In this week’s Express

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This week we lead on a rugby league player who has slammed the sentences handed to his attackers after being assaulted twice during a match.

Also in news:

- An adventurous pony had to be rescued by fire crews after falling through an old pig slurry feed pit at a Thorpe Audlin farm.

- Work to revamp Pontefract Park is underway as a group continues to campaign for improvements on the site.

- Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s will start a public consultation on its plans for a new food store in Glass Houghton next weekend.

- Bikers, scooters and police motorcyclists are set to saddle up this weekend to raise cash for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers have made three new signings for next season.

- Featherstone Rovers are 80 minutes away from reaching the Championship Grand Final for the fourth successive season after last Sunday’s play-off victory over Leigh Centurions.

- All the news from the local soccer, rugby union and cricket scenes, plus a full round up of local amateur rugby league and junior sports news.

In promotions:

- Voting gets underway in our Cute Kids competition.

- Travel by train to £10.