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The Arctic Monkeys could find themselves at the centre of a bidding war, as their contract with current record label Domino approaches its end.

The Sheffield four-piece originally signed a deal with Domino for four albums. That is set to expire following the end of their upcoming tour in support of their newest album, Suck It and See.

Zumba time

SOUTH Yorkshire Labour MP John Healey joined a ‘zumbathon’ which helped raise over £1,000 for a charity appeal.

Mr Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, was among 60 people who took part in two-hours of dancing at Montgomery Hall, Wath, in aid of Leeds children’s heart unit appeal.

Polling review

Barnsley Council is reviewing its polling districts and places, giving residents the chance to have their say about locations of the 151 polling stations operated within its 21 wards at local and general elections. Anyone who has any suggestions should submit them to the Borough Secretary, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG, by Wednesday, 31 August.

Execution call

YORKSHIRE Euro MP Godfrey Bloom has signed a controversial e-petition calling for MPs to reinstate the death penalty.

The online petition to the Government has been launched by political blogger Guido Fawkes with the aim of attracting the necessary 100,000 signatures to trigger action.

Travel bargain

Stagecoach has hot a summer offer for Sheffield passengers with the cost of a four-week bus and tram Megarider ticket reduced from £46 to £40 if bought via the company’s website www.buymymegarider.com.

Solar power

SOLAR panels are being fitted to two council buildings to help reduce electricity bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Barnsley Council has approved the project, for offices on Regent Street and Central Library, Shambles Street.

Fuel savings

RAIL firm First Transpennine Express has saved 10 million litres of diesel over four years after modifying its trains.

The company, which operates services through Sheffield and Doncaster, has made changes including turning off one engine on each train when it is travelling downhill.