Thursday December 31 edition: In The Press this week, communities rallied round in the spirit of Christmas giving after floods brought devastation to the district and the wider region.

Volunteers from Dewsbury, Mirfield and Batley worked locally and over in Calder Valley - where water levels in places like Hebden Bridge were almost of biblical proportions.

Batley charity One Nation worked over there while residents from Mirfield took food and drinking water to flooded-out Mytholmroyd.

Calls are now being made to improve flood defences along the River Calder, which peaked at new record levels of more than 5m at Dewsbury and Mirfield over Christmas.

Elsewhere, read about the gang who stole cars worth £250,000 over 18 months and chopped them to sell as spare parts.

Kirklees Council stand accused of being "naive" over an offer to demolish a Cleckheaton school building for free in exchange for the rubble.

A deal between hospital bosses and management consultants has ended, but only after Ernst and Young trousered £15m from taxpayers for cost-cutting advice.

And a former Foreign Office mandarin gives his take on the situation in Syria after our two MPs did not vote in favour of more bombing.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is remaining positive and admits he was 'encouraged' by the way his side played during the first half against Batley Bulldogs on Boxing Day despite the Owl Lane outfit ultimately losing the contest.

Meanwhile John Kear is relishing Batley Bulldogs' next pre-season friendly at home against Heavy Woollen Select, when he can see more of his squad in action.

And neither manager has any further injury concerns following the Roy Powell Trophy fixture.

Elsewhere there was another derby taking place between Ossett Town and Ossett Albion.

Find out who stole all three points in the last minute in The Press.

Also read about how the weather has ruined Kirklees' football and rugby pitches over the festive period, putting most of the sporting programme on hold.

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

Happy New Year to all our readers!

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