News In Brief: Homes cleared as caravan is burned

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HOMES were evacuated after a caravan caught fire outside a house in South Yorkshire.

Firefighters asked residents to leave their homes as a precaution because of a gas cylinder in the burning van in Gawber Road, Barnsley. The fire was reported at 11am.

Firefighters were called to deal with a pile of rubbish found alight under a bridge on Wet Moor Lane, Wath, Rotherham. The fire was started deliberately. And a woodland blaze was dealt with by firefighters after tree branches were found burning off Pitt Street, Darfield. The fire is being treated as arson.

Fire delays trains

TRAINS were placed on caution as they travelled through Old Town, Barnsley, yesterday, after a deep-seated grass fire broke out along the railway verge. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze on Greenfoot Lane at 9am and spent all morning tackling the flames. An investigation into the cause is underway.

Metal theft surge

METAL theft in South Yorkshire has increased four-fold over recent years, a police boss revealed. In one month in 2008 there were 90 such offences reported, but this year there were 360 in a month. Chief Supt Bill Hotchkiss told the county’s Police Authority offences were being fuelled by increases in the price of copper and lead.

Rubbish warning

POLICE are advising South Yorkshire residents against leaving Christmas gift packaging next to bins – warning it could tempt thieves to break into homes looking for valuables. A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Dispose of your waste responsibly.”

Cyclist injured

A MOUNTAIN biker suffered serious head injuries in a fall as he cycled down a track in Longstone Edge in the Peak District. The 35-year-old, from Bedfordshire, was treated by paramedics and mountain rescue team doctors, before being airlifted to hospital.

Tackling nuisances

YOUTHS were served with banning notices preventing them from entering the transport interchange in Barnsley yesterday in a crackdown on nuisance behaviour. Interchange staff and South Yorkshire Police were involved.

Outbuilding thefts

A SHED on Warminster Road, Norton Lees and a garage on nearby Meadowhead Avenue were both broken into overnight on Wednesday.