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We have a special report on town centre shopping after a call for action was made over an eyesore building that has been swathed in scaffolding for 18 months.

Local traders have called for help to make the area more attractive and to tackle the ‘blight’ of empty shops and eyesore buildings. We have also surveyed the number of properties that lie empty and reveal what you would like to see for the town...

A government minister has met with green belt campaigners over the controversial Local Development Framework plan for Chidswell...

There has been anger at plans for a relief road for Ravensthorpe...

We have an in-depth look at how the ‘bedroom tax’ has effected people in Kirklees...

And tributes have been paid to a devoted charity man who spent 50 years fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

In sport...

Dewsbury boxer Gary Sykes defends his English super-featherweight title on the undercard to Amir Khan’s big fight in Sheffield this weekend and we have all the pre-fight build-up from the Sykes’ camp...

Elsewhere, we reflect on Dewsbury Rams’ exit from the Tetley’s Challenge Cup and their return to Kingstone Press Championship action at home to Workington Town on Sunday.

There is all the action from an exciting opening weekend of the Central Yorkshire and Bradford League cricket campaigns, a full junior sport round-up and the latest football, rugby league and rugby union news...

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Win an iPad - we’ve got two up for grabs!

All this and more, in this week’s Dewsbury Reporter.