In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:
A man from Batley has died following an horrific blaze in the back of a van. Firefighters discovered the victim’s badly-charred body in the van in Heckmond-wike Road, Dewsbury, in the early hours of Saturday. It is believed the man, who was from Hungary but had been living in Batley, had climbed into the blue Vaux-hall Movano panel van after trying to find somewhere to sleep.
ALSO Tesco staff are celebrating after helping to make a multi-millionaire – that’s where £6m lottery winner Graham Nield bought his ticket.
AND FINALLY Trade groups in Batley and Birstall will benefit from grants to help tackle high street crime. The Home Office funding, which has allocated £1,000 per ward, will be available in May.
And we continue our High Street Health Check as Birstall asks for more variety in its stores and market.
Don’t miss all this, plus GCSE results, our Batley Festival on Tour picture special, Mike Wood MP rubbishes claims he is stepping down, and historian Tony Dunlop gets ready for a war graves tour at the Batley Cemetery Support Group open day on Sunday. We also delve into the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ to see how it will affect Kirklees.
Only in tomorrow’s paper, out Thursday.