IN Friday's edition we report on the impact that an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration planned for Batley next month could have on town centre traders.

The far-right group this week announced they want to hold a regional rally on June 19 in protest at the opening of the Al Hashim Academy, which is an Islamic faith school.

Andrew Marsden, of the Batley Business and Retailers' Association, fears shoppers will stay away, as they did when the EDL twice came to Dewsbury, if the event goes ahead.

There is also a local election round-up detailing claims of voter intimidation in Dewsbury and allegations of postal ballot skullduggery - find out more in the paper.

We also report on the continuing controversy surrounding a proposed new supermarket in Mirfield, including suggestions the unnamed retailer could be ... again, it's in the paper!

In sport, boxer Gary Sykes clinched the super-featherweight British title outright in spectacular fashion on Saturday night as he gained a 10th-round stoppage victory over Jon Kays at Dewsbury Sports Centre.

Earlier in the night, Tony Aitcheson eased to a 40-36 points victory over tough journeyman Dee Mitchell to maintain his unbeaten record.

We have all the reaction to the historic night for Dewsbury, plus interviews with Sykes, trainer Julian Mcgowan and legendary trainer Bob Shannon.

In rugby league, Batley Bulldogs will come up against a number of former players when they take on Featherstone on Sunday (2pm) but coach John Kear says this offers no advantage to his side.

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison says his side are in a good spot after picking up another victory over a top four side.

Plus we have all the reaction from the two Championship sides' weekend games, with both sides picking up wins.

In cricket, Hanging Heaton CC had a particularly good weekend with an ECB Cup win over Elsecar on Sunday and a demolition of Lightcliffe in the league on Monday.

We also have a review of all the Bank Holiday Monday Bradford League action and look ahead to an exciting weekend of Central Yorkshire League cricket.

And there's all your favourites as well, from Ann's Angle to Ed Lines and another packed Forum page.

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

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