In this week’s Express

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This week we lead on a pair of ex-lovers who have denied plotting to kill one of their partners.

Also in news:
- Courageous Joseph Carolan has been nominated for an Express Champion Child award for taking his cancer battle “in his stride.”

- MPs across the district have written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt demanding he halts plans to cut £43m from the local NHS.

- Thousands of families braved the cold this week to mark the switching on of Christmas lights across the district.

- A disgraced lawyer from Ferrybridge who betrayed his clients in a stamp duty swindle has been jailed for 21 months.

- A former Castleford Tigers player has been jailed for possessing more than 20,000 indecent images of children.

In sport:

- Castleford coach Daryl Powell is pleased with pre-season preparations but admits there have been a few problems to overcome.

- All the latest news from Featherstone Rovers including details of a new club captain and the full fixture list for 2014.

- Pontefract pool star Darren Appleton is aiming to help Europe beat the United States in the Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas next week.

- A full round up of soccer, rugby league and rugby union match reports, plus junior sports news and reports.

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