More recently, the phrase "Dewsbury noir" has been used to describe the violent novels of David Peace, who was born in Dewsbury but lives in neighbouring Ossett.[23]

Still, they admit it is struggling with the problems that many of Britain’s non-Muslim towns share, from a weak economy to the blight of drug abuse. A reputation for extremism may only further isolate young people who might be vulnerable to radicalisation.

“We need people to feel at home, to be included, that they are being heard and understood, and that they are part of this society.”

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"IS presents itself as a guardian of Islam and for a tiny proportion of people it gets through to them, and IS manipulates them particularly for suicide bombing," he said.

Dewsbury Museum is located within the mansion house in Crow Nest Park. After an extensive 18-month programme of building and gallery refurbishment the museum reopened in the summer of 2010. Nearby attractions include the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

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“We have far more in common than which divides us.”

“For the past six years I’ve been working here, I’ve been trying to say ‘we need role models, they need people in there who look like them, so they can say – this is where I can be,” said Rehman.

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Throughout the Middle Ages, Dewsbury retained a measure of importance in ecclesiastical terms, collecting tithes from as far away as Halifax in the mid-14th century. John Wesley visited the area five times in the mid-18th century, and the first Methodist Society was established in 1746. Centenary Chapel on Daisy Hill commemorates the centenary of this event, and the Methodist tradition remained strong in the town.[7]

Tai says Dewsbury is being unfairly tarred by the coincidence that it was home to one man radicalised before he arrived in the town and the largely online grooming of a vulnerable teenager 10 years later.

MPS are being offered free lessons in an unarmed combat technique to protect them from attack following the murder of Batley MP Jo Cox in June.

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The town also has an annual event called Spirit, a street theatre show every winter which takes place in the town centre.

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The 1960 book A Kind of Loving is set in a fictional city named "Cressley", but its description was based upon Dewsbury. The author, Stan Barstow, was born in Horbury and grew up in Ossett – both of which are just to the east of Dewsbury.

Dewsbury has a number of districts with different geographical and socio-economic patterns, they are, Chickenley, Crackenedge, Dewsbury Moor, Earlsheaton, Eastborough, Eightlands, Flatts, Ravensthorpe, Savile Town, Shaw Cross, Scout Hill, Thornhill Lees, Westborough, Westtown. Batley Carr, Hanging Heaton and Staincliffe have areas which lie in both Dewsbury and neighbouring Batley. Thornhill, Briestfield and Whitley are part of Dewsbury. Thornhill was annexed in 1910.

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"We've got to get to the root of it," says one man, who wished to remain anonymous. "Communities can't do anything, they can go out and go on demonstrations, but Imams and political leaders need to clean all this rubbish out.

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Dewsbury market was established in the 14th century for local clothiers. Occurrences of the plague in 1593 and 1603 closed the market and it reopened in 1741.[citation needed]

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Qari Asim, an Imam in Leeds, said radicalisation was not taking place in mosques, but young people were being "brainwashed" online by people for their own "political aims and gains".

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A drug dealer was “extremely lucky” to leave hospital unharmed after swallowing 28 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in bid to hide evidence from police, a court heard.

“We are multiple communities: I have a school community, I have a work community, I have a neighbourhood community, and we need to all be working together. It needs to be different faiths, different backgrounds, male, female, young, old.”

In 1974, responsibility for local government passed to Kirklees Metropolitan Council, with its headquarters in Huddersfield. The population of Dewsbury has remained broadly static over the past century: the 1911 census recorded 53,351 people, [14] and the 1971 census 51,326 people, making it the fourth least populous county borough in England (after Canterbury, Burton upon Trent and Great Yarmouth).

A violent thug who carried out a series of robberies and violent attacks has been locked up for four years and four months.

The area has struggled to shake off its bad reputation ever since, said a man, who gave his name as Tom.


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Kyle Lindley and his partner and son were coming home from Blackpool, the court heard

Today they have to contend with a cocktail of fears for their sons about physical attacks in Dewsbury, grooming online and more nebulous but very real concerns that they are internalising the relentless drumbeat of negative reporting about Islam.

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