In this week’s Express

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We lead on the inquest of a two-year-old girl who died in a van fire at a farm near Wragby.

Also in news:

A 64-year-old man has appeared in court charged with six counts of rape and a string of sex abuse charges.

We have the latest on the trial of a Pontefract couple who are accused of causing the death of their seven-week-old baby daughter.

Union Unison plan to ballot 3,000 NHS staff on strike action following a five-day strike by admin and clerical staff last week.

Plus, we have a double page feature on Wakefield Council’s budget plans for 2013/14.

In sport:

Full previews to this weekend’s rugby league matches when Castleford Tigers host Leeds Rhinos and Featherstone Rovers visit Dewsbury Rams, plus interviews with Tigers players Michael Shenton and Craig Huby.

A full report, photographs and reaction from Featherstone’s stunning opening-day win over Leigh Centurions.

News on Castleford’s achievement in bucking the Super League trend by increasing season ticket sales on last year.

All the latest news and match reports from the local soccer, amateur rugby league and rugby union scenes, plus a round-up of all the junior sport.