News Robert Vick before he decided to brave the cold

The freezing temperatures in the United States have caused an escaped inmate to turn himself back in.

Man bailed after fatal dog attack

A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman mauled by a dog at her home was released on bail today.

Dog owner held after woman mauled to death

The man believed to be the owner of the dog which mauled to death a woman at her home was arrested tonight.

Lottery hunt for 'secret millionaires'

The National Lottery has urged players to check their tickets in case they are one of four missing millionaire winners.

Leading article: An example of how faith can work

The stereotypical Muslim school is an institution that isolates itself from the wider community; an establishment that places more emphasis on religious observance than educational attainment. As we report today, the Tauheedul Islam Girls' School in Blackburn confounds that stereotype. Tauheedul began as an independent faith school and entered the state system in 2006. It has the second-best performance of any non-selective school in the country at GCSE level. And now the local council has asked Tauheedul's management to help turn around another struggling state school in the area – a task the school's head, Hamid Patel, is relishing.

Muslim school helps out secular neighbour

On the face of it the two schools have nothing in common apart from the city they share.

Tony Blackburn: A man unfazed by his own naffness

The veteran pop-picker returned to a regular slot on BBC national radio yesterday after almost 30 years. Matthew Bell meets Tony Blackburn

New Blackburn owner might sell Ewood rights

Blackburn's prospective new owners will consider selling naming rights to Ewood Park to raise funds. Indian poultry giant Venky's are expected to complete a deal to take over the Lancashire club in the next month.

Blackburn sign French midfielder Goulon

Blackburn have completed the signing of French midfielder Herold Goulon on an initial two-year contract.

Catholic primary school set to convert to Islamic faith

A Roman Catholic primary school in the heart of an Asian community in Lancashire looks set to become the first in the country to convert to an Islamic faith school.

Tony Blackburn back on BBC radio

Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn is to return to BBC chart countdowns - nearly three decades after leaving Radio 1's chart show, it was announced today.

Surge in car crash scams

The number of "crash for cash" scams where drivers stage accidents to claim on insurance is increasing around the country, figures showed today.

Indian tycoon targets Rovers takeover

A wealthy Indian businessman has emerged as a possible buyer for Blackburn.

Four guilty of bungled 'honour killings'

Four men were convicted today of murdering a couple in a bungled honour killing arson attack.

Couple killed 'by arsonists who got wrong house'

An innocent couple perished in a house fire when four arsonists got the wrong address in a botched honour killing, a court heard. Abdullah Mohammed, 41, and his wife, Aysha, 39, died after an accelerant was poured in their letterbox and set alight.

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Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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