In this week’s Wakefield Express

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This week we lead on the thousands of patients who are still waiting for appointments at the district’s hospitals.

Also in news:

- The family of a schoolgirl stabbed to death 50 years ago are searching for the truth after the case was never solved.

- Thousands of pupils have been excluded from school for offences including assault, drugs and racial abuse during the past two years.

- A “dirty and unhygienic” elderly care home has been slammed by health inspectors who ordered its owners to make improvements.

- A children’s charity has been given more than £700,000 to protect young people from sexual exploitation at night.

- The Dean of Wakefield will be praying for divine intervention in Saturday’s Grand National after he backed Godsmejudge at odds of 20-1 to win the world’s most famous steeplechase.

In sport:

- Wakefield Trinity Wildcats travel to Warrington Wolves tomorrow, Saturday, desperate to avoid an eighth successive Super League XX loss.

- Although they eventually ran out convincing 33-7 winners to collect the bonus point victory, Sandal were made to work hard by a physical Huddersfield YMCA side on Saturday.

- It was honours even in Monday’s derby as Ossett Albion and Ossett Town drew 1-1 in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

- Three football mad Wakefield people fulfilled every fan’s dream when they got to grace the hallowed turf of Wembley.