In this week’s Express

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IN this week’s Express we report how homes ravaged in a massive gas explosion in Hightown may have to be demolished.

Also in news:

- A teenage boy described the devastating moment he let go of his younger brother’s arm and watched as he was swept away in a river – drowning on his eighth birthday.

- Union chief Adrian O’Malley said extra beds were needed at Pontefract’s new £60m hospital because Wakefield’s facility was running “over capacity”.

- See pictures and reports from Pontefract Liquorice Festival and Knottingley Carnival.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers duo Nick Fozzard and Richard Mathers are in line to return after injury for Saturday’s Super League clash at Crusaders.

- Featherstone Rovers are throwing open their doors to fans at Bigfellas Stadium on Sunday for the club’s second annual community gala.

In promotions and competitions:

- Win Featherstone Rovers tickets, get six bottles of wine for £25 and enter our Brantano shoes competition.