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If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.

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The cousin of a father-of-two who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity has appealed for witnesses to help police catch his “mindless” killer.

Bedroom tax blamed for suspected suicide of grandmother

A grandmother who killed herself left a note in which she blamed the Government for her death.

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Forging the arts in the furnace of Great Britain

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A lorry driver had a lucky escape when his HGV plunged 30ft (9m) off a flyover on to a motorway following a crash, police have said.

Margaret Thatcher's impact on the NHS

It is often said that the current NHS reforms, implemented from this month, are the biggest in its history.

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Get me out of here: Morocco, Croatian cruise, Barbados

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