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COLUMN: Spreading the word about autism

Today is the start of World Autism Awareness Week at School and local teachers will be using this annual event to help spread the word about why it’s so important to understand and accept autism.

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Furniture piece by Arthur Hayball.

Antiques column: Influence of the Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was one of the most successful things to happen in Victorian England and has influenced many styles and manufacturing processes.

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Don’t try this at home

Don’t try this at home

Having television and internet provides us with a great source of information and advice. We can get ideas on anything from how to clean our windows to technical tips on our phones or computers.

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Column: Don’t let them make you a fashion victim

Column: Don’t let them make you a fashion victim

Mid to late 30’s? Well, don’t bother shopping at Zara anymore because it seems you are too old. A recent study of Zara customers found that women tend to stop ‘interacting’ with the brand after the age of 33.

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Straight Talking: Counting cost of party ‘stooges’ scandal

Straight Talking: Counting cost of party ‘stooges’ scandal

One of the most heart-warming and beneficial results of the Brexit vote is the eventual extinction of the 73 UK MEPs. Most of them remained completely unknown to the general public and of the few who made any sort of impact there was little benefit or advantage for their constituents.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park - a favourite place to visit

Favourite Things: Wildlife Park, walks on the Moors, lamb roasts and Motown

This week, Janet Havenhand, the manager of Arksey St John Ambulance Cadet and Badger Unit, talks about the things that feature in her life.

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People in South Yorkshire masturbate more than anyone else in the country. (Photo: Wikipedia).

Frisky South Yorkshire folk masturbate more than anywhere else in country, new sex survey reveals: WARNING: ADULT THEMED CONTENT

Frisky South Yorkshire folk masturbate more than anywhere else in the country, a new sex survey has revealed.
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Admiral nursing team manager Mary Beardsley, centre, with nurses Jo Liversidge, left, and Liz Tomlinson.

Column: Admiral nurses are doing a fantastic job

Some 2,716 Doncaster residents have been diagnosed with dementia and we estimate that, for a borough our size, a further 875 people will have the disease but have yet to be identified.

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Hummel figures of children

Antiques column: Charm of Hummel

I have always thought that an ideal subject for a new collector would be the charming Hummel figures of children.

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Wildlife Columnist: Ups and downs of the sparrowhawk

Wildlife Columnist: Ups and downs of the sparrowhawk

I get plenty of messages about sparrowhawks in urban and suburban gardens, with some people blown away to see such spectacular birds so close-to. Others are less happy about garden blue tits predated by hawks.

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Column: Trial was a just a criminal waste of money

Column: Trial was a just a criminal waste of money

One of the most heart-breaking sights had to be 83 year-old farmer Kenneth Hugill, who wept openly on court steps after being cleared of GBH. He’d been put on trial after shooting a convicted burglar he thought was stealing diesel from his farm. But the jury took just 24 minutes to clear him of the charge, which has so far cost him £30,000 to fund his own defence. The pensioner, who has had two hip replacements and a heart-bypass operation, was arrested and fingerprinted after he shot Richard Stables, 44, in the foot outside his isolated farmhouse in Wilberfoss, near York. But a common-sense jury at Hull Crown Court cleared him. Following the trial, his family said the farm had been surrounded by armed police and a helicopter after police wrongly believed they were holding a hostage more than 15 hours after the shooting. This is even more bizarre given the fact it was Mr Hugill’s son who alerted police. Afterwards, his family criticised both the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for their decision to prosecute an 83 year-old man defending his own home. Mr Hugill said: “I pulled the trigger because I thought that car was going to kill me.” He told the court he was ‘petrified’ when the Land Rover had ‘revved up’ without lights and set off towards him in the early hours. He fired two shots – one to the side of the car and another in the air - to frighten the occupants away. But Stables was hit in the foot. He was taken to hospital by his friend Adrian Barron, a seasoned criminal with convictions for burglary and violence. Mr Stables suffered serious injuries but survived and gave evidence as a prosecution witness. Mr Hugill, who had never been in trouble with the law, was charged and put on trial. The prosecution argued “whether it was reasonable for Mr Hugill to act the way he did”. The court heard how Stables, who said he'd been lamping, gave three different versions of how he’d suffered his shotgun injuries, eventually admjust. But the police and CPS decided there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the 83 year-old, who had to hobble into the witness box. In my book, it is the police and CPS who should hang their heads in shame. Surely our already over-stretched justice system could be put to better use trying to keep those who actually pose a real risk to the public off the streets.

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Doncaster band The Settees, who will be playing at the Sandall Park Fake Festival 2017.

Doncaster bands join line-up at this year’s Fake Festival

Five Doncaster-based bands have been chosen to play alongside the nheadline acts at this year’s Fake Festival.

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Doncaster market in the town centre

Column: ‘Put a stop to this Doncaster gravy train’

Did you ever hear the story about the boy that cried wolf? Well, it seems in Doncaster we may have had a similar type of wolf amongst our midst in the shape of austerity, which has resulted in the loss of countless of jobs, destroyed many lives of good people, privatised care homes, made massive cuts to vital services, and to top it all off we are now being told to pay extra in our Council tax.

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Elbow's Guy Garvey at Doncaster Dome. (Photo: Robin Burns).

LIVE REVIEW: Elbow welcomed with open arms at Doncaster Dome

Losing a band member of more than 25 years standing often leads to acrimony, bitter break-ups and substandard following material.

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David Allen intimidates opponent David Howe with his oversized bulge.

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Doncaster boxer's huge bulge in shorts turns him into gay icon

A Doncaster boxer who intimidated an opponent with a huge, oversized bulge in his pants has become a gay icon.

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Column: Keep on top of vital medical check-ups

Column: Keep on top of vital medical check-ups

Doctors like me are very good at giving health guidance to our patients but sometimes we need a prod to make sure we also apply that advice ourselves, as I recently found out.

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Antiques Column: It’s still life - taxidermy is compelling

Antiques Column: It’s still life - taxidermy is compelling

Preserving animals in various forms has been practiced since the Egyptians buried embalmed cats with their mummies.

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells

#FlyDSA: Get to Dublin from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in an hour - for St Paddy’s Day!

At Doncaster Sheffield Airport - the world’s your oyster!

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Doncaster Childrens Services Trust Chief Executive Paul Moffat (right) with fostering ambassadors and members of the Fostering team

New recruitment campaign launch by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

A bold new Fostering Service campaign has been launched by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust as it seeks new recruits to help care for children and young people.

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Chris Hartson who has benifited from the Fit Rovers programme

Column: Helping men to fight the flab and get fit with Fit Rovers

There’s an air of anticipation around Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium at the moment, both on and off the pitch.

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