THE PRESS CHRISTMAS EVE EDITION: This week, a pub landlady from Earlsheaton faces at least six weeks in hospital with serious injuries after she was twice run over by muggers.

Carol Frain, 54, suffered a double hip fracture, broken shoulder and spinal injuries when the culprits knocked her down and then reversed over her near her home on Frances Road last Friday.

It is believed she and husband Shaun were followed home from the Spangled Bull pub on Town Street for that night's takings.

Carol, who could not feel her legs after the incident, had surgery at Pinderfield Hospital and is on a morphine drip. On Tuesday we spoke to her devastated family.

Elsewhere we have a double bill on Whitcliffe Mount Sport Centre and the adjoining school in Cleckheaton after a controversial council meeting saw members of the public walk out in disgust.

Residents in Birstall believe building hundreds of new homes on playing fields could be dangerous due to old mine workings and a suspected long-gone reservoir.

Meet the Mirfield man who has raised nearly £30,000 for Kirkwood Hospice with a stunning annual display of Christmas lights on his house.

And read all your favourites, including Ed Lines and Ann Montini, a day earlier than normal due to the holidays.

In sport, both Dewsbury Rams and Batley Bulldogs are preparing for the Boxing Day showdown, read our three-page match preview.

You can find out why Paul Sykes and Ryan Hepworth have been appointed Rams' co-captains for 2016.

And Ryan Wright has returned to the Tetley's Stadium after he left to join Doncaster in July.

Batley Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas has excited fans by admitting he has made a 'calculated risk' in providing funds for coach John Kear to improve his squad in a bid for the Mount Pleasant side to challenge for silverware in 2016.

And Mirfield Stags have made steps towards starting a number of junior teams as early as March 2016.

Elsewhere Cleckheaton RUFC threw away the chance to leapfrog Huddersfield YMCA when they conceded a late try to their rivals which saw them lose 32-31 at Moorend.

In football, the Ossett clubs have had mixed fortunes. Albion have climbed to third with a seventh straight league win, whereas Town are 20th, three points above the relegation zone.

Next up for Town is a trip to New Mills and Albion host Brighouse on Boxing Day.

Merry Christmas to all our readers – thanks for your support! 

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