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Miners unveil new strike commemoration banner

A new banner commemorating the year-long miners strike has been unveiled before a packed audience at The Broadway a pub at Dunscroft, near Doncaster.

The new banner

It came ahead of a parade involving hundreds of former miners from Dunscroft to Stainforth, close to Hatfield Colliery-one of only three deep-mine pits left in the UK.

The event is the biggest of a series of events to mark the end of the dispute which marked a watershed in British social history.

Miners on parade to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the end of the strike

Train ticket forger told to repay £17,000 or face jail

A train passenger from Doncaster who used forged first-class rail and parking tickets totalling more than £17,000 to travel round the UK has been told to pay back the cash or face jail.

Stock photo Credit: Press Association

Mark Mason used computers at his home to create the forgeries, which he used to travel for more than two years, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Suspicions about Mason were first raised in autumn 2013 when staff at Doncaster railway station spotted various discrepancies with parking tickets on the contract worker's black Vauxhall Meriva in the executive car park.

These included an expired ticket as well as tickets with the wrong colours, no date and time printed, incorrect emblems and the wrong price paid.

Mason was arrested in December 2013 when he returned his car and 10 more tickets were found in the vehicle which were believed to be forged.

BTP said a search of the defendant's home led to the discovery of forged travel and parking tickets, genuine tickets, glossy photographic paper, computers and printers, craft knives, scissors and a cutting board.

Forensic examination of the computer devices revealed that Mason had used the computers to produce forged travel and parking tickets.

Mason, 44, of Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, was convicted of fraud charges relating to 85 tickets, valued at £17,000, on September 16 2014 at Sheffield Crown Court, BTP said.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 240 hours of unpaid work and a 12-day restorative justice course.

The force confirmed that a judge at a proceeds of crime hearing last week ordered Mason to pay £17,884 over six months. Failure to pay will result in a default sentence of 12 months in prison.

The offences were committed between March 24 2011 and December 19 2013.

Detective Constable David Williams said: "This sentence sends a clear message to anyone thinking of trying to evade payment of train fares and/or parking that it really isn't worth it.

"Mason must now pay back all the money he thought he had saved with his fraudulent behaviour or face serving a prison sentence."


Hague: Miliband could 'run Doncaster'

Ed Miliband could be running Doncaster by 2018 should his progress up the town's power list continue at its current rate, William Hague has said.

Ed Miliband could be running Doncaster by 2018 should his progress up the town's power list continue at its current rate, William Hague has said. Credit: Press Association

The senior Tory mocked the Labour leader in the Commons by noting he is regarded as the fourth most influential person in the list compiled for the Doncaster Free Press.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband was judged to have less influence than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, who was born in Doncaster, the council's chief executive and the town's elected mayor.

But MPs heard the Opposition leader's current ranking was a boost from last year's sixth.

To laughter, Tory backbencher Philip Davies (Shipley) told Commons Leader Mr Hague: "You were rather unfair to the leader of the Opposition.

"You were right he came fourth in the Doncaster power list but I thought it was churlish of you not to mention he'd gone up two places from last year from sixth."

Mr Hague replied: "It is a faster rate of advance than normal by (Mr Miliband) and it means he may be in with a chance of running Doncaster by the year 2018.

"So, I welcome your analysis on that."

Doncaster school wins World Book Day award

A school in Doncaster has won the first world book day award for a video they produced.

Hexthorpe Primary will receive £10,000 of books for its school library from American author James Patterson.

A school in Bourne in Lincolnshire also won £3,000 after finishing second.

Click here to see the winning video entry

Police seek four armed robbers in Bentley

Police are searching for four men in Bentley, near Doncaster, after an armed robbery.

The four broke into a house in North Swaithe Close just after midnight on Friday 27 February threatening those inside the property with what are believed to be pieces of wood and a knife.

They then fled the scene after stealing high value items, including an item of jewellery worn by one of the victims and a safe.

Detective Constable Helaine Hardy said: “This was a vicious and nasty incident that has caused serious distress and fear.

“The residents were left terrified by the actions of this group and we would ask that anyone with information comes forward and assists with our enquiries.”

Doncaster man admits to abducting two 14-year-old girls

A Doncaster man has admitted two counts of child abduction after two underage missing girls were found at his flat.

Andrew Lakin, 19, of no fixed abode but formerly of Intake, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday.

The two girls, both aged 14 at the time, were found separately at Lakin’s property in Lothian Road in September and October 2014.

The first girl was reported missing by her mum on the evening of 18 September 2014 after she failed to return home and a large-scale police search was launched to find her.

She was found by police at Lakin’s home at around 4am the following morning and he was arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

A second girl was reported missing on 13 October 2014 and was found at Lakin’s flat the following day.

Lakin was arrested and later charged with two counts of child abduction.

He will be sentenced on Tuesday 17 March.


Man in court over murder of fellow inmate at Doncaster prison

A 25-year-old year old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a fellow inmate at Doncaster prison.

Kieron Simpson appeared before the town's magistrates charged with the murder of 43-year-old old Robert Bryan, who died in hospital on Friday after he was allegedly attacked.

Simpson was remanded in custody until March the 16th when he'll appear at Sheffield Crown Court.

Man charged with murder at Doncaster jail

A man has been charged with murder following the death of an inmate at Doncaster prison.

The victim has been named as 43-year-old Robert Bryan who was allegedly assaulted inside the prison on Friday evening. He died later that night from head injuries.

Fellow prisoner Kieron Simpson, who is 25, is charged with his murder and will appear before Doncaster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

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