In this week's Press, we speak to traders in Batley and Dewsbury as they vow to fight on after a spate of town centre burglaries and vandalism.

Shop owners were left counting the costs following five separate break-ins or attempted break-ins over the weekend in Dewsbury, while a large number of small businesses in the heart of Batley have been robbed or vandalised in recent weeks.

Police have promised to step up patrols in both towns, and Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has also got involved in a bid to improve security.

Read also why a mother says she'll never shop in Tesco again, and how 2,000 people turned out for Dewsbury's inaugural Curiosity Festival at the weekend.

A Heckmondwike man has been jailed for more than 13 years for committing multiple sexual offences against two young children, and police are continuing to investigate reports that a masked man tried to kidnap a young boy while his mother walked him to school in Dewsbury.

Read how a couple are dipping into their pockets to fund free activity days for youngsters, and how pupils, staff and parents at a Liversedge school walked an incredible 1,000 miles for a children's hospice.

Dewsbury boss Lee Greenwood says that his side's upcoming fixtures are 'cup finals' as he acknowledges that the Rams are in a Championship relegation scrap.

Batley Bulldogs have signed up two fan favourites to new deals, while coach Matt Diskin outlines what he wants to achieve in the second half of the season after last week's Heavy Woollen derby win.

Losing runs go on for both Thornhill Trojans and Dewsbury Moor despite valiant efforts, while Dewsbury Celtic have climbed the top of NCL Division Three after their latest win.

In football, Ossett United have been busy planning for the new campaign with a new deal for the manager, five current players signing on and a new addition to the club - and they've even got a new division for next season.

And Mike Popplewell rounds up the week's cricket action as Hanging Heaton were made to settle for a dramatic tie, while Batley's impressive start sees them eyeing a top-flight return.

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