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Warden's 'race against time' run to save church roof

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The warden of a 17th Century church in a Barnsley village is gearing up to run more than 18 miles to fund a church roof repair bill of almost £100,000.

Stephen and Jonathan Bell

Jonathan Bell (pictured top right), 52, decided to take on the challenge after learning the bill to repair the roof of All Saint’s Church in Cawthorne would be £92,000.

Mr Bell, a former Royal Navy diver, had been helping to clear the stone guttering of the church when he realised some of it had collapsed, allowing water to leak inside the walls.

He says he decided to take action as he was aware the church was facing "a race against time" to begin the work before winter set in.

All Saint’s Church in Cawthorne

He says: “We’ve got a hole in the church roof which, if it isn't sealed, could let water in which would get inside the Grade I-listed organ. It would devastate that part of the church and do irreparable damage."

Mr Bell will set off from the church on 23 August, run 9.2 miles, put on a church roof costume and run back to the church.

He'll be accompanied by his brother, Stephen Bell (pictured top left), 55, who will cycle alongside him.

The Reverend Browell, who has been the vicar at All Saints for five years, said: "Jonathan has been an absolute star, he’s an inspiration."

CCTV appeal over damage to cars in Barnsley

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him after a man damaged two cars in Barnsley by jumping on the roof of each vehicle:

CCTV image of suspect
South Yorkshire Police

The damage was caused at about 21:00 on Sunday 12 July as the cars, an Alpha Romeo Mito and a Skoda Superb, were parked in Old Town on Guest Road.

Police say they particularly want to speak to the man in the image about the incidents.

Anyone who saw what happened, or who has information about the incidents, is being urged to contact police.

Sheffield 'one of safest cities in UK', says top officer

A top Sheffield police officer says the city is still one of the safest in the country, days after a man was stabbed to death.

Una Jennings
South Yorkshire Police

Ch Supt Una Jennings took over the role of district commander of Sheffield seven days ago.

From her previous role as district commander in Rotherham, she said she was aware of what policing in South Yorkshire was like.

Marcus Ramsay, 35, was killed in what police said was a "large-scale disturbance" in Horninglow Road, in the Firth Park area of Sheffield, on Saturday.

She said: "It's such a tragedy for that family. I can't imagine how they're feeling today and we'll do our best to bring the offenders that caused that to justice.

"We have well over 500,000 people living here in the city like me, and with people comes crime.

"Whilst I do still believe we are absolutely still one of the safest big cities in the UK to live, socialise, work and - of course let's not forget our two universities - study in, I am absolutely in tune to the fact there is a scaling complexity to Sheffield that is very different to Rotherham."

She added that organised crime groups are being targeted by a newly-established armed crime team that has seen 12 guns seized in the last week.

£10k to repair wall knocked down by 'thoughtless vandals'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A cemetery’s dry stone wall has been damaged in an act of “thoughtless vandalism”, leaving Barnsley Council with a repair bill of £10,000.

Barnsley Council
Barnsley Council

The wall of Stottercliffe Cemetery in Penistone is thought to have been targeted on or around Thursday, 6 August.

Barnsley Council has now issued an appeal for any witnesses to the incident to come forward with any information.

Barnsley Council
Barnsley Council

Councillor Chris Lamb, said: “Stottercliffe Cemetery – a place which holds emotional significance for families with loved ones – has been a victim of thoughtless vandalism.

“The costs to repair this dry stone wall are estimated to be over £10,000. Thankfully, we have received an offer of help from Penistone Round Table and will be exploring this with them."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy morning with the chance of an occasional shower.

The cloud will disperse throughout the day allowing very warm sunny spells.

Tonight it will remain dry and clear with light winds:

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Bugler vows to 'play until there are no more deaths'

A South Yorkshire Army veteran who has played the Last Post every night since lockdown began has vowed not to stop until there are no more coronavirus deaths in England.

Paul Goose, from Barnsley, began his nightly routine on 29 March and has so far kept it going for 130 days.

Each performance is live-streamed and dedicated to NHS staff, key workers and victims of the pandemic.

He said he hoped he had brought comfort to victims' families and has pledged to keep playing "as long as it takes".

The 52-year-old, who spent 10 years in the Light Infantry, said the daily renditions of the Last Post - a bugle call most commonly associated with military funerals - began following the death of his former regimental sergeant major.

He said the response to the first video, which has been viewed more than 3,000 times, prompted him to continue playing each night and from there he began receiving requests to dedicate performances to people who had lost friends or relatives to coronavirus.

"I hope it gives comfort to the families of people who've died because of Covid-19, it means a lot if I can give people that and I'll carry on playing until there are no more deaths."

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A misty and muggy start today, becoming largely dry and warm, with areas of cloud around.

The cloud will disperse in the afternoon to allow for some sunny spells.

Tonight will be mostly dry and mild with large areas of cloud and light southerly winds:

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Origami angels raise more than £130,000

Thousands of paper angels have taken flight above the nave of Ripon Cathedral where they will flutter above worshippers throughout August and September.

Origami angels
Ripon Cathedral

About 10,000 of the origami creations were handmade by more than 100 volunteers during the coronavirus lockdown and feature prayers offered to loved ones and key workers.

The project has so far raised over £130,000, which will be split between the cathedral and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Angels above the nave
Ripon Cathedral

The cathedral's Canon Michael Gisbourne told BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick the angels cover the whole length and width of the nave - you can hear the interview by clicking this link.

Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with sunny spells, with cloud developing in the afternoon and a few thundery showers later.

Tonight there will be some patchy cloud with the occasional shower, but it will become dry with clear spells as the night progresses:

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Watch: Your questions answered on new local lockdown

BBC Look North

New local lockdown restrictions have been introduced in some parts of West Yorkshire today.

The rules ban separate households in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford from meeting each other at home after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

We're answering any questions you might have with BBC Yorkshire's political editor James Vincent and virologist Professor Mark Harris:

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Breaking'Higher risk settings' reopenings postponed

As coronavirus infection rates begin to rise again in England, the government has postponed the reopening of "high risk settings" such as casinos and bowling alleys for a fortnight.

Boris Johnson
PA Media

At a press conference, Boris Johnson said the government needed to take "swift, decisive action", and would "squeeze the break pedal" on reopening society.

Changes to wedding celebrations will also be postponed, he added.

The PM says people in England would also be encouraged to wear face coverings in new settings - such as museums - from 8 August.

The prime minister said planned reopenings for 1 August will be postponed for a fortnight.

At a national press conference Boris Johnson said: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson said: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish. And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry and hot day for most with plenty of sunshine.

Later in the afternoon, some patchy cloud will build up, with the small chance of some showers.

This evening cloud will thicken, with the possibility of further showers moving in:

Weather graphic

Yorkshire tourism body gets cash boost from councils

Local Democracy Reporting Service

South Yorkshire’s political leaders have signed off a funding package to help the Welcome to Yorkshire tourism organisation.

Welcome to Yorkshire
PA Media

Sheffield City Region, along with contributions from Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley councils, agreed to hand the cash-strapped organisation £300,000 of public money.

The decision was made in private, with the public and press barred from listening listen to the debate and decision over the move, at a recent mayoral combined authority meeting.

Welcome to Yorkshire requested about £1.4m in a bailout package from the region’s councils due to financial problems.

Many have obliged, but three councils in North Yorkshire have refused.

Last year, Welcome to Yorkshire was criticised for a "spend now, worry later" culture, with former boss Sir Gary Verity being subject to a police investigation about expenses claims.

Police action was dropped last month following an investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Sir Gary, who resigned in March 2019 on health grounds, has always denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

New arrivals get comfortable at Barnsley farm

Two Highland calves have been born at a Barnsley farm:

The cows
Cannon Hall Farm

Dougal and Bonnie were welcomed into the world at Cannon Hall Farm earlier this month, with them appearing on a special Channel 5 TV show about the farm.

The cows
Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm said mum Fern was "one of the most breathtaking examples of her breed".

The cows
Cannon Hall Farm

Community Shop boost to help holiday hunger families

A social enterprise has been given nearly £1m to help feed families who otherwise might go hungry during the school summer holidays.

Community Shop poster

The Community Shop, which has two bases in Barnsley, sells discounted food and runs a cafe serving meals for those on the "cusp of food poverty".

Demand for its services has doubled during the coronavirus lockdown.

Nestle UK and Ireland has donated £900,000 to the shop to help children who are at risk of holiday hunger.

The social enterprise said the money meant it could match fund the government's free children's meal voucher scheme running over the summer holidays.

Natalie Brown, head of Community Shop, said: "We want more families struggling to get in touch because we can help."

Ms Brown said: "For families who receive this help, we will also give them £15 a week per child to buy food from our stores.

"We want to make sure this money gets to those who really need it so anyone from across Yorkshire who is on means-tested benefit and who is able to get to us, we will help."

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, some of which could be heavy at times, but which should clear in the afternoon.

A dry, mild, night is expected with clear skies and a light wind:

Weather graphic

Two police cars destroyed in Barnsley arson attack

Two police cars have been set on fire and destroyed in an arson attack in Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police car

A marked Ford Kuga police car, which was in a locked car park in Kendray, was set alight at about 23:30 on Saturday 18 July, according to South Yorkshire Police.

The fire then spread to a nearby Peugeot 308, with both cars subsequently suffering "extensive" damage and having to be written-off.

No-one was hurt in the blaze, police say.

Insp Matthew Wood says: "After reviewing CCTV footage, we have no doubt this fire was started deliberately.

"This reckless act has resulted in two operational police cars being removed from the roads, meaning we now have less resources to respond to people when they need us."

Anyone with information about who is responsible is being asked to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Barnsley Chronicle printing moved in 160-year first

The Barnsley Chronicle will no longer be printed in its home town for the first time in over one and a half centuries, it's been confirmed.

Barnsley Chronicle

Sister company Yorkshire Web used to look after the printing side of the business, but after going into liquidation, the paper will now be printed elsewhere.

It's the first time in 160 years that the paper will be printed away from Barnsley, with the loss of 15 jobs.

The paper will now be printed by JPI Media in Dinnington as part of a cost-cutting measure.

Andrew Harrod, editor of the Barnsley Chronicle, said it was "sad news, both professionally and personally".

"Keeping a printing press these days is an expensive business. The last four of five months have brought these things into focus about cost savings," he said.

"We're sort of coping. It's not been easy by any stretch, but we've had a small team of people throughout the pandemic.

"But it's not time to rest on our laurels, we've got to look to build a more sustainable business going forward so we can survive."

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today, under the influence of high pressure, it will be a fine and dry day with sunny periods throughout. Some patches of cloud look set to develop during the day.

Tonight will be largely dry with clear spells. As the night progresses, it will turn cloudier with a chance of patchy rain in places. A milder night.

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South Yorkshire devolution unlocks new funding for region

South Yorkshire's devolution deal was signed by government yesterday - more than four-and-a-half years after it was first announced.

South Yorkshire buildings

The deal will unlock almost £1bn of funding over the next 30 years and extra control over transport, strategic planning and skills in the region.

Yesterday saw the order, which was drawn up in October 2015, be signed into law by government minister Simon Clark MP.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis said it was a "great day" for South Yorkshire.

He said: "The landmark South Yorkshire Devolution deal has today been signed into law.

"This is a great day for South Yorkshire because millions of pounds in additional funding and new powers are available to support jobs and businesses, unlock opportunities for our people and deliver better public services.

“Devolution will open up our local knowledge and networks, bring power closer to the people, and help us reshape our economy and society in a way which reflects our values and priorities. I am determined to create a stronger, greener and fairer South Yorkshire and North and this is just the start of our journey.”

E-fit appeal after teenager sexually assaulted

Police have issued an e-fit image after a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she walked her dog in Barnsley earlier this year.

The e-fit
South Yorkshire Police

The victim was walking down a rural path which runs parallel to Strafford Walk in Dodworth at about 17:00 on Monday 18 May when she was approached by an unknown man

He is then alleged to have grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as white, in his 20s, 5ft 10ins tall and of a slim build, police say.

He is thought to have long, straight, blonde hair, with a quiff at the front.

He reportedly had a local accent and was wearing a plain black hooded top with dark grey jogging bottoms, South Yorkshire Police added.

Anybody who recognises the man is being asked to get in touch with police.

ADHD system 'broken' with five-year waiting times

The system for diagnosing adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is "broken" with some people having to wait up to five years to be assessed, the BBC has found.

Lisa Kirby

Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts found at least 21,000 adults on waiting lists for ADHD services.

One patient who was told to wait two years for a diagnosis said: "There are people out there absolutely desperate."

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYP) said one man had waited 1,842 days before assessment - more than five years - with two women waiting 1,788 and 1,455 days before their first assessment in 2019.

The trust does not have a target time. Its average wait was more than a year.

Consultant psychiatrist Prof Marios Adamou said the SWYP Trust had worked "to find solutions to reduce waiting times and increase access to the adult ADHD service".

He said "despite dealing with an unprecedented pandemic" the trust had asked for more money to increase the capacity of the service and a "new clinical pathway" put in since April had "the potential to reduce waiting lists further".

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "We are determined to see improvements in access to ADHD services and as part of the NHS Long Term Plan children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders will receive better support throughout the diagnostic process, backed by an extra £33.9 billion a year for the NHS."

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

Today, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and a few showers throughout the day. A cool and breezy day for many with a brisk north-westerly wind.

Any showers will tend to ease and then die out as the night progresses. There will be clear spells developing and some areas of cloud too.

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