THIS WEEK'S EDITION:

Issue 673

In The Press this week: We report on the shambolic scenes which marred one of the most important Kirklees Council meetings in years.

Readers will be dismayed to hear that while huge cuts to public services were proposed there were bitter recriminations among councillors over debate procedures.

A four-hour budget farce ended with party leaders being put on the naughty step by council chief executive and 'playground monitor' Adrian Lythgo.

In the end decisions were taken which affect all of us – from the axe of Batley and Birstall markets, public health cuts and the removal of funding for PCSOs.

Elsewhere, meet the judo coach from Hanging Heaton still going strong at the age of 79 after four replacement knees and prostate cancer.

A first step in the regeneration of Dewsbury's historic Northgate quarter has been taken with the completion of flats at the Pioneer House annexe.

We have a double bill on schools, including how an academy in Birkenshaw rated as inadequate is making quick progress towards exiting special measures.

Read about a music festival's return to Mirfield. And Stan Beaton's now a star in Japan!

 

In sport, Dewsbury Rams have added experienced Super League forward Paul Jackson to their squad.

Jackson enjoyed an excellent career in the elite division with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers, where he made close to 300 appearances.

The news come as the Rams revealed prop Zach Johnson has been ruled out until at least the end of the season with a serious knee injury.

Batley Bulldogs have agreed a new season-long sponsor partnership which will see the family stand re-named.

The structure will now be called the Bede Financial Group family stand after the club agreed a new deal for 2015.

Plus we have all the action and reaction as both sides opened their 2015 Championship campaigns with victories.

In local rugby league, Danny Flowers booted Shaw Cross Sharks to a pre-season draw with Bradford Dudley Hill at the Neil Hunt Memorial Ground on Tuesday night.

In rugby union, Cleckheaton Kestrels soared to a 32-5 bonus point victory over Yorkshire Merit League Premier Division Rivals Harrogate on Saturday.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper which has all of North Kirklees covered ... 

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Priest in abuse case cannot be extradited
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Cut council admin, not libraries, Tories demand
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Batley schools hit top form for added value
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Academy off to flying start in bid to emerge from special measures
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Ambulance diversions to Dewsbury “mean people suffer and wait longer”
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Major cuts to services agreed after budget battle
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Owner banned after 15 dogs found in sickening conditions
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Pioneer annexe opens
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Plans for music festival repeat in Mirfield
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Crusade to raise £120,000 in six weeks to save cemetery chapel
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Young Maroons prevail to reach quarters
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Shaw Cross secure memorable cup victory
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Stags unveil kit for inaugural season
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Moorenders' unbeaten streak ends
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St John Fisher go top as Premier battle heats up
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Flowers boots Shaw Cross to late Hill draw
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Maloney to skipper Stags
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Batley Boys end barren league run in Halifax
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Kestrels secure comfortable derby win
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KBW dominate home show
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Local talent on show at Frontier Muay Thai showdown
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Fisher win Premier summit battle with Overthorpe
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Mount Pleasant claim victory in Sports friendly
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