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Cash-strapped charity may be forced to stop restoring Victoria Cross graves

A charitable trust that helps to restore the graves of soldiers who have been awarded the Victoria Cross, fears it will struggle to carry on cleaning them due to a lack of funds.

Albert Edward Shepherd's gravestone before it was restored by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust Credit: Victoria Cross Trust
Albert Edward Shepherd's gravestone after it was restored by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust Credit: Victoria Cross Trust

The Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust has been restoring graves in the region - like Albert Shepherd's in Royston in Barnsley, for four years. It's now appealing for support from the public to help carry on the work.


Man jailed for sexually abusing three-year-old in Doncaster

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for five years after admitting sexually assaulting a three-year-old child in Doncaster.

Paul Thomas, of Vicar Road, West Melton, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to sexually assault.

He was sentenced to five years behind bars and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Police were called to the Armthorpe area of Doncaster on Friday 3 July after the victim reported being sexually assaulted by Thomas. He was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged.

The sexual abuse of a child is a horrific crime and I am relieved Thomas has accepted responsibility for his despicable actions.

– Detective Sergeant Nicola Hallam

Man charged over fatal Branton crash

A 21-year-old man has been charged with a string of offences after a car crashed into a wall and burst into flames in Branton, near Doncaster, killing two people.

Flowers left at the scene of the crash in Branton Credit: ITV News

James Maughan of Marshland Road, Doncaster, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision, failing to report a road traffic collision and a public order offence.

It relates to an incident last month when a Renault Megane crashed into a house on Poppyfields Way in Branton.

Five people were believed to have been in the car at the time of the collision: two men, Liam Aldred, 26, and Dean McIntyre, 27, died as a result of the collision, two 21-year-old men and a 15-year-old boy were also injured.

Mr Maughn was charged yesterday (Wednesday, 16 September) and has been remanded into custody until Friday, 18 September, when he will appear at Sheffield Crown Court for a further bail application.

A 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man both previously arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving remain on police bail.

A 21-year-old woman, previously arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, remains on police bail.


Four men named over Doncaster tent arson

Wanted for questioning

Detectives investigating an arson attack in Doncaster that left a man and woman with extensive burns have named four people they are keen to trace and speak to in connection with the incident.

Garry Beddoes, aged 28, Jason Vicarage, aged 22, Joel Harrison, aged 20, and Ricky Lee Andrewatha, aged 21, are all from Doncaster. Detectives believe the four men hold vital information that could assist with the investigation and are urging them to get in touch.

In the early hours of August 18th, a 42-year-old woman and 32-year-old man were in a tent on grassed area off College Road, when the tent was set on fire. As the pair tried to escape, they were reportedly assaulted. They were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries and have since been discharged.

A 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the arson. Both have been bailed pending further enquiries


Charity to donate proceeds to teacher's family

A charity is donating the money from a fundraiser to the family of a Doncaster teacher who died in his sleep after a night out.

Lewis Siddall died from a head injury after a night out

24-year-old, Lewis Siddall, died after hours after allegedly being attacked in a Doncaster nightclub in August. The Eve Merton Dreams Trust are giving half the proceeds of their Marathon Madness event to cover his funeral costs and go towards another charity of his family's choosing.

Doncaster man charged with three counts of rape

A man from Doncaster has been charged with six sexual offences, including three counts of rape and and one count of attempt rape, threats to kill along with two counts of robbery.

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40-year-old Paul Eames from Bentley, will appear at Doncaster Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning.

Specialist officers are continuing to support the two women. I understand the upset and shock this incident will have caused locally and I would reassure people that incidents of this type are extremely rare.

– Detective Sergeant Stuart Hall
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