Left, Melanie Smith. Right, the victims (clockwise from top left); Charlie Timbrell, Bailey Allen, Skye Allen, Lee-Anna Shiers, Liam Timbrell

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A “drunk and jealous” woman has been found guilty of murdering five members of the same family, including three young children, in a blaze following a row about a pram.

Left, Melanie Smith. Right, the victims (clockwise from top left); Charlie Timbrell, Bailey Allen, Skye Allen, Lee-Anna Shiers, Liam Timbrell

'Jealous' woman found guilty of murdering five members of one family in fire

She deliberately set  pushchair alight because she was angry it had been left in shared hallway

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A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of a woman accused of starting a house fire which killed five members of the same family.

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In recent years followers of British talent shows have seen more than their fair share of celebrity canines and posing pooches, but it's fair to say that Jack, an Australian cattle dog from San Franscisco, probably takes the biscuit.

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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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Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has thanked well-wishers for their sympathy and support ahead of her mother’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, saying she was prepared for a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”.

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Today's announcement by Manchester Police is a small but significant victory for Sylvia Lancaster, the mother who has tirelessly campaigned for a more robust police response to attacks against alternative music fans after her daughter was brutally murdered in 2007.

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The kidnap and gang rape of an American tourist after boarding a public minibus in Rio de Janeiro has focused attention on crime in the city that will host the World Cup final next year and the Olympics in three years’ time.

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Stornoway are a four-piece band from Oxford who, with two extra live players tonight, make uplifting folky-indie - although taking their name from a remote Scottish isle is apt given their evident love nature, of the most wind-swept, moon-lit variety.

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