WE BRING you an exclusive report on nurses being asked to work extra shifts to deal with an A&E crisis at Dewsbury District Hospital.

The move, in which nurses are to be paid overtime and a £200 bonus, comes as the Government is about to decide whether A&E at the Staincliffe site should be downgraded.

Union boss Jim Bell questioned the wisdom of reducing A&E to a minor injuries unit when the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is already struggling to cope.

Staying on health, we also exclusively reveal Mid-Yorkshire have hired a top boss from Batley-based provider Locala to a part-time community services role.

Elsewhere, we detail an extraordinary response from readers to last week's story about a Dewsbury election candidate who has a conviction for selling counterfeit clothes.

A Mirfield art buff has criticised plans to sell off paintings, including some that may have been given to the people of Batley by a member of the family who founded Fox's Biscuits.

Read about Kirklees Council being in chaos after it turned out there is no mechanism for dealing with the resignation of its elected leader mid-way his term of office.

And, for our Valentine's Day edition, we have a lovely tale of a man who proposed to his girlfriend on stage during a music show at Dewsbury Town Hall.

In sport, Batley Bulldogs half-back Ben Black will miss at least the first two games of the 2014 Kingstone Press Championship season after it was revealed he needs a further operation on his knee.

Dewsbury Rams' new senior player Wayne Godwin says pre-season friendly results will count for nothing unless his side can make a good start to their Championship campaign.

In boxing Central Boxing Club looks set for a bumper year as trainer Julian McGowan revealed they could see the emergence of more professional boxers.

Meanwhile, in rugby union Cleckheaton showed the heart of champions as they condemned West Hartlepool to their first home defeat of the season.

A win over Huddersfield YMCA on Saturday could see them practically home and hosed in North East One before the end of February.

In rugby league, Thornhill Trojans' run in the BARLA National Cup came to an end with a hard fought loss to Hunslet Old Boys, but Dewsbury Moor gained a valuable win in their bid to avoid relegation.

Elsewhere, Shaw Cross Sharks were denied a Challenge Cup upset by a late Thatto Heath try.

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


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