In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:
A pensioner was pushed down steps as a robber grabbed £50 from him at a cash machine.
This week Gareth Lightowler, of Bankfoot Street, Batley, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to robbery.
ALSO: Batley is winning the war on anti-social behaviour according to police figures. But the town still has its yob hotspots – find out which streets are the worst in your ward.
AND FINALLY: Angry parents have rejected the new name chosen for a Birstall primary school, arguing that it ignores the school’s heritage. Seventy letters of objection were handed to Brownhill St Saviours Junior School, which will become Windmill CE Primary School when it merges with the nearby infant school.
AND IN SPORT: Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear is relishing the prospect of his side locking horns with Super League giants St Helens after they were edged out by Halifax in last week’s pre-season friendly. Plus we have the latest cricket signings, Central Yorkshire League fixtures and the Jack Hampshire Cup draw.
Don’t miss all this, plus: former MP accuses press of distorting released Thatcher papers; TV food critic drawn to Batley for biscuits; and find out which Birstall church will appear on BBC One’s Songs of Praise later this month.
Plus we’ve got a special report on New Year running resolutions, and don’t miss the review of Carlinghow Theatre Company’s pantomime, Dick Whittington, in What’s On Where.
Only in this week’s paper, out Thursday.