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Police name pensioner killed in Barnsley collision

The elderly woman who died following a collision in Barnsley has been named as Ruth Elizabeth Cocker.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Mrs Cocker, 85, from Birdwell, was travelling in a grey Ford Mondeo when it was in collision with a wall on Sheffield Road, Hoyland Common at 11pm on Wednesday.

She passed away in hospital.

An 82-year-old woman, a 77-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.


Alps plane co-pilot 'crashed plane deliberately' says prosecutor

Chilling details of the final moments leading up to the air disaster in the Alps have emerged today.

Paul Bramley from Hull was among the 150 people on board who died.

Investigators now believe the crash was caused deliberately by the co-pilot, who appears to have locked the pilot out of the cockpit.

Grace Meldoy-Gardener reports:


Barbara Taylor Bradford launches competition to get young girls writing

The world renowned novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford has launched her own competition to get young girls writing their own stories.

The Leeds-born writer will offer one-to-one tuition to those who make the grade.

Figures show fewer than half of students enjoy putting pen to paper outside the classroom.

Bradford tells Matt Price her contest is about improving the standards of literacy and encouraging more girls to write creatively:

More than 100 complaints against 42 officers after Rotherham report, says police watchdog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has expanded its investigation into South Yorkshire Police’s handling of reported child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The police watchdog has received more than 100 allegations against 42 named police officers, both retired and serving, as well as a number of allegations against officers whose identities are currently unknown.

It says work is underway to establish the identity of the unknown officers and to identify any links between the different complaints and incidents is ongoing.

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