News Hundreds of schools were closed today, because of a teacher strike

Workers strike over increases to pension contributions and cuts to the size of payouts

Thousands of council and hospital workers go on strike

Thousands of council and hospital workers went on strike today in two separate disputes over terms and conditions and claims of management bullying.

Groom set fire to castle over drinks bill

A groom set fire to the country house where his wedding reception was being held after he and his bride had a row with staff over their bar bill.

Groom admits wedding night arson

A groom today admitted starting a devastating fire at the country house where his wedding reception was held.

Paul Sturrock's wholehearted approach has lifted Southend to the top of League One

Sturrock's grounded style has Southend on the rise

The Shrimpers manager tells Nick Judd how sending his players to work on building sites has helped them climb to top of the table

Stone Roses singer Ian Brown avoids driving ban

Stone Roses front man Ian Brown escaped a driving ban today after he was clocked speeding at 105mph.

Tories and Labour neck and neck in latest by-elections

Tories and Labour are running neck and neck in the latest council by-elections which saw just one seat change hands.

Micah Richards claims Manchester United are 'a bit frightened'

Micah Richards believes Manchester United are "a bit frightened" of Roberto Mancini's Manchester City ahead of this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Wigan's Cup hangover lets slip Shield chance to hungry Wolves

Warrington 39 Wigan 12

Riots In Brief: Armani looter jailed

A 25-year-old man who looted an Armani store during disorder that swept the nation earlier this month has been jailed for 20 months.

Deaths trigger concerns over police tasers

Concerns have been raised over the use of tasers and pepper spray by police after the deaths of three people in custody during the past eight days.

A hard day's ride

Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats was a tough gig for Warren Howard and his band, and that's before they sang for their supper – and charity – every night as well

Three deaths in eight days spark concern over arrest methods

Concerns have been raised over extreme techniques used by police to arrest suspects after the deaths of three people in custody during the past eight days.

Inquiry launched after man dies in police custody

An inquiry has been launched by the police watchdog following the death of a man who was restrained using pepper spray.

Inquiry after restrained man dies

An investigation has been launched by the police watchdog following the death of a man who was restrained using pepper spray.

Warning follows girl's drug death

Police today warned youngsters and their parents about post-exam summer celebrations after a 16-year-old girl died of a suspected drug overdose.

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