In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on a pensioner busker who has praised Pontefract market traders for tackling a man who snatched his collection bucket.

Also in news:

- Long-awaited work to replace Pontefract’s notorious Town End junction with two roundabouts has begun.

- Community leaders in Pontefract fear traffic delays at the new Northern Link Road could lead to a fall in visitors and trade in the town.

- A nurse from Pontefract who caused the death of a motorcyclist by driving carelessly has been told to carry out unpaid work.

- Wakefield Council has agreed to slash jobs and cut £38m worth of funding to public services.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has stressed the importance of everyone sticking together despite the difficult start to the season.

- Featherstone Rovers coach Andy Hay is set make team changes for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game at Halifax.

- Reaction, match reports and photographs from last weekend’s matches involving Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers.

- Pontefract Collieries made it nine wins and two draws from their last 11 games as they held onto top spot in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League with a 2-0 home victory over Yorkshire Amateur.

- A full round up of rugby union, amateur rugby league and football match reports.

In promotions:

- Free four-page gardening offers supplement.