In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:
Police who raided a sports bar in Birstall found an underground labyrinth in the cellar containing £25,000 worth of cannabis plants, a court heard.
Jason Hardy, of Clough Drive, Birstall, is alleged to have grown the class B drug in the basement of his former bar, Jardy’s. He denies the charge. The trial continues.
ALSO: A man who made a hoax bomb call leading to the evacuation of Fox’s Biscuits in Batley has been jailed for 18-months. Irfan Liaqat told a 999 operator that he had recieved a text message saying bombs had been placed in the factory. The hoax took place on the day Prime Minister David Cameron was visiting another of the company’s premises.
AND FINALLY: Friends of tragic Birstall mum Sarah Binns, who was knocked down by a car after leaving a wedding reception, are raising money to send her little boy to Disneyland Paris. The Smile for Sarah campaign hopes to fulfil Sarah’s longheld wish for her son.
AND IN SPORT: Batley Bulldogs are forging links with the Batlley Food Bank to help bring some festive cheer to those less fortunate, Batley Boys seal impressive win, and Staincliffe boxer secures national title.
Plus a junior sports round-up from around the district and local football latest in 12 action packed pages of sport.
Don’t miss all this, plus our feature on 100 years of Batley Amateur Thespian Society; a festive picture special and councillors approve £11,000 for Batley Vintage Day in May.
Plus we reveal the winners of our Face Of 2014 competition, and don’t miss your free Christmas and New Year TV guide.
Only in this week’s paper, out Thursday.