In this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express

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This week we lead on a raid at a convenience store where armed robbers brandishing a knife and crowbar stole thousands of pounds.

Also in news:

- The family of a toddler who is cared for by a children’s hospice is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the centre’s work.

- A junior football club has scored a cash windfall thanks to the Asda Yorkshire XDC Community Fund.

- Creative youngsters across the district are taking part in a special art project for the Tour de Yorkshire.

- An abandoned pony was covered in oil and set on fire.

In sport:

- Relegation-threatened Frickley Athletic moved to within a point of safety in the Evo-Stik Premier League with Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Ramsbottom United.

- Hemsworth Miners Welfare’s 2-1 home win over Eccleshill United was not enough to keep alive their promotion hopes in NCE League Division One.

- South Kirkby, Frickley Colliery and Hemsworth all made winning starts to the new Pontefract and District Cricket League season.

- A full round up of all the latest junior sports reports, plus amateur RL, pool and darts news.