In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on a Pontefract mum who couldn’t believe her eyes when her five-year-old son walked through the front door in the middle of a school day. Little Jaron Smith had escaped school by climbing over a fence and walking for ten minutes – crossing busy main roads – to get home to his mum.

Also in news:

- Developers will start building the first phase of new homes on the former Prince of Wales Colliery site in Pontefract later this month.

- A £150m scheme to build 1,200 new homes and ‘transform’ Castleford is expected to be complete within ten years.

- A talented animator from Ackworth has been nominated for a BAFTA award.

- Gale force winds ripped through a stand at Castleford Tigers’stadium causing thousands of pounds of damage.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton is using his disappointment at being dropped by England as a big motivation for the new Super League season.

- Featherstone coach Andy Hay is looking for further improvement from his side in their third pre-season game at Batley Bulldogs on Sunday.

- Action photographs, match reports and reaction from last Sunday’s pre-season matches involving Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers.

- A full round up of rugby union, amateur rugby league and football match reports.

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