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Hatfield closure spells end of an era

The end of an era came ever closer today, as Hatfield Colliery stopped production with the loss of more than four hundred jobs.

Mine shafts at the pit will be filled in, bringing to an end 99 years of industrial history in the village near Doncaster, and leaving just two other pits in the region which have closure dates later this year. The former Labour leader and Doncaster MP Ed Miliband blamed the Government for not stepping in to save the pit and claimed had he now been in number 10, Hatfield would have stayed open. Martin Fisher has our main story tonight.

Labour leadership candidate attacks government over mining closures in Yorkshire

Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Yvette Cooper has attacked the government after it was announced Hatfield Colliery was set to close.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper Credit: Press Association

Cooper, who is a candidate for the Labour leadership, has also campaigned to help save Kellingley Colliery.

Miners and their families across Yorkshire will be really worried this morning. With the closure of Hatfield and workers at Kellingley being issued with redundancy notices we're seeing the end of a tradition of coal mining in our area that goes back hundreds of years. It's especially sad because these mines are closing years before they should. There is still good quality coal in the ground. We are going to need coal over the next few years as we move towards green energy but the government just wouldn't support us. They dragged their feet for a year on state aid at Kellingley before refusing to help at the very last minute and they've only been half hearted in their investment in clean coal technology as well. It's not right and it doesn't do justice to miners who've worked in often risky but vitally important jobs, sometimes for decades. we also need to make sure there is proper redundancy support and quality training for miners to get back into skilled jobs as soon as possible. I've met with the Energy Minister again to push for that and I'm asking for a comprehensive programme. Anything less would be abandoning us just like they did in the 80s.

– Yvette Cooper MP


Former Labour leader: Pit closure 'doesn't make economic sense'

Former Labour Leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has said that the planned closure of Hatfield Colliery 'doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers'

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has released a statement Credit: Press Association

After nearly 100 years of mining at Hatfield, this is an incredibly sad day for the miners, their families and the wider community. The workers expected the mine to close in August 2016. But instead of a managed transition the Government pulled the plug. In the run-up to the election, they provided closure aid. After the election, they said not a penny more. Now the closure will end up costing government more than keeping the mine open because of the loss of tax revenues from the company operating for another year. It doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers. What Hatfield shows again is that the government talks One Nation, but acts very differently. In a few years time there will be a newmarket for coal with a clean coal power station at Drax. But that market will not be supplied by indigenous coal, but imported coal, with all the environmental costs of shipping coal to Britain. I will do everything I can to fight for the workers to find other work, doing everything in my power to co-operate with the local council and employment service. This is a day to recognise the labour of all the miners who have worked at Hatfield over the last century. They have kept the lights on, worked in the harshest conditions and have been servants of our country.

– Statement by Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, on the closure of Hatfield Colliery

Motorcyclist named following fatal collision near Doncaster

A 25-year-old motorcyclist who died following a collision in Conisbrough, Doncaster, this weekend has been named.

Alex Page, from Conisbrough, was riding a green Kawasaki motorcycle along Sheffield Road when it is thought the motorbike left the carriageway north of Archers Way.

Alex sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision, which happened at around 5pm on Saturday 27 June.

His family has asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Hatfield colliery to close with loss of 400 jobs

Hatfield Colliery - the last remaining deep mine pit in Yorkshire - is to close with the loss of more than 400 jobs.

Hatfield colliery: end of an era

Workers at the worker-owned pit, which is near Doncaster, will be officially told tomorrow that production is to stop.

It was expected to stay open until summer 2016. Just over 300 workers will be laid off initially with the remaining 89 being kept on to oversee safety work and the filling in of the shafts.

The news comes just weeks after the closure of Kellingley and Thoresby Collieries was announced.

Two charged with Doncaster care home ill treatment

Nottinghamshire Police has charged two care home employees with ill treatment.

Kayleigh Hockham, who is 26, and from Bawtry Road, Harworth, and Jane Robinson, who is 41, and of Buckingham Court, Harworth, are alleged to have committed the offences under S44 of the Mental Health Capacity Act against two residents at Rose Farm Care Home in Main Road, Styrrup, near Doncaster.

Both were employed as carers at the home at the time of the alleged offences in May last year. They are due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on July 30th.


Doncaster Vulcan takes to skies for final flying season

As part of its final flying season, a Doncaster based Vuclan bomber has been flying around the country visiting locations where it's sister planes are grounded.

Doncaster Vulcan takes to the skies Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Vulcan XH558 left its base heading as far north as East Fortune, near Edinburgh before returning south down to East Midland airport.

The craft is due to be retired at the end of the season due to increasing costs of keeping it airworthy.

E-fit images released after serious sexual assault

Police investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in Doncaster have released e-fit images of two men they would like to speak to.

Police investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in Doncaster have released e-fit images of two men they would like to speak to.

At 1.45pm on Friday 19 June, the 25-year-old woman was approached by two me in a white transit van on Church Road. The woman was driven a short distance in the van and then subjected to a serious sexual assault.

Officers have asked that anyone able to identify the men in the image contact them.

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