In The Press this week … a Dewsbury councillor has raised concerns of a Kirklees Council witch-hunt against disgraced local businessman Tahir 'Terry' Zaman. 

Mr Zaman appeared in court in November on fly-tipping charges brought by the local authority, relating to land in Pepper Royd Street, Eastborough, which is subject to planning applications for a range of apartments in the derelict mill buildings. 

In other news, a body found in the River Calder has been identified as missing Dewsbury pensioner Colin Vasey, and we have a look-back at last week's election as Mark Eastwood (Con) took the Dewsbury seat from Labour incumbent Paula Sherriff on a night of massive Tory gains nationwide. 

We have statements from defeated election candidates Paula Sherriff and Paul Halloran, and a Dewsbury care home for the elderly has failed its sixth consecutive inspection, putting it at risk of closure. 

Also, children at Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School experienced democracy first-hand with a mock election, and more than 450 complaints were lodged in just six months against the Trust which runs Dewsbury & District Hospital.

In sport, Mirfield Stags look ahead to next week's BARLA Yorkshire Cup final, and Liversedge FC manager Jonathan Rimmington has heralded the returns of player Paul Walker and coach Sean Regan to the club. 

Cleckheaton RUFC will spend the Christmas break fourth in the league table after a bonus-point victory over Kendal, and Shaw Cross Sharks kept up their winning run in the Pennine League's second division with a win over Thornhill Trojans. 

A slow start cost Ossett United dearly as promotion-chasing Marine took full advantage to get on their way to victory last weekend, and we preview the Boxing Day clash between Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs. 

There's all that and much more inside this week's edition… 

Everyone at The Press would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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