In The Press this week … we remember Archie Bruce, who tragically passed away on Sunday.

Almost £7,000 has been raised in honour of the 20-year-old RL hooker, who was found dead in his hotel room just hours after making his first team debut for Batley Bulldogs.

We spoke to Danny Maun, his amateur coach at Dewsbury Moor, who says the tragic death ‘broke his heart’. 

Maun described Archie as an “outstanding kid”, and said “I was so proud of him, and I told him that.” 

There’s news of a massive £1bn rail upgrade between Huddersfield and Dewsbury that could mean five years of upheaval, and a Batley man who murdered his friend in a hammer attack has been sentenced to a minimum of 14 years behind bars.

We have an overview of some of the area’s best performing schools as pupils pick up their GCSE results. 

In other news, two men have been charged following a reported stabbing in Dewsbury. Richard Carroll and Ali Shah have both appeared in court in connection with an incident outside Dewsbury Sports Centre. 

Plus, two more people have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a family of four in Heckmondwike, and a start date for the work on Spen Valley Leisure Centre has been announced. 

And there’s lots more in this week’s edition… 

In sport, with both Batley and Dewsbury having a week off because of the Challenge Cup final on Saturday – we've got the news that Bradford Bulls will play their 'home' games at Dewsbury Rams' Tetley's Stadium for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Subject to RFL approval, the Bulls will leave Odsal – their home ground for 85 years – on September 1.

Rams boss Lee Greenwood is happy that his side have secured Championship status for another year, but was disappointed with their loss against the Bulls.

As always, we've got all the action from last weekend's NCL as Shaw Cross Sharks were relegated for a second successive season, while Thornhill Trojans fight to survive and both Dewsbury Celtic and Batley Boys push for promotion.

There's a comprehensive round-up of the district's football and cricket, and resident tipster Mike Smith is on hand with his predictions for this weekend's Ebor festival at York.

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