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Large fire at Doncaster industrial unit

Over 40 firefighters are tackling a fire at an industrial unit in the Hexthorpe area of Doncaster.

The blaze is contained to one area and local residents are being advised to keep windows and doors closed. There have been no casualties but surrounding premises have been evacuated as a precaution.

Fire crews were called to Albion Terrace around eight o'clock this morning and are likely to remain there for most of the day. The fire may cause some disruption to train travel through the Doncaster area and commuters are advised to check their routes before travelling.

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Tributes for Doncaster teacher

Tributes have been paid to a junior school teacher - described as passionate and encouraging - who died in his sleep hours after allegedly being attacked in a Doncaster nightclub.

24 year old Lewis Siddall, who was a twin, taught PE at Copley Junior school in Sprotborough and today the headmaster said he will be greatly missed by the staff, governors, children and parents.

Detectives started a major investigation after his body was found and a man, arrested over the weekend on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail. David Hirst reports

Head Teacher - Lewis was a 'truly lovely young man'

The Head Teacher of Copley Junior School has paid tribute to a teacher who died this weekend.

We are greatly shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of Lewis Siddall. Lewis was a greatly valued member of our staffing team. He was passionate about encouraging pupils to participate in and enjoy sport. He taught PE and Games throughout school and willingly gave his time after school and at weekends to support our football and cross country teams. Lewis was a truly lovely young man – enthusiastic, mild mannered, polite and always vigilant about pupils’ safety.

In May, Lewis decided that he would like to support the Eve Merton Charity, a local cancer charity for children that grants wishes for serious and terminally ill patients in the Doncaster area. He played in a team of Doncaster teachers against ex-professionals and raised over £700. That Lewis wanted to do this, and so many staff and families went to watch and support him, is testimony to his kind and considerate nature and how popular and well regarded he was.

Lewis will be greatly missed by staff, governors, children and parents. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family at this time.

– E.A Crayton, Head Teacher, Copley Junior School

Tributes to Doncaster teacher who died following assault

Moving tributes have been posted online to a teacher from Doncaster who was found dead in bed on Friday. Lewis Siddall, 24, was allegedly assaulted at the VDKA bar in the town centre shortly beforehand. A twenty-two year old has been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on police bail.

Tributes to the teacher at Copley Junior School in Sprotbrough have been posted on a special Facebook page set up in his memory.

Rip Lewis you will be sadly missed but never forgotten. You are such a star. God only takes the good ones and always will. You are now at rest and we are all thinking about you.

Weiss can not describe how you will be missed. You was such a kind and caring lad and still will be up in heaven. You will be with us all where every you are and looking down on us all.

– Gema Louise Muir

"Such devastating news, my heart goes out to his family and friends. A massive loss to Copley School where Lewis was a highly respected teacher. His gentle nature, sense of fun, energy and enthusiasm made my daughters enjoy every lesson with him and look forward to the next... So sad now. Thank you Mr Siddall.

– Tracy Howard

All the children loved you Lewis RIP there is no justice in the world x

– Ann Dalowsky

"My daughter described him as 'like a dad' on their school residential, when they returned. High praise indeed. Mr Siddall had to cope with all the bags of medication that accompanies her everywhere and I'm a total control freak about it all. He told me that it was his job to look after her and I mustn't worry - with a calm and caring way of someone much older. A total credit to his family- and the truth is, after that, I didn't worry knowing she was in his care. A delightful and kind young man."

– Serena Van Der Meulen-Taylor

I just wanna say it was a pleasure to be teached by this guy he honestly was a really good guy so rip mate

– Ethan Wakefield

"What a sad loss of such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are for Mr. Siddalls family and friends during these testing times. Mr. Siddall was my sons favourite teacher at Copley school and shared his passion for Man Utd. What a great loss to many." R.I.P

– Tariq Mahmood

Doncaster murder suspect released on bail

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Lewis Siddall has been released on bail.

Lewis Siddall

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Siddall, from Skellow, Doncaster, died at his home in the early hours of Friday after reportedly being assaulted at the VDKA bar the night before.

"The inquiry is in its very early stages and there are many more witnesses and lines of enquiry to pursue to ensure we establish the full facts about what happened to Mr Siddall.

"We believe there are a number of people who were at the bar that night who have not yet spoken to us who could potentially help with our inquiry.

"Were you at the bar, in Silver Street, Doncaster, between 11pm and 11.30pm on Thursday 13 August?

"If you've not spoken to police yet, please call 101 quoting incident 22 of 14 August. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– South Yorkshire Police spokesperson

Mr Siddall was reportedly assaulted inside the bar shortly after 11pm.

He left the bar, returned home and went to bed following the incident. He was later found dead in bed at around 5.20am Friday morning. A post-mortem examination has concluded Mr Siddall died as a result of a head injury.

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Murder victim identified as man arrested

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Doncaster.

Lewis Siddall Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The Doncaster man was arrested overnight and remains in police custody.

He will be interviewed by detectives today.

A murder investigation was launched after a man died at his home in the early hours of Friday.

The victim has been formally identified as 24-year-old Lewis Siddall, from Skellow, Doncaster. His family have released a picture of Lewis this morning.

He was reportedly assaulted in the VDKA bar in Silver Street, Doncaster, shortly after 11pm on Thursday night, August 13.

He left the bar, returned home and went to bed following the incident.

He was later found dead in bed at around 5.20am on Friday morning. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

CCTV images released in Doncaster murder inquiry

A murder inquiry is underway following the death of a man in Doncaster.

The man was reportedly assaulted in the VDKA bar, in Silver Street, shortly after 11pm on Thursday.

The victim, who has not been formally identified but is believed to be a 24-year-old Doncaster man, left the bar, returned home and went to bed following the incident.

He was later found dead in bed at around 5.20am this morning. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Detectives have been carrying out extensive enquiries, including reviewing CCTV recorded inside the bar. They have released images of a man they believe may have vital information which could assist with the investigation.

Coal mining comes to an end in South Yorkshire

The last piece of coal was handed over to the Mayor of Doncaster

Taken at noon, the picture (above) of the last piece of coal mined at Hatfield Colliery, marks the end of coal mining in Doncaster and South Yorkshire as a whole.

As recently as 1980 there were 10 deep mines in Doncaster employing more than 17,000 men. There were 46 deep mines in South Yorkshire employing nearly 50,000 men.

This Monday, it is expected that Hatfield Colliery Partnership Ltd will be wound up in court and the site handed over to the Official Receiver and the Coal Authority.

Rotherham man jailed for historic sexual abuse of girls

A man from Rotherham has been jailed for almost three years for sexually abusing two girls in Doncaster over 20 years ago.

Jason Lee Garside has been jailed for almost three years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

43-year-old Jason Lee Garside, of Thicket Drive, Maltby, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today to be sentenced to two years and ten months behind bars for his crimes.

At a trial last month, a jury found Garside guilty of two counts of indecent assault.

He had entered guilty pleas to a further two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency at the beginning of the trial.

The offences against two girls under ten-years-old took place in Doncaster between 1989 and 1994.

Garside was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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