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Video: Boom! Former council HQ demolished in Doncaster

There's been a big change to the skyline of Doncaster following the demolition of the town's 12-storey Council House. The former home of the National Coal board and more recently Doncaster Council, was brought down earlier this morning. The demolition of the building which stood for fifty years will help with the regeneration of the town centre and make way for a new Civic and Cultural Quarter.

Demolition of former National Coal Board HQ

One of Doncaster's tallest buildings the 12-storey Council House is to be demolished by a controlled-explosion today.

The building , which was built in 1966 was originally the headquarters of the National Coal Board before the council took it over. The demolition of the building , which has been empty since last year is part of the town's Civic and Cultural Quarter regeneration.

Police: 'EDL rally passed off peacefully'

Police say an EDL demonstration in Doncaster earlier, passed off peacefully. Around a hundred and fifty members of the English Defence League staged a protest this lunchtime, which was followed by a counter demo by anti-facist campaigners. A number of residents watched on from outside their homes - many to show their objection to the march. Police say no one was arrested during the march and only two people were arrested by British Transport Police before it started, for being drunk and disorderly.


Over one hundred EDL protesters turn out for demo

Members of the far right English Defence League have staged a demonstration through Doncaster. The protest - involving around a hundred a fifty members of the EDL was followed up with a counter demo by anti-fascist campaigners.

A number of residents watched on from outside their homes - many to show their objection to the march which ended in Hexthorpe at lunchtime.

EDL to stage demo in Doncaster

EDL supporters
EDL protestors are due to take to the streets of Doncaster

There will be a strong police presence in Doncaster this afternoon when the English Defence League hold a demonstration in the town and the group United Against Facism stage a counter protest.

South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council are working with other partners to minimise the impact of today's demonstration in the Hexthorpe area .

Doncaster Superintendant Peter Norman said: "South Yorkshire Police has a duty to keep people and property safe and the public can be reassured that this is our priority.

"We have no legal power to ban the proposed protest and have a duty to respect individual's rights to protest peacefully.

"Careful, detailed planning and regular communication with protest groups has taken place and together with the council, we are making every effort to minimise disruption to the local community and to the road network.

"We will have extra officers on hand to ensure the protest passes peacefully and I wish to reassure local residents and businesses that Saturday's operation will not affect normal policing in Doncaster.

"Regular face-to-face dialogue will continue with the community before, during and after the demonstrations. We continue to thank local people, particularly residents in Hexthorpe, for their cooperation and understanding."

The latest information is that EDL demonstrators will gather from 11am near Doncaster train station. Around 12.30pm, they will make their way along St Sepulchre Gate to march at 1pm into Hexthorpe on Urban Road before listening to speeches at the park near Albion Terrace.

Report published into abuse at Doncaster day care centre

A catalogue of falings has been revealed today after a long awaited report into abuse at a Doncaster day care centre was finally published.

The serious case review into abuse of severely disabled people at the Solar Centre highlights failings in South Yorkshire police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the NHS Trust responsible for the centre.

It says lessons must be learned from what happened, and all have now apologised to the families of those abused.

Martin Fisher reports:

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Report out today into Solar Centre mistreatment

A report into the abuse of severely disabled patients by some staff at the Solar Centre at St Catherine's Hospital in Doncaster will be published later today.

The report follows a serious case review which was ordered after the jailing last year of care assistants James Hinds and Susan Murphy for mistreating patients in their care.

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