This week’s paper

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In this week’s Batley and Birstall News:

Tributes have poured in for a much loved football referee who collapsed and died half an hour into a match.

Players and onlookers rushed to the aid of 78-year-old Colin Heeley, a referee in the Heavy Woollen Sunday League, who fell ill after refereeing just 30 minutes of a game on Saturday.

Mr Heeley, who had been officiating football and cricket matches for more than 35 years, passed away after a heart attack.

ALSO: A goose that suffered horrific injuries after teenagers apparently ripped off its beak is now the star of its own dedicated Facebook page. The supporters page for the Canadian goose, named Wilton, has more than 200 members.

AND FINALLY: Professional boxer Gary Sykes will bring the sport back to North Kirklees for the first time in 13 years next month.

Don’t miss all this, plus: Oakwell Hall Country Park was given a £19,000 makeover, cup fever has gripped Batley as John Kear’s Bulldogs aim to defeat Super League side Castleford Tigers and don’t forget to read Batley Business Association chairman Andrew Marsden’s reaction to the Budget.

Only in this week’s Batley and Birstall News, out Thursday.