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Disability charity celebrates year working in prison

A charity that helps people with hidden disabilities is celebrating its first anniversary of working with inmates at a Doncaster prison.

HMP Doncaster Credit: ITV Calendar

The Cascade Foundation help people with hidden disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and people who have suffered head injuries and has been working at HMP Doncaster, Marshgate.

Today they are holding a year anniversary event to mark the milestone occasion.

Jackie Hewitt-Main, founder and project director of The Cascade Foundation, is currently leading the work in Doncaster Prison.

The charity says that over the past nine years, Jackie has helped hundreds of prisoners across the country with learning difficulties to learn to read and write, gain qualifications and make a new start.

In her previous prison project, Jackie worked with over 400 prisoners and reduced the offending rate of her first project groups to 5.9 per cent compared to more than 70 per cent nationally.

Within the six years since their release three of these prisoners had served more than 40 sentences each, and yet none of them has re-offended since their release from her project.

– The Cascade Foundation

Doncaster gardening firm scoops flower show gold

A Doncaster gardening firm has scooped the top prize at the prestigious Harrogate Flower Show.

The Serenity Garden Credit: Paul Watson

PRW Garden Services, which is based in Bessacarr, picked up the gold award at the three-day event, which was visited by thousands of people over the weekend.

The Serenity Garden was developed around a woodland theme, which gardener Paul Watson says proved popular:

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Police appeal after man found dead in Doncaster

Police investigating the death of a 44-year-old man in Balby, Doncaster, are asking for the public’s help in tracing his last movements.

Officers were called at around 5.20am on Sunday 14 September to a property in Balby Road, Doncaster, where the body of a man was found.

The man has today been identified as 44-year-old Giovanni Leggieri.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Mr Leggieri died from a single stab wound.

The circumstances surrounding Mr Leggieri’s death remain unclear but police are not currently seeking anyone in connection with the incident.

Police appeal after man's body found in Doncaster

An investigation is underway after a 44-year-old man was found dead in Doncaster.

Officers were called at around 5.20am on Sunday September 14, to a house in Balby Road where they found his body.

The man has been identified as Giovanni Leggieri. Tests have shown Mr Leggieri died from a stab wound.

The circumstances of his death are not clear but police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Cunningham fighting to become Donny's latest champ

Over the years Doncaster has produced a string of boxing champions, including the famous postwar heavyweight Bruce Woodcock, world title contender Jon Jo Irwin in the 90s, and currently the McDonnell twins, World champ Jamie & British champ Gavin. And now there is another.

Tomorrow night at the Doncaster Dome, Jason Cunningham fights for the Commonwealth bantamweight crown. John Shires reports.

Calls for safety checks after aircraft accident

An aircraft accident that caused an airport in Yorkshire to shut down has led to crash investigators to call for plane safety checks.

Plane's landing gear failed last month Credit: Andrew Roe

Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood airport was closed for several hours at the height of the holiday season last month after the left main landing gear of a BAE Systems Jetstream 31 plane collapsed after the aircraft landed.

With the left landing gear detached from its mounts, the aircraft slid along the runway at the Yorkshire airport and came to rest on the adjacent grass, with the single passenger and the two crew members able to get out unhurt.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said that on March 8 2012, the same aircraft, then operated by airline Manx2, had suffered a failure to its right main landing gear as it landed at Isle of Man airport.

The AAIB said that its investigation into the March 2012 had led to a safety recommendation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) concerning the identification of cracks on landing gears fitted to Jetstream 31 aircraft.

The AAIB report added that given the similarities of last month's incident to the one in 2012 "it is evident that the inspections of, and the modifications to, the left main landing gear of G-GAVA (the LinksAir Jetstream) were not effective in preventing this accident".

Tuesday's report recommended the AAIB check Jetstream 31s of the kind involved in last month's incident.

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Two men dead after road accident in Doncaster

Police are investigating after two men died following a collision in Doncaster.

It happened at 1.20am today when a silver Subaru Impreza collided with a wall and road sign on Cusworth Lane, Doncaster. Two men died as a result of the collision.

A third man was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with minor injuries. Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved.

The road is currently closed and will remain closed for some time for investigations to take place.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 54 of 29/8/24.

Doncaster care workers strike on London HQ

Striking care workers involved in one of the longest running disputes in the history of the NHS staged a noisy protest today, claiming their pay and conditions have worsened.

Workers striking earlier this year

Members of Unison working for Care UK in Doncaster have just launched a three-week walkout following months of action.

A group of workers travelled to central London to demonstrate outside the offices of parent firm Bridgepoint.

Nicola Naylor, who has worked as a nurse for 35 years, claimed qualified staff are leaving because of changes to their pay and conditions and they are being replaced by cheaper, untrained employees.

The quality of service is being affected, so vulnerable people are being hit. This is all about the privatisation of the NHS.

– Nicola Naylor, nurse

This is the 51st day of industrial action, but morale is stronger than ever. New, untrained staff who should have someone with them are working alone. It is wrong.

– Jim Bell, Unison

Unison said it is focusing its protest on the private equity company which owns Care UK.

We are extremely disappointed that a small minority of activists are seeking to continue strike action as a political platform at the expense of 130 adults with learning disabilities. We are confident that with the expected low participation in the industrial action, coupled with our robust contingency plans, that the people depending on this service will be able to continue to enjoy their normal day-to-day activities. We expect 85 per cent of our workforce will be working over the next three weeks delivering this vital service to the local people who depend on them for their support and care needs. This is an essential social care service, funded by a local council which must find over £100 million of savings. It is not an NHS service funded by an NHS commissioner with ring fenced funding. Colleagues transferring to Care UK from the previous provider have in any case maintained their pay rates at around 50 per cent higher than care workers in comparable services. Union demands for a further pay increase of up to 10 per cent is simply unaffordable. No health or social care service is able to make pay increases on this scale at the present time.

– Care UK

Commuters struggle with post bank holiday rail delays

Commuters have endured a difficult return to work due to problems on main line trains including in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Hours of delays on routes to London Credit: Press Association

Passengers on the busy London to Scotland East Coast line suffered morning rush-hour delays in a knock-on effect from severe disruption between Peterborough and London.

This was due to overhead wire problems at Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire and affected not only East Coast passengers but those travelling with First Capital Connect, First Hull Trains and Grand Central.

Repairs have now been completed.

We have been warning for years that cuts to staffing and maintenance on the overhead lines have left them as a weak link in our rail infrastructure. Those warnings have been ignored and last night and this morning passengers have been left to pay the price. The solution is to clear the maintenance and renewals backlog and employ more staff or we will see this morning's transport chaos on rail and Tube repeated throughout the winter.

– Mick Cash, acting general secretary of transport union the RMT

A spokesman for the East Coast train company said Network Rail (NR) engineers worked through the night to repair the damage at Huntingdon.

He said that, as anticipated, there had been some further disruption at the start of Tuesday's East Coast services.

However, while trains are now gradually returning to normal, some services may continue to be restricted, and subject to short-term amendment or cancellation. Advance booked tickets dated for travel on Monday or Tuesday will be valid for travel on Wednesday, and customers are advised to try to travel as close as possible to their original booked time. East Coast is very sorry for the disruption this may have caused to your travel plans, and continues to work closely with its infrastructure provider NR to restore a good service again.

– East Coast Trains
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