In The Press this week … a pensioner has died after being hit by a vehicle in Heckmondwike. 

Police were called to Market Place at around 3.45pm on Wednesday to reports of a serious road traffic collision. 

It is believed a concrete truck collided with the 81-year-old man, who was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but died shortly after. 

Also, the owner of a cafe in Batley is appealing for more help from the council after she was forced to pay hundreds of pounds to repair damage caused by thieves, and a Dewsbury Borough Independent councillor is calling for urgent action to be taken against possible electoral fraud. 

The twin brother of a man whose body was found inside a former bank building in Batley has paid tribute to his "amazing brother", and Mirfield residents are being urged to nominate their local heroes for the annual MyMirfield Community and Business Awards. 

In other news, two young entrepreneurs have been appointed to manage Mirfield's 75th anniversary VE Day commemorations, and three housing developments in North Kirklees have been given the green light by the council as the borough nears the first anniversary of the adoption of its controversial Local Plan. 

Plus, there's details of a former stonemason from Batley who has secured compensation after developing lung disease following years of work in dusty conditions, and Mike Popplewell takes us back to World War Two and the difficulties faced by families on rationed food.

In sport, Batley boss Craig Lingard has revealed it's unlikely the club will establish a dual-registration partnership with Hull FC, despite believing a deal was sorted.

It leaves the Bulldogs in a vulnerable position on the eve of the 2020 season, and they travel to Hunslet (kick-off 2pm) this Sunday for a pre-season friendly having to trial players in different positions.

Plus we hear from Dewsbury head coach Lee Greenwood, who believes his side need to improve if they are to be competitive in this year's Championship. They face a trip to Keighley Cougars this Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

We've got all the action from the weekend's rugby union and football action, plus another thrilling bowls round at Spen Victoria and your racing tips for the weekend with Mike Smith.

Share this post