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Author hopes book's proceeds will help grieving mum

Calendar's Katie Oscroft has met up with an author from Barnsley who has written a short story - and the grieving mother she is giving the proceeds of the book to.

Claire Throssell lost her two sons in a fire deliberately started by their father. Author Milly Johnson, herself the mother of two boys, was touched by Claire's plight and aims to help her remain in her home town of Penistone near where her children are buried.

Elderly woman seriously injured in alleged hit-and-run incident in Penistone

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An elderly woman was seriously injured in an alleged hit-and-run incident in Penistone, near Barnsley.

The 83-year-old pedestrian was involved in a collision with a green Volkswagen Golf outside a chemist on St Mary’s Road at around 10.30am yesterday.

The driver then allegedly left the scene.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

A 68-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of failing to stop after a collision and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

South Yorkshire Police have appealed for witnesses to call 101.


Bereaved mother backs child safety campaign

A bereaved mother from South Yorkshire is backing a new campaign to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family courts.

Claire Throssell's two sons Jack and Paul Sykes, were just 12 and nine when they were were killed by her ex husband Darren Sykes after he set alight his house in Penistone.

Paul and Jack Sykes

Claire is backing the 'Child First' campaign launched by Women's Aid. It calls on the Government and family courts 'to put the safety of children back at the heart of all decisions made by the family court judiciary'.

It is to coincide with the charity's 'Nineteen Child Homicides' report which highlights the cases of 19 children all intentionally killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse.

Backing campaign: Claire Throssell

No other parent should have to comfort their children as they die knowing that it has been done maliciously and if this campaign can highlight what needs to change and keep people and children safer then Jack and Paul's deaths haven't been in vain

– Claire Throssell

Mother whose sons were killed by their father: the warning signs were there

Paul (left) and Jack died when their father set fire to his house with the boys locked inside

A mother who lost her two children in a house fire started by their own father says lessons must be learned following the publication this afternoon of a review into the tragedy.

12-year-old Jack Sykes and his nine-year-old brother Paul died in the blaze that also killed their father Darren at Penistone in South Yorkshire last October. He had lured them to the house by telling them he had bought a new train set.

Their mother Claire says the authorities could have done more to prevent the boys' deaths.

Community raises £10,000 to help mother of boys killed in house blaze

A fund to help a mum whose two sons died after their father lured them to his home and he set fire to it, has now reached £10,000.

Paul (left) and Jack died when their father set fire to his house with the boys locked inside

The community of Penistone, in South Yorkshire rallied around Claire Throssell, after her boys, 12-year-old Jack Sykes and his nine year old brother Paul were lured to their father's house in October 2014 after he told them he had bought them a new train set.

Instead Darren Sykes, who was separated from the boys' mother, poured petrol throughout the house, setting it on fire then locked himself and the boys in the attic.

An inquest ruled that Mr. Sykes had committed suicide and his two boys were unlawfully killed.

Claire says could never live in the house again so wants to sell it and buy somewhere else in the area, as to stay close to her boys.

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