Wakefield and Five Towns

Wakefield & Five Towns

Saving targets for hospitals

HOSPITALS IN a cash strapped NHS trust been hit with tough targets to balance their books or miss out on millions of pounds of bailout funding.

PLANS: Richard and Christopher Barker, with family and staff outside St Jamess Hospital in Leeds.

Leeds twins plan a Cortina tribute to Dad

A set of identical twins have hit the road for an emotional journey in memory of their dad – driving his old Ford Cortina to Italy.

OPPONENTS: The campaigners pictured at Howell Wood.

Objections to rail bid’s new route

campaigners ARE fighting back against plans to bring the controversial HS2 rail tracks through ‘our nature spots’.

Four arrested after gunman opened fire on village home

Four arrested after gunman opened fire on village home

Four men have been arrested after a gunman opened fire on a village home.

Abbie Morton

Cancer survivor in yacht adventure trip

A YOUNG Pontefract woman who is recovering from a cancer battle has taken part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Holly Walker with her mum Julie.
Picture by Simon Hulme

Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards: ‘Amazing’ hospice that helps the whole family nominated

A family who have been helped by an “amazing” Yorkshire children’s hospice say being supported by them has changed their lives.

Misi Taulappa, celebrates with fans at the end of the match after Featherstone Rover beat Bradford Bull 20-0.  Picture James Hardisty

Qualifiers hold ‘no fear’ for underdogs as big guns lie in wait

HEAD coach Jon Sharp fully realises the “enormity” of achieving a Qualifiers place with Featherstone Rovers – but maintains there will be no fear once the Championship club encounter Super League opposition.

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VIDEO: Featherstone Rovers 20 Bradford Bulls 0 - Big guns await Rovers as ‘shambolic’ Bulls are left to contemplate third season in second tier

FEATHERSTONE ROVERS were led on to the field by “The Baby-Faced Assassin” today and, fittingly, secured their Qualifiers place with a perfectly-executed performance that also ended wretched Bradford Bulls’ hopes of promotion for another season.

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John Tang.

Death crash driver back behind bars over drunken police chase

A driver has been returned to prison over a drunken police chase almost a decade after he caused the death of man when he used a public road as a race track.


Probe by police watchdog after Normanton crash

A woman was seriously injured when a car hit a wall while being chased by police in an early morning pursuit.

GREAT PRIVILEGE: Deputy Lord Lieutenant Michael Sayles Fox.

Pontefract’s memorial to Magna Carta

A £30,000 monument marking the town’s link with the Magna Carta has been unveiled.

Future Sport Stars event launch held at Xscape, Glasshoughton.
Pictrued are Betsy Warren, 13, Sonny Dudding, five, and Barney Warren, 10.
 PIC: Andrew Bellis

Discover where your sporting skills lie

SPORTING stars of the future will get the chance to have their skills put to the test in a UK-first event.

Police scheme to boost more pupils

Police scheme to boost more pupils

School children across West Yorkshire have been given a first-hand insight into life in the police and fire services.

PIC: Allan McKenzie/YWNG

Wave of pink covers Pontefract Park for Race for Life

A wave of pink covered Pontefract Park when thousands of women put their best foot forward in the town’s annual Race for Life this weekend.

A cloud of smoke at the scene of the Airedale Junior School fire in Castleford.

‘Accidental’ cause of blaze at West Yorkshire school

A Fire which damaged classrooms at a primary school in Castleford was caused accidentally, the chief executive of the academy which runs the school said today.

Kate Dawson, from Pontefract, having pioneering treatment for MS in Mexico

West Yorkshire mum sees improvements after £45,000 MS treatment

A mum from West Yorkshire has started to see improvements following pioneering treatment for MS in Mexico.


Pontefract school closes after 53 years

An independent private school for primary age children will close tomorrow after 53 years of educating youngsters.

Luxury brand Burberry

Challenging times for new Burberry management team as sales decline

Burberry has said that like-for-like sales slipped 3% in the first quarter, laying bare the challenges facing incoming chief executive Marco Gobbetti.

Ryan Hampshire.

Castleford Tigers 38 Catalans Dragons 24: Ryan Hampshire secures top-eight spot

UNLIKELY winger Ryan Hampshire helped Castleford Tigers to their first in five games and a success which confirms their qualification in Super League’s top-eight.

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Pensioner dies after being hit by car in Pontefract

AN 81-year-old woman has died and another pensioner left with life-threatening injuries after they were hit by a car in Pontefract.

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