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AXE-WIELDING robbers threatened to spray drinkers and staff with acid in a terrifying latenight raid on a pub in Cleckheaton. Police are appealing for witnesses after the robbery at The Marsh on Monday night. The incident happened at 11.10pm, when three hooded suspects entered the pub on Bradford Road and demanded money. There were still customers in the bar and according to one witness the raiders told them to “get down on the floor or we’ll spray you with acid” and to hand over their wallets. Pub landlord Neil Barker, who has run The Marsh for 17 years with wife Karen, said customers were enjoying the weekly poker night when one of the players tried to leave. Outside, one of the robbers grabbed him and sprayed him with an unknown substance before pushing him back inside the pub. Neil then recalled how he was sprayed with what he thinks was ammonia while one of the men stole money from the till. He said he got back to his feet to “protect my member of staff” who was behind the bar but he got sprayed again and was then struck from behind and hit in the face with the axe. He said he had to have 22 stitches and will need two teeth

removing. One of the suspects ran upstairs in an attempt to steal the pub’s safe but was scared off by Neil’s two dogs. The three suspects then fled the scene. A witness who was at the pub at the time but didn’t want to be named, said: “It was awful. This is what society has become. “I’m shaken, it’s not a feeling that’s going to leave me in a hurry. I feel sorry for the guys that were injured.” One of the men officers want to

speak to is described as white, wearing a black top with the hood up covering most of his face. A second is described as white, wearing a light-coloured hooded top with black clothing covering some of his face. It is thought this male had been in the area close to the pub prior to the incident. A third male is described as wearing a balaclava. One of the

three is also believed to have had a hammer with them. Cleckheaton councillor Kath Pinnock condemned the attack and said: “Although the landlord’s injuries were not life-threatening, that’s not to say they weren’t serious. “This was a

vicious, sickening and brazen attack. For three men to just walk in like that and do what they did, it’s disgraceful. “It’s a popular pub and very highly rated in Cleckheaton so I can’t believe someone has done this to them. I’ve had other landlords and landladies in the area asking whether we can guarantee their pubs’ protection. It’s awful for them too, as it puts them in a fearful place. “I’ve been told a detective inspector is in charge of the case so it’s good that a senior police officer is looking after it. “I hope the men are caught, tried and punished according to the law.” Detective Inspector Alex Bacon, of Kirklees CID, said: “This was a serious incident which has traumatised the victims. “Two people have been sprayed with a substance which has caused them great distress and one person attacked with what is believed to be an axe. “Thankfully at this stage we don’t believe anyone was seriously injured but the pub was still open at the time and with it being a bank holiday weekend there will have been a lot of people around the area. “I want to appeal directly to anyone who saw anything suspicious either immediately before or after the incident to get in touch.” Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting crime reference 13190231642, or the independent crime-fighting charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.



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Peacefully on April 23rd, of Dewsbury, aged 91. Wife of the late Keith. Funeral service at Huddersfield Crematoriun on Monday, May 20th at 2.45pm. Mourning colours not required. No flowers by request

good friend. Funeral service will take place at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland, on Tuesday May 28 at 12.45pm.

Crematorium on Tuesday May 21 at 1pm.

LAWLEY MARGARET On April 26, peacefully at Dewsbury Hospital, aged 85, wife of the late Harry. Funeral service will take place at Our Lady and St Paulinus Church, Dewsbury, on Thursday May 23 at 2pm.

GETTINGS (NEE CARRUTHERS) RUTH ENA On May 1, in hospital, of Shaw Cross, aged 78, wife of Brian. Funeral service will take place at Wakefield Crematorium on Monday May 20 at 2.20pm.

MEDLOCK DAVID ERNEST On April 30, at Manorcroft Care Home, Dewsbury, aged 80, husband and best friend of Margaret. Funeral service will take place at Huddersfield Crematorium on Saturday May 11 at 11.15am.

HALDENBY HARRIET EGAN CHRISTINE On May 5, peacefully in Lydgate Lodge, Batley, formerly of Osbourne Terrace and Craig Close, Batley, aged 79, sister of Patricia and the late Brian. Funeral service will take place at Batley Parish Church on Thursday May 16 at 2pm.

FISHER JANE On April 27, suddenly at her home in Cleckheaton, aged 67, a dearly-loved auntie and

On April 8, peacefully at Dewsbury Hospital surrounded by her family, aged 99, mum of Pauline and Sonia. Funeral service will take place at The Salvation Army, Heckmondwike, on Friday May 17 at 11am.



On April 20, peacefully at Linson Court Care Home, formerly of Batley Carr, aged 87, wife of the late Bob. Funeral service will take place at Huddersfield Crematorium on Thursday May 16 at 10.30am.

On April 28, peacefully at Oak Park Care Home, of Earlsheaton, formerly of Shaw Cross, aged 96, wife of the late Bill. Funeral service will take place at Wakefield

NAYLOR EILEEN YVONNE On April 26, peacefully in hospital, of Tingley, formerly of Liversedge, aged 69, partner of Henry. Funeral service will take place at Cottingley Hall Crematorium, Leeds, on Friday May 17 at 2.20pm.

RIDLEY ANTHONY JOHN On April 30, peacefully in hospital, of Thornhill, aged 79, husband of Christine. Funeral service will take place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Thornhill, on Wednesday May 29 at 1pm.

SHEARD (NEE GREENWOOD) CONNIE On May 2, at her home with her beloved husband Reggie at her side, aged 86, mum of Jane,

Ann and Diane. Funeral service will take place at Huddersfield Crematorium on Thursday May 30 at 12.30pm.

SYKES COLIN On April 27, formerly of Ravensthorpe and Dewsbury, aged 82, husband of the late Margaret. Funeral service will take place at Cottingley Hall Crematorium, Leeds, on Wednesday May 22 at 11am.

WALKER MICHAEL On April 28, at Manorcroft Care Home, formerly of Shaw Cross, husband of the late Margaret. Funeral service will take place at Cottingley Hall Crematorium, Leeds, on Friday May 24 at 10.20am.

POLICE have released CCTV images of people they want to trace in connection with a burglary in Dewsbury back in January. The distraction burglary involved a number of individuals at a home on Bywell Road on January 29. The incident happened at around 5.15pm when the suspects entered a shop attached to the property. Some of the suspects remained in the store and distracted those working, while several of the others entered the house next door. They made off with a large quantity of cash and jewellery. Detectives are appealing for anyone who might have witnessed those pictured to contact police as they could have information valuable to the investigation. A 32-year-old woman was previously arrested in connection with the incident and was released while investigations continue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101, quoting crime reference number 13190053080.

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KIRKLEES COUNCIL ELECTIONS By Tony Earnshaw, Local Democracy Reporter

Labour clings on Party stays in overall control in 33% turnout but former Mayor is unseated by independent

Former Mayor Eric Firth, rear left, lost his seat to Aleks Lukic, right

LABOUR retained control of Kirklees Council in last week’s elections – but with a reduced majority. It lost three seats in South Kirklees as well as Dewsbury East, the latter going to Dewsbury Borough Independent candidate Aleks Lukic in a shock result. But the party gained two seats, taking Colne Valley and Holme Valley South from the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats saw a rise in their popularity, taking two seats and consolidating another. Labour now hold 36 seats in the 69-seat chamber – down from 38. The Conservatives, who held 18 seats and were defending six, lost two. The Liberal Democrats now have 10 seats and the Greens remain on three. Turnout in Kirklees was 33 per cent. Council leader Shabir Pandor

said the election had been “disappointing” for Labour but that local results reflected the national mood around Brexit. “We have lost four hard-working councillors and my heart goes out to them,” he said. “But we have managed to keep control by gaining two seats, so it’s mixed emotions.” Among the councillors who lost seats was veteran and former mayor Eric Firth, who was beaten by just 71 votes by Independent candidate Aleks Lukic. Mr Lukic said: “I am delighted that the residents of Dewsbury East have elected me to serve as their independent councillor. On the doorstep people told me they feel ignored and betrayed by the main political parties. “This result couldn’t have happened without each and every one of my supporters and I am deter-

mined to repay their trust with four years of hard work and perseverance. “They wanted to show that they won’t be taken for granted and they wanted someone who will speak up for them and demand better for Dewsbury. “Labour seats in North Kirklees are no longer safe. They will lose more councillors if they continue to focus investment in Huddersfield and ignore local concerns.” Mr Lukic, who set up an online petition calling for all meat served in the borough’s schools to be stunned before slaughter, is seen as a divisive figure by the Labour group. Responding to his win, Coun Pandor commented: “This council represents all communities and all areas. We work for the greater good of everyone.

Leader hints at cabinet shuffle LABOUR members in Kirklees have re-elected Shabir Pandor as the group’s leader. Long-serving veteran Peter McBride will be his deputy. Posting on social media, Coun Pandor (Batley West), who is also council leader, wrote: “Delighted to be re-elected, unopposed, as Leader of @kirkleeslabour. Also, pleased to confirm that Coun Peter McBride has been elected as Deputy Leader.” The Labour group will re-draw the makeup of its cabinet in the run-up to the next full

council meeting on May 22. Commenting on what could be a shake-up of members and roles Coun Pandor said: “I have 36 councillors and I need to see what each and every one of them has in terms of their abilities and skills. “I also need to look at what individual members want and what their aspirations are. It’s a big task. “There’s a nomination process and people might want to move around. Things do not stay static. “The key thing moving forward is to ensure that we have

NORTH KIRKLEES RESULTS BATLEY EAST Habiban Zaman (LAB) 3,183 Keiron Gavaghan (CON) 778 James Hansford (GRN) 384 Clare Kane (LD) 172

DEWSBURY SOUTH Nosheen Dad (LAB) 2,627 Charlie Reid (CON) 725 Marnie Cope (GRN) 445 Bernard Disken (LD) 286

BATLEY WEST Yusra Hussain (LAB) 2,599 Paul Halloran (BBI) 1,959 Paul Young (CON) 588 Martin Pelan (GRN) 134 Christopher Kane (LD) 97

DEWSBURY WEST Darren O’Donovan (LAB) 3,198 Farmida Ishaq (CON) 569 Simon Cope (GRN) 408 Jon Bloom (LD) 259

BIRSTALL & BIRKENSHAW Charlotte Goodwin (CON) 2,000 Catherine Pinder (LAB) 847 Christopher Green (GRN) 510 Louise Walsh (LD) 360 CLECKHEATON Andrew Pinnock (LD) 2,650 Madeleine Poutney (CON) 618 Linda Simmons (GRN) 457 Khalid Patel (LAB) 381 DEWSBURY EAST Aleks Lukic (DBI) 1,766 Eric Firth (LAB) 1,695 Sean Guy (CON) 489 Dennis Hullock (LD) 150 Gideon Richards (GRN) 141

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stability and that we strive to meet the ambitions in our budget and other plans.” Coun David Hall (Liversedge & Gomersal), leader of the Conservative group, was also reelected along with his deputy, Coun John Taylor (Kirkburton). The Liberal Democrats will elect their leaders at an annual general meeting on May 15. Coun John Lawson (Cleckheaton) is leader

with Coun Cahal Burke (Lindley) deputy and group business manager. For the Greens, Coun Andrew Cooper (Newsome) is expected to be re-elected as group leader with ward colleague Coun Karen Allison as business manager. The group does not have a deputy. Coun Charles Greaves (Holme Valley North) is expected to be re-elected as leader of the Independents.

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“We believe in the politics of cohesion. Everything that Mr Lukic has stood for has divided communities. “One thing that I will not tolerate is publicly dividing communities for political gain.” Labour went into the local elections defending nine seats, four of which featured new candidates after a quartet of councillors stood down. They included former council leader and group leader David Sheard, who quit after 38 years as an elected member for Heckmondwike. Trade union campaigner Aafaq Butt was elected there, while Yusra Hussain saw off the challenge of Independent Paul Halloran to hold Batley West for Labour, winning by 640 votes in a hotly-contested seat. Among the six incumbent seats being fought by the Tories was Birstall & Birkenshaw, formerly held by ex-group leader Robert Light, which they held onto thanks to new face Charlotte Goodwin. Conservative group leader Coun David Hall (Liversedge and Gomersal) said: “It’s a very mixed bag. The big story of the day is that the Labour Party has lost four seats, which is an indication of the way they have run the borough for the last 10 years. “I hope Labour will consider a better style of running Kirklees, rather than the dictatorial management we have seen so far.”

News In Brief Iftar marks start of Great Get Together BATLEY: Hundreds of people are expected to gather in the Market Place tomorrow (Saturday) for the Batley Iftar. The community event marks the start of this year’s Great Get Together celebrations and brings people together to remember the late Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox. It’s also a chance for everyone to experience the breaking of fast and hear about the holy month of Ramadan. There’ll be poetry and performances from local children, followed by prayers and a shared meal at sunset. Everyone is invited to the Memorial Gardens and Market Square from 7.30pm.

Charter on show BATLEY: The remarkable document which created the Borough of Batley has been restored and will be on show at a special event at the Town Hall on Monday (May 13, 10.30am-12.30pm). The Charter of Incorporation was issued by Queen Victoria in December, 1868, and gave the people of Batley the power to elect a council. As part of the Batley 150 celebrations, Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Archive Service worked together to restore the charter.

Free entertainment CLECKHEATON: Whitechapel Church is hosting its monthly free concert on Wednesday, June 5. The concerts feature different singers, choirs and entertainment on the first Wednesday of every month. There’s also afternoon tea and cakes and everyone is welcome. Next month’s concert features well-known singer Ken Romano. People are encouraged to arrive from 1.30pm to get a good seat, with the concert starting at 2pm. Contact Trevor Bowers on 01274 862635 for more information.




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News In Brief Club’s band serves up a medley of hits BATLEY: St Mary’s Theatre Group are putting on a show for one night only at St Mary’s Social Club in Batley – with their very own band. On Friday, May 17, the audience can sing along and dance to hits made famous by The Doors, Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Billy Joel, David Bowie and many more. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£5) are available by calling 01924 478394, or pay on the door.

Still working together...twins celebrate 70th

TWINS who have worked together at a Dewsbury furniture company for over four decades between them have celebrated a milestone birthday. Friends and colleagues at Jay-Be in Thornhill Lees threw a 70th birthday party for Mary Bennett and Irene Jackson. They started their careers together as seamstresses at an underwear company before Irene left for a job in upholstery. But they were reunited again when they joined the sewing room team at Jay-Be years later. BIRSTALL: St Saviour’s Church on Mary and Irene still work 20 hours a week Brookroyd Lane is hosting a coffee mornand say they don’t plan on slowing down any ing and bring and buy plant sale tomortime soon. row (Saturday, 10am-12noon). Known as ‘the twins’, they admitted that There’ll also be cake and book stalls. people sometimes get them mixed up – even though they’re not identical. Irene said: “Sometimes people MIRFIELD say ‘morning Mary’ WF14 0DQ when I know they Like our Facebook Page to keep updated with special offers: mean me, but I just go with it, everybody means well.” Roger Durrans, managing director at Jay-Be, said: “Irene and Mary are wellloved members of the team. “Everyone at JayBe would like to wish them a wonderful 4 X 330ML GLASS 70th birthday and BOTTLES DIET COKE thank them for their TASTES NICER FROM A GLASS BOTTLE valuable contribution SUPERMARKET PRICE: £3.25 over the years, and for the fantastic work they continue to do.” PLUS LOTS MORE DRINKS BARGAINS

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WARNING signs have gone up at a notorious flooding blackspot – a year after two motorists became stranded. Toby Hosker and Hannah Stirk had to be rescued from their car after they attempted to drive through Calder View at Lower Hopton in Mirfield on Easter Monday last year. Now Sheffield-based developer Gleeson Homes, which took over the nearby Calder View housing estate in 2017, has installed ‘No entry’ signs on the road. The company says a depth gauge has also arrived on site to be put in place to further assist motorists. Calder View is close to the River Calder and floods whenever there is heavy rain for a long period. In a jokey email to a local campaigner, someone from the company’s customer services team wrote: “We don’t want any more soggy Nissan

Micras.” The flippant response did not address the severity of the flooding issue. When Mr Hosker and Miss Stirk became trapped they had to climb out of their Ford Ka via the boot. The couple’s car became stranded in several feet of water in the dark when the road flooded following heavy rainfall. They said they could not see the depth of the water until it was too late. In March this year the

flood waters were so high that they almost covered another car. Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt welcomed Gleeson Homes’ involvement with the site. But he encouraged them to take action over the flooding issue and to make good on its promise to install a pumping system. Gleeson Homes’ customer services team responded: “We will discuss with our area office and address this. We don’t want any more soggy Nissan Micras.” Coun Bolt said: “I am pleased that the developer has done it. “Clearly, people from outside the area have had problems with the flooding. “It’s long overdue for the safety of the public.” A spokesman for Gleeson Homes said: “The main road floods from time to time as it has done for many years. “We have provided an alternative route for when this happens and we have also provided a depth gauge to enable motorists to see the depth of the water when the road floods and to enable them to make a decision about using the alternative route.”


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40 sex abuse arrests include Dewsbury suspects FORTY people, including some from Dewsbury, have been arrested by detectives investigating child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the 38 men and two women were questioned after allegations were made by 13 victims about sexual abuse against them between 1997 and 2015. The people arrested, as part of the ongoing Operation Stovewood

investigation, are aged between 29 and 53 and are from Dewsbury, Leeds, Sheffield, Rotherham and Maidstone. A spokeswoman for the NCA said the victims were aged between 11 and 26 at the time of the alleged offences. The suspects have all been bailed or released pending further investigation. Carl Vessey-Baitson, from the NCA, said: “Arresting such a large

number of individuals, as part of one Stovewood sub-operation, shows that our desire to listen to victims and bring offenders to justice is not wavering. “Stovewood is a challenging and complex investigation, with victims and survivors reliving abuse that took place many years ago. “To date we have engaged with over 410 victims and survivors and have arrested or interviewed by appointment 94 suspects, mean-

ing this is the largest law enforcement investigation into non-familial CSAE (child sexual abuse and exploitation) ever undertaken in the UK. “Conducting such an investigation can only be achieved with the support and co-ordination of our partners and South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council continue to provide invaluable assistance.”

Soldier honoured 100 years after his death By David Bentley A BATLEY soldier was remembered and honoured at a service to mark 100 years since his death. Descendants of Private Michael Hunt attended a ceremony at Batley Cemetery organised by the Project Bugle group and a wreath was laid on his grave. Pvt Hunt died aged 35 on April 17, 1919, of tuberculosis, in Staincliffe Hospital, which had been commandeered by the military as a base infirmary. Serving with the Labour Corps as well as the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry during the Great War, he was buried with military honours at the top of Batley Cemetery on April 22, 1919. Family members including his granddaughter Margaret Conley and great grandson, Cpl Richard Conley of the RAF, were present

Descendants of Pvt Hunt were among those who attended the ceremony for the service. Standard bearers from the Royal British Legion also attended and a World War One reenactor, Kevin Morley, stood silently in full British Army battledress throughout. The ceremony, led by Tony Dunlop, was the 63rd event for Project Bugle – a five-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund that aims to remember the thousand men from Batley and Birstall who were lost in the First World War.

On the 100th anniversary of a serviceman’s death, a brief ceremony is held at the graveside of those who are buried locally to mark their sacrifice. Research volunteers also rediscovered the graves of Pvt Hunt’s parents a few hundred feet away in Batley Cemetery, which had been long forgotten. According to census and other local data, Pvt Hunt was born on September 3, 1884, to an Irish family living in Carlinghow.



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He was employed as a Corporation ‘scavenger’ at the age of 16, meaning he likely worked as a street sweeper or dustman. In 1911, at 26, he worked at a sewage works and married Mary Ellen Cairns in 1912, settling in a new home at 6, Back Crescent Street in Batley. Their first child, John, was born in 1914 but died aged 11 months. They had a second child, Thomas, in 1916. No information has been found about his time in the services but he joined the KOYLI’s 3rd/4th battalion before transferring to the Labour Corps. Nothing further is known until a classified notice was placed in a local newspaper on April 26, 1919, announcing his death in Staincliffe Hospital. Pvt Hunt is also remembered on Batley war memorial and at St Mary’s RC church.

News In Brief Man treated for eye injury after attack BATLEY: A man suffered an eye injury after being attacked outside a bar in the early hours of Saturday morning. The victim, in his 20s, was assaulted outside Brooklands Sports and Party Bar on Bradford Road at around 4am. He was taken to hospital with an eye injury while police cordoned off parts of the road for most of the morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101, quoting crime reference 13190227558.

Fire flats evacuated BATLEY: A fire broke out at commercial premises on Oxford Street, Mount Pleasant, in the early hours of Monday morning. Fire crews from Dewsbury and Cleckheaton were called just after 5am to the premises, which has flats above it. A fire service spokesman said the fire involved a fridge and affected 20 per cent of the ground floor of the property. Residents in the flats evacuated the building before the fire service arrived.

Greenway litter pick DEWSBURY: Staff at Asda Dewsbury are looking for volunteers to help with a community litter pick on the Calder Valley Greenway tomorrow (Saturday, 9.30am-10.30am). Anyone wishing to help should meet at the store on Mill Street West at 9.25am.

Weekend rambles RAMBLERS: The Dewsbury and District Rambling Club has a walk planned in Middleton Woods tomorrow (Saturday), meeting David Townend at Link Road for 9.30am. On Sunday, meet Cynthia O’Driscoll in the Wellington Road car park at 9.30am for a walk round Mount Grace Priory.




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It’s never personal, I assure you ’VE ALWAYS quite liked Eric Firth, who until last Friday morning had been a Labour councillor for Dewsbury East since, oh, about the reign of Queen Victoria. He’s always been pleasant enough to me – to my face at least.


I don’t think Labour councillors hold Locky in much regard, generally speaking. Considering the questionable stuff some of them have been complicit in over the years, and especially during Shahid Malik’s ‘colourful’ tenure as MP, I take that as a huge compliment. I still chuckle at Eric Firth’s brazen denial of knowing who Tahir ‘Terry’ Zaman was when he helped muscle through a planning application from the disgraced businessman. Planning officers had recommended refusal, but Eric –

DEFEATED: Eric Firth who worked for MP Malik at that time – and friends overruled them. Despite Zaman owning the offices Malik and Firth worked in, being the MP’s landlord, and generally hav-

ing the Dewsbury Labour Party on a string, good old Eric insisted he didn’t know Terry from Adam, hence not declaring an interest and absenting himself from that decision. The councillor was livid when the matter got referred to the Standards Committee which predictably cleared him of any wrongdoing. Move along folks, nothing to see here… Eric’s bluff and amiable countenance hasn’t changed much over the years – clearly, being a Kirklees councillor isn’t the most stressful occupation on planet earth. He had a face like a slapped arse last Friday though, as he watched the ballot papers stack up for his youthful political opponent Aleks Lukic. At least Eric was dignified in defeat, shaking Coun Lukic’s hand and congratulating him in good grace,

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unlike new Batley East member Yusra Hussain, who refused to accept her rival Paul Halloran’s congratulations and handshake. Don’t take it personally Paul, that could be for any number of reasons. I doubt it’s of much consolation to the Batley businessman that his 1,959 votes in Batley West would have been sufficient to win any number of Huddersfield district seats. He’s probably as irked as many candidates before him – and to come – at the 8,000 or so eligible voters in his ward who couldn’t be bothered dragging their backsides off the sofa to go vote. I’ve always wondered about the wisdom of making voting a legal requirement. At least if there’s a ‘None of the Above’ option, people could actively dissent – and wouldn’t it be hilarious if that option actually won the count? As it is, an overall Kirklees Council voting turnout of just 33 per cent shows how disengaged people are from the issues I’ve no doubt they bitch and moan about at home, but can’t muster the enthusiasm to do something about. We tried to get a comment from Eric Firth, to give him the opportunity to thank his supporters and to show his good grace in public, but he was unavailable.

At least new Councillor Hussain has sent us a letter and I hope she’s good to her word and proves a hardworking representative. I understand that Eric will be sore at The Press given how we’ve very much been a platform for independent voices like Aleks Lukic and Paul Halloran, while he and his Labour cabal generally prefer to patronise the Reporter Group newspapers, despite them having fewer readers than his election leaflets. All I can say is that it’s nothing personal; I couldn’t care less about the colour of a politician’s rosette – it’s entirely about holding whoever’s in power to account. Shabir Pandor was an approachable councillor until he got the top job at Kirklees and now he acts like a demagogue with something to hide. Does that offend me as a journalist? Yes it does, frankly, and has nothing to do with his party affiliations, instead being all about democracy, transparency and answerability. Kath Pinnock and Robert Light got the same scrutiny when they ran the council for the Lib Dems and Tories, but they at least engaged with our questions. For some reason Labour leaders seem to think they’re above that.

AUL HALLORAN’S frustrations expressed in his letter today (see p9) weren’t just at the low turn-out but the unarguable Muslim bloc vote that explicitly benefitted Coun Hussain. I don’t know why people are either surprised or disappointed by this realpolitik. Communities of people with shared heritage or culture have always voted out of mutual self-interest, the world over; my Irish Catholic ancestors in Daw Green (Westtown) would have come out in force to support one of their own trying to get on the old Dewsbury Borough Council. Belonging to a mosque is no different (in some ways) than belonging to a trade union, or for that matter a Rotary Club. I doubt you’ll have many Jeremy Corbyn fans down at the local Masonic lodge either. For sure there isn’t the same explicit three-line whip involved, but the practice of biraderi – making lineage and kinship a priority over something as flimsy as political party affiliation – in south Asian communities is nothing new and won’t be changing in my lifetime. If all the people complaining about it took a five-minute walk to the polling booth, they could do something about it. Congratulations to all the victors – now get on with delivering on your promises.


Getting cold warming up T SEEMS British summertime fell on an April weekend this year. At least the glorious Easter bank holiday saw several consecutive days of unseasonably warm and sunny days. I can recall years when summer seems to have fallen on four or five odd Tuesdays and Thursdays, sprinkled between May and September. Watching the rain turn the back garden into a pond on Tuesday, I was quite hoping it was one of those days when England’s right-on, leftie schoolteachers were encouraging their pupils to take a day off and go protest against climate change. How sweetly ironic it would be, to see the little socialist Brownshirts-in-waiting getting drenched, frozen, and then having several days off school full of cold, all in the name of protesting against global warming. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in climate change denial and teaching our young people about the need to create more eco-friendly societies has its place in the classroom – certainly more than teaching pre-pubescent children about the minutiae of sexual acts. But I do rather think it would be more responsible to organise their protests for Saturday or Sundays – or perhaps even during school holidays. I wonder why school staff don’t go down that route...? Not. It seems perverse that parents are punished and dragged before the courts if they take their children out of school in term time, but it’s okay when the little sweethearts are being indoctrinated and doing the political bidding of their militant teachers.


RAN out of space in last week’s column, but I wanted to pass on my regards to everyone involved in the Batley town hall vigil for the victims of the Sri Lankan massacres. I understand that Imam Irfan Soni was the driving force behind the cross-community gathering that paid respects to the hundreds who lost their lives at the hands of Islamist suicide bombers. In its way it’s a small gesture, but hugely meaningful in its own way. Well done, one and all.



Friday May 10, 2019

Accident woman trapped under van

AN elderly woman was seriously injured after being hit by a van in Batley town centre. The woman was in collision with a white Alliance Healthcare van on Upper Commercial Street at around 9.30am last Friday. It is believed the van was delivering goods to the Well Pharmacy on the same road when it hit the woman, whom witnesses said was

“dragged under” the vehicle. Firefighters had to raise the van to free her. An air ambulance landed in Batley Memorial Gardens, off Cambridge Street, but it isn’t known whether the woman was taken to hospital via road or helicopter. A spokesman for Alliance Healthcare said: “Alliance Healthcare is fully cooperating with the police on the accident. As this is a police matter we are unable to comment further. Our thoughts are with the member of public and her family during this time.”

Arrests after assault THREE men were arrested on suspicion of attacking a man in Staincliffe last Thursday. The victim suffered facial injuries following the assault on Bunkers Lane just after 2.30pm. Police made the arrests later that evening at a property on Syke Lane in Earlsheaton. A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police attended at a property on Thursday evening in

relation to a report of an assault in Batley earlier that afternoon. “Officers were called at 2.42pm to a report a man had been assaulted by three males in the street on Bunkers Lane. He received facial injuries but did not need hospital treatment. “Following enquiries officers arrested three men from the Dewsbury area later on Thursday evening on suspicion of assault.”

‘Souper’ funding delight for new community project By Zoe Shackleton A COMMUNITY project looking to launch a new group to help siblings of children with disabilities will benefit from over £500. Siblings Matter won over the ‘Dragons Den’style judging panel at last week’s Dewsbury Soup event. Linda Holmes, pictured, of Sensory World in Dewsbury, pitched to over 70 people who attended on the night. Since its inception in May 2018, Dewsbury Soup – which was introduced to help local community projects get off the ground – has held four successful events and Thursday’s raised a record £538 for the winner. The money comes from donations on the door, which includes a bowl of soup and a voting card for all participants, plus drink sales and raffle tickets. The four pitchers at Shackletons furniture shop in Batley last week were STAN, a group which provides somewhere for older people to go and wants to start a second group to show films; Batley Outreach Kitchen, which needs to rebuild their kitchen; Dewsbury Street Angels, the first street angels group to provide support during the day; and the eventual winners Siblings Matter, which wants to start a group for the siblings of children with disabilities. Gordon Newton, who pitched for STAN, said: “There were some very good groups and causes pitching. It would be fabulous if everyone could win. Even though we didn’t win the vote, we have gained a lot simply by pitching. “A couple of people said they might have a projector that we can have or borrow. We might achieve what we wanted without winning.” There were also a record number of ‘bribe

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News In Brief Annual treat for model railway enthusiasts MIRFIELD: Visitors will flock to Mirfield next weekend for the 10th annual model railway exhibition at St Mary’s Parish Church. The event takes place on Saturday, May 18, at the church’s community centre on Church Lane from 10am to 4pm. It’s £4 for adults and £2 for children, with all proceeds going towards funding the church choir. There will be more than 18 railway layouts to enjoy and refreshments all day. This year’s event is in memory of organiser Jennie Dransfield’s husband Peter Dransfield, who passed away in 2015, and all proceeds will go to the Mirfield Team Parish Music Guild.

Club speaker PROBUS: The next meeting of the Batley and Dewsbury Probus Club is on Tuesday (May 14) at Batley Older People’s Centre on Upper Commercial Street. Allan Stuttard is the speaker and everyone is welcome from 10am. For more information ring 01924 471337.

PET FOOD – OPEN 7 DAYS Linda Holmes made the successful pitch slots’ – a 60-second chance to promote something to the audience. Natural Kirklees told attendees about its event at Mirfield Showground on June 8-9; the Red Box Project explained its work in providing sanitary products to schools; Switalski’s solicitors raised awareness of their services and and Purpose of Life promoted its feed the homeless and needy events during Ramadan. There will be more ‘Soup’ events coming up, where the only rule is that pitches benefit the North Kirklees area. More information can be found at www.dewsburysoup.

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History’s being earmarked for demolition Cloth caps off to Ben Marshall for his protest against the proposed closure of The Shears Inn. When I was at the school age he mentioned (10) I had the opportunity to take hold of Enoch’s Hammer in Tolson Museum, Huddersfield. It was a proud moment. ‘Enoch’ was aptly ‘christened’ and used to smash the newly-installed machinery for sheering and cropping which were putting men out of work. They were made by Enoch Taylor of Marsden: hence the saying ‘Enoch made em, Enoch will break ‘em’. The plotters’ pub, The Shears Inn, is an iconic landmark in the story of the Luddites. Here, the route, timings and attack on William Cartwright’s Rawfolds mill, in the Spen Valley, were meticulously planned over pots of ale. Soon after, 50 Luddites would assemble at the Dumb Steeple, Cooper Bridge, ready for the march over Hartshead Moor. Their final advance took them down Halifax Road to the steep embankment encompassing Primrose Lane. Sadly, the attack was defeated by

I am humbled and honoured From: Coun Yusra Hussain (Lab, Batley West) I am writing to thank everyone who voted for me in last week’s local elections. The result within Batley West was remarkable in the backdrop of national politics that are impacting on local issues. I am humbled and feel honoured that so many of you

Letter of the Week: ‘Heckmondwike Hector’ heavy defences inside the mill. Later in that month of April 1812 the organisation became desparate and a group of men ambushed Marsden Mill owner, William Horsefall, at Crosland Moor. He died from a single gunshot wound. Within a short space of time several men were rounded up and convicted of murder; they were subsequently hanged at York. Some historians have argued that it was a ‘show trial.’ The Luddites became history and within a few years it became all too apparent that their aims to stop the advance of technology had been doomed to failure from the very start. As industrialisation gathered apace men, women and children were sucked into the new means of

have put your faith in me through voting for me as a new candidate. I would also like to thank everyone who came out to vote in the election and regardless of who you voted for; I will aim to help each and everyone one of you no matter who you are or where you live. It’s a real privilege to represent your interests in such a remarkable town like Batley. My first aim is to put Batley first and work for everyone. Over the weeks and months, I have had some challenging

mass production as huge ‘leviathan mills’ and factories blanketed the north of England. The demands of industrialists and their machinery would emaciate the frames of its child operatives. Only six years after the failed attack on Rawfolds mill, 17 girls, mostly children died in a catastrophic fire at Thomas Atkinson’s cotton factory at Colne Bridge, Huddersfield. The three youngest were nine years old. The employees, including several who survived, had worked through the entire night. That was the kind of history we were taught at school, but now the curriculum is being widely distorted. The politically correct focus is all about the evil British empire and the

conversations with many of the local residents who have been directly affected by the national government cuts and policies. Like you, I echo the thoughts that ‘enough is enough’. I will begin to create the changes you wish to see by putting Batley first, in everything I do, so that we can invest in a better and brighter future for everyone in Batley. I would also like to thank my super election agent, Councillor Shabir Pandor – his help, support and guidance was

LATEST PLANNING APPLICATIONS Mrs Britt, rear conservatory, 40 Over Hall Road, Mirfield. Kirklees Council - Parks, Landscape and Forestry, erection of fence, Spenborough Swimming Pool And Sports Complex, Bradford Road, Littletown. S Motala, two-storey side and single-storey front and rear extensions and outbuilding, 107 Healey Lane, Healey. N Bashir, single and two-storey rear extension, Abbey Road, Healey. T Page, extensions and alterations to dwelling and detached garage, 23 Springfield Park, Mirfield. M Myers, single-storey side and rear extension, 37 Cornmill Lane, Liversedge. A Shaw, alterations to convert swimming pool/leisure room into one bungalow, Primrose Farm, Crossley Lane, Mirfield. Soyab Patel, extensions and alterations including increase in height, 51 Caledonian Road, Savile Town. F Adam, single-storey side and rear extension and rear dormer windows, 6 Highfield Gardens, Thornhill. H Younus, single-storey rear extension, first and second floor rear extension and single storey front porch extension, 53 Scarborough Street, Savile Town.

E Thackray, single and twostorey extensions to rear, 33 Smithies Moor Rise, Birstall. S Janjua, demolition of former public house and erection of 10 apartments, Commercial Hotel, 125 Wellington Street, Batley. I Swift, two-storey side extension and dormer window to rear, 70 Wellhouse Lane, Mirfield. Mr and Mrs Woodward, singlestorey rear extension, 4 Redwing Park, Mirfield. Mr Franklyn, detached dwelling with integral garage, adjacent to The Hall, Liversedge Hall Lane, Liversedge. D Smith, first floor rear and single-storey side extensions with associated works, 4 Over Hall Road, Mirfield. B Halalat, extensions to side and rear, hip to gable enlargement and dormer windows to front and rear, 31 Ravens Crescent, Scout Hill. M A Khan, installation of replacement shop front (within a Conservation Area), Family Relief Shop, Athlete King, 23 Commercial Street, Batley. Property Management, advertisement consent for two illuminated signs, The Mill Outlet Batley, 418 Bradford Road, Batley. F Patel, two-storey extension to front, 39 Ashcroft Close, Staincliffe. M Bilton, single-storey extension,

dormer window and decking to rear, 61 Manor Park, Mirfield. C Barker, work to tree TPO Sp2/70, 5 Pollard Avenue, Gomersal. Cygnet Healthcare, work to tree TPO 02/76, Norcott House, 75 Leeds Road, Littletown. Miller Homes, installation of one dual use drainage basin with associated underground drainage tank and public open space with associated landscaping; and formation of Lees Hall Road Green Gateway consisting of underground drainage tank and associated landscaping, land at Lees Hall Road, Dewsbury. H Winsor, work to trees TPO 36/92, 63 Manor Park, Mirfield. N Ali, work to trees TPO 41/93, 48 Balmfield, Liversedge. S Mamaniat, the proposal is for erection of single-storey rear extension. The extension projects 6m beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse. The maximum height of the extension is 4m, the height of the eaves of the extension is 2.95m, 60 Woodsome Estate, Staincliffe. Mr and Mrs Mirza, the proposal is for erection of single-storey rear extension. The extension projects 5.3m beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse. The maximum height of the extension is 4m, the height of the eaves of the extension is 3m, 24

New North Road, Heckmondwike. Kirklees Council, certificate of lawfulness for proposed use of premises for short and long stay accommodation for children, Crescent Dale, Nunroyd, Heckmondwike. Martin Walsh Architectural, discharge conditions 3 (materials), 6 (boundary treatments), 10 (Environment Agency permit) on previous permission for 2018/93906 demolition of barn/workshop and erection of detached dwelling with attached garage, 4-5 Mazebrook, Drub, Cleckheaton. N Saleem, the proposal is for erection of single-storey rear extension. The extension projects 6m beyond the rear wall of the original dwellinghouse. The maximum height of the extension is 4m, the height of the eaves of the extension is 3m, 4 Moorside End, Dewsbury Moor. T Skirrow, non-material amendment to previous permission 2018/93906 for demolition of barn/workshop and erection of detached dwelling with attached garage, 4-5 Mazebrook, Drub, Cleckheaton. Mansu Group, discharge condition 3 (Phase I Desk Study Report) on previous permission 2019/91129 for erection of storage building (modified proposal), Firths Yard, Mill Road, Dewsbury.

slave trade. Moreover in a new project the National Trust has begun researching the historic links between stately homes and the slave trade. The project, called ‘Colonial Countryside,’ will see up to 100 children aged 10 and 11 form ‘advisory boards’ for historic houses. The pupils, it is reported, are mostly from African and Asian backgrounds. So there you go. Your teachers of ‘new history.’ We all got rich because of slavery. Quietly overlooked is the fact that

a key to my success and all of the fantastic people involved in my campaign who helped get me elected. I am here to serve every one of the residents of Batley West, I will always be committed to helping every one of you. I ask you to believe in me, approach me and ask me and contact me on any matter where you feel I will be able to help you.

Let down on all sides From: Mr G Dennis, Birstall Today’s council results just say it all, as the country is totally let down by the Brexit debacle! Vince Cable and his Lib Dem party are in cloud cuckoo land at present and still have no credibility, but for goodness’ sake please do not allow Corbyn and his pseudo-Marxist party have a say in any future negotiations, despite the complete mess created by Theresa May and the Tory party. The country voted to leave. No deal if necessary!

New man needs support From: Betty Goodwin, Dewsbury The election of Aleks Lukic in the Dewsbury East ward means the Labour stronghold is breached. When Colin Auty was chosen to represent this ward there were those who dishonourably tried to undermine his work. Let there be no repeat of such shabby behaviour. Aleks deserves respect and should be supported as he carries out his duties.

the greater wealth of this country was accumulated on the broken backs of the white working class with only a pittance going to the tradesmen and women who toiled endless hours. This point of view, however, is being hairbrushed out by the brave new PC educational world. Arguing against it is as futile as the Luddites’ cause itself. Our own history, it seems, like The Shears Inn at Hightown, is being earmarked for demolition.

Important to vote...and spoil From: David Honeybell, Heckmondwike The election of members to the European Parliament takes place on May 23, 2019. Why are we taking part in this multi-million pound farce? Has something happened to make us want to change our view on Brexit and remain in the EU? I know it’s three years ago, but I’m sure I remember a referendum resulting in a majority for leaving the EU. Why has nothing been done to carry out the wishes of the UK electorate? Why do we need to agree a deal for leaving costing us billions? Why have we not left the EU with no deal? I wonder how many people can name any of the candidates, I must confess that I couldn’t name any candidate standing for election from any of the parties. I think it’s important that we should all attend a polling station and register our names, in recognition of past generations who fought for the right to vote, some paying with their lives. I will register and then spoil my paper.

We work fairly for everyone From: Coun Darren O’Donovan (Lab, Dewsbury West) Dear Dewsbury West residents – I’d like to start by thanking everyone who came out to vote for me last Thursday.

Even through the rain you came out to support the democratic process to have your voice heard. I now begin my third term as your councillor and I am honoured and grateful for the trust you have put in me. I promise all residents that, with my ward colleagues Councillors Mumtaz Hussain and Mussarat Pervaiz, I will represent your views within the council and work hard to address your issues and concerns in the area. For all neighbourhoods of Westborough, Scout Hill, Westtown, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury Moor and Thornhill Road, we are here for you. We work fairly and are accessible to all so please do get in touch if you need our help, advice or support. I’d also like to thank Simon (Green Party) Farmida (Conservative Party) and John (Liberal Democrat Party) for their good wishes.

Service was exemplary From: Ben Marshall, Liversedge I would like to thank all the staff at Dewsbury Hospital Ward 20 Elective Orthapaedics for the care of my dad during his hip replacement operation. Despite all the shenanigans regarding disappearing services to Pinderfields (whether we like it or not) the service was exemplary. Thank you so much. However, some people’s idea of visiting times (reasonable, not draconian) or appropriate behaviour, manners, social etiquette, control, respect for others or the treatment of staff was not and is not acceptable.

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From page 8 I can imagine security and West Yorkshire Police are very busy (unless following Mr D Lockwood and his spray cans!) with various dross, but sadly it’s an indication of dealing with (some of) the "great" British public, something I have grown accustomed to after serving them for 23 years. I sincerely hope Dewsbury Hospital in its current location is still here for my grandchildren, as it’s something to be proud of.

Labour got my vote From: Peter Moreland, Heckmondwike In Heckmondwike we had five candidates in the local elections, but only one of them provided a leaflet and actually came round the ward. As this was the Labour candidate he got my vote for his effort, as the others could not be bothered. Why did they stand?

Come and enjoy a blooming great quiz From: Tim Wood, Mirfield Last year Mirfield entered into a civic pride initiative, namely Yorkshire In Bloom. Mirfield’s effort was called unsurprisingly Mirfield in Bloom. A small group of volunteers achieved the almost impossible the first time out – they were joint winners of Yorkshire In Bloom. I must admit that this was the best I have seen the town centre and surrounding districts look in my lifetime. A lot of hard work was done by a group of dedicated hard-grafting volunteers. All the plants, planters, tools and compost etc have to be paid for, with monies coming from various sources to pay for the basics, but they need more cash to grow into results. This Saturday (May 11) we are hosting a fundraising quiz to raise more money for Mirfield’s attempt to win Yorkshire In Bloom and make our town look florally resplendent. This quiz usually starts at 9pm and is £6 per head. This includes a hot supper and the local fundraising group Mirfield Rifle Volunteers will be on hand to lend assistance to the efforts. This is one way in which people can show their support for what has already been achieved and what can be done. Just come along and enjoy a fun general knowledge quiz (it’s not about Latin plant names) and help Mirfield look good again this year.

We work year-round, not just at elections From: Coun Kathleen Taylor, Mirfield ward and town councillor I would like to thank the electorate of Mirfield for re-electing me as one of their Mirfield councillors. This was a team effort with many town and ward councillors, friends and family leafleting and canvassing. All Mirfield councillors try to do their best year-in and year-out, not just when it gets to election time. Once again many thanks to everyone for their help and those who voted for me and I was especially pleased increasing my vote share to 59 per cent, up almost 10 per cent from four years ago.

Let’s work together again after campaign From: Paul Young, Conservative candidate for Batley West Before memories of the local elections fade away, I would like to take a moment to thank those that have supported my campaign in Batley West this year. Thanks to those that have come out and helped deliver leaflets; without you the electorate is kept in the dark. Thank you if you supported me on social media, it is much appreciated. Whilst the national political landscape has been challenging for my campaign, thank you to those who have supported me and my local policies on the doorstep. I do understand how strong the feelings are on national policies at the moment and how we all want to see change of one kind or another. Most of all thank you to my wonderful family who have supported me and sacrificed a lot this year. Now the dust has settled, let’s take time to reflect on why it is important to have elections. If we truly believe in better for the town and our families, let’s now come back together, respectfully disagree where we need to, but most importantly, put our best ideas and efforts

together to encourage positive changes for our town. And let’s not forget to hold our councillors to account and make sure we challenge them all year if we don’t feel that they are doing their job. If we have issues in our area with parking, flytipping, anti-social behaviour or lack of money coming into Batley, then speak to them or use social media for good. The renewed passion for change in Batley is a positive thing, so let’s all keep it up!

Your election support was so humbling From: Paul Halloran, Batley Borough Independent candidate I would like to thank my family and friends for their incredible, unwavering support and the voters who put their trust and faith in me as the prospective independent ccouncillor for Batley West in last week’s council elections. Having only announced my candidacy six weeks ago, the reaction I received from many people in Batley and Birstall was extremely humbling. From a standing start, with no previous political experience and no big party machine behind me I received 1,959 votes, 36 per cent of the votes cast, with the winner attaining 2,599 votes, 48 per cent of the votes cast. To put these figures into perspective, in 2018 Labour had a 69 per cent share of the votes cast, a 21 per cent reduction. The Conservative candidate had a 25 per cent share in 2018 which was reduced to an 11 per cent share this year, a 14 per cent reduction. So, whilst I wasn’t victorious this time, to take a 35 per cent share off the two main political parties is an amazing feat. Sadly voter apathy is a big driver in the balance of politics with the Batley and surrounding areas. The Labour Party have developed a strategy of “dragging people out of their homes”, as quoted to me by an election official. This strategy ultimately pushed them over the line. What I am proud of is that I conducted my campaign with the utmost integrity and fairness. Whilst some people who label themselves ‘Labour Party activists’ chose to share a totally fictitious blog full of complete lies and fabrication with the intention to smear my reputation. Incredibly, one of the people who shared this article was appointed a polling agent at the elections by the Labour Party. Added to this another one who shared this bile was out campaigning with Tracy Brabin in the week of the election. So, the Labour Party have nailed their colours to the mast. Power means everything to them and they will do everything required, no matter how unpalatable to retain control. If they think I can be bullied out of the picture they don’t know me. This isn’t the end, it’s only just the beginning. If people really do want change and care about what’s happening in our area, you cannot change it by venting on social media. Change can only happen via the ballot box. If you can’t give up 10 minutes of your life, I guarantee you, you’ll have the opportunity to complain for the rest of your lives.

We shouldn’t abandon rational faculties From: Alec Suchi, Bradford It is curious how the authorities tolerated the City of London being recently disrupted by climate change activists described as ‘Extinction Rebellion’, many of whom seemingly unacquainted with the world of work and the inconvenience caused to those who work daily. Had patriots gathered in such numbers to disrupt the normal course of business in London, while protesting for example against the ‘Brexit Betrayal’, it is certain that the crowds would have been dispersed by force, involving water canons, tear gas and a deployment of riot police. Following the high-profile disruption caused by Extinction Rebellion, we were than admonished by a young savant, Greta Thunberg to save the planet. How had she come to such prominence? Now an ensuing madness is unfolding as we are told that there remains only 10 years to avoid an impending ecological disaster caused

by climate change. It is asserted that ‘climate change’ is an incontrovertible fact when certain scientists such as Gregory Wrightstone, Patrick Michaels and Piers Corbyn all take a sceptical view that carbon dioxide emissions affect the climate. Piers Corbyn has argued that any variation in the temperature is caused by solar/ lunar effects and not the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. There is no doubt that we should reduce pollution levels affecting the atmosphere and water supplies and manage resources in order to live sustainably and thus avoiding resource depletion. But it is another matter to abandon all our rational faculties to appease environmental fanatics with little understanding of science or the self-righteous presumptions of a precocious child.

Common sense DOES exist somewhere! From: Harry Teale, Mirfield At last! A ‘Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young’ scheme in Leeds has proved that targeting parents into providing only healthy food options and choices does reduce obesity in children! Over 10 per cent of the children involved were saved from getting fat in the year of the trial! Fourteen other cities which were compared (Not using ‘HENRY’) did not show any changes! Experts were ‘astonished’ by the success of the project! Common sense does exist in this crazy world!



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Health directors pocket £400,000 in three years By Steve Martyn SENIOR health bosses have pocketed more than £400,000 in payouts over the past three years. The latest Locala accounts show that £134,000 was paid to departing directors in 2018 – on the back of £163,000 the previous year and £125,000 in 2016 – to compensate for “loss of office”. Batley-based Locala is a notfor-profit organisation which runs community nursing in Kirklees. The total amount paid out in the last three years is £422,000. Former chief executive Robert Flack was one of the most notable officials to leave in 2017, while three other directors – James Barwick, Tina Quinn and Mark Saunders – all left in the same year. Mr Flack said that he had

Gender pay gap explained LOCALA has been shown to pay its female staff less than men – but says it’s because they have more women working for them. The company’s 2018 gender pay gap report shows that on

quit “to pursue new career opportunities” so it’s not known whether he received any of the £163,000 that year, while Mr Barwick denied getting any of it. The latest accounts show that two more directors, Natalie McMillan and Sharon Lowrie, left in 2018. Locala said that its ‘re-aligning’ of the boardroom led to loss of office payments but Mrs Lowrie said she didn’t receive a payout. Mrs McMillan left on August 31 and had stepped in as interim chief executive for six months when Mr Flack quit. Mrs Lowrie was the director of finance and performance and has since moved on to be a managing director of Be Caring, a company similar to Locala. Trade union Unison’s Yorkshire health spokeswoman Natalie Ratcliffe said:

“It’s really sad and disappointing to hear about these six-figure sums. “From administrators to clinicians they all work really hard, yet when they are restructured or have to leave there are no six-figure sums for them. “In fact, quite the opposite. Instead directors and chief execs get 26 per cent pay rises and then they scrap small benefits for staff, such as £40 vouchers. “It is demoralising for our members to know this goes on.” Locala chairwoman Diane McKerracher, who was appointed in 2017 after Mr Flack’s departure, said: “Locala works to ensure that public funds are spent responsibly, with the primary aim of ensuring high quality patient care for our communities. “As part of this work, in 2017/18 we continued to re-

align our board structure and profiles to ensure this matched the needs of the organisation. “Whilst we cannot comment on the specific situation of individuals, we can confirm this led to the payment for loss of office that appears in the accounts published in December for the year ending March 31, 2018. “These actions, taken around 18 months ago, were business decisions with the intention of ensuring an effective future for Locala. “This work has now been completed and as a result we are in a different place as an organisation in 2019, with a new, committed and effective board driving forward service planning and improvements. “Locala returned a small surplus on 2017/18 which is being invested in the care of patients as we progress with our three-year strategy.”

average men are earning more than women. Figures reveal a female member of staff’s average hourly pay is 14 per cent less than men’s, while bonus pay is 79 per cent lower. But a spokesman for Locala said the company uses the NHS pay scale and pays the same salary to both men and women – but because

more than 90 per cent of staff are female, it makes the figures uneven. Dianne Frost, director of organisational development and people, said: “Like a number of health organisations, Locala does employ a significantly higher proportion of females. “However, because many of our male colleagues are

employed in the higher-paid clinical roles and not in the lower-paid entry roles, this contributes to the gender pay gap. “We are committed to improving the gender pay gap. “We are starting to see changes and we have made improvements to our recruitment policy and processes.”


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THE Mirfield and District Round Table Beer and Music Festival is returning for a seventh year next month. Thousands of visitors are expected to turn up at St Paul’s Church on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 to sample around 30 real ales and ciders, a lager bar and prosecco and gin bar as well as live music. Doors open at 5pm on the Friday and close at midnight, then 12pm until 12am on the Saturday, and it costs £5 for entry. Social officer James Graham said: “We put on a successful bonfire each year and it’s great to see the beer festival back for its seventh year. “Any profits made from these wonderful events will support local good causes.”



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Cyclists take on climbing challenges in Robinson ride AS the professional cycling peloton leaves the region after another successful Tour de Yorkshire, amateur cyclists are gearing up for the 12th edition of the popular Brian Robinson Challenge Ride. The 70-mile event on Sunday takes in some of the iconic Pennine climbs and roads on which Britain’s first Tour de France stage winner trained. The ride, which is raising money for good causes in North Kirklees, starts at Huddersfield New College and is

organised by Mirfield cyclist and councillor Martyn Bolt. This year’s beneficiaries are the Liversedge-based Streetbikes cycling charity, Birstall’s Bumpy motorcycle project and the 39th Parkwood Scout group. To date, the event has raised more than £60,000 for more than 20 charitable causes. The ride features a mass start on New Hey Road at 9am, with the first mile on a closed road, before riders

head over Buckstones Moor for the next 10 miles. It offers a personal challenge to all riders, whether they are trying to get round the 8,000 feet of climbing in under four hours or pacing themselves to get back within the eight-hour time limit. The route was inspired by Mirfield cycling legend Brian Robinson, whose exploits helped secure the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 and fuelled the Yorkshire cycling boom. The event has attracted riders from far and wide to conquer the climbs of Holme Moss, Woodhead Pass and Wessenden Head, with the furthest travelled to date being an entrant from Austin, Texas in the 2014 edition.

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Group seeks backers for kids’ activity sessions By Zoe Shackleton

Youngsters enjoyed three days of free activities

DOZENS of youngsters in Batley enjoyed three days of free activities in Wilton Park over the bank holiday weekend. Organisers are hoping to make the sessions more regularly available, with extra activities planned tomorrow (Saturday, 1pm) and over the coming weekends. The newly-formed Batley West Young People’s Activity Forum wants to get young people aged between five and 18 in the area more active. The community partnership has teamed up with Batley Bulldogs, Wilton Park Tennis Club and Ready, Steady, Active to give kids the opportunity to try something they might not have done before. From Friday to Sunday last week, children took part in sessions includ-


ing rugby, boxing, tennis and rounders – all for free. There was even a chance to write a poem for the park, with representatives from Batley Poets running a stall where people could ‘mix and match’ their first Haiku poem. West Yorkshire Police officers and firefighters also turned up in their emergency service vehicles to show the youngsters what they do. But to keep the free sessions going, the group needs help from sponsors. Chairman of the Friends of Wilton Park group, David Flint, said: “It has taken an awful lot of work to get this off the ground but the feedback from the children, teenagers and families has made it all well worth the effort. “Even older people have commented how nice it has been to sit and have a coffee and watch the younger people engaging in different sports

and having so much fun. It is clear that this was very well received by the local community and for that reason we are looking to run some more events on Saturday afternoons over the next three weekends. “The only issue now is how to fund this so that it can become a more sustainable provision. So if any individuals or businesses would like to get on board and sponsor some sessions then it would be fantastic to hear from them.” Anyone wanting to take part in tomorrow’s sessions can register at the park from 1pm, with the activities starting from 1.30pm until 3pm, followed by a free meal at the park’s cafe for all the children and teenagers taking part. If anybody wants to sponsor any of the events they can email

OSSETT BREWERY can now boast one of the best independent craft beers in the North East after striking gold in a regional competition. The popular brewery took top prize in the bottle and can category at the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) North East Independent Beer Awards with their Indian Pale Ale ‘Alpaca’. The awards were judged by fellow brewers and other representatives from the industry at the Gateshead Beer and Music Festival. Cullercoats Brewery in North Shields took home the cask beer medal for their ‘Polly Donkin Oatmeal Stout’. SIBA’s head of PR and marketing, Neil Walker, said: “The quality of beer in this competition was astounding, with a real variety of styles including more modern New England-style hazy IPAs and fruited sour beers going head to head with traditional porters, stouts and barley wines. “I’d like to congratulate all the winners and in particular Cullercoats and Ossett, who took the overall top spots. Winning these awards is a huge achievement.” Ossett Brewery now goes forward to the national finals in Liverpool.

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‘Maniac’ jailed for pursuit A DRIVER has been locked up for eight months after leading police on a highspeed chase through Ossett and Horbury. Described as a ‘maniac’ by a judge, Paul Brough, of Syke Avenue in Earlsheaton, drove at double the speed limit and overtook cars on blind bends during the pursuit on August 30 last year. The 40-year-old was spotted by police in Chickenley, and they followed him because they knew he was a banned driver. Brough then sped off along Princess Road towards Ossett and drove on the opposite carriageway before overtaking cars on Storrs Hill Road, reaching speeds of 70mph. Brough finally abandoned the car, which belonged to his friend, at a housing development in Horbury and ran off. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no licence and having no insurance. Sentencing Brough to eight months in prison and banning him from driving for three years and four months, Judge Mushtaq Khokar said: “You drove like a maniac. It is just good fortune that nobody got hurt.”

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Linking up the region? By Chris Young Local Democracy Reporter THE CASE for a mass transit system which could affect the Spen Valley Greenway is being formulated by local transport bosses. West Yorkshire Combined Authority recently proposed a ‘City Region Transit Network’ that would create new public transport links in local towns and cities, including some areas that currently have no rail links – such as Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton. The plan is a long-term one, unlikely to be completed until the 2030s, but the Combined Authority is preparing

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transit services. “However lessons learnt from elsewhere suggest that there are also significant challenges associated with delivering mass transit. “These include, for example, the scale of costs involved, integration with buses within the deregulated market, engineering/deliverability challenges, as well as ensuring value for money for both users and investors. “Funding and financing is a major challenge both for development and construction – early identification of the funding strategy is essential. “Whilst the cost of implementing mass transit can be high, the scale of benefits which it delivers are also high.”

Stadium treat for youngsters MORE THAN 100 children from local schools got the chance to play football on the pitch at the John Smith’s Stadium – the home of Huddersfield Town – on Tuesday. It was part of this year’s Great Get Together event, which remembers murdered MP Jo Cox. The youngsters from Westborough High School, Upper Batley High School, Spen Valley High School, plus Colne Valley High, Netherhall School and North Huddersfield Trust School, also took part in workshops aimed at bringing communities together. The event was partly organised by Mrs Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater, who spoke to the children before they got the chance to take part in a question and answer session with Huddersfield’s first team coaches.

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Celebrating the vital role journalism plays


By David Bentley Editor

OURNALISM MATTERS’ is a new campaign highlighting the vital role that trusted news media journalism plays in our democratic society. Running from May 13-19 and replacing Local Newspaper Week, the new campaign is being spearheaded by the local media sector and will also highlight the local media industry’s enormous reach – 42 million UK adults across print and digital platforms. By campaigning on behalf of readers, independent news media can make a real difference to people’s lives and bring about change for the better. Hundreds of local papers participate each year by running themed content, features, special initiatives, and artwork. Demand for local news and information has never been higher, with more people accessing it than ever before through printed local newspapers like The Press, and our website. What these millions of people have in common is that they place extremely high value upon the trusted local news and information provided by local papers. They trust their local paper to male a difference and report accurately and fairly on the issues that matter most to their lives. You know our style at The Press, and we never shy away from the important issues. We believe passionately that you have the right to be kept fully informed about what is happening. Defending press freedom is about defending our basic rights as citizens and we believe passionately that they are of fundamental importance to us all.



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So many ways to read AVE you seen our new, online edition that was launched earlier this year? Anyone with a computer, tablet or mobile phone can now read the entire edition of The Press not just as news stories on our website but by clicking on the link alongside them, to get the full monty! We have keen readers as far afield as Western Australia and Toronto, Canada, who regularly enjoy the fullnewspaper experience before the actual printed copies of The Press are


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Throughout 2019 local historian Mike Popplewell will be searching through his newspaper collection from the 1920s and 30s for some of the biggest headlines from home and abroad – while also taking a look at stories making the news in our own district. Readers are welcome to provide feedback if any of these features are remembered personally, or you can recall being told them by an earlier generation.

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E WARNED – go into a convenience store in the district tonight and up to teatime tomorrow and there is a good chance you will find yourself stuck behind someone entering the lottery or buying any one of the selection of scratch cards on offer. Get home and put the TV on and you are bound to be beset with gambling offers from Bet Fred, Paddy Power, Coral, Ladbrooke’s, Red Casino etc. We would seem to be in the midst of a gambling mania in this country. There have always been gamblers in our society, none more so than the upper classes, where fortunes could be won or lost on the turn of a card, but it was always undertaken privately or surreptitiously. My three-times great grandparents married at Birstall Church in 1818 and left Heckmondwike to live in London, where they were followed by a nephew who made a fortune by patenting the sale of buttons on a card. The button ‘king’s’ money was subsequently lost by a gambling, womanising son, while my great great great grandad Robert Popplewell’s grandson followed in his second cousin’s footsteps with a penchant for fast women and slow horses and spent days on end at the Newmarket racecourse. Inheritances were very easily lost in my family. However, one of Robert’s grandson’s got the right idea about gambling and settled for a career as a bookies’ runner.


In the days before betting shops, when street betting was illegal, bookmakers would send their ‘runners’ out to meet their customers on street corners, or in the shadows, to avoid the ‘bobbies’ on the beat. If caught they would risk being up before the magistrate and facing a fine. But that all should have changed in 1930, when the then recentlyestablished Irish Free State, now known as the Republic of Ireland, established the Irish Free State Hospitals Sweepstake to raise funds to support Ireland’s hospitals. Unfortunately the population of Ireland was insufficient to supply adequate funds and the organisers looked to sell their tickets in the UK and USA, which would have been fine if it wasn’t illegal to gamble there. In the event the money managed to get back to the organisers, but

the ticket stubs for the draw often didn’t. Millions of tickets were sold both sides of the Atlantic. The austerity of the time was such that risking a small fine was worth another gamble in view of the potential rewards. It was so blatantly obvious that people were ‘investing’ in this lottery that the Yorkshire Observer of Wednesday March, 22 1933 carried a front page story announcing the draw! Although, it should be noted that in the middle of the Irish Sweepstake story there was a highlighted paragraph announcing that four men had been fined a shilling in a Leeds Court after pleading guilty of selling sweepstake tickets. The draw would be made in Dublin with the name of a horse running in a major race, either here or in Ireland, and then it was just a case of waiting to see how

that horse fared in the race and whether you were due a prize. If you drew a horse then you would receive £700, if the horse won the prize was £30,000 and it was estimated that half of the millions of tickets had been bought in the UK. For the record, £700 would have been the equivalent of nearly £50,000 today and £30,000 would be worth over £2million today. You can understand the risk taking. But, all that aside, while millions were waiting on news of a slice of luck from Ireland local news was depressingly familiarly depressing! A verdict of ‘accidental death’ was returned on the death of sevenyear-old Joan Clough of Track Road after she had been knocked down by a car driven by Mrs Doris Holroyd of Carr Lodge, Dewsbury. No luck either for Mrs Mabel Holmes, of Shirley Avenue, Gomersal, after her claim for damages against Thomas Burnley and Sons was dismissed with costs. Mrs Holmes, who was employed in the spinning room at Burnley’s Mill, suffered personal injuries, along with 26 others, in an explosion at the Mill 18 months earlier that had resulted in the death of two workers. There was no luck either for 63year-old miner Charles Henry Wood, of Hightown, who, though thought to be in fairly good health, was found dead in his chair in front the fire on the Monday evening having last been seen outside his house, in Parkin Street, that morning.

NORTH KIRKLEES: The Royal Voluntary Service has a number of activities planned in the district next week. Starting on Monday (May 13), there’s the weekly Movement and Games group at Batley Older People’s Centre (10.30am-noon) and the ‘Sociables’ meeting at Bleak House in Wilton Park (10.30am-12.30pm). Then on Tuesday there’s a pilates class at the Older People’s Centre from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. On Wednesday, there’s the Midweek Meet and Eat at the Older People’s Centre from 12.30pm-2pm – bring a packed lunch and join in activities. While that’s going on there’ll be an official renaming ceremony of the centre from 1pm-3pm, after which it will be known as Batley Community Centre. Thursday sees the lunch club at the newly-named community centre at 11.30am-1pm – pre-booking is required. There’s also another Movement and Games group at Cleckheaton Library from 10.30am-noon. Culminating on Friday, there’s a third Movement and Games group at Birstall Community Centre (10.30am-noon).







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Web TALK with Andrew Firth Welcome to the latest edition of Web Talk, helping Kirklees website owners to prosper online.

Get ahead of the rest AVE you heard of website schema data? If you’re a website owner and you have not discussed schema data with your website developer then now is the time, as this is now one of the key background areas of a website that you can utilise to get ahead of your competitors in the search engines, here’s how. Schema data Schema is the vocabulary or definition of data that exists on a website and it helps the search engines to understand the meaning of the various elements of data within a website. As well as giving meaning, schema is also there to define relationships on the internet (pages, emails, addresses etc). Otherwise known as mark-up, schema has become very important in recent years as it helps the search engines to understand the meaning behind your content, and if Google understands meaning it can provide a more relevant result to the person searching. You can check the schema of




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Adventure awaits PEOPLE who are passionate about arts and culture, are being urged to help spread the word across North Kirklees. Arts adventurers are being recruited to encourage attendance at live performances, festivals, workshops and much more. Creative Scene, the Arts Council-funded programme which brings new events and performances into towns and communities, is launching the search for a group of new ‘adventurers’ to encourage take up of creative and cultural events. Since Creative Scene launched in Dewsbury in 2014, more than 100,000 have experienced some form of culture. Clare Black, Creative Scene’s arts adventurer co-ordinator, said: “People don’t always know what is going on right here on their doorstep. Arts adventurers will help others to find out. “We are looking to bring together a team of people who want to spread the word about what is happening. “Arts adventurers will play an important part in introducing new people to some amazing festivals with performances from street artists happening near to where they live – and a heap of other events in town centres, parks, social clubs and community spaces. “The new recruits will visit groups to tell them about upcoming activities, hand out leaflets, sell tickets, join in at our events and ask people their views, as well as having the opportunity to see great performances in the area. “We want them to tell people ‘Come and see a live performance in the pub instead of watching TV, or take you kids to see first class theatre in a community centre up the road’.”

Clare said they wanted to hear from all kinds of people from different communities; ranging from those who work in a cafe, mums on the school run, people who go to a pub, or take part in sports, in fact anyone who has some time to spare during the week or who wants to expand or gain some new skills. Clare added: “It is known that experiencing and taking part in any from of the arts has proven benefits for your mental health and well-being.” Tracey King, from Liversedge, signed up as an arts adventurer last year. She said: “It is my aim to encourage as many people as possible to have some art and culture in their lives as the benefits are immense.” The part-time roles will be paid and are suitable for flexible working, offering varied hours over days, evenings and weekends. More details and how to apply before May 20 are available at under ‘get involved.’

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Dinosaurs go walkabout! AN ANIMATRONIC and interactive ‘Dinosaur Invasion’ is coming to Cleckheaton town centre next Saturday as part of Spenborough Chamber of Commerce and Trade’s special Dinosaur Community Day. Sixteen animatronic dinosaurs will entertain visitors across four shows, with the first starting at 11am. Some dinosaurs will also go on a walkabout throughout the day in between performance in the Savoy Square and families can also enjoy fairground rides, a story-telling tent, free dinosaur-themed crafts, hot food and independent stalls. The craft activities include paint your own dinosaur, stick a dinosaur egg back together and glitter up a T-Rex – plus you can hear about Henry and his bucketful of dinosaurs in the story tent. Nichola Garland, treasurer of the chamber and event organiser, said: “The Dinosaur Day is designed to get young families into the town centre and enjoy a free event funded by the chamber. “It also brings a wider community together,

AS THE TITLE suggests the play is set in different bedrooms – a challenge for the set designer – but the excellent set allows the action of the play to move seamlessly from one bedroom to another where we see the various couples, with their assorted problems, trying to get on with their lives. Susan Saville’s very slick and fast-paced production captures Alan Ayckbourn’s jaundiced but very funny view of relationships. All the different characters

as this year, we have asked local schools to decorate paper mache dinosaurs, which we will proudly showcase on the day. “It comes from the success of last year’s Mr Men and Little Miss event and we hope to see families from near and far enjoying what Cleckheaton town centre has to offer again this year.” All the main attractions are taking place on the Savoy Square. For more information please follow Visit Cleckheaton’s Facebook page and Dinosaur Day event.

circumstances. Ian Winstanley, in the part of Trevor, quite unintentionally manages to interfere in all their lives and wrecks havoc wherever he goes! Trevor and Susannah, his wife, played by Emily Brandon, really want to make amends and their subsequent efforts to do so make for a very funny climax to the play. Bedroom Farce was first performed in Scarborough in 1975 and playing to a full house on opening night at the Artspace, Dewsbury Arts Group, it certainly has not lost any of its ability to entertain and amuse in 2019! The show runs until this Saturday, go to www.dewsbury for bookings.

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THE INTERNATIONAL smash-hit musical Blood Brothers returns to Leeds Grand Theatre until Saturday May 18, and it is no surprise that it is considered as one of the best musicals ever written. Presented by award-winning producer/director Bill Kenwright and written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys Micky and Eddie who are separated at birth. This epic tale of Liverpool life sees the boys growing up in contrasting worlds until by a twist of fate their paths cross.

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Unaware of their mother’s haunting secret, the boys are brought up separately, one in a wealthy family and one in a poor family. They are eventually reunited and destiny draws them ever closer. As relevant today as it was when it was written over 30 years ago, the story of the Johnstone twins is truly captivating. The narrative, steeped in superstition, explores nature versus nurture, and class divide is depicted at times through humour but more often through sadness and a real sense of foreboding. It is heart-warming and heartbreaking at the same time. The cast are outstanding delivering this Willy Russell masterpiece with utter perfection. The music sets the tone from the start and without a doubt the musical score is incredibly emotive and memorable. Songs include A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally-charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. An absolute must-see, but expect an emotional rollercoaster ride.

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MTK Box Cup success for Purge and Rizwan PURGE BOXING are celebrating huge success after their first Box Cup, where five boxers reached finals, including Rizwan Aslam who claimed gold. Seven young boxers from the Batley gym travelled to Penrith in Cumbria for the MTK Box Cup: Amaan Hussain, Zain Hanif, Abu Farroq, Zayaan Ahmed, Eesah Elahi, Bilal Ali and Rizwan Aslam. However it was Rizwan who stole the show, taking home the gold medal despite breaking his thumb in the semi-finals. “Rizwan boxed amazingly,” said coach Mohamed Amin Patel. “I thought he was boxer of the tournament. “He had nine months out, he had his own battles, and he wanted to stop boxing at one point. But after nine months we got him back in the gym. “He is the most talented boxer we have ever worked with. I honestly believe he’s going to go all the way, as long as he stays focused.” Moving up to 56kg for the competition, he won his quarter-final on a unanimous decision before taking on the Scottish national champion in the next round.

GOLD: Rizwan after the competition

TEAM: Mohamed Amin Patel with the seven boxers, including Rizwan with his belt Disaster appeared to have struck when he returned to his corner at the end of the first round with a broken thumb, leaving Amin with a decision to make. He said: “As a coach there are two things I can do: I can either pull the kid out because of his injury, or

try and motivate him to stay in and try and win the fight. I chose the second option. “I said to Rizwan that we’ve worked so hard for this, I know you’ve broken your thumb but I know how talented you are and I think you’ll beat this kid

with one hand. “Rizwan went out and I don’t know what happened to him – he was like a kid possessed.” He bust his opponent’s nose on the way to a unanimous decision, and was equally dominant in the final despite struggling to throw his right hand at all. The other Purge boxers had less good fortune in their finals. Eesah didn’t get the decision, while Abu

was defeated by the previous champion in a very competitive bout. But he could be very proud of his efforts having only returned to boxing five weeks previously after a year out of the sport. Their other two finalists were denied victory by “bad decisions”, in the view of Amin, as Zain and Bilal appeared to dominate their fights but had to settle for silver. Overall though, the gym was delighted with how the whole competition went. Purge booked into the luxurious North Lakes Hotel and Spa, which included a swimming pool, gym and massage therapy room, to ensure the boxers enjoyed the trip. “The tournament was amazing; the organisation, the way MTK welcomed us, the way they looked after us. It’s a tournament we’re going to go to every year,” said Amin. “I want to thank my team, (Mo) Azzie, Nuddy, Bilal, Umar, all the coaches and the team who have supported me. We’ve done this together. “And I want to give a special shout out to the parents. This trip cost us about £500 per boxer, and the parents chipped in financially. They get the vision.”


Batley and Hanging Heaton scrape through to next round By Mike Popplewell Cricket correspondent

DESPITE the inconsistent weather, the first round of the Bradford Premier League’s cup competitions got underway in style with some tense encounters in both the Priestley Cup and Jack Hampshire Cup. Batley and Hanging Heaton both only scraped through to the Priestley Cup second round, where they will join those of our district’s clubs who had first-round byes. Batley overcame Hartshead Moor in the tightest of derby encounters

to win a trip to Baildon on June 2, while Hanging Heaton will head in the same direction to face Keighley, after a ‘too-close-for-comfort’ win at Bankfoot. A remarkable game at Hartshead Moor saw Batley reduce the home side to 85 for eight chasing 144. Huzaifah Patel took 4-31, but opener Chris Wynd (72) and Danny Squire put on 58 for the ninth wicket to leave them just two short of victory. However, there was still time for another twist in the tale, as their last wicket fell with the scores level. Batley were declared the winners on the basis of them having a score of 35 for two, compared with 33 for four, after the first 10 overs. It was not quite so tight at

Bankfoot, but it was still a close-run thing. After scoring 306 for eight – with skipper Gary Fellows hitting a magnificent 132 – Hanging Heaton did not have it all their own way. It took a 5-32 return from Tom Chippendale to restrict the home side to 288 all-out – just 18 runs behind. There was no joy for Cleckheaton who went down by 84 runs in their derby game at home to Oakenshaw neighbours Woodlands, the holders, and that win secured a secondround tie at Gomersal, who had a bye in the first round. In the Jack Hampshire Cup Birstall were the big winners with a 131-run win at home to Northowram Fields to clinch a

Tight at the top of Premier Division HANGING HEATON’S trip to Woodlands is the stand-out fixture as the second round of the Bradford League takes place this weekend. After a rain-swept opening day in which there was not a Premier Division result in sight, the six teams at the top are separated by just six points going into tomorrow’s (Saturday) games. Woodlands and Hanging Heaton are joint-second on 25 points, two behind leaders Wrenthorpe, and a fiercely-contested clash can be expected between the sides. In their last game, Woodlands hit 329 for one in their victory at Methley. Skipper Tim Jackson (137) and New Zealander Brad Schmulian (153) set a new League record after an amazing unbroken 326-run stand for the second wicket. That beat the previous all-time record stand of 304 by Undercliffe openers Mark Gilliver and Mark Chapman at Gomersal in 2000. Hanging Heaton also picked up a vital win when they went to New Farnley. Both Hanging Heaton and Woodlands had their results settled with some intervention from the

ever-increasing application of the DLS system. And the Bennett Lane side could find themselves up against it if there is not an improvement to their current injury problems. Paceman David Stiff, wicket keeper/batsman Ishy Dawood and Ben Kohler-Cadmore were all worse for wear after the New Farnley game. Cleckheaton, who face a visit from Lightcliffe tomorrow, also saw their game against Wrenthorpe affected by the weather but this time DLS failed to help as their 181 for nine target was reduced to 178 and Wrenthorpe eased home by three wickets. In Championship One, early leaders Batley completed an eightwicket win at Ossett last week. They face another derby clash tomorrow when they entertain Hartshead Moor in a replay of last week’s Priestley Cup tie. Batley’s win, by virtue of a better score after 10 overs, was enough to see off Moor in the Cup but they showed enough for the Mount Pleasant side not to take anything for granted tomorrow. Defeats for Gomersal, Ossett,

Scholes and Hartshead Moor, together with East Bierley’s abandoned game at Morley, leaves all the district’s clubs, apart from Batley, in the bottom half of the table. Looking to change all that tomorrow, Gomersal are at Keighley and Scholes are at Baildon, while East Bierley have a home game with Ossett. In Championship Two, Birstall, at home to Yeadon, and bottom club Liversedge, at home to East Ardsley, are both looking for their first win. Meanwhile, leaders Hopton Mills are at home to Carlton and Spen Victoria host Jer Lane, ensuring that at least two of the top four will lose their one hundred per cent win record. Life in the Conference is already looking grim for Crossbank Methodists and Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, who occupy the last two places. With Heckmondwike on a -15 points tally they are really going to struggle to break free of that bottom spot. They go to East Leeds tomorrow, while Crossbank visit Brighouse.

home tie with Gildersome and Farnley Hill that leaves them clear favourites for a place in round three. Josh Haynes hit a top score of 70 in that game as Birstall totalled 249 for eight, and then took 3-23 alongside Ryan Gray’s 4-15 to bowl out the visitors for 118. There was no joy for Liversedge, beaten by seven wickets at Jer Lane, or Crossbank Methodists, who lost by 39 runs at home to Great Preston. But there was a very welcome change in fortunes for bottom Conference club Heckmondwike and Carlinghow who had a fine fivewicket win at Rodley. Umar Quereshi, with 50 not out,

and Paul Cooper, 4-24, were the pick of the Heckmondwike performances, and they now go to holders Bowling Old Lane in the next round on June 16. Priestley Cup second round draw: Baildon v Batley, Pudsey Congs v East Bierley, Wrenthorpe v New Farnley, Keighley v Hanging Heaton, Pudsey St Lawrence v Scholes, Ossett v Methley, Gomersal v Woodlands, Bradford, Bingley v Morley. Jack Hampshire Cup second round draw: Spen Victoria v Yeadon, Bowling Old Lane v Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, Hopton Mills v Buttershaw St Pauls, Adwalton v Carlton, Hunslet Nelson v Brighouse, Sandal v Windhill and Daisy Hill, Great Preston v Jer Lane, Birstall v Gildersome and Farnley Hill.

MOTORSPORT Strafford survives Storm Hannah chaos RYAN STRAFFORD’S defence of his Thundersport GP1 title continued with solid results on a dramatic weekend at Snetterton. Storm Hannah caused chaos throughout, but the Mirfield rider managed to steer clear of danger to pick up a secondplace finish and two third-place finishes. He extended the points gap between himself in second place and those behind him, while competition leader Craig Neve now leaves the series to concentrate on his road and TT races. Strafford was pleased to get through a torrid weekend. “On reflection we had a successful weekend. Wetweather racing always throws up a curveball,” he said. “Three third places and a second is a great result for our championship challenge. To survive the weekend with no crashes when so many others fell from the wayside is a huge bonus.” In Saturday’s first race, Strafford was positioned in third place on a wet circuit and looked to take second on the final lap, but he lost grip as he exited a corner and had to fight to keep the bike upright and settle for third. The second race of the day saw the track starting to dry and Strafford gambled on slick tyres, only to see the heavens open after three laps. He had been in first at the time, but he managed to bring the bike home in third while less than half of the field completed the race. He said: “I couldn’t believe my luck. I was comfortable on the bike, the gap to second was increasing. But rain and slick tyres – it’s like ice skating at 150mph!” The weather showed no sign of letting up into Sunday,

DOWNPOUR: Ryan Strafford

PHOTO: Kerry Rawson

but it was a different mistake that saw second place slip from his grasp in the day’s first race. On the final lap the pit-board team mistook a chasing rider for a back marker and Strafford eased off, thinking he had a big lead, allowing him to be caught. His best result came in the final race of the weekend. With the track taking its time to dry, he went for a wet front tyre and intermediate rear while most front-runners went for the dry, allowing him to build a strong lead to third place before being chased down late in the race, as he hung on by just half a second. The next round of the championship takes Strafford to Cadwell Park, and he is aiming for his first win of the year. “I hold the lap record there and really love the Lincoln circuit. I’m confident our winning ways will start at Cadwell,” he said.



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Thornhill defeated on poignant day NCL Premier Division

THORNHILL TROJANS 24 THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS 26 A LAST-MINUTE penalty gave Thatto Heath Crusaders the win on a poignant afternoon at Thornhill Trojans. Thornhill resumed their fixtures following the recent passing of player Martyn Holland, and also received the news in the week that club stalwart Tony Ridley had passed away. The minute’s silence was observed impeccably before kick-off and, despite the sombre mood, the Trojans showed a marked improvement on previous performances. However, in the final minutes their discipline went out of the window, receiving three red cards as six cards were dished out in total in a bizarre end to a game that Thornhill had seemed to be in control of. They played much of the match with composure and put together some good attacking moves. The return of man of the match Joel Gibson and Will Gledhill to the starting line-up was a key factor in this, although they had to withstand the loss of Danny Ratcliffe due to an eye injury. It was his pass that helped lead to the first points. He put George Stott away on a rampaging run and although he was eventually hauled

down, the momentum was maintained as Jake Wilson combined with Jake Ratcliffe who in turn put Gledhill away on a run and over for a try, which Gibson converted. Thatto Heath did threaten Thornhill’s line but a superb tackle from Luke Haigh held the attacker on his back over the line. The next Thornhill try came following a great break from Gibson. The break took Thornhill towards the halfway line and George Woodcock then sent out a pass which put Nick Mitchell racing away and over for an unconverted try. By now they were looking good value for their lead and a Thatto Heath try right before half-time came against the run of play. With play close to the Thornhill line, Jack Jones put a kick into the ingoal area and Corey Lee pounced to punish a momentary lapse of concentration. Bobbie Goulding converted to cut Thornhill’s lead to four points at the break. Thornhill got off to a great start in the second half. Thatto lost the ball whilst pressing the line and the Trojans worked play the full length of the field, as a good passing move ended with Mitchell scoring his second try of the game. However, this try was cancelled out when Thatto Heath substitute forward Brad Ashurst barged over for a try by the posts, with Jones converting. The scoring continued as

INDISCIPLINE: Corey Johnson was sin-binned and then sent off in Thornhill’s defeat at PHOTO: Dave Jewitt home to Thatto Heath Crusaders last weekend Thornhill edged towards what looked at that stage to be a welldeserved victory. Having just conceded a try, they responded perfectly to score one of their own as Matthew Tebb went on a glorious solo run to go over. But then the game suddenly changed. There was a late challenge

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DEWSBURY MOOR produced a brave second-half comeback but it wasn’t enough to claim their first points of the season. The Maroons have now lost seven out of seven following promotion to Division One, and remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. There were plenty of positives to take from their fightback, but they ultimately gave themselves too much to

do after a poor start. Normanton had not won in three themselves but they opened up a 24-0 lead to ensure they didn’t lose again. Liam Taylor scored a brace of tries with one each from Jonathan Hodgson, Lee Hammond and Clark Thompson, and Connor Taylor added two conversions as the Knights looked to be romping clear. However, Moor replied with an Archie Bruce try just before the break to give the away side some hope. Liam Taylor completed his hat-trick before a second Hodgson try early in the sec-

ond half, giving Moor too much to do despite their best efforts as the match went on. George Croisdale scored a brace of tries while Brad Adams and Ashley Roddy also went over, with three Aiden Ineson goals adding to the score. However, the desperate search for their first points of the season continues, and their next opportunity comes with a home tie against Skirlaugh next up tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm). Their chances of remaining in Division One are already narrowing, with a six-point gap to safety.

Top-of-the-table derby clash awaits THE FIRST National Conference League derby between Dewsbury Celtic and Batley Boys will take place this weekend. The Boys were elected for this season as the first Batley side ever to play in the NCL, ensuring a local derby in Division Three. This one has extra heat to it with

both sides fighting for promotion after successful starts to the campaign. Celtic just missed out on a playoff spot last season and are currently in third place in the table, level on points with the top two of Woolston Rovers and Hunslet Warriors.

Just one point and one place behind them are Batley Boys, who have recovered from losing their first two matches to go on a sevenmatch unbeaten run. The first derby of the year takes place tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm) at Celtic’s Crow Nest Park home.

Seven unbeaten for Boys Celtic secure narrow win NCL Division Three

BATLEY BOYS 25 LEIGH EAST 10 BATLEY BOYS made it seven games unbeaten as they knocked league leaders Leigh East off their perch. The visitors scored the first try of the match with just five minutes on the clock, as Louis Else went over and Adam Holland converted. The Boys were quick to

reply with a Matt Sheridan try and Adam Bingham conversion to level things up at 6-6. A brace of tries from Josh Knowles in a sevenminute spell, both converted by Bingham who also landed a drop goal, then gave them a 19-6 lead. The next points only came with 15 minutes to go when Bingham scored a converted try to put the game beyond Easts’ reach, despite a late James Noon effort.

NCL Division Three

DRIGHLINGTON 14 DEWSBURY CELTIC 16 DEWSBURY CELTIC climbed up to third in the table with a sixth win in seven matches, edging out Drighlington. The hosts had the early lead with a Rhys Micklethwaite try, before Celtic replied with tries from Danny Thomas and George Senior, who also landed both conversions. However, they had Paul

Foulstone sent to the sin bin just before the half-hour for a dangerous tackle, and that allowed Joe Bowness to go over and reduce the arrears to 12-10. With a full complement of players restored, Celtic extended that advantage as Tom Bottomley scored six minutes after the restart. Drig replied through Dan Sanderson to close the gap, but they had Ethan Hallas binned and then sent off for abusing the referee, helping Celtic hang on to victory.

by Thatto’s Jamie Tracey on Wilson. Gibson objected to what he had witnessed and Tracey ended up poleaxed on the ground. Once order had been restored Tracey was sent to the sin bin, and Gibson was inevitably shown the red card. Thornhill were awarded a penalty

and Woodcock kicked the goal to make the score 24-12 with just over 10 minutes left to play. However, the mood of the game had changed and Thornhill capitulated. After a series of penalty decisions against the Trojans, Casey Johnson was sent to the sin bin following a team warning. Ashurst ran for the posts and twisted his way through the 11-man defensive line to go over for a try. Ashurst then made another run for the line to barge over and complete his hat-trick, with the Jones conversion making it 24-24. Tempers then boiled over and players rushed in, with Matty Norton of Thatto Heath was shown a red card for running in and punching. Johnson was also shown a red card for entering the field of play whilst still in the sin bin, while Woodcock was also sent off for speaking out of turn to the referee. Thatto Heath were awarded the penalty and Goulding kicked the goal that sealed the win. The Trojans came off the bottom of the table on points difference thanks to Kells’ heavy defeat at Underbank Rangers, but they sit three points from safety having picked up just one win so far on their Premier Division return. Things don’t get any easier for the side as they go to last season’s champions, Hunslet Club Parkside, tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm).

Young Sharks beaten by West Bowling NCL Division Two SHAW CROSS SHARKS 14



SHAW CROSS SHARKS remain in the relegation zone after a youthful side suffered a home defeat to West Bowling. With four Under-18 players in the line-up, including debuts for Billy Aveyard, Callum Burden and Eoin Dowie, they put in a valiant effort and were the better side in the first

half before fading after the interval. West Bowling made a fast start, scoring the first try in the opening minutes through Daniel Gregory with Harry Williams converting. However, the Sharks hit back through winger Joe Halloran before two tries in the space of six minutes, from Callum Barker and Dec Naughton, put them 14-6 ahead. However, there was still time for Ben Heald to score for West Bowling, and they were given an additional kick as Nathan Wright was penalised and sent to the sin

bin, and the sides went into halftime level. The away side made the extra man count as Richard Lumb touched down to put them back in front, and their momentum continued against a tiring outfit. Kieron Baker made it 22-14 before two Chris Watson tries, both converted by Williams, stretched them into an unassailable lead. The Sharks’ next Division Two fixture takes them to Crosfields tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm).

FOOTBALL Sedge chase NCEL League Cup glory LIVERSEDGE are one game from glory as they prepare for the NCEL League Cup final. Jonathan Rimmington’s side take on Worksop Town in the final at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Monday night (kick-off 7.30pm). They beat Swallownest 1-0 in last week’s semi-final, and now have the chance to get their hands on the trophy after missing out on the final last season having fielded an ineligible player. Liversedge’s task couldn’t be much harder, as they take on the side that finished top of the NCEL Premier Division and have won their last 21

matches in all competitions. However, Sedge have finished the season strongly themselves, winning nine of their previous 12 games, and Rimmington takes confidence from their narrow defeat to Worksop when they last played in December. “It’s a challenge but we played them around Christmas and they beat us 2-1. We were the better team for most of the game and they were quite fortunate to get the win,” said the manager. “Because we’ve very young and they’re very experienced, they seem to grind out results. “They’re a big club, they’ve got a

big budget. They were a Conference (North) team not long ago. “They’re going to be well-supported. It’s going to be a good game.”

U23s make final LIVERSEDGE and Ossett United’s Under-23 sides will meet in the League Cup final. Ossett beat Harrogate Town 2-1 in their semi-final on Tuesday night, while Sedge won 4-1 at Garforth Town the next evening. The final will take place at the West Riding FA’s Fleet Lane ground on May 25, with a 2pm kick-off.

HEAVY WOOLLEN FOOTBALL Mirfield seal maiden title with thumping win MIRFIELD TOWN clinched their first Heavy Woollen Premier Division title in impressive style by beating bottom side Cock of the North 20-2. Kieran Corley scored five of the goals, along with four from Djibril Bojang, a hattrick apiece from Ollie Smith and Reece

Drake, a Micheal Rounding brace plus strikes from Anthony Owens, Callum Firth and Oliver Rounding. The game between Linthwaite, who finish second, and Deighton WMC was postponed, with Mirfield taking the title thanks to their superior goal difference.


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Sloppy Bulldogs beaten at York Betfred Championship


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Stephen Ibbetson at Bootham Crescent A LATE Batley Bulldogs comeback wasn’t enough to take the points as York City Knights returned to the playoff places with the win. Both Johnny Campbell and Lewis Bienek bagged a brace of tries for the visitors as the sides scored five tries apiece, but Connor Robinson kicked York to the win. Knights coach James Ford said: “I thought the boys dug in to show mental strength and togetherness to hang in there in a game Batley were very capable of pinching.” York were boosted by the returns of forward trio Josh Jordan-Roberts, Tim Spears and Graeme Horne from injury, and made a fast start with the opening try after seven minutes. Robinson kicked to the in-goal and Dom Brambani didn’t get enough on his attempt to knock it behind, allowing Matty Marsh to touch down. Robinson also added the first of his four conversions. Judah Mazive had a score disallowed before Batley hit back, with Dane Manning’s break leading to a penalty before Brambani kicked for the corner and Campbell touched down after the ball was knocked forward by a York player in the air. That reduced the difference to two but their efforts soon counted for little when Lewis Galbraith dropped a high bomb, allowing Robinson to collect the ball and sprint down the left wing to score. The Knights pack were putting in a determined shift both in possession and in defence and after Cain Southernwood was held out by scrambling defence, the ball went left on the

MATCH STATS DEWSBURY RAMS: Luke Hooley Dale Morton Dan Igbinedion Adam Ryder Andy Gabriel Liam Finn Simon Brown Callum Field Robbie Ward Tom Garratt Ellis Robson Michael Knowles Kyle Trout Subs: Sam Day Liam Mackay Toby Richardson Harvey Hallas Tries: None. Goals: None.

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TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE: Mark Kheirallah 8 Paul Marcon 7 Jordan Dezaria 7 Joe Bretherton 8 Bastien Ader 6 Johnathon Ford 8 Anthony Marion 8 Maxime Puech 7 Dean Parata 8 Paterika Vaivai 7 Con Mika 8 Rhys Curran 7 James Bell 7 Subs: Ben Evans 7 Clement Boyer 7 Tyla Hepi 7 Pierre-Jean Lima 6 Tries: Mika (12), Marion (26), Bretherton (42), Boyer (58), Ford (64), Kheirallah (70), Bell (75). Goals: Marion 5/7. Referee: N Bennett Half-time: 0-10 Penalties: 6-4 Man of the match: Anthony Marion (Toulouse) Attendance: 786

next play and a kick was touched down by Marcus Stock. That made it 16-4 and it could have been more had Marsh not knocked on with the line at his mercy following a deflected kick. Instead it was the Bulldogs who got the next points as, following a knock on, Michael Ward’s short pass sent Bienek over. However, Batley couldn’t hold on to a one-score deficit going into the break as Southernwood spun out of a tackle and broke, with Ronan Dixon in support to run in as the hooter sounded. The second half got off to a less frantic start, with Robinson failing to get the first points as he struck a penalty wide of the posts from 35m. Instead Batley narrowed the scores

four minutes later as a quick move left went through the hands of Dave Scott, Louis Jouffret and Sam Wood before Campbell squeezed into the corner for his second. The visitors were their own worst enemy again though, as they knocked on moments after the restart and York punished their carelessness as Will Jubb crashed over from dummy-half to score. The Bulldogs still weren’t going away and Bienek notched his second after forcing his way through the defence and under the posts. And with seven minutes to go they set up a grandstand finish, with Jouffret and Manning combining to see Alex Bretherton over on the left for a

Bienek disappointed PROP FORWARD Lewis Bienek admitted his disappointment after Batley came away from York with a defeat last weekend. The Hull FC loanee scored twice – his first two tries in Bulldogs colours – but it wasn’t enough as they were edged out. “I got over for a couple which is always nice but it’s still disappointing not to get the win,” said Bienek after the loss. “We came close to nicking it at the end, but ultimately we left too much work to do. Throughout the game we just weren’t good enough. “In the first we weren’t clinical, and errors and stuff like that killed us. We managed to run it close but it’s still a

LOAN SPELL: Lewis Bienek scored his first tries for Batley last weekend, and the Hull FC man could be with the Bulldogs for the rest of the season

Rams given French lesson by untouchable Toulouse Betfred Championship


try on his 200th appearance for the club. York were now clinging on and Batley thought they had won it when Brambani dinked a kick in behind and Scott raced onto it and touched down, but the ball was ruled to have travelled dead and the Bulldogs had come up just short. Despite his York side having double their number of points at the half-way point in the season, Ford says that Batley are still the kind of club the Knights are looking up to. “Historically they’ve been in the top four, been fifth or sixth, and we’re looking to consistently grow and get to the standard that they’ve delivered over the last few years,” he said.


TOULOUSE OLYMPIQUE 38 Stephen Ibbetson at Tetley’s Stadium DEWSBURY were kept scoreless on their own turf as a fulltime Toulouse outfit took the points with a seven-try thumping. The Rams, unchanged after beating Widnes the previous weekend, came under frequent pressure and had their resources drained in defence. That allowed Toulouse, who were without Tony Maurel, Stan Robin and Mathieu Jussaume, to ease clear with four tries in the final 22 minutes. But their defensive effort was the most pleasing aspect for coach Sylvain Houles. “We’re very happy with the zero, not conceding any tries has been a big emphasis for us,” he said. “Offensively I don’t think we were as well-organised as we can be, which is (because of) all the changes that we made. We played two front rowers in the centres!” Toulouse only led by 10 points at the break but they

dominated most of the first half. They got the first try after 12 minutes through Con Mika, who went over from Anthony Marion’s pass after Maxime Puech had won possession back in the tackle. Andy Gabriel’s fingertips prevented a second try in the right corner, before the French outfit attacked the other edge where Luke Hooley did enough to dislodge the ball from Joe Bretherton as he looked certain to score. Dewsbury did have some chances to attack, with Kyle Trout ruled to have been held up after charging onto Robbie Ward’s pass, and they had an opportunity to get back into the match when Jordan Dezaria was sent to the sin bin for hitting out at Michael Knowles after having a try ruled out by the referee. However, just a minute later, Toulouse extended their lead. With Rams full-back Hooley on the ground, they spotted the space downfield and kicked long for Marion to chase and touch down. Dewsbury had an effort ruled out when Dale Morton’s knock-down for Dan Igbinedion to go over was correctly ruled to have gone forward, and it was the Rams who

had more defending to do as they saw out the half. However, they made the worst possible start to the second half. After knocking-on in their first set, Toulouse took advantage with Bretherton touching down on the left. The home side still had good spells but only their opponents looked like scoring, with Mika having a try ruled out before a smart offload set Johnathon Ford away and he passed to Clement Boyer to go over. Their dominance only increased past the hour mark against a fading Rams outfit. Dean Parata led a charge down the left which continued through Ford, and although the half-back appeared to have been held short of the line, he reached out to plant the ball down and the try was awarded. Then came their best effort of the match, as Mark Kheirallah claimed a Dewsbury kick and steered his way through the broken field to race the full 60 metres for the try. The seventh and final try came with five minutes left to play, as Paterika Vaivai attracted the attentions of the defence before offloading for James Bell to ease over from close range and round things off.

disappointing performance. “It’s individual stuff and as long as people take care of their own house and get it in order, we won’t have any problems. “We’re halfway through the season now so hopefully we can work hard and kick on.” The 21-year-old is getting back up to speed following a serious ankle injury, sustained on international duty in last autumn’s European Championships with Ireland. After missing the entire pre-season, the former London Broncos man has been back in the Championship with Batley. “Coming off the back of a longterm injury, it’s been good to get some match fitness back and I need to keep going now,” he said. “I’ve got the option to stay and Hull have got the option to take me back, but at the moment I’m here and I’m looking to play for Batley and play well for them,” he said.

MATCH STATS YORK CITY KNIGHTS: Matty Marsh 7 Judah Mazive 8 Jason Bass 7 Liam Salter 6 Perry Whiteley 7 Cain Southernwood 7 Connor Robinson 8 Jordan Baldwinson 7 Will Jubb 8 Jack Teanby 6 Josh Jordan-Roberts 7 Marcus Stocks 8 Tim Spears 7 Subs: Kriss Brining 7 Graeme Horne 6 Jack Blagborough 6 Ronan Dixon 7 Tries: Marsh (7), Robinson (17), Stock (23), Dixon (40), Jubb (62). Goals: Robinson 4/6. BATLEY BULLDOGS: Dave Scott 6 Lewis Galbraith 5 Sam Smeaton 6 Sam Wood 6 Johnny Campbell 7 Louis Jouffret 6 Dom Brambani 6 Adam Gledhill 6 Alistair Leak 6 Toby Everett 7 Paul Brearley 6 Alex Bretherton 6 Dane Manning 7 Subs: Lewis Bienek 7 James Brown 5 Reiss Butterworth 5 Michael Ward 6 Tries: Campbell (13, 58), Bienek (35, 66), Bretherton (74). Goals: Scott 2/5. Referee: G Dolan Half-time: 22-10 Penalties: 6-7 Man of the match: Connor Robinson (York) Attendance: 1,978

No regrets for Greenwood LEE GREENWOOD defended the decision to field the same 17 players against Toulouse that had got them the win at Widnes six days earlier. His Dewsbury side fell away in the second half against a rampant French outfit, with bodies struggling coming off the back of the Easter period with two matches against fulltime clubs. However, their coach had no regrets about not freshening up his team. “We felt as a staff that that 17 deserved to play again,” said Greenwood. “It would have been so harsh to leave someone out after that, and I’m still sticking by that decision. “It was always going to be tough, going through Easter and then having to face two full-time teams, so we needed to be right on it today and we weren’t. “To be fair to Toulouse they picked as big a team as they possibly could and they did play very well. “They didn’t make too many

errors, defended very well and we didn’t score a point, and they were just thoroughly dominant throughout.” The Rams were only 10-0 down at half-time, but Greenwood admitted that the defensive effort required in the first half to keep the score down took its toll. “You just run out of so much energy with everything we were doing. The last play or the first play of each set were so different, and we had to get into survival mode when they put their kicks in, compared to when we put in our kicks and they were straight on the front foot attacking us. “There was no rest period. We were losing the energy battle and even though we worked really hard and kept the score down, we just ran out of legs towards the end. “I’m not faulting effort. We needed everyone to be right up there bringing their best performances, and maybe it was too much to expect them to do that playing full-time teams twice in a row.”

Home ties in new 1895 Cup BOTH Heavy Woollen sides have been handed home draws in the second round of the 1895 Cup. The new competition has been introduced to give clubs outside of Super League a greater opportunity to reach Wembley, with both Batley and

Dewsbury already just three games from the final. The Bulldogs will host Rochdale Hornets while the Rams have been given a home tie against Swinton Lions, with the games taking place between May 31 and June 5.

Rams ready to battle for place in Challenge Cup quarter-finals By Stephen Ibbetson

Diskin rues ‘amateurish’ Bulldogs show

Sports Reporter

DEWSBURY RAMS will look to reach the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup for the first time since the year 2000 when they host Halifax at the Tetley’s Stadium tonight (Friday, 8pm). Wins over amateur sides West Hull and Thatto Heath Crusaders have taken the Rams to within 80 minutes of a place in the last eight of the knockout competition, and a win against their Championship rivals would see them through. Halifax have beaten Hunslet and Super League side London Broncos to make this stage, but now have a temporary head coach in Simon Grix. They have taken two wins out of two under him, putting them seven points and two places above Dewsbury in the league ahead of their Cup clash. The two clubs have not met in the Challenge Cup since 1962, but in the league Halifax have won on their last four visits to the Tetley’s Stadium. When the two sides met at the Shay two months ago, Halifax won 26-0 in horrendous conditions. Rams coach Lee Greenwood, who had two spells with Fax as a player, acknowledges that his side are the underdogs going into the game. “Nobody is expecting us to beat Halifax at home. The budgets are obviously different,” he said.

UP FOR GRABS: Dewsbury have won the Challenge Cup twice in their history, in 1912 and 1943 “They’re looking at Dewsbury and getting through to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup, and from where we’re at, we’re just looking for a response.” After two disappointing home performances on the spin, losing the Heavy Woollen derby to 12man Batley on Good Friday before being nilled by Toulouse last weekend, the Dewsbury boss

CHANGES: Coach Lee Greenwood has players back available for the Cup clash

knows his side must do better to please the home crowd. “The last two performances here haven’t been good enough and if you’re a Dewsbury fan, you’re probably fuming,” said Greenwood. “It was a very disappointing game against Batley, and (against Toulouse) you’ve seen us get pumped. So if you’re coming on Friday you want to see a response.” After naming the same line-up for two weeks running, in the shock win at Widnes and then the Toulouse defeat, Greenwood says that there will be changes this time around. “There are a good number of people who will be available on Friday,” he said. “It won’t be the same 17 because we felt that that 17 deserved it for what they did (against Widnes). There are people waiting in the wings to come in.” Forwards Jode Sheriffe and Lucas Walshaw have missed out in recent weeks due to elbow and

neck injuries respectively but could be set to return, as could winger Rob Worrincy against his former side. “There were a few guys who got rested away at Widnes, because they probably couldn’t do a job and needed to recover,” Greenwood explained. “We made the right decision in not forcing them to play, with the amount of effort that was needed last weekend. So we do have a few bodies back now.” Paul Sykes (medial ligament) remains out of action and Greenwood says that the veteran half-back “can’t be rushed back”, while prop Martyn Reilly should be available in a few weeks. Tickets for tonight’s game are the same prices as for league games, with adult tickets starting at £16, concessions from £13 and under-16s from £2. The draw for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup will take place on Sunday afternoon on BBC One, following the conclusion of the televised tie between Warrington and Wigan.

MATT DISKIN was left to rue Batley’s “amateurish” mistakes in their defeat to York City Knights. The Bulldogs matched York’s five tries in a narrow defeat, with Johnny Campbell and Lewis Bienek both scoring twice. Their coach was disappointed with the errors that ultimately cost them though, despite a late fightback which saw them come close to snatching the points. “It would have been great, but it would have masked some of the issues. If we want to achieve as a group, we can’t keep dishing up those simple mistakes as we’re doing at the moment,” he said. “As a coach, if it was from overplaying with some expansive rugby then I could take that on the chin because we’re trying to play, but the errors that we’re making are things that school kids don’t do. “We did some really good things with the ball in hand, we played way better football than York did, but some of the stuff we dished up was amateurish, like scoring a try then knocking on in the next set. “We physically gifted them 16 points with cheap, poor rugby. That sort of stuff doesn’t happen at under-9s. We got what we deserved because you can’t make that many errors and be that ill-disciplined and deserve to win games. “We gifted a lot of field position, a lot of play-four or play-five penalties which is just dumb, and the errors we made in backfield were gifts. “The tries that they did score in open play were really soft, so to say I’m disappointed is an understatement. We did play the better rugby I thought, but you can’t win games by making the poor errors that we’re doing.” Their defeat at Doncaster in the last round of the Challenge Cup means that the Bulldogs have a weekend off for the first time since the start of the season. While it’s an opportunity to recover from the bruising Easter period ahead of a derby clash with Dewsbury at the Summer Bash, Diskin insists his side will be hard at work. “We can’t afford to have any time off at the moment,” he said. “We need to look at the basics, we need to make sure that the lads are doing better than they are at the moment.”

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