In The Press this week … former Dewsbury East Labour councillor and Kirklees Mayor Paul Kane was being treated for depression before he committed suicide in November, an inquest was told this week. 

Senior Coroner Martin Fleming heard how Mr Kane had seen his doctor suffering from stress, been prescribed medication for depression and to help him sleep, and had suffered a panic attack in the two weeks before his death. 

Kirklees Police Det Sgt Mike Smith told the inquest no suicide note was left in his "tidily kept" bungalow. 

In other news, two men from Dewsbury have been jailed for a combined total of more than 22 years for what detectives have described as a 'brutal assault', and an election candidate has slammed attempts to derail her campaign after social media comments were posted claiming she had pocketed cash from a fundraising event. 

Shoppers have been reassured that supermarkets will continue to "run smoothly" throughout the coronavirus crisis – despite images of empty shelves in local stores this week, and a former boxing world champion is gearing up for a huge charity effort which will see him run almost 100 miles from Hartlepool to Dewsbury. 

Also, we look into who exactly commissioned a report on traffic movement outside the site of a controversial planned housing development on Northorpe Lane, and the future of a long-established cricket club in Batley could be in jeopardy because it won't accept lottery-funded grants.  

And a woman who was sexually assaulted when she was 12 years old has been left living fear after her attacker moved into a house on the same street as her. 

In sport, Dewsbury Rams coach Lee Greenwood says his players are looking forward to a Challenge Cup fifth-round tie at Newcastle after their "best win" of the season at Whitehaven on Wednesday night.

The in-form Rams edged the cup battle in a mudbath for a fourth consecutive win.

Batley were beaten in Toulouse and it was particularly a trip to forget for Bulldogs coach Craig Lingard, who was stranded in France for two days after losing his passport.

Cleckheaton RUFC gained revenge for their defeat earlier in the season to local rivals Morley, winning a pulsating derby by a single point to keep up their promotion push.

In football, Liversedge's promotion hopes were strengthened with a 6-0 win last weekend, but another postponement means they'll have to do it tough in the run-in.

Mike Popplewell looks at the prospects for the five local cricket clubs who will battle it out in the Bradford League's Division One this season, while Mike Smith shares his Cheltenham racing tips.

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