In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on plans to close Ferrybridge Power Station within a year, with the loss of up to 400 jobs.

Also in news:

- Leeds United legend Allan Clarke visited Castleford to help mark the first anniversary of a cafe opened in memory of his friend.

- The political spotlight is shining on the district as two of our local MPs battle it out to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

- Investigations are continuing into the cause of a Knottingley house fire which forced people to be evacuated from their homes.

- Thieves smashed through the roof of a shop and stole £10,000 worth of mountain bikes.

- Campaigners have stepped up their fight against plans to close the last bank in Featherstone.

In sport:

- After the big disappointment of an early Challenge Cup exit Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell wants his side to put a marker down for the rest of the season when they return to Super League action at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday night.

- There is an “air of confidence” in the Featherstone Rovers camp ahead of Sunday’s Summer Bash showdown with unbeaten Leigh Centurions in Blackpool.

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

- A preview of Pontefract’s first evening race meeting of the season on Friday.

- Two pages of news from the local cricket scene.

- A full round up of amateur rugby league and football match reports, plus all the latest junior sport.

In promotions:

- Chance to win tickets for this weekend’s rugby league Summer Bash in Blackpool.