McCarthy mulls debt

The board of retirement homes builder McCarthy & Stone will examine plans to pay off a big chunk of its debt this week.

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Call to refurbish derelict homes

Thousands of derelict homes in the North of England should be refurbished to help kick-start the stalled economic recovery, an influential think-tank says.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is resisting the urge to bring in a centre-back this month

Roberto Martinez delighted with Wigan fringe players following victory over Bournemouth

Latics advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup

League Cup round-up: Donaldson lines up Chelsea showdown

Top scorer Clayton Donaldson earned Brentford a lucrative FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to west London neighbours Chelsea as his goal beat Southend 2-1 in their replay at Griffin Park tonight.

Franco Di Santo celebrates his side's goal

FA Cup replay: Bournemouth v Wigan match preview

A look ahead to tonight's FA Cup Third Round replay at the Goldsands Stadium

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez defends team selection for cup matches

Wigan's cup record has been poor in recent years

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez desperate for Wigan to end Fulham jinx

Latics travel to west London tomorrow

FA Cup fourth round draw: Cup holders Chelsea sent on the road once again

Chelsea will continue the defence of their trophy with a trip to lower league opposition after yesterday's fourth-round draw. Rafael Benitez's side will visit either League One Brentford or Southend, from a league below, at the end of the month, and after scoring 21 goals in four domestic cup ties so far this season, will be heavily favoured to progress to the last 16.

Mr Fripp at Stalag Luft III on the 65th anniversary of the Great Escape

Alfie Fripp, oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war, dies age 98

The oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war has died at the age of 98.

School blaze 'sparked by lightning'

Firefighters tackling blazes at a school and a hotel within a few miles of each other believe they could have been started by lightning.

Jeremy Kyle: a guest on his show said she saw a killer plunge a knife into a female student

Judges to watch Jeremy Kyle show to decide whether innocent man was jailed for murder

New evidence 'potentially impacts on the reliability of a prosecution witness'

Jeremy Kyle footage to be used Court of Appeal could be clue to 2002 murder

An episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show will be played to Court of Appeal judges to help determine whether an innocent man was jailed for murder after a killing in Bournemouth.

Which cities' property prices rose the most in 2012?

Average London homes rose £28,000 over last 12 months underlining North-South property divide

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging was killed when his aircraft came down after performing at an air show

Red Arrows pilot blacked out seconds before fatal crash after suffering the effects of G-force

Inquest hears accident may have been avoided if aircraft had been flying 70ft higher

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
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Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

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The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
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Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’

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Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report'

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Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

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