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

Tough riot sentences prompt new guidelines for the courts

New guidelines to advise judges and magistrates on handing out exemplary justice to people implicated in major civil disturbances are likely in the wake of the thousands of court hearings arising from last week's riots.

Laurie Penny: Keeping speech free is one way to rebuild our society

Are we allowed to post angry tweets about overthrowing the Government? To organise protests if there's a chance they might turn rowdy?

'Too tough sentences' spark warning

Jailing those involved in the riots for longer than they deserve risks undermining confidence in the justice system, lawyers and campaigners said today.

No court action over vandalism call

A teenager who posted messages on Facebook encouraging people to vandalise a shop at the height of last week's riots has avoided facing court.

Police hunt for suspected Warrington arsonist

Police are hunting for an arsonist they believe may have started a spate of fires.

Four years in jail for failed attempts to incite looting on Facebook

Two men receive some of harshest sentences for riots so far

£362m for broadband rollout in hard-to-reach areas

Rural and hard-to-reach areas were allocated £362 million today to improve their broadband connections.



Royal London sheds 220 jobs

Royal London, the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company, is set to close the Liverpool headquarters of Royal Liver, the business it bought in July, at the cost of 222 jobs.

Trollied, Sky 1, Thursday<br/>Superheroes of Suburbia, Channel 4, Friday

If Sky's first comedy doesn't quite rock us in the aisles, its terrific ensemble playing comes close

Round-up: Warrington crush Bulls with 12-try hammering

Warrington were back to their destructive best with a 64-6 annihilation of Bradford yesterday.

Charnley puts Wigan into last four

Warrington Wolves 24 Wigan Warriors 44

On the edge: How one couple in Cornwall cracked gardening by the sea

As a sailor, I respect the sea; as a gardener, I'd very much prefer to do without it, because with a sea view comes a wind, bearing salt on its wings. "The most effective windbreak," according to Your Gardening Questions Answered, "is provided by planting two kinds of hedges, a sturdy wind-resister such as blackthorn or euonymus, set in two rows four feet apart on the side facing the sea: then four feet inside that a hedge of hebes or escallonia to filter out what gets past the outer defences..." But seaside gardeners who plant the cheerless hedges four feet apart, might find that within a few years, they've not only lost half the garden to hedge, but also planted out the view.

Bridge scores four as Wolves tear Quins to pieces

Harlequins 24 Warrington Wolves 54

Hodgson and Monaghan show teeth to take hungry Wolves back to the summit

Warrington 28 Huddersfield 16
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