In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on a woman given 12 months to live after being diagnosed with brain tumours who has issued a desperate plea to health bosses to think again after they refused to pay for a drug which is keeping her alive.

Also in news:

- Devoted pet owner Tracey Toft is hoping to raise £3,000 for a much-needed operation for her brave dog Harvey who was abused by his previous owners.

- It’s the end of an era in Knottingley after the organisers of the town’s annual carnival scrapped the event due to a lack of volunteers.

- A former Pontefract man allegedly raped two teenage girls and seriously sexually assaulted two others in a series of opportunistic attacks on vulnerable victims, a court heard.

- Burglars smashed through the wall of a Castleford haulage firm and stole thousands of pounds worth of laptop computers.

- We also have a picture spread from the Christmas lights switch-on events in Pontefract and Caslteford.

In sport:

-New recruit Matt Cook has set his sights in winning silverware with Castleford Tigers.

- Featherstone coach Andy Hay is close to finalising his squad for 2015.

- Pontefract Squash Club’s young players have been in outstanding form for county teams.

- A full round up of soccer, amateur rugby league and rugby union reports, plus comprehensive coverage of junior sport.

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