In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:
A 66-year-old shop assistant has been branded a hero after tackling a knife wielding teen.
Ellen Whitaker restrained the attacker and marched him out of the Candyman shop in Batley Shopping Centre after he demanded cash from the till on Saturday.
ALSO: Tributes have been paid to former Batley councillor and Mayor of Kirklees George Speight, who passes away on Sunday. George, who was instrumental in the formation of Oakwell Hall Country Park, St Mary’s Social Club and more, was described as a ‘champion of Batley’.
AND FINALLY: Festive lights dazzled revellers in Birstall on Tuesday as the village held its annual Christmas lights switch-on. A visit from Santa, a fun fair and live entertainment ensured festive fun for all - check out our picture special on page eight.
IN SPORT: Batley Bulldogs gear up for another tough Champion campaign; all the action from the Yorkshire Youth League match between Dewsbury Moor and Shaw Cross Sharks; and ready all about Birstall Victoria Girls Under-14s victory at Wigan.
Don’t miss all this, plus: Batley volunteers nominated for community awards; repairs to burst water main take all night; and we’ve got a double page special report on the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Plus find out the winners of our Face of 2014 competition – the votes are in and one lucky boy and girl will win a modelling contract and £250 to spend at the Mill Outlet, Batley.
Only in this week’s News, out Thursday.