In The Press this week … plans for a radical £200m transformation of Dewsbury have been revealed as part of a striking new vision for the town centre.

The 'Dewsbury Blueprint' was launched by Kirklees Council at the town hall on Wednesday evening, and aims to create a family-friendly, active, accessible and attractive town centre after years of decline and under-investment.

The highlight of the council's plan is the acquisition of The Arcade, which has lain empty for several years. 

There are plenty of other eye-catching ideas, too...

In other news, a Spen woman has been jailed for her part in a massive drugs operation, and a father-of-two says his family are living in fear after he was attacked outside his Carlinghow home by four men. 

Tracy Brabin MP has hit back at Twitter 'keyboard warriors' after a row over an image of her wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of Commons went viral, and veterans, reservists and serving armed forces personnel are to be asked to give their thoughts on how they are supported in their local communities. 

Also, two workers at a Heckmondwike care home have been sentenced to seven months in prison for the wilful neglect of a vulnerable pensioner, and tens of thousands of people in Kirklees are providing unpaid care worth a staggering £848 MILLION per year. 

In sport, there is plenty of movement at Batley Bulldogs, where Sam Bowring, Dom Horn and Tom Lillycrop are all being tied down to deals this week while Niall Walker has departed the club.

Dewsbury head to Swinton this weekend and coach Lee Greenwood says they need to be better than they were last week against Leigh despite an encouraging performance.

Thornhill Trojans held a reunion for the side who shocked Sheffield Eagles in the Challenge Cup 20 years ago, and current coach Danny Ratcliffe says they will take inspiration from that team when they aim for their own piece of cup history this weekend against Doncaster.

We have the first of our amateur rugby league previews ahead of the new NCL season, with Shaw Cross Sharks coach Andrew Tillotson explaining how the team has been rebuilding during the winter with new youth talent to the fore.

In football, Liversedge boss Jonathan Rimmington says his side must stop conceding late goals after dropping two points last week, while Ossett United manager Wayne Benn wants more consistency after their defence of the County Cup came to a limp end on Tuesday night.

And in rugby union, Cleckheaton suffered a setback with a surprise last-minute defeat at West Hartlepool.

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