In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:
A mental health trust has paid a six-figure sum to a man who witnessed his father’s murder in Batley Carr.
Father-of-four William Thorpe – known to friends as Eddie – was beaten to death by his paranoid schizophrenic son in February 2008. The attack took place fewer than six months after South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust staff withdrew Richard Thorpe’s anti-psychotic medication and discharged him.
ALSO: A father-of-two has been caged for five years for smuggling drugs worth £7 million into Batley. Ismail Laher, 42, acted as UK “distribution manager” for an operation which saw 450 kg of cannabis and 37 kg of amphetamine powder concealed in boxes delivered to Soothill business park.
AND FINALLY: Holly trees that have stood in Wilton Park for around 100 were facing the chop last week – but have had a stay of execution thanks to a passionate gardener and Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood. Peter Fawcett, who worked as a Kirklees Council gardener for 32 years, has hit out at the council’s aborted plans, accusing it of ‘destroying our heritage’.
IN SPORT: There is a real feel good factor surrounding Batley Bulldogs as John Kear’s squad prepare for their traditional Boxing Day clash with Dewsbury Rams.
Batley Boys ARLFC signed off the year with an impressive victory, while Batley Ladies march on at the top of their league. Plus we have a preview to Saturday’s historic first boxing show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds as Gary Sykes meets Femi Fehintola.
Don’t miss all this, plus: BATS members in BBC Great Train Robbery drama, bumper year for Batley Girls’ High School; and police crack down on festive thefts at Birstall shopping parks.
Only in this week’s paper, out Thursday.