THIS WEEK we report on the shocking abuse Jimmy Savile committed in Dewsbury as part of his secret reign of terror against vulnerable hospital patients.

A national inquiry concluded the predatory paedophile sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at the former Staincliffe Hospital on Healds Road in 1969.

Workers who laughed off the incident at the time were condemned – and the inquiry said Savile should have been stopped and the incident reported to the authorities.

Elsewhere, we have an in-depth look at the future of Dewsbury's regeneration after a top councillor stood down from a public body involved in the effort.

It comes only days after a multi-million scheme to transform Northgate was launched in a blaze of publicity. Read all about it in the paper.

Also in Dewsbury we look into claims an action group has been frozen out of moves to restore the derelict twin chapels at the town's cemetery.

Traders in Birstall want action over a fence put up recently that is allegedly in breach of planning rules and is obstructing spaces at the High Street car park.

See the amazing artwork done by pupils at a Batley school over the last year, which featured in show that saw a retiring headteacher given an emotional send-off.

Residents in Mirfield can breath a sigh of relief - Persimmon Homes are not planning a housing development there in the "near future".

And you can read about a pioneering woman police officer who has died aged 87.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison insists the pressure is on Leigh ahead of their Championship clash on Sunday.

The Rams travel to Leigh Sports Village on Sunday (3pm) to take on table-toppers Leigh Centurions and they face a monumental task against a Centurions side yet to lose in the Championship this season.

Batley Bulldogs RLFC have failed in their attempts to sign France international William Barthau.

The French scrum-half was set to join from Catalan Dragons on a three-month deal but the deal fell through during negotiations.

Plus we have all the reaction from the two Championship sides' weekend games, with Batley gaining a big win over North Wales and Dewsbury beating high-flyers Doncaster.

Elsewhere, Gary Sykes has pulled out of his scheduled fight with Commonwealth champion Liam Walsh.

Sykes was due to clash with the unbeaten fighter at Manchester’s Phones 4 U Arena on July 26 but it has been delayed on advice of doctors.

In cricket, Hanging Heaton cricket chairman John Carruthers is preparing to face struggling Yeadon tomorrow with a long held playing ambition agonisingly close – he needs just two wickets to join a select band who have taken 1,000 Bradford League wickets.

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