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 young driver showing off in a stolen car lost control and crashed into a tree killing one of his best friends, a court heard.

Also this week:

- A burglar, who broke into Batley Baths and Recreation Centre, was traced after his DNA was discovered in blood on a vending machine which had been forced open.

- A taxi driver was assaulted and had his mobile phone stolen during a robbery.

- Pupils and staff say a fond farewell to two headteachers.

- For wounded ex-soldier Sean Donlan, volunteering has opened up a wealth of new experiences he never imagined - working with Leeds Rhinos.

- Friends group aim to save Batley Library, which is facing the axe.

- Children are being sent to a government anti-radicalisation scheme after being identified as being at risk of becoming violent extremists.

- Two care homes are to be shut down by their owner during the next few weeks.

- An MP has criticised Government employment statistics, questioning whether they paint a true picture of the job woes felt by people struggling to find work.

- A football tournament set up to bring different communities together just had its biggest year yet when scores of players and spectators got together.

Read these stories and many more in this week’s Batley and Birstall News - out tomorrow!