Grab a copy of this week's Press to read how hooded arsonists destroyed two cars outside the home of a prominent Kirklees councillor in a targeted petrol bomb attack.

Coun Masood Ahmed (Lab, Dewsbury South) says he and his family are "lucky to be alive" following the incident at 1.30am on Wednesday.

In response, Kirklees have tightened security around key buildings and at public events.

In other news, a lorry smashed into the side of a house and damaged a Mercedes car when the driver attempted a near-impossible turn in Upper Hopton. In the latest of a spate of similar incidents, a 44-tonne wagon attempted to make the left turn onto Hopton Lane from North Gate on Monday.

Organisers in Dewsbury still have a long way to go if they're going to put on a festive lights event in the town centre, and selling off the former Red House Museum "is not a done deal", according to Kirklees.

There's a boost for military veterans in Mirfield who could soon be offered a job interview for any job they apply for in the town, and millions in unpaid Council Tax could be recovered in Kirklees via legislation that allows local authorities to share information on debt.

All that plus lots more in tomorrow's edition…

In sport, Dewsbury Rams chairman Mark Sawyer has defended his role in the takeover of rivals Bradford Bulls.

Sawyer has acquired a 24.99% stake in the club, the maximum allowed by RFL rules, and says there is no conflict of interest in his involvement at both teams. He also says that none of the money going into clearing Bradford's debts would have gone into the Rams and that the club will be wholly unaffected.

The Rams have tied down Paul Sykes to a new deal - including a new coaching role - while Batley Bulldogs have signed Jack Blagborough and coach Craig Lingard explains the difficulty in securing any loan or dual-registration agreements.

Cleckheaton RUFC maintained their winning home form last weekend and will head to Driffield this week with a new signing in the shape of code-switching former Bulldog Tom Lillycrop.

And Mirfield racer Ryan Strafford became a back-to-back Thundersport GP1 superbikes champion after a dramatic final weekend of the season.

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