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Police appeal after gun incident in Doncaster

Police are appealing for information after a gun was fired in the Mexborough area of Doncaster yesterday.

Credit: Press Association

At 6.10pm, officers were called to reports that gun shots had been heard in the Frederick Street area of Mexborough.

Following forensic examination of the scene by specialist officers it was established that a weapon had been fired at the location. Further work to trace a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident was undertaken.

During the evening, South Yorkshire Police worked with other forces across the country as the vehicle travelled south. At around 2.50am this morning, Hertfordshire Police stopped the vehicle and three men were arrested.

The men, aged 24, 26 and 27 were arrested on suspicion of firearm offences and area being held in custody in Hertforshire, where South Yorkshire officers are travelling to interview them.

At this stage we have not received any information or found any evidence that anyone has been injured as a result of the incident. I understand this will be worrying for those living locally but I believe this was a targeted incident and do not consider there to be any wider danger to residents.

– Detective Inspector Mark Monteiro


Former England star signs new deal with promoted Belles

Former England women's international Sue Smith has signed a new contract with Doncaster Belles.

Smith was the Belles’ joint top-scorer in the 2014 season. Credit: Doncaster Belles

The instrumental winger, who has made 93 appearances for England, is now keen to get her fifth season with Belles underway as they prepare for life in FA WSL 1.

And the 36-year-old Merseysider believes Doncaster are in the best shape possible to compete in the top tier this year.

Signing a new contract wasn’t a hard decision at all. I think myself and a lot of the girls from last season absolutely loved it here, we loved getting promoted. It’s now a chance to test ourselves in FA WSL 1. For me, there wasn’t another decision to be made. I’ve always wanted to be at Doncaster Belles and I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract. We were gutted to go down a couple of years back but I think we’re in a better position now to be in FA WSL 1. It’ll be a big task for us but I think everybody is ready for it and looking forward to the challenge. There’s no reason why we can’t compete with the best teams in this league, we showed we can against various teams last season. With the professional aspect and the different things we’ve been able to add to the Belles for this season as well, we can definitely compete with the teams up there.

– Sue Smith, Doncaster Belles

CCTV released of man connected with pub assault

Police in Doncaster have issued a CCTV image of man they wish to speak to in connection with an assault in a pub last month.

Do you know the man in the photo? Credit: South Yorkshire Police

On Saturday 12 December there was a reported altercation between four men inside the stairwell of a JD Wetherspoons in Priory Walk, Doncaster.

A 28-year-old man was assaulted, suffering serious facial injuries that required hospital treatment.

Despite extensive enquiries including the review of CCTV footage, no arrests have been made.

Officers believe the man pictured could hold vital information about the incident and are appealing for him to come forward.

Search for missing Estonian in Doncaster

A search is underway for a missing man in Doncaster.

Avri Antonivo didn't turn up for work on Thursday morning Credit: South Yorkshire Police

28-year-old Estonian, Avri Antonivo, was last seen on Wednesday night at his home in Carcroft.

He did not turn up for work on Thursday morning which detectives say was out of character and that they are 'very concerned' about his welfare.

Boxing day crash families thank community for support

The families of three people who died in a Boxing Day crash near Doncaster have thanked the community for their support.

Tributes at the scene where three people lost their lives in Askern near Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Andrew Tomlinson, Faye Tomlinson and Mandy Deere died following the collision at the junction between Manor Way and Sutton Road in Askern.

Their families said they were 'extremely humbled' by the generosity of local people.

57-year-old John Deere remains in a critical condition in hospital.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with multiple traffic offences relating to the incident.


Doncaster teenager charged with criminal damage

A 15-year-old boy from Doncaster has been charged with four counts of criminal damage in the village of Moorends.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested yesterday and charged with the four offences that are alleged to have occurred on Sunday 22, November and Saturday, 12 December this year.

On both dates, several parked cars were reported to have been damaged with a hammer.

He has been bailed with conditions, which include a curfew, and he will appear at Doncaster Youth Courts in the New Year.

Man in critical condition after M1 crash

A 41-year-old man is in hospital in a critical condition after a crash shortly after midnight last night on the northbound carriageway of the M1.

At around 12.15am, a blue Ford C-Max was in collision with a green Volvo LGV. The car then crashed into the central reservation between junction 32 for the M18 towards Doncaster, and junction 33 for Rotherham and the Sheffield parkway.

The 41-year-old driver of the C-Max sustained life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

Man dies in Doncaster Boxing Day fire

A man has died following a fire at his home in Wheatley, Doncaster, on Boxing Day night.

Fire crews were called to the house on Beckett Road at 9.15pm last night. The man was rescued from his home and given first aid at the scene, then taken by ambulance to hospital where he later died.

The fire which was contained to the kitchen area was quickly extinguished and an investigation into the cause is underway.

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