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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:

Council respond to fears of children's centre closures

Rotherham Council have responded to allegations by parents that *children would become 'isolated' *if thirteen children's centres were to close.

In a statement they said a final decision would be made on June 18.

"Cabinet members agreed to consult on a proposal to close 13 of the 22 buildings.

The proposals included keeping open Children’s Centre buildings where there were more than 400 vulnerable children under 5 years of age living in the most disadvantaged areas.

"Nine Children’s Centre buildings would be clustered to form 7 registered Children’s Centre services.**

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"The catchment areas of each centre would also be increased so that more people can potentially access the services, and outreach services would be provided in other buildings in communities that do not have ready access to a main children’s centre building."

Joyce Thacker, Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services for Rotherham Borough Council, stressed however that no decision had yet been made.

“Failure to deliver the £2.2 million saving is not an option however; if there is an agreement to keep open the additional three centres, the funding gap of £350k has to be met from somewhere.

“If three more centres do remain open we will also have to consider how the authority can financially sustain these buildings."

Asian gold found in Rotherham house

Police are trying to find the owners of several pieces of jewellery found in a Rotherham house.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house
Asian gold found in Rotherham house

The jewellery, thought to be Asian gold, was recovered by police, who believe the items may have been stolen.

The discovery includes five long necklaces with pendants, three chains, a single pendant and ear rings.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house
Asian gold found in Rotherham house

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and speak to PC2021 Mark Hallam, who is investigating.

Asian gold found in Rotherham house
Asian gold found in Rotherham house

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South Yorkshire children face 'isolation'

Parents say their children face being left isolated by a South Yorkshire council's plans to close their nearest children's centre.

The Cortonwood centre in Brampton is one of 13 threatened with closure under plans by Rotherham Council, which wants to cut the number of centres in the borough from twenty-two to just nine.

The council say the closures are a result of a major cut in government funding for children's services.

Debbie Evans from Cortonwood Children's Centre Committee says the centre is vital in the area:

Appeal to find missing Rotherham man

Kyle Nix, 28

A 28-year-old has disappeared from Rotherham and police are asking for help to find him.

Kyle Nix from Bramley, Rotherham was last seen at around 7.30am this morning in Westfield Road, Bramley.

He is believed to be wearing blue and white striped pyjama bottoms with a fawn t-shirt with ‘GUCCI’ across the chest.

Kyle has a full sleeve tattoo on his right arm of stars and clouds.

His family are growing increasingly concerned for his wellbeing as they say his disappearance is out of character.

Police appeal for missing Rotherham man

Missing Rotherham man Kyle Nix

Police are appealing for help to find a 28-year-old man missing from Bramley in Rotherham. Kyle Nix was last seen around 7.30am this morning (Monday June 2, 2014) in Westfield Road in Bramley.

Kyle is described as being white with a tanned complexion, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He has a full sleeve tattoo on his right arm of stars and clouds.

He is believed to be wearing blue and white striped pyjamas bottoms with a fawn t-shirt with 'GUCCI' across the chest. His family are growing increasingly concerned for his wellbeing as his disappearance is out of character.

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