This week’s paper...

This week's paper
This week's paper

In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:

Tesco has launched a fresh appeal to get businesses trading out of its soon to be empty Alfreds Way shopping centre.

The supermarket giant said it will offer ‘competitive rents’ for units in Batley Shopping Centre, which will stand empty from March 29 after Candyman pulls down the shutters for the last time.

ALSO: A former youth group manager has been found guilty of serious sexual assaults on two boys he babysat for. Jurors at Leeds Crown Court found Gary Hoodless guilty of seven counts of sexual offences against the boys last Friday, including buggery, indecent assault on a male and indecency with a child.

AND FINALLY: A charity appeal has raised more than £15,000 for victims of flooding in Somerset. A delegation from the Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS) in Track Lane, Purlwell, presented a cheque during a trip to Thorney and Burrowbridge last week and has been thanked by the Bishop of Taunton, the Rev Peter Morris.

Don’t miss all this, plus read our interview with West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williams on delivering cash made by criminals back to the community; a Healey salon pays tribute to Collett’s second-hand store, and we’ve got the latest column from Educating Yorkshire star and Thornhill Academy headteacher Jonny Mitchell.

Only in this week’s paper, out Thursday.