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Current Edition: | Monday 23rd January 2017

Current Edition: | Mon 23rd Jan 17

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Murder accused appears in court

Friday 20th January 2017

Main Article David Butterfield

A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man at a home in Gomersal.

Michelle Spencer, 47, was remanded into custody after her first appearance at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday afternoon following the death of David Butterfield.

The 43-year-old was…

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Rescue heroes are hailed by fire crew

Friday 20th January 2017

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TWO council workers and a dad-to-be have been hailed as heroes after helping to rescue two people from a flat fire in Birstall.

Kirklees refuse workers Kevin Stainburn and Ian Chamberlain were driving in a bin lorry at around 7am last Tuesday when they stopped…

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Author aims to explore issues surrounding Jo Cox’s murder

Friday 20th January 2017

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AWARD-WINNING non-fiction crime writer Kester Aspden has been commissioned to write an exploration of the murder of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

Leading independent publisher Serpent’s Tail is due to publish ‘Things That Divide Us’ in early 2018.

Aspden’s previous book was The Hounding…

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Amanda Stubley leaves Labour after suspension

Friday 20th January 2017

Amanda Stubley Rant

A KIRKLEES councillor says she has quit the Labour Party after being suspended last year. 

Coun Amanda Stubley (Batley East) was filmed clashing with right-wing activists supporters in the run-up to the Batley and Spen by-election in October last year.

The exchange with the English…

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Cash for new Kirklees College development is agreed

Friday 20th January 2017

Kirklees College artists' impression 1

COUNCIL bosses have now officially agreed to release £2.9 million to fund a new college facility in Dewsbury.

Kirklees Council’s cabinet this week unanimously agreed to provide the cash that will see Kirklees College partially relocate to Pioneer House on Northgate.

The iconic Pioneer House…

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MPs in battle as pupil cash is set to be cut

Friday 20th January 2017


SCHOOLS across the district could be set for major budget cuts in coming years if new Government funding plans are brought in.

New analysis of funding data published by the Department for Education has revealed that in Kirklees there has already been a real terms…

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Memories of Red House to be boxed up

Friday 20th January 2017

Red House Museum

MEMORIES from a recently-closed museum in North Kirklees are set to live on.

Plans have been put forward to compile a ‘Museum in a Box’ featuring artefacts from Red House and the wider Spen Valley.

This would join a range of 12 other boxes on…

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Social worker strike could end in court

Friday 20th January 2017


A BITTER row has broken out between a trade union and Kirklees Council over a planned strike by the district’s social workers.

Unison has said that its workers will walk out for 24 hours from midnight on Friday, January 27.

Kirklees have threatened the trade…

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