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Five years of austerity in Doncaster

ITV Calendar has been in Doncaster today ahead of the start of the General Election campaign. Locals have been giving their views on the five years of austerity since the Coalition Government came to power. Dave Honeybone was one of the local care workers who went on strike when his job was privatised last year. He says he has lost hundreds of pounds a month because of the changes to his terms and conditions. Mick Wattam from the Doncaster People's Assembly has been involved in campaigns against cuts to local services, including care homes, in the town.

Four children in hospital after accident involving off-road bike

Police are appealing for witnesses after four children and a man were injured in an accident involving an off-road motorcycle.

It happened on Elm Road in Auckley, near Doncaster around 6.10pm on Friday March 20, when there was a collision between the bike and the children, three boys aged 11, 8 and 7 and a 9-year-old girl.

The 21-year-old rider and the 11-year-old boy were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries. The three other children were also taken to hospital.

Police hunt for 'hole-in-the-wall' thieves

An investigation is underway after a cash machine was stolen from a wall of a building in Doncaster.

Police believe a fork-lift type vehicle was used to take the machine out of the wall at Thorne Road, before being loaded onto a silver pick-up vehicle, which was driven off in the direction of FIeld Road.

Officers are exploring the possibility that this theft could be linked to others in South Yorkshire.


Girls' Football Festival comes to Doncaster

The FA Girls' Football Festival programme comes to Doncaster today.

The FA Girls' Football Festival is in Doncaster Credit: The FA

The festivals attracted more than 8,000 girls across 25 events last year with 85% of them saying they were very or quite likely to start playing football.

The free programme, aimed at encouraging girls to participate in football, is open to young girls from primary and secondary schools, within South Yorkshire.

The festivals are a joint initiative by The FA and Continental Tyres, providing girls aged 5 to 16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for both those new to the game and regular players.

The event is organised with the support of Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA and Balby Carr Community Academy in Doncaster, the host venue.

Participants will have the chance to meet players from FA Women's Super League (WSL) 2 side Doncaster Belles, as both Nicola Hobbs and Sophie Barker will be in attendance.

Charlotte Lade, one of the world's leading professional football freestylers, will also be demonstrating her amazing football tricks and skills.

Each festival is led by FA approved coaches and will include sessions from the FA Skills team and Football Mash Up, and includes skills and drills, interactive games, mini matches and the Conti Warm Up Programme - the coaching programme endorsed by The FA.

An interactive trailer will house trophies and digital stations to entertain girls during intervals and a range of innovative equipment aimed at testing reactions, speed, power and skill.

All festival attendees will receive a free ticket to a match at their local FA WSL club. Doncaster Belles kick off their season against Durham Women FC at 7:45pm on 19 March 2015 at The Keepmoat Stadium.

To add to the festival atmosphere, there will be giveaways, as well as hair braiding and face painting. The FA WSL mascot Berry the Bear and Doncaster Rovers mascot Donny Dog, will also be in attendance.

"Growing female participation in football is one of our biggest aims and the festivals give girls the opportunity to try out football in a fun and engaging environment.

"That 85 per cent of last year's participants said they'd like to continue playing football after trying it at the festivals shows how effective programmes like these can be and why it's important that we take the festivals around the country."

– Kelly Simmons, Director of the National Game and Women's Football

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
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