Sport David Beckham having his medical at Real Madrid back in 2003

With each prospective signing needing at least a five-hour examination, clubs' physios and local hospitals expect to be busy

Family of armed robber who died after being restrained by customers say they blame no one for his death

The family of an armed robber who died after being restrained by customers as he attempted to raid a betting shop said they hold no one responsible for his death.

Carrot juice tins hide £8m of drugs

One of the biggest ever seizures of liquid cocaine has been made after the drug was detected in juice tins at Gatwick Airport, the UK Border Agency said today.

Smiles ahead: Shelley Rudman enjoys her skeleton win in Winterberg

Skeleton: Rudman eyes Olympics after Winterberg victory

Shelley Rudman hailed her World Cup skeleton win in Winterberg this weekend but said her main objective remains another medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

Ellen Gandy after winning gold in the women’s 200m butterfly is congratulated by Jemma Lowe (left)

Swimming: Ellen Gandy quits Team GB to take plunge for Australia

World 200 metres butterfly silver medallist Ellen Gandy has announced she is to switch allegiance and compete for Australia.

Police team axed for playing poker

An entire neighbourhood policing team has been axed after an internal investigation found officers had been playing backgammon and poker, watching television and cleaning golf clubs while on duty.

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Blind woman 'abandoned two miles from home by taxi driver who mocked her disability'

A blind woman was abandoned two miles from home by a taxi driver who mocked her disability and laughed at her when she could not identify local landmarks, it has been claimed.

Two held after £6.8m cocaine seized

Two men have been arrested after Border Force officers seized cocaine with a street value of £6.8 million on a lorry at a UK ferryport.

Jury rules that falling masonry death at restaurant was accidental

The death of a man killed by a piece of falling masonry as he sat at a restaurant was an accident, an inquest jury has ruled.

The Spanish Paralympic basketball team with other gold medal winners in Sydney in 2000. The Paralympic committee investigated allegations that the players suffered no handicaps

Learning disabilities: Paralympic 'cheats' no more

One eligibility scandal in 2000 saw all athletes with learning disabilities banned from the Paralympics – but they are set for a glorious return

Teacher loses £5m claim for damages after being paralysed in welly-wanging accident

A teacher who was left paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak welly-wanging accident on a school trip has lost his High Court claim for more than £5 million in damages.

Synchronised swimming duo Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall

In at the deep end

Synchronised swimming is a mystery to most. Rebecca Gonsalves took the plunge

Three charged with Downham stab murder

Police have charged two men and a youth with the murder of a 16-year-old boy stabbed to death just days after his birthday.

Machete hero had just become a British citizen

A hero who wrestled a man armed with a machete to the ground after he broke into a church hall and attacked a group of women's barbershop singers had become a British citizen only hours earlier.

New infestation of 'hazardous' moth identified

A new infestation of a non-native moth which is hazardous to human and animal health and trees has been identified, the Forestry Commission has said.

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