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Villagers convince Tour de Yorkshire organisers to change route

The residents of Sprotborough, near Doncaster, have persuaded organisers to change the route of this year's Tour De Yorkshire so that the race will now run through the village.

It was initially planned for the event to go around Sprotborough - until local people, including former Olympic cyclist John Tanner asked for it to be changed.

The Tour De Yorkshire will now come through the village on the 30th of April, to the delight of Tanner:


Nearly one in 10 people suffer from fuel poverty in Doncaster

A recent study has found that nearly one in ten people is suffering from fuel poverty in Doncaster.

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The rise in fuel prices have meant many residents have been unable to heat their homes.

As a result, a growing number of people are choosing to pay for other utilities over fuel. The charity Hubbub has set up a Facebook group to reach out to those affected.

Gavin McDonnell set for world title eliminator

Doncaster boxer Gavin McDonnell will face Jorge Sanchez in an official eliminator for the WBC Super-Bantamweight world title in Manchester later this month.

Gavin McDonnell Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old will feature on the undercard of the unification battle between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena on February 27.

Victory over the unbeaten Panamanian will put McDonnell in reach of a world title shot against WBC ruler Julio Ceja – the man that his brother Jamie beat to become world champion for the first time.

I’m more than ready to prove that I can become a World champion. I know that Sanchez is going to be a tough fight and I will have to be at my best, but that’s what I am in the sport for – fighting the best and winning titles.

– Gavin McDonnell

Family tribute to women killed in Doncaster taxi

The families of two women killed in a crash between two taxis in Doncaster on Sunday have said their world's have been "shattered" by their deaths.

Jacqueline Melinda Friend (left) and Lynda Leonard were killed in a collision between two taxis in Doncaster Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Jacqueline Melinda Friend, 59, from Castleford, and Lynda Leonard, 52, from Bradford were travelling in the same car on the Great North Road in Doncaster shortly after midnight on Sunday when they collided with another taxi.

Both drivers and eight other passengers were injured in the crash.

The most fabulous wife, mum, nana, sister, aunty & friend, was tragically taken from all her loved ones by the incident on Saturday night in Doncaster.

Our world has been shattered, and will never be the same again. Jackie was the foundation of our whole family, and will be missed unbearably by all who knew and loved her.

We will love her forever.

– Jacqueline Friend's family statement


Nine injured in Doncaster crash

Nine people have been injured, with three in a 'serious condition' after a crash in Doncaster in the early hours of this morning.

The collision happened on the Great North Road shortly after midnight. Yorkshire Ambulance Service sent eight ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a hazardous area response team to the incident, with East Midlands Ambulance Service sending another ambulance and rapid response vehicle in support.

Three of the most seriously injured casualties were taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. The other six were taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Man admits dangerous driving which killed three on Boxing Day

A 24-year-old man broke down in court as he admitted that his dangerous driving caused the deaths of three people on Boxing Day.

Ricky Hepworth also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to a fourth person when he appeared via video link at Sheffield Crown Court.

Andrew and Faye Tomlinson were killed in the incident

Andrew and Faye Tomlinson died in the incident which happened at Askern near Doncaster.

Mandy Deere died, and her husband John was badly injured

Mandy Deere also died and her husband John was badly hurt as they walked through the village.

Hepworth also pleaded guilty to running away from the scene of the crash as well as having no licence or insurance.

He will be sentenced in April.

South Yorkshire Police release latest crime figures

The latest figures released by South Yorkshire Police have revealed that crime in the county has risen 3% overall but fallen in certain areas.

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The largest drop was reported in house burglaries which fell by 17% overall in the 12 month period. However, there was a 46% increase in sexual offences and a 23% increase in violence against the person offence in the same period.

You can find out more about the latest figures on the South Yorkshire Police website.

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