This week in The Press: Hospital chiefs move to allay fears over the impending changes at Dewsbury District Hospital.

From next week major changes will come into effect at the hospital, including the maternity ward 'downgrading' from a consultant-led unit to a midwife-led one.

The Press was given exclusive access to the brand-new £1.83 million Bronte Birth Unit.

Also in this week, a Batley Bulldogs fan has been banned from the Fox's Biscuits Stadium after he sent homophobic tweets to club captain Keegan Hirst.

Hear from the manager of a Batley nursery who spoke of her shock after been targeted by thieves twice in the space of three weeks, and see pictures from the weekend's T3 Farm Challenge in Mirfield which raised money for Kirkwood Hospice.


In sport, find out what Batley Bulldogs boss John Kear thinks about his side's chances in their clash with 2015 treble winners Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

At Dewsbury Rams, head coach Glenn Morrison speaks of his disgust at his side's poor performance against Whitehaven and admits he will be making several changes ahead of their game with Sheffield on Sunday.

Also this week, Birstall Victoria have been crowned Yorkshire Men's League Division Four Champions and with it earn promotion to Division Three.

Meanwhile Liversedge remain top of the NCEL Premier, Hanging Heaton CC's title chances were hampered by the weather, Dewsbury swimmer Charlotte Johnson has set an impressive time in the 200m butterfly, Cleckheaton RU lost their League Three North opener to Lymm and Treena Johnson was in impressive form for Dewsbury Road Runners.

And finally in this week's paper discover Mike Smith's tips for the weekend's racing.

It's all in The Press, the only paper that's got North Kirklees covered.

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