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Barnsley to launch landmark solar energy initiative

Solar panels could be installed onto around 5000 council houses and council-owned buildings Credit: ITV Yorkshire

People in Barnsley are being invited to get involved with the UK's biggest community energy project involving roof-based solar panels.

The 'Energise Barnsley' project will see solar panels installed onto around 5000 council houses and council-owned buildings.

The council will partner with social enterprises to deliver the project, and any surplus income will be fed back into Barnsley communities.

Barnsley Council is making no capital investment in the project, which is likely to cost more than £10 million. It will instead be funded by partners involved with the scheme.

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Rotherham: one year on from the Jay Report, can the town recover?

Today marks one year since the publication of the Jay Report, which exposed the scale of child rape and grooming in Rotherham.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it is working to identify more than 100 officers in their investigation into how police treated complaints of child sexual exploitation in the town.

Meanwhile South Yorkshire Police have acknowledged that there is still work to be done in encouraging survivors of abuse to come forward.

But what effect has the scandal had on the town? David Hirst has been assessing the impact on the community.

West End producer tackles 'The Girls'

West End producer David Pugh has had countless successes in his long career in the theatre, from putting Daniel Radcliffe on stage in the controversial Equus to the reincarnation of Morecambe and Wise in The Play what I wrote.

Now though he's concentrating on The Girls, a musical based of course on the ladies of Rylstone WI. It's written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth and opens in November at Leeds Grand.

He spoke to ITV Calendar earlier.

"Other vehicles may be involved" in Branton crash

At a press conference earlier, Temporary Inspector Steve Askham from South Yorkshire Police Roads Policing confirmed that other vehicles may have been involved in the crash in Branton that has left two dead.

"We've spoken to a number of witnesses and some CCTV, there is the implication from those witnesses and the CCTV that other vehicles may have been involved and we are actively seeking those."

– Steve Askham, South Yorkshire Police

Two men who were injured in the crash are also being sought by police.

Police 'concerned' for injured men

West Yorkshire Police says concern is growing for two men who police believe were seriously injured after a car crashed into a house in Doncaster yesterday (Tuesday 25 August).

Witnesses have reported seeing the men leave the scene of the crash, which happened at around 12.50pm in Poppyfields Way. Reports suggest that at least one of them had serious injuries and had lost a significant amount of blood.

Despite extensive enquiries carried out by police to find them, they have not yet been located.

“From the witness accounts we have so far, one of the men had a terrible leg injury, which we believe was caused by the fire. People have told us the men were seriously injured and we believe they need urgent medical attention due to the impact of the crash and also the fire.

“No one has presented themselves at hospital with these injuries or at our local GPs, so the likelihood is that these men are still suffering with serious injuries, which could be life-threatening and have terrible consequences. I urge them to come forward to get the treatment they need.

“Also, I urge anyone who knows were these men are to come forward and tell us what you know so that we can ensure they are safe and well.”

– Inspector Steve Askham, from the Serious Collisions Unit

Two other men inside the car died at the scene. Another man, who was also inside the car, is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Police are currently unable to confirm who was sitting where inside the car. Work is ongoing to formally identify the two deceased men.

One woman was inside the house at the time of the collision. She was not injured.

A police presence will continue in the area today while officers speak to local residents and review CCTV.

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Calendar viewers celebrate National Dog Day

It's National Dog Day and Calendar viewers have been posting pics of their four legged friends on our Facebook page and telling us what makes them special. Here's just some of the contributions we've had, but you can see even more here.

Shelly Hardwick: Our gorgeous border collie cross, Bane. Super intelligent, will sit, stay, high give, speak, sit 'pretty' and lots of other things to earn a treat, but we cant seem to get him to stop eating the post! He also doesn't seem to realise that he is a bit big for sitting on knees!!
Jane Shepherd: They're just so cheeky x
Grace McHale: My little Lady loves Ice Cream!
Sarah Coffey: My beautiful staffie, Buster. We have had him since he was 9wks old and he's now 12yrs young he's the best companion so loving and gentle he's epileptic but that doesn't stop him running round like a puppy really couldn't wish for a better dog
Helen Young, Ilkley: My two doggies Herbie & Lottie sharing the love, only had for a couple of years couldn't imagine the house without them.
Jasmine Fretwell-Parker: Coming Home to a heard of wagging tails!
Kelly Sales:Meet Lola and her 6 puppies. Lola had her baby's 4weeks ago delivered by c-section all doing great
Emily Kerr: Humphrey always has a big grin on his face and loves going out for a run with me.

South Yorkshire Indycar driver 'saved six lives'

Justin Wilson helped save six lives after he donated his organs following his death, it has been claimed.

The 37-year old former Formula One driver died after he was struck on the crash helmet by debris at an IndyCar race in Pennsylvania on Sunday. Wilson was airlifted to a nearby hospital after he was rendered unconscious following the incident at the Pocono Raceway, but the Sheffield-born racer succumbed to his injuries with his wife Julia at his bedside on Monday night.

Stefan Wilson, also a professional racing driver, first said his elder brother's organs would be donated in the wake of his death and now claims six people have already benefited from his actions.

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Half a million people at high risk of developing diabetes

Being overweight can contribute to risk of developing type two diabetes Credit: Press Association

Almost half a million people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are at high risk of developing type two diabetes, according to new figures from Public Health England.

The authority says people need to be supported to lose weight, exercise regularly and eat healthily to reduce the likelihood of developing the disease.

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