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

Macclesfield midfielder Richard Butcher dies

Macclesfield's Richard Butcher has died, aged 29.

Chancellor opposes waste disposal on his doorstep

Cheshire residents have come together in one of the most fiercely fought campaigns to oppose municipal waste incinerators since six were proposed to dispose of their rubbish. They claim that their county is in danger of becoming "the most incinerator-contaminated place in Britain".

Man dies after being trapped in factory oven

A man has died after he became trapped in an oven at a canoe factory.

'Gangland-style' shooting victim named

A man shot dead in the street has been named by police.

Man shot dead on Cheshire street

A man has died after being shot in the street.

'Honour killing' sister charged with robbery

The sister of suspected honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed has been charged with a robbery at her home.

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Council jobs under threat rises to 70,000

The number of council jobs cut or threatened with the axe in recent weeks has now topped 70,000, with unions fearing the pace of redundancies will quicken in the New Year, according to a new report today.

Lib Dems' landslide gain - and loss

Liberal Democrats celebrated a landslide council by-election gain from Tories but crashed to disastrous defeat by Labour in a second contest.

Monaghan signing spells end for Hicks at Wolves

Warrington have signed the Australian Test winger Joel Monaghan and announced the retirement of Chris Hicks to make room for him on their overseas quota. Monaghan resigned from the Canberra Raiders in disgrace after an end-of-season drinking session resulted in a compromising photo of him with a dog.

England 2018 host cities

England will find out today if there bid for the 2018 World Cup has been a success.

Missing solicitor found strangled in car

A solicitor found dead in the boot of a car days after she was reported missing was strangled, police said today.

Union fury over council Christmas job cuts

Union leaders expressed fury today at the latest threat to thousands of council workers' jobs, warning that Christmas was being "ruined" by the Government's spending cuts.

Stay the night: ABode, Chester

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Britain's ancient trees: Walking the trunk route

The National Trust is launching a series of walks to celebrate Britain's most ancient trees. Alice-Azania Jarvis meets the arboreal expert who believes we should all be branching out
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