In this week's Press, we've got the latest as Labour Party activists have been accused of dirty tricks and threatening rival candidates in the run-up to next Thursday's local elections, with both West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Council alerted over possible offences.

Two Independent candidates standing in Batley West and Dewsbury East – Paul Halloran and Aleks Lukic – have been subjected to a mass of personal attacks from Labour supporters on social media.

Read also how police say that signs put up over the weekend by a far-right group, labelling an area of Dewsbury a 'third-world no-go zone', have been recorded as a hate incident.

There's also news of a historic pub in Liversedge which could be demolished to make way for housing, and read how work is under way on the Mirfield 25 housing and warehouse scheme – and it will see parts of traffic on the A62 Leeds Road between Mirfield and Liversedge being reduced to 20mph.

Restoration work on Dewsbury's historic Pioneer House has reached another milestone, and a Mirfield councillor has criticised a planning application for more than 60 homes on a site not allocated for residential use in Kirklees' Local Plan.

Batley Bulldogs coach Matt Diskin was delighted to see his side pick up two wins from two over Easter, and wants his side to continue that form as they prepare to face Leigh on Sunday.

It was a contrasting Easter for Dewsbury Rams as they lost both of their fixtures, and they could fall closer to the relegation zone if they fail to arrest their poor form against Widnes.

Ossett United all but secured a play-off place ahead of their final match of the season thanks to a late equaliser on Easter Monday, while Liversedge look ahead to their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

The cricket season got underway last weekend with the first round of the Heavy Woollen Cup, and Mike Popplewell looks back at the action and previews the beginning of the league campaign.

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