In The Press this week: We exclusively report on how a man fell into a life of alcoholism and crime after he was sexually abused in Dewsbury nearly 30 years ago.

The victim, 14 at the time, sobered up in 2013 and brought charges against a man who has now been convicted of indecently assaulting him.

Now 42, he gave a moving account of homelessness, years in temporary accommodation and a legacy of panic attacks and insomnia caused by the abuse.

Read Danny Lockwood's verdict on the 7/7 terror attacks 10 years after a terrorist ringleader put Dewsbury on the map for the worst of reasons.

Elsewhere, we have another exclusive about a string of burglaries in Batley town centre that have left traders counting the cost.

Campaigners in Cleckheaton are celebrating a double win after green fields were saved from developers and a former industrial site was given the thumbs-up for housing.

And we have another exclusive, one about the lack of social housing suitable for disabled children and another previewing a school's continuing transformation.

Find out more in the paper, along with details for a string of public events this weekend, including a beer festival in Mirfield.


In Sport, three players have left the Tetley's Stadium this week as Dewsbury prepare to take on Championship rivals London Broncos at home on Sunday, looking to do the double over the team from capital.

Meanwhile at the Mount Batley will be without two of their outside backs this weekend, with Shaun Ainscough missing out through suspension and Alex Brown unavailable to face his parent club.

John Kear is preparing the Bulldogs to take on Halifax at The Shay on Sunday. Fax are the most in-form team in the championship, and will be looking to make it eight wins on the bounce with victory over the Dogs.

Also in rugby league, Thornhill Trojans' reward for reaching the conference challenge trophy semi final is a trip to Premier side Leigh Miner Rangers and

Mirfield Stags, with Robbie Hunter-Paul, look more and more likely to gain promotion in their first season, after they beat league rivals York Acorn.

In cricket, Mike Popplewell has your latest from the region as Batley look to continue their rich vein of form when they take on near-neighbours Birstall this weekend in the Central Yorkshire League.

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

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