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Fundraising campaign for memorial to 'forgotten' war veteran

A fundraising campaign has started for a memorial to the 'forgotten' war veteran honoured by hundreds of strangers at his funeral in South Yorkshire.

George Thompson, who died with no family at his funeral

Former RAF flyer George Thompson, who died at 96 with no family and few surviving friends, was given a hero's send-off in May after the Royal Air Force Association appealed for him to be given a fitting send-off.

Read: Funeral for war veteran who died with no living family


Five in court over firearms charges

Four men and one woman appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court today charged with firearms offences.

Natale Lala, 31, and Maria Lala, 29, both of Moorgate Road, Rotherham, David Webb, 29, and Robert Webb, 28, both of South Crescent, East Dene, and Simon Burrows, 35, of Woodside Court, Wickersley, appeared before magistrates charged with offences under the Firearms Act.

All five have been remanded into custody before their next appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 22 July.

This follows a number of searches in the Moorgate and East Dene areas of Rotherham.

Rapist jailed for five years

A Rotherham man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to rape.

Mark Philip Unwin
Mark Philip Unwin

Mark Philip Unwin, from Catcliffe, admitted one count of rape at a previous hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

The 36-year-old appeared at the same court today, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for the offence, which he committed on 28 May this year.

Pc Nicola Milner from South Yorkshire Police’s specialist rape investigation unit said: “I hope the fact that Unwin pleaded guilty brings some small shred of comfort to the victim in this case, as she was spared the further trauma of going through a Crown court trial.”

Man fighting for life in hospital after Rotherham crash

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after a crash in Rotherham. Two cars were travelling along Broom Lane towards Whiston Lane when near to the junction of Stag Lane, a driver of one of the cars, lost control and crashed into a lamp post.

Three people were taken to hospital including a 19-year-old man who was seriously injured. Two 20-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing serious injury and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Civil partnership couple can now set wedding date

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice can now marry

A couple who threatened legal action over delays to their wedding because they were already in a civil partnership, say they are delighted they can now set a date.

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice from Thurnscoe near Rotherham will be able to get married any time from December this year after the Government put new systems in place.

They had planned to get married last March but were told their civil partnership would have to be dissolved first and that would have meant losing the rights they had as civil partners.


Rotherham children's centres face closure

Parents say their children face being isolated by the planned closure of a number of children's centres in South Yorkshire.

Rotherham Council is planning to shut 13 of the borough's 22 centres - as it faces major cuts to it's children's services budget from the government.

Now, parents and staff from one of the centres have begun their own fight to keep it open as Michael Billington reports:

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