In this week's Press there's outrage as residents say thousands of pounds has been wasted by Kirklees officials on a traffic island which was removed just a week after it was built.

Council workers built a pedestrian refuge at the bottom of Soothill Lane in Batley – much to the delight of nearby residents and commuters who use the busy road close to the railway station.

Read tomorrow's paper to see how much Kirklees Council paid to build it, and remove it just days later.

We've also got the heartwarming story of a Batley school teacher who is putting on an outdoor festival for the children with life-changing conditions at Fairfield School.

Rachel Holmes wanted to give the youngsters a treat they might not otherwise get to experience because of their medical needs.

Following a social media plea, the festival is going ahead next week with the support of hundreds of people.

Read about the time capsule that's been found as Whitcliffe Mount gets demolished, there's a new policing operation in Dewsbury, another cannabis farm has been found in Heckmondwike, and what's wrong with the lake at Dewsbury's Crow Nest Park?

In sport, it's the news everybody in the Heavy Woollen district is talking about – Batley assistant coach Danny Maun is coming out of retirement to help the injury-hit Bulldogs.

The Press spoke to Danny this week about pulling his boots back on for Batley's trip to Toronto this weekend and how he rates their chances against the Championship leaders.

We also talked to Dewsbury Rams boss Neil Kelly ahead of their trip to Sheffield on Sunday.

With the Eagles looking to field some Super League-level players thanks to their dual-registration deal with St Helens, Kelly says he isn't fazed by the challenge and reckons as long as his players do their job they can get the win.

Read about a Shaw Cross Sharks youngster playing for England this week, and all the fall-out from Thornhill's derby double over Sharks last weekend.

As always, we've got the latest cricket news from the district and your weekly racing tips from Mike Smith.

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