In this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express

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This week we lead on the family of a seven-year-old boy seriously injured in a horrific car crash while on holiday which has thanked the surgeons they say saved his life.

Also in news:

- Little Oliver Roberts has been reunited with his teddy bear after it enjoyed an extended holiday in Cleethorpes.

- Hundreds of council staff will be transferred to one of three private companies which are in the running to take over services including school meals and cleaning.

- Army bomb disposal experts were called to Pontefract Park after a member of the public found a potentially suspicious package.

- Businesses across the Five Towns are being urged to help make wheelchair basketball star Leah Evans’ dream of competing in the Paralympics a reality.

- Disabled blue badge holders will have to pay to park at the district’s hospitals under new charges being brought in by NHS bosses.

In sport:

- Castleford Tigers will not be lacking motivation according to head coach Daryl Powell when they play their first ever Super Eights game against Hull FC tomorrow night.

- Coach Jon Sharp is looking for a “massive improvement” when Featherstone face Whitehaven for the second time in three weeks in Sun-day’s opening Championship Shield game at Big Fellas Stadium (3pm).

- Townville put themselves right in the thick of the title race after claiming a four-point victory over leaders Methley in the big game of the day in the Central Yorkshire League’s Premiership.

- Glasshoughton Welfare manager Mick Norbury was well satisfied with his team’s effort last Saturday when his improving side gained a 3-1 win at Leeds Road against higher division Athersley Recreation.