THIS WEEK'S EDITION:

Issue 674

FRIDAY MARCH 6TH: This week, a survey of Dewsbury town centre showed more than a third of shops are still empty – and one trader is selling 'legal high' drugs.

A probe was promised after the Big Discount Store on Church Street had on its front counter alkyl nitrate, a party drug known as 'poppers'.

In the retail survey we found 16 out of 18 units in The Arcade are empty, with council officials said to be negotiating with the landlord for a business start-up scheme.

And an enforcement notice is being considered for the derelict former Continental Cafe building after officials made no progress with the Stayton Group on repairs.

Elsewhere, we bring the rebuilding of a Cleckheaton school back into focus after was overshadowed by controversy over the demoliton of a sports centre.

Residents in Mirfield are to be offered help in getting control of planning issues in their town through a trial community project.

They were also told to have patience over parking chaos at the railway station while multiple agencies work on a long-term solution.

We also report on technology tournament held at a Batley nightclub for local school students.

 

In sport, Batley Bulldogs could be without full-back James Craven for up to 12 weeks after he suffered a knee injury against Halifax last Sunday.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison could ring the changes as his side prepare to take on Workington Town.

The Rams will be aiming to get back to winning ways as they play their second home game, but Phil Veivers’ men proved somewhat of a bogey side for Dewsbury last season, doing the double over them.

Plus we have all the reaction from the side's Championship fixtures, with both sides tasting defeat in Yorkshire derbies.

In rugby union, Cleckheaton surrendered a commanding lead to slip to a 22-22 draw at Burnage on Saturday.

The Moorenders came away with two league points following their first competitive encounter on a 3G pitch at Varley Park.

But it will be viewed by the team as two points lost rather than two points gained, after another performance which was relatively mediocre by the standards set earlier in the season.

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

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