THIS WEEK'S EDITION:

Issue 717

Thursday December 31 edition: In The Press this week, communities rallied round in the spirit of Christmas giving after floods brought devastation to the district and the wider region.

Volunteers from Dewsbury, Mirfield and Batley worked locally and over in Calder Valley - where water levels in places like Hebden Bridge were almost of biblical proportions.

Batley charity One Nation worked over there while residents from Mirfield took food and drinking water to flooded-out Mytholmroyd.

Calls are now being made to improve flood defences along the River Calder, which peaked at new record levels of more than 5m at Dewsbury and Mirfield over Christmas.

Elsewhere, read about the gang who stole cars worth £250,000 over 18 months and chopped them to sell as spare parts.

Kirklees Council stand accused of being "naive" over an offer to demolish a Cleckheaton school building for free in exchange for the rubble.

A deal between hospital bosses and management consultants has ended, but only after Ernst and Young trousered £15m from taxpayers for cost-cutting advice.

And a former Foreign Office mandarin gives his take on the situation in Syria after our two MPs did not vote in favour of more bombing.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is remaining positive and admits he was 'encouraged' by the way his side played during the first half against Batley Bulldogs on Boxing Day despite the Owl Lane outfit ultimately losing the contest.

Meanwhile John Kear is relishing Batley Bulldogs' next pre-season friendly at home against Heavy Woollen Select, when he can see more of his squad in action.

And neither manager has any further injury concerns following the Roy Powell Trophy fixture.

Elsewhere there was another derby taking place between Ossett Town and Ossett Albion.

Find out who stole all three points in the last minute in The Press.

Also read about how the weather has ruined Kirklees' football and rugby pitches over the festive period, putting most of the sporting programme on hold.

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

Happy New Year to all our readers!

In This Weeks News

‘Politically speaking’ by Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury and Mirfield
‘Politically speaking’ by Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury and Mirfield Read More
Flat fire was a ‘cry for help’ from teen
Flat fire was a ‘cry for help’ from teen Read More
Council bill for ‘dilapidated’ building comes under fire
Council bill for ‘dilapidated’ building comes under fire Read More
Police on course for key front-line dementia role
Police on course for key front-line dementia role Read More
Phab-ulous Christmas dinner gesture
Phab-ulous Christmas dinner gesture Read More
Syrian families set up home in Kirklees
Syrian families set up home in Kirklees Read More
Victorian bells ring out again at Minster
Victorian bells ring out again at Minster Read More
‘Homes plan could be headache for residents – and developers’
‘Homes plan could be headache for residents – and developers’ Read More
MP pledges help for ‘homeless’ bowlers and others
MP pledges help for ‘homeless’ bowlers and others Read More
Santa letters posted through the door of Derek’s spectacular home
Santa letters posted through the door of Derek’s spectacular home Read More
Drugs gang jailed for huge local operation
Drugs gang jailed for huge local operation Read More
Pub landlady run over by robbers’ car
Pub landlady run over by robbers’ car Read More
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St John Fisher Reserves climb to fourth
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Albion 'eventually' progress to County Cup quarter-final
Albion 'eventually' progress to County Cup quarter-final Read More
Stags look at youth sides in a bid to cement future
Stags look at youth sides in a bid to cement future Read More
Sawyer calls for big turn-out
Sawyer calls for big turn-out Read More
Morrison hampered by growing injury list
Morrison hampered by growing injury list Read More
Kear to treat Boxing Day derby as 'stepping stone'
Kear to treat Boxing Day derby as 'stepping stone' Read More
'We're pushing the boat out', says Nicholas
'We're pushing the boat out', says Nicholas Read More
Hepworth and Sykes to share Rams' captain duties
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Bulldogs edge damp derby
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Digital agency plays Santa
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