Dewsbury Moor

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Dewsbury Moor is a district of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies to the west of the Dewsbury town centre.[1] The population is around 5,650. Crime rates are higher than the national average.[2]

Dewsbury Moor Amateur Rugby League Football Club is based on Heckmondwike Road and has three playing fields nearby.[3] The rugby club has turned out several notable rugby league professionals including Ryan Sheridan, Matt Diskin and Dean Lawford. There are two schools, Knowles Hill Infant and Nursery School on Knowles Hill Road, and Westmoor Junior School on Church Lane.[4]

Shannon Matthews disappeared from near her home, in Dewsbury Moor, on the afternoon of 19 February 2008.[5] She was found alive on 14 March 2008 in Batley Carr.[6] Michael Donavan, the man whose house she was found in, was (along with Shannon's mother Karen) later jailed for eight years for abduction and false imprisonment.[7]


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