THIS week, families concerned that a Dewsbury care home was closed prematurely have been asked to give their views to council chiefs.

Oxford Grange was shut by Kirklees after officials received details of provisional inpection findings from the Care Quality Commission.

Families, including Stephen Walker of Howden Clough, whose 95-year-old mother Joan was left traumatised by a sudden move, believe the council acted rashly.

He had no previous concerns about her care – and his criticism of Kirklees is likely to feature in feedback that could trigger a full-blown review of procedures.

Elsewhere, we exclusively reveal Mirfield-based John Cotton has bought part of the collapsed Ravensthorpe bed firm Kozee Sleep.

New MP Paula Sherriff has called on the Government to make good on their promise to make Dewsbury an 'Enterprise Zone'.

Read how a Royal British Legion trip to the National Aboretum was so over-subscribed the Batley branch chairman had to be left behind.

We detail how a series of mix-ups led to a newly-elected town councillor in Mirfield losing his seat before he had been sworn in.

And we get to the bottom of confusion over hospital cuts after comments by a health official at a public meeting left campaigners scratching their heads.


In sport, we speak to Batley Bulldogs CEO Paul Harrison who says he understands fans' frustrations in what he describes as a "tough year."

Batley were beaten 28-22 midweek by London in front of a crowd of 341.

Things don't get easier as they take on champions Leigh at the Mount this Sunday, but Harrison want supporters to stick by the team.

Meanwhile over at Dewsburyfrustration lies with head coach Glenn Morrison, who says he is running out of patience with some of his players after another "poor" performance.

The Rams had to settle for a point last weekend against Workington Town, while this week they travel to joint-league leaders Bradford.

Staying with rugby league and NCL Division Three's Thornhill Trojans pulled off a cup shock against Hunslet Warriors, but Shaw Cross couldn't do the same against Premier side Egremont, after letting a healthy lead slip.

There was a Heavy Woollen derby last weekend, and only three points could separate Mirfield Stags and Birstall Victoria at White Lee.

In cricket, Mike Popplewell has all the district covered and read about which player hit 13 fours and six sixes, and caused a lot of trouble for a Lancashire County bowler.

Cleckheaton are the only local side left in the Priestley Cup, after Hanging Heaton were knocked out by Pudsey.

In the Central League it's going from bad to worse for Batley as it looks more than likely they could have a relegation dogfight on their hands.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper that has North Kirklees covered.

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