In this week’s Batley and Birstall News

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This week's front page

In this week’s Batley and Birstall News, town centre traders have called for action after a spate of burglaries.

Also this week:

- A North Kirklees MP has slammed Government ministers on delays to rail improvements following the release of minutes from a meeting of train bosses.

- Special report on how sophisticated drug factories are harvesting cannabis plants worth millions of pounds across West Yorkshire.

- An NHS trust is appealing against a decision not to award it a £238m contract to provide community health services in Kirklees.

- A campaign group has made headway transforming Batley Railway Station into a more pleasant place for passengers.

- Ambulance workers flexed their muscles as they towed one of their emergency vehicles across a six mile stretch in Kirklees last weekend.

- The stage is set for two days of live music when Crown of Lights Festival kicks off this weekend.

- The local council of Dewsbury teenage suicide bomber Talha Asmal is getting extra money from the Home Office after being identified as a ‘priority area’ in the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

- Figures released by the De-partment for Work and Pen-sions this week suggested unemployment in North Kirklees had decreased.

Read these stories and many more in this week’s News, out tomorrow!