A MAN was showered with a flammable liquid and threatened with a disposable lighter for £50 and a mobile phone.

The victim’s attackers discussed setting fire to him, regardless of whether he handed over his property or not.

ALSO: The News has had an exclusive look at a developer’s plans to build hundreds of homes on green belt in Soothill. The developer says the Batley side of Leeds Road is a ‘much better’ place to develop than in Chidswell, Dewsbury.

AND FINALLY: A show kestrel which formed part of Saturday’s Batley Festival has gone missing, after owners suspect a member of the public unclipped her. The bird, named Kes would just about survive in the wild, were it not for the six foot leash, which is attached to it. The bird will fly to a member of the public when hungry enough.

Don’t miss this, plus a look at this year’s new starters at Batley Girls’ High School, and win a £500 shop only in this week’s Batley and Birstall News, out tomorrow.