Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is deputy editor of the cross-party blog Speaker's Chair, and contributing editor of Shifting Grounds.

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Frog found in supermarket asparagus

A couple had a surprise when they found a tree frog nestling in some asparagus tips they bought in a supermarket.

Pioneering arthritis knee operation hailed

A pioneering knee operation for arthritis sufferers which can halve recovery times has been developed, surgeons say.

Navy frigate raids pirate vessels

A Royal Navy frigate has undertaken three counter-piracy operations during a seven-month deployment in the Indian Ocean.

Ex-police officer arrested over wife's death in salon stabbing

A former police officer is under arrest on suspicion of the murder of his wife, a hairdresser who was stabbed to death in her salon yesterday.

Man and dog die in car submerged in Hampshire ford

A man and a dog died today when the car they were travelling in became completely submerged in "5ft of fast-flowing water" as it drove across a ford.

First live firings of Hellfire missile carried out in UK

The first live firings of the Hellfire missile in the UK have been carried out by Apache helicopters carrying out training on board HMS Illustrious.

Girl, 15, dies during rounders game

A 15-year-old girl has died during a school game of rounders.

Heroin seized by Navy warship in Indian Ocean

Heroin with an estimated street value of £14 million has been seized from a dhow on the Indian Ocean by a Royal Navy warship, the MoD said today.

Police name Waterlooville stab victim as Simon Warton

A man who was stabbed to death in a fight after a late-night party was named by police today as Simon Warton.

Navy tests anti-terror capability

The ability of the Royal Navy to cope with events such as a terrorist attack on the Olympics is being tested next week with a massive exercise involving warships from across Europe and North America.

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