking after those in need.

Instead of staying in council-run care homes, they ask families to house them.

The scheme has been a success nationally and is now launching in Doncaster. Rachel Townsend has met a South Yorkshire couple who've been caring for one man for over 30 years.

The Avalon Group are taking charge of the Shared Lives scheme in Doncaster. More details can be obtained by logging onto their website:

www.avalongroup.org.uk http://twitter.com/TheAvalonGroup

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Police due to name body in lake

South Yorkshire Police are expected today to officialy name the man whose body was recovered from a quarry in South Yorkshire yesterday afternoon. Divers recovered the body from Clay Lake in Doncaster after a 27-year-old man went missing while swimming on Monday night.

Clay Lake where police divers recovered the body of a mising swimmer
Clay Lake where police divers recovered the body of a mising swimmer Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former rock star Watkins appeals against child sex abuse sentence

Former Lostprophets singer and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35 year jail sentence later today. A mother from Doncaster who was jailed for allowing Watkins to abuse her child is also appealing against her sentence. The joint hearing will be at Cardiff Crown Court.

Former Lostprohets singer Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex abuse
Former Lostprohets singer Ian Watkins will appeal against his 35-year jail sentence for child sex abuse Credit: Press Association

Body recovered from South Yorkshire lake

Police have recovered a body from a quarry in South Yorkshire after a man went missing while swimming last night. Emergency services were called to the quarry, known locally as Clay Lake, off Hurst Lane, Auckley, just after 9pm yesterday when the man's friends reported him missing. This afternoon underwater divers recovered a body from the water, Martin Fisher reports.

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Police recover body from quarry

The body of a man believed to be in his mid to late 20s has been recovered from a lake in a quarry in Doncaster.

Search teams recovered the body at around 12.30pm today from the lake, we believe to be known locally as Clay Lake.

Officers are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death, but at this time do not believe it to be suspicious.

The man has not yet been formally identified.

Government intervention in Doncaster Council set to stop

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says intervention in Doncaster Council is to come to an early close.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says intervention in Doncaster Council is to come to an early close.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says intervention in Doncaster Council is to come to an early close. Credit: Doncaster Council

In a written ministerial statement the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, said that given the level of improvement that Doncaster has now achieved, their firm plans for the future, and their readiness to engage with the wider local government sector on improvement, continuing the statutory corporate intervention will add little, if any, value.

Doncaster Council was placed into intervention in 2010 following an Audit Commission Corporate Governance Inspection when the council was found to be not serving its residents as well as it should have.

Following the results of the recent independent Peer Review, a team of local government experts reported that the council is now functioning well and has made tangible and positive improvements in how it is managed and led.

I have been determined to lead Doncaster Council out of Government intervention and I am delighted with this announcement which recognises how much the council has changed. It is testament of everybody’s hard work. This announcement is an early endorsement of our progress to date. We are aware that there is still more work to do but we are firmly heading in the right direction so we can create more jobs and deliver better services for residents.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

Police search for man last seen in lake

Police are searching for a man who was last seen swimming in a lake in Doncaster.

Police say 8 men had gone swimming in the quarry off Hurst Lane, Auckley after 9pm.

One man, a 27-year-old, was reported missing by the others.

A police spokesman confirmed the man’s clothing had been found on the bank so they are working on the theory that he is still in the water.

Police and fire crews rushed to scene and the fire service sent their water rescue unit, while the police helicopter hovered overhead with a spotlight as dusk descended. Police also set up ground lights to illuminate the scene.

Visibilty deteriorated as thick fog enveloped the water.

None of the other seven young men needed medical attention and they have provided statements to officers.

Divers from the regional underwater search team have now taken over the search for the missing man, who is not being named at this stage.

CCTV released after sexual assault reported in Doncaster

Officers investigating a reported sexual assault on a bus in Doncaster have issued a CCTV image of a man they believe may be able to assist with enquiries.

CCTV
CCTV

At around 8.20am on Wednesday 28 May, it is reported that a 24-year-old woman was waiting for a bus in High Street, Doncaster, when a man approached her and allegedly tried to engage her in conversation.

When the woman got onto the bus, it is believed that the man got on the same bus and sat next to her, stroking her leg for the duration of the bus journey.

The woman was not injured but has been left shaken by the incident.

Police believe the man pictured may hold information that could help with their investigation and have asked anyone with any information to contact them.

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