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Pub closures have increased to 26 a week, although campaigners hope the industry's fortunes are set to improve.

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The code would contain mandatory rules for all companies owning more than 500 pubs and would aim to stop abuses of the beer tie

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I never wished them harm, says woman accused of fire that killed five

A woman accused of starting a fire that killed five members of the same family living above her today told jurors she had never wished any harm on the family.

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Hopeful singer Alice Fredenham looked a world away from the shy hopeful with stage fright who featured on last week's Britain's Got Talent when she appeared on The Voice on Saturday night.

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