In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on the government’s decision not to call in the planning application for the £135m Five Towns Park which includes a new stadium for Castleford Tigers.

Also in news:

- A minibus driver who caused the death of a teenager, after a hen party ended in a horror smash on the motorway, was told by top judges he deserved every day of his jail term.

- Pontefract’s annual liquorice festival will return to the town this weekend.

- A mum aged 31 has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old boy.

- Pontefract councillor David Jones claims motorists in Pontefract are “already seeing the benefits” of the new layout at Town End junction.

- The first Ofsted inspection since a council reshuffle of children’s services has found one of the district’s 12 remaining children’s centres to be “requiring improvement”.

In sport:

- After parting company with Andy Hay earlier this week, Featherstone Rovers are set to unveil a new head coach today.

- Castleford Tigers will be out for revenge when they visit Hull FC on Sunday.

- Pictures and report from the annual memorial game between Castleford Panthers and Lock Lane held in memory of club stalwarts Brian Lloyd and Dave Arundel.

- We also have two pages of junior sport.