In this week’s Batley and Birstall News

This week's front page.
This week's front page.

In this week’s Batley and Birstall News, a gang of heartless burglars who targeted the homes of vulnerable elderly residents across Kirklees and West Yorkshire by posing as water company officials have been jailed for a total of 36 years.

Also this week:

- A farm could lose a big chunk of its business if a proposal to build hundreds of new homes gets the green light.

- A school which was branded ‘inadequate’ less than a year ago has been recognised for making ‘rapid progress’ by Ofsted.

- The town came together for this year’s Cleckheaton Folk Festival.

- Three ladies who worked in a local mill during the Second World War have enjoyed what they say will be their final reunion.

- A town works together to tackle violence and extremism as the nation fell silent on Tuesday to mark the 7/7 London bombings.

- A cat owner has issued a warning to others after her beloved pet was killed by anti-freeze poisoning.

- Visitors flock to this year’s Wartime Experience in Hunsworth.

- Pop stars get ready to rock Oakwell Festival.

Read more in tomorrow’s Batley and Birstall News!