In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on a gang of masked robbers - one brandishing a firearm - who raided a jewellers in Pontefract town centre.

Also in news:

- A man has been arrested after a police pursuit through Pontefract on Sunday.

- Talented young singer Zara Hall has clinched a coveted role in a promotional video for a new children’s cartoon film.

- Long-awaited work on a new supermarket in Knottingley, which could create up to 40 jobs, is expected to get underway before long.

- Vulnerable children are being referred to social services because families are missing out on vital support, council bosses have admitted.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers are ready for a fresh challenge in the Super League play-offs at St Helens on Friday night after missing out on top spot in the table.

- All the latest news from Featherstone Rovers who are 80 minutes away from reaching the Championship Grand Final for the fourth time in five seasons.

- Methley pipped derby rivals Townville for the Central Yorkshire Cricket League Premiership title on a dramatic final day of the season.

- A full round up of soccer, amateur rugby league, rugby union, bowls, athletics, angling, squash, horse racing, pool and pigeon racing news.

In promotions:

- The top ten in our Chip Shop of the Year competition revealed.

- Another token in our £10 rail offer.