In this week’s Express

Week 18
Week 18

IN this week’s Express we report how health chiefs have announced plans to reopen Pontefract Hospital’s A&E unit overnight – but community leaders and the Express say ‘it’s not enough’.

Bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust revealed on Monday that the service – which has been shut between 10pm and 8am since last November because of a “staff shortage” – will be staffed by a pool of specialist GPs and nurses by September 3.

But MPs and local politicians are backing our campaign to provide a 24-hour consultant-led service at the Friarwood Lane unit.

Also in the news:

– A new power station – which will use gas from an underground pipeline to power more than two million homes – could be built in Knottingley, creating more than 1,000 jobs.

– Friends of a young Castleford man who plunged to his death in a Spanish hotel have raised thousands of pounds to help pay the costs of bringing his body home.

– Former boxing heavy weight champion Mike Tyson was a knockout with fans who flocked to a Pontefract nightclub to see him talk about his colourful life and career.

– An elderly man drove his car through ticket barriers and crashed into a building next to Pontefract Hospital last week.

In sport:

– All the latest news from Castleford Tigers including a full preview of Monday’s Super League match against Widnes Vikings at Probiz Coliseum.

– Action photographs and reaction from Featherstone’s Challenge Cup clash against Wigan plus a preview of Sunday’s top of the table clash against Halifax at Bigfellas Stadium.

– A full page feature on Castleford Tigers stars Ryan Hudson and Danny Orr who have put their expertise to great use by setting up a new coaching class for youngsters.

– A full match report and action photographs from Glasshoughton Welfare soccer club’s thrilling last match victory that clinched them promotion.

In promotions:

– Free pork pie at Cryer and Stott

– Free bhajis at Abdul’s

– Two-for-one Johnson’s dry cleaning

– Meet more Wedding of the Year finalists

– Still time to enter our Business Awards