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

50 evacuated after 'piping theft gas blast'

Around 50 people were evacuated from their homes early today after a suspected gas explosion, police said.

Rampant Wolves put 82 past Quins

Warrington Wolves 82 Harlequins 6

High-flying Quins eager to tame hungry Wolves

It is time to start taking Harlequins' play-off credentials very seriously indeed. The 27-16 victory on 11 March at St Helens' temporary home in Widnes was their fourth win in five games this season. While their coach, Rob Powell, is not getting carried away, he knows they have already exceeded many people's expectations for their season.

Bob Greaves: Long-serving reporter and presenter for Granada Television

Bob Greaves was the most famous television face in the North-West through the 1970s and 80s. Everybody knew him. Wherever he went, people wanted to shake his hand or simply shout out his name. He always responded with a smile and a chirpy quip. In a street research study a staggering 96 per cent of people in the region could name him from a photograph.

Video: Devastation in Otsuchi

Video footage from the town of Otsuchi where some 12,000 people out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared.

Macclesfield and Wycombe fined after brawl

Macclesfield and Wycombe have been hit with £9,000 fines by the Football Association following their ugly brawl in the npower League Two fixture at Moss Rose last month.

Victory is Evans-sent for rampant Warrington

Warrington moved up to third in Super League with an attacking display that was sparked by an 18-year-old, Rhys Evans. The blond Welsh centre was instrumental in the Wolves taking a first-half lead they were never to lose, scoring a try and setting one up.

Footballers who couldn't take corners

Everton striker Louis Saha has escaped unharmed after crashing his Ferrari on a country road. The 32-year-old was driving his blue Ferrari 458 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, shortly before 9pm last night when he lost control of the car and collided with a fence.

Briers stars as Wolves weather late Saints revival

St Helens 18 Warrington 25

Anthony Rose: The 2009 Burgundy vintage is an abundant crowd-pleaser. What’s not to like?'

The phrase "hurry while stocks last" is so trite that it would be easy to ignore the clamour for 2009 Burgundy if there weren't a risk of being crushed in the stampede for it.

Shake a petal. Get out and see those early snowdrops

About Britain

David Gilmour's son charged over riot

Charlie Gilmour, the son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, has been charged with violent disorder and the theft of a mannequin leg following the student fees protest in London on 9 December. The Cambridge University student is one of three people charged in relation to the protest and will go before the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 10 February.

Betts to hand Sculthorpe Widnes chance

Danny Cculthorpe is being given the chance by Widnes to revive his career after more than a year out of action. The former Wigan prop was released by Bradford without playing a game for them, because of an infection that set in after a back operation.

Stone Roses gig to be resurrected on film

The celebrated Spike Island show by the Stone Roses is to be immortalised in a new movie. The 1990 concert was a high point in the indie rock band's career, with nearly 30,000 people flocking to the outdoor gig near Widnes, Cheshire. It will be the backdrop for a film being made by Tom Green, director of Channel 4's Misfits.

Golf captain's £40,000 benefit con

A former golf club captain who swindled thousands of pounds in benefits avoided jail today.

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