In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on masked armed robbers who stole thousands of pounds of cash in a late night raid on a Castleford convenience store.

Also in news:

- Proud parents Rachel and Robin Walton think their son Jack can go all the way to the final of this year’s X Factor competition.

- The sister of hen party crash victim Bethany Jones told police how the “idiotic actions” of a minibus driver had taken away her best friend.

- The government has written to North Yorkshire County Council telling it to refuse planning permission for a waste incinerator at Kellingley Colliery.

- Former miners at Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Colliery have launched a campaign for a memorial to those who lost their lives at the pit.

In sport:

- Award-winning Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell is aiming to make sure this year’s progress is not a flash in the pan.

- Featherstone Rovers have announced their 2015 season ticket prices and made several new signings.

- A preview of Pontefract’s final race meeting of the season on Monday.

- A full round up of junior rugby league and junior soccer match reports.

- All the latest soccer, amateur rugby league, rugby union, squash, angling, pool, snooker and quiz league news.

In promotions:

- £10 rail offer.