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Maltby Miners' memorial is unveiled

A memorial has been unveiled to remember those killed in one of our region's worst mining disasters.

The remains of most of the 27 men killed in a gas explosion at Maltby Colliery in 1923 are still entombed underground.

Today, their relatives - who have been raising money for a permanent memorial - met at the site of the explosion to pay tribute. David Hirst reports.

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Two teenage girls arrested after disturbance

A 14 and 16-year-old girl were arrested last night after reports of a large number of young people on Morrell Street in Maltby behaving in an antisocial manner.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Officers located approximately 50 young teens on Muglet Lane and Coronation Park.

A dispersal order was put in place to disperse the large group and officers remained in the area throughout the evening.

The two girls were arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

We believe this large gathering may have been pre-arranged and organised on social media.

I would like to send out a very clear message that we will not tolerate any form of antisocial or violent behaviour and action will be taken if you choose to behave in this manner. Extra officers will be in Maltby this evening on patrol to provide reassurance to residents and to provide an immediate response should there be any further, unacceptable behaviour in the area.

– Inspector Steve Brookes

Teenager seriously injured in Maltby crash

A 17-year-old girl is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision last night on Tickhill Road in Maltby.

At around 10.20pm, the girl was a rear seat passenger in the red Peugeot 306, when the car collided with a tree.

She was thrown from the car and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The 18-year old male driver and the front seat passenger, a 16-year-old female, were also taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Six boys arrested in connection with Maltby arsons

Six boys have now been arrested in connection with a spate of arsons in the Maltby area.

The boys, who are all aged between 15 and 17-years-old, have been bailed pending further enquiries about three fires started in the early hours of Friday 5 December.

The first was at a garage on Blyth Road when a number of vehicles were set alight, the second incident occurred later on Millicent Gardens where a camper van and a Vauxhall Astra van were destroyed by the fire which also spread to nearby properties.

The occupants of three properties were evacuated. Significant damage was caused to the front of the properties.

The third incident was reported at 4.32am when a caravan parked on a driveway in Mortimer Road was damaged. The fire service attended and put out the fire.

No one was injured during the incidents.

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Teenager hit by car on way to school

A schoolboy is in hospital with serious injuries following a collision in Maltby, Rotherham, this morning.

The 15-year-old boy was on his way to school at around 8.25am when he was hit by a black Mini Cooper, being driven by a 26-year-old woman from Maltby.

Witnesses to the collision, which took place on the A631 High Street, opposite the Full Life Church, should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Police name Maltby woman found dead

Detectives investigating the death of a 58-year-old woman from Rotherham have named her as Christine Valerie Walker.

Mrs Walker, of Gladstone Road, Maltby, was found in her home early on Monday 9 December.

A 60-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further enquiries.

A post mortem was inconclusive and further tests will be undertaken to determine the cause of the woman’s death.

Post mortem inconclusive as man bailed over Maltby death

Detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a woman from Maltby.

Officers were called to a house in Gladstone Road, Maltby, early yesterday, Monday, 9 December, where the body of the 58-year-old woman was found.

A 60-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

A post mortem was conducted but was inconclusive and further tests will be undertaken to determine the cause of the woman's death.

Doncaster woman awarded for car fire rescue

Catherine Neary and daughter Agatha with SYFR staff at Maltby fire station

A woman from Doncaster who pulled a driver from his car seconds before it burst into flames has been given an award.

Catherine Neary ran to a motorist after seeing his Vauxhall Corsa narrowly miss her BMW and plough into an electricity pylon on the A631 near Scotch Spring Lane, Maltby last year.

With flames coming from the engine, she dragged the man from the vehicle before fire quickly engulfed the car. The casualty, in his 20’s, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before going to Rotherham District General.

Catherine and her 13-year-old daughter Agatha, who witnessed the rescue, visited Maltby fire station last week where Catherine was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Catherine said: “The car hit the pylon with tremendous force, and I could see flames coming from the bonnet almost straight away.

“The driver was very dazed but thankfully I managed to get him out of the car just in time because just after that the fire spread very, very quickly.

“I’m just thankful I acted so quickly as I’m not sure the driver would have been able to get out by himself. It’s really nice to be recognised by the fire service with this award.”

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