THIS WEEK'S EDITION:

Issue 680

IN THIS week's Press we focus on the battle for the hotly-contested marginal seat of Dewsbury and Mirfield as the general election looms.

It should act as a re-introduction to the main candidates after locals who took park in a focus group for a national newspaper said they had no idea who is standing.

Shadow ministerial visits and how the Tories have carved up their daily canvassing feature, along with full listings of candidates for the May 7 poll.

Elsewhere, we have an exclusive investigation into funding for an anti-islamophobia group supported by former Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Shahid Malik.

We can also reveal a popular and well-known Batley police inspector is leaving for a new job after spending 26 years on the beat here.

Part of Heckmondwike's rich industrial heritage could be lost though the neglect of a cemetery where graves are overgrown and headstones are broken.

Meet the mum from Gomersal who is to run the London marathon for charity after her 13-month-old daughter nearly died from meningitis.

And read about the world-class theatre lighting designer from Batley whose latest production took her to the Bolshoi in Moscow.

In sport, it's has been a busy week at the Dewsbury Rams, after they lost a player to a Super League club but recruited a former NRL half-back.

This weekend Glenn Morrison also takes his side to Hunslet in the Challenge Cup sixth round.

Meanwhile Batley will host Swinton in the cup, but will be without another key player, after he broke his arm in training.

There's better news for John Kear as St Helens have let him keep Matt Fozard for a little while longer.

In local RL Mirfield Stags notched up 13 tries in their first competitive game, while Thornhill's winning form came to an end. Shaw Cross had to work hard for their victory, but Dewsbury Celtic had to settle for a point.

It was a mixed week for Cleckheaton RU as they managed a bonus-point win, but couldn't emulate their performance in a midweek cup tie.

And Mike Popplewell takes you through all the latest cricket news, as both the Bradford League and Central Yorkshire League seasons kick off this weekend.

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

In This Weeks News

Coal-carrying spectacle pulls in the crowds
Coal-carrying spectacle pulls in the crowds Read More
£90,000 project to ring in new chimes
£90,000 project to ring in new chimes Read More
Poll hopeful puts UKIP case on Europe exit and the economy
Poll hopeful puts UKIP case on Europe exit and the economy Read More
Heroin pair on a wrecking spree cost greetings firm thousands
Heroin pair on a wrecking spree cost greetings firm thousands Read More
Radio spotlight on key election battle
Radio spotlight on key election battle Read More
Blaze terror at the party venue where fire exits were blocked
Blaze terror at the party venue where fire exits were blocked Read More
Slow progress in school’s recovery
Slow progress in school’s recovery Read More
Shannon TV drama to focus on betrayal of a community
Shannon TV drama to focus on betrayal of a community Read More
Hospitals hire 89 nurses from India
Hospitals hire 89 nurses from India Read More
Terrorist link to missing pair
Terrorist link to missing pair Read More
‘Tell police if young people are in danger of being radicalised’
‘Tell police if young people are in danger of being radicalised’ Read More
Families in a state of ‘profound shock’, imam says we've all failed Savile Town pair
Families in a state of ‘profound shock’, imam says we've all failed Savile Town pair Read More
Community reacts after radicalised teens head to Syria  – Press comment
Community reacts after radicalised teens head to Syria – Press comment Read More
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Your Letters
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Young Australian Mastin key for Crossbank
Young Australian Mastin key for Crossbank Read More
Jackson scores screamer for ‘Sedge
Jackson scores screamer for ‘Sedge Read More
Armitage steps down, Seabourne comes in
Armitage steps down, Seabourne comes in Read More
Black is back with his ‘brothers’ for friendly
Black is back with his ‘brothers’ for friendly Read More
Young hopefuls selected for Canada tour
Young hopefuls selected for Canada tour Read More
Batley come back – but leave it too late in the capital
Batley come back – but leave it too late in the capital Read More
Bulls too hot for Rams in front of record crowd
Bulls too hot for Rams in front of record crowd Read More
GRADY DOUBLE DOWNS ‘DOGS
GRADY DOUBLE DOWNS ‘DOGS Read More
Stags set to embark on debut campaign
Stags set to embark on debut campaign Read More
Rams pay the Pryce for busy Easter period
Rams pay the Pryce for busy Easter period Read More
Blake out for Bulldogs as coach confirms he’s looking for recruits
Blake out for Bulldogs as coach confirms he’s looking for recruits Read More
Ann's Angle
Ann's Angle Read More
Ed Lines
Ed Lines Read More