In this week’s Express

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This week we lead on a man who has appeared in court in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Pontefract last week.

Also in news:

- An extraordinary picture of a contortionist from Featherstone painted as a giraffe is proving to be an internet hit around the globe.

- Ambitious plans to regenerate Featherstone and ease traffic problems in the town are expected to be approved by council bosses next week.

- A man has admitted burgling the flat of a popular pizza boss just days after his death.

- Plus, so many objections were made to plans for a waste incinerator in Castleford that it crashed Wakefield Council’s planning website, a protest meeting heard.

In sport:

- All the latest news from in-form Castleford Tigers who aim to retain top spot in Super League in Friday’s match at Hull Kingston Rovers.

- Featherstone Rovers coach John Bastian will not underestimate newly-promoted North Wales Crusaders when his side travel to Wrexham for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game.

- A preview of the new horse racing season at Pontefract which starts on Tuesday, April 8.

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