FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 EDITION: In this week's paper, one of Dewsbury's best-known 'characters' has been jailed for more than nine years for his role in a multi-million pound drugs conspiracy.

Mohammed Azam Yaqoob, aka Mr Sparkles, helped broker a deal that would have flooded the streets of West Yorkshire with huge quantities of heroin plus cocaine and crack cocaine.

We report on how a Cleckheaton cafe is to be put up for sale after a burglary proved to be the last straw for its frustrated owner.

There is a heart-warming tale of a Thornhill Lees couple battling a degenerative illness who have a second chance at a life they thought was lost thanks to dramatic weight loss.

Plans are afoot to regenerate Batley town centre, a nursery in Dewsbury Moor is rated outstanding and police are hunting a thug who attacked a taxi driver in Birstall.

We did have an in-depth look at issues in Batley Carr on the cards – until police charged a suspect yesterday in connection with three seemingly linked incidents. Keep an eye on future editions for that.

In sport, Batley Bulldogs have signed Sean Hesketh from relegated Keighley Cougars on a one-year deal.

The popular forward will return for his second spell with the club in the 2015 campaign following a period at Cougar Park.

Teammates Alex Rowe, Alistair Leak and Joe Chandler have also agreed new one-year extensions as John Kear looks to assemble his squad for the new season.

Dewsbury Rams forward Makali Aizue will miss Sunday’s elimination semi-final match at Halifax on Sunday after he was found guilty of a Grade C shoulder charge.

In other club news, the Rams have signaled their intent for the 2015 season by signing five new players.

Bryon Smith, Dalton Grant, Ryan Fieldhouse, Josh Barlow and Sam Wood will all be turning out in the red, amber and black of Dewsbury next year.

Plus, we have all the reaction from last weekend's Championship matches as Batley's season came to an end with a play-off loss against Sheffield, but Dewsbury progressed with a 50-6 hammering of Workington.

In rugby union, Ross Hayden crossed for a hat-trick as Cleckheaton picked up their first victory in National League Three at the second attempt.

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

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