In this week's edition of The Press … three people have been arrested after police confirmed the identity of a man whose body was found inside a former bank building in Batley. 

Asghar Badshah, who was 39 and from Bradford, was discovered at the disused Yorkshire Bank premises on Commercial Street on Sunday. 

It is reported that his body was found in a wall cavity at the bank, which closed in 2016. 

In other news, five men have been arrested following a huge explosion at a building in Batley last February, and a Cleckheaton man has been jailed for nine years for causing death by dangerous driving. 

Around 250 people were treated to a free festive lunch in Dewsbury on Christmas Day, and the motorist who struck and killed an elderly woman outside the Fox's Biscuits factory in Batley has avoided jail. 

Also, deposed Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has spoken of the 'crater-sized hole' she feels after losing to Mark Eastwood in the 2019 General Election.

And there's news of a housing estate that will be built on a flood plain in Mirfield after planners said it was "worth the risk", plus two men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 23 years after being found guilty of the false imprisonment and assault of a man in Batley. 

In sport, Dewsbury Rams have added to their squad for the 2020 season with the signing of Welsh forward Rhys Davies.

Primarily a second-rower, Davies has impressed sufficiently on trial at the Championship club to earn a permanent deal, becoming the 26th player to commit to the club for the new campaign.

In contrasting fortunes, Batley Bulldogs could have just one half-back available for the remainder of pre-season after Ben White broke his finger in the Boxing Day derby at Dewsbury.

We've got all the reaction from Mirfield Stags' BARLA Yorkshire Cup win against Drighlington, plus find out how the district's footballing sides have faired over Christmas and New Year.

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