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Murder accused tried to destroy evidence with gas explosion, court told

A penniless thief murdered a widow who had fostered more than 50 children then tried to destroy the evidence in an explosion, a court has heard.

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Vandals who ransacked family home sought by police

Police have appealed for help in catching vandals who trashed a family home while the owners were out for the day.

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Pregnant woman threw brick at axe-wielding 'killer clown'

A teenager who wore a clown mask and brandished an axe at a pregnant woman left her so scared she threw a brick at him, a court heard.

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Inmates found with copies of al Qaida magazine Inspire in prison

Prisoners have been caught with al Qaida magazine Inspire while in jail, new figures reveal.

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Widow who fostered more than 50 children murdered with cable, court told

A penniless thief murdered an elderly widow who had fostered over 50 children before using her phone to ring a sex chatline and then setting her house on fire, a court heard.

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Ex-Premier League star Nile Ranger admits £2,000 online banking fraud

Former Premier League striker Nile Ranger has admitted an online banking fraud after a woman was fleeced out of more than £2,000.

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Inventor hopes to save lives with his light-up school crossing 'lollipop' stick

An inventor says he has come up with a bright idea to save lives - a light-up school crossing patrol sign to make lollipop men and women more visible to drivers.

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Internet troll admits charges including anti-Semitic death threats to MP

An internet troll who made anti-Semitic death threats to a Labour MP has admitted further charges after sending abusive messages on Twitter.

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Sports Direct's Mike Ashley criticises shareholders who refused to back chairman

Mike Ashley has taken a swipe at Sports Direct shareholders who failed to back embattled chairman Keith Hellawell, while heaping praise on hedge fund boss Crispin Odey for his support.

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Armed man arrested after taking hostages at bookmakers

A man suspected of taking hostages at a bookmakers armed with a loaded sawn-off shotgun has been taken into custody.

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UK student dies after 'falling from building in Japan on New Year's Eve'

An "exemplary" British student died on New Year's Eve after reportedly falling from a high-rise building in Japan.

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Two police officers injured as patrol vehicles collide

Two police officers have been injured in a collision between two patrol vehicles while responding to an incident.

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Armed man arrested after taking hostages at bookmakers

An armed man who took hostages at a bookmakers has been arrested.

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Man charged with robbery after widow attacked in own home

A man has been charged with robbery after an elderly widow was battered and made to hand over money in her own home.

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Monster black holes hidden from us among distant galaxies, say scientists

Monster black holes may be lurking behind smokescreens in our cosmic back yard, say scientists.

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Mother who collapsed in shop and stopped breathing meets those who 'saved' her

A woman who survived a collapse on Christmas Eve in a busy supermarket thanks to the remarkable efforts of staff and passers-by has held an emotional reunion with her rescuers.

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Paul Gascoigne in rehab as he seeks help in battle with alcoholism

Paul Gascoigne has gone into rehab to try and "get free of his demons" and attempt to become alcohol free in 2017, his agent said.

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Police investigate after 'confused' man found tied up in his own van

A police investigation was under way after a "confused" man was found tied up in his own van.

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Cleveland Police chief in apology to journalists over unlawful phone snooping

The chief constable of a scandal-hit police force has apologised in person to two journalists after officers unlawfully snooped on their phones.

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Judge reveals brain-damaged girl's day-to-day struggles

A portrait of the life of a 12-year-old girl who suffered catastrophic brain damage when she was violently shaken by her father at the age of 10 weeks has emerged in a ruling by a judge following a family court hearing.

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