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Jack out of X Factor but gets lots of local support

Jack Walton has become the latest X Factor contestant to leave the competition.

The 18-year-old from Castleford received the fewest number of public votes after he sang Leona Lewis's hit Bleeding Love.

He said: "I don't know where to start. It has been amazing, a world away from what I'm used to. I've just loved it."

Mother fights for answers over daughter's disabilities

A mother who believes a drug she took to test if she was pregnant - in fact caused her daughter's severe disabilities, when she was born, is fighting for answers. Margaret Braithwaite from Castleford took the hormone pregnancy test Primodos in the late 1960s. Her daughter Maxine was born with deformities and disabilities - which affected her all her life - before her death this year, aged just 45. The company which made Primodos insists it was not responsible for causing serious illnesses in children. But now Margaret, and thousands of other women, are demanding a review. Michael Billington has been speaking to her.


Mother calls for apology over pregnancy testing pill fears

A mother who took a pregnancy-testing drug in the 60s, is demanding an apology from manufacturers, after her daughter died of severe disabilities. Margaret Braithwaite from Castleford believes her daughter Maxine's difficulties were caused by hormone pill, Primodos.

A drug regulator this year found there wasn't enough evidence to prove that Primodos was responsible for causing deformities in children. Pharmaceuticals company Bayer denies any responsibility.

Stabbed care home worker brands attacker a 'coward'

A woman who was stabbed in the Castleford care home where she works, has branded her attacker a coward. 67-year-old Christine Pygott was cooking breakfast early on Saturday morning, when she went to investigate a noise at the kitchen door. A man burst in, punched and kicked her, then stabbed her in the arm.

Police say two men were seen running from the care home on Ferrybridge Road, passing the cemetery on Healdfield Road and have released an image of a man they'd like to trace.

Police have released this image of a man they'd like to trace Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police issue e-fit after Castleford care home stabbing

E-fit of man police want to speak to after woman stabbed in care home Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have released an e-fit picture of a man they want to talk to after the stabbing of a care home worker in Castleford.

A 67-year-old woman was assaulted and stabbed in the arm by an intruder whilst she was at work at The Beeches residential care home, on Ferrybridge Road.

The victim needed hospital treatment for the wound to her arm.

Police are linking this incident with another which happened earlier whereby two men were confronted in the grounds of another nearby residential home.

"It is particularly concerning that these men appear to be targeting the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and their motives or doing this are currently unclear.

We are treating these incidents extremely seriously. We have put on additional patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to identify anyone involved in this and that includes putting this e-fit out."

– Det Supt Nick Wallen, West Yorkshire Police

Two men ages 25 and 28 who were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of assault have since been released on police bail.


Two arrested over Castleford care home stabbing

Two men have been arrested following the stabbing of a 67-year old woman in a care home in Castleford.

It happened at The Beeches care home yesterday morning, when the woman was stabbed in the arm. She's spent the day recovering in hospital.

A 25 and 28-year-old man are both being questioned by West Yorkshire Police.


Intruder 'punched and assaulted' carer before stabbing her, say police

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen from West Yorkshire Police has told ITV Yorkshire that the 67-year-old care home worker, stabbed by an intruder in Castleford, is in hospital awaiting surgery on the wound. He said though her condition is not life threatening she was 'seriously injured' .

He added that the intruder had 'jumped on' the woman, 'assaulting and punching' her before stabbing the in her arm with a pen knife.

Castleford care home worker stabbed by intruder

The Beeches care home where a female member of staff was stabbed by an intruder Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information after a female care home worker was stabbed in the arm by an intruder while at work this morning (Saturday October 18)

The 67-year-old victim was in the kitchen at The Beeches care home in Ferrybridge Road at around 6.15am when she has heard a sound at the back door. She opened the door and was confronted by a man who forced his way in and punched her. She screamed and as colleagues came to help her, the man stabbed her in the arm with a pen-knife before running away.

The man is described as mixed race, around 30-years-old, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing a body warmer and jeans.

Around 20 minutes before this incident, a member of staff at a nearby residential care home was confronted by two men in the grounds. The men, who were both described as Asian, then made excuses before leaving the area.

Superintendent Karen Gayles, of West Yorkshire Police said: "Due to both properties being care homes and their vicinity to one another, we are linking these incidents. It is particularly concerning that these men appear to be targeting the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and their motives for doing this are currently unclear.

“We are treating these incidents extremely seriously. We have put on additional patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to identify these two men.

“Our officers have been making other residential homes in the area aware of these incidents and we would ask people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us."

Cas complete squad for 2015 season

Castleford have completed their new-look squad for 2015 with the signing of London Broncos duo Scott Moore and Mike McMeeken.

Scott Moore moves to the Tigers from London Broncos Credit: Press Association

Former St Helens and England hooker Moore, 26, and Hampshire-born second rower McMeeken, 20, will join their Broncos team-mates Denny Solomona and Matt Cook at the Tigers in 2015 after signing two-year deals.

Moore, who had a loan spell at Castleford in 2008 and has also played for Widnes, Huddersfield and North Queensland Cowboys, will be a straight replacement for Daryl Clark, who is joining Warrington at the end of the season.

Scott Moore will be a crucial addition to our squad for next year. I am confident he will along with Adam Milner give us creative options at hooker and his experience will be invaluable. He was an international squad player not too long ago. He is creative and tough with good leadership qualities and he will be a big part of our pack for next season.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach
Mike McMeeken moves to the Tigers from London Broncos Credit: Press Association

Mike McMeeken is a big robust back rower who I am confident has a big future in the game. He is also very young with a great desire to be successful which are both key qualities. He was very good against us in both games this season with his strong ball running and offload game.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Castleford have also signed Bradford scrum-half Luke Gale and Melbourne Storm pair Junior Moors and Ben Roberts, with Craig Huby and Jamie Ellis leaving the club, along with Clark, Weller Hauraki, Lee Gilmour and Dan Fleming, whose moves were announced earlier in the year.

Huddersfield announced the signing of Tigers' long-serving prop forward Huby on Thursday morning and are also expected to recruit hooker or half-back Ellis.

Craig has been a huge servant to the Tigers for over a decade and while I am disappointed he has decided to leave I understand his reasons for looking for a new challenge. As a club we did all we could to persuade Craig to stay including a long-term contract offer. I know Craig will continue to perform superbly for the remainder of the season as he has done throughout his time at the club.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Meanwhile, Castleford have also given contract extensions to home-grown winger James Clare and Australian forward Grant Millington.

Clare's new deal will keep him at the club to the end of 2016 with an option for a further two years while Millington is now contracted to the end of 2018.

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