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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Devon Alexander lands another blow on a struggling Lee Purdy

Boxing: Lee Purdy can't make either the weight or a title fight of it

Late stand-in comes up short as his conqueror looks to take on Khan

Brian Laws: Scunthorpe's relegation has a horrible taste

Scunthorpe had their relegation to League Two confirmed, even though they beat sixth-placed Swindon 3-1.

Councils spends £2m on a bus stop: for that price I'd want Mick Jagger singing 'Gimme Shelter'

Global austerity means that local councils and town mayors are having to cut their coats according to their cloth.

Former England Goalkeeper Peter Shilton arrives at Colchester Magistrates Court in Essex with his girfriend Stephanie Hayward

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton banned from driving after admitting alcohol offence

The former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has been banned from the road after admitting drink-driving.

Peter Shilton

It's more than just penalty points: Peter Shilton faces court on drink-driving charge

England's most capped player arrested in Essex

One Minute With: Lesley Pearse, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Riots spark £5m Tate arts project for the young

Tate is to spearhead a £5m national arts programme developed in response to last year’s riots, to help young people develop their lives “in a more meaningful way”.

Soldier with post traumatic stress disorder took two hostages at knifepoint

A soldier suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a tour of duty in Afghanistan held two members of his unit hostage, beating and threatening to kill them before attempting to kidnap them, a court martial heard.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve rejects case of jailed SAS man Danny Nightingale

Attorney General Dominic Grieve said today it would be “inappropriate” for him to review the decision to prosecute an SAS sergeant for illegal possession of a weapon.

Former Chesterfield boss Lee Richardson

Martin Hardy: Lost your job as a manager? Think about psychology

Life Beyond The Premier League: Psychology and football have not hit it off. There has been mistrust

Scare after box labelled 'bomb' unearthed in museum archive

A museum prompted a bomb scare after unearthing a box labelled "bomb" in its archive.

Filed under B: the box labelled bomb that sparked a major alert

A museum prompted a bomb scare after unearthing a box labelled "bomb" in its archive.

Marines bailed after hearing into insurgent's death

Five Royal Marines charged with murder following an incident in Afghanistan have been released from custody.

League One preview: Home comforts for Howe

We're a quarter of the way through the season, and only 37 per cent of League One matches have been home wins. History tells us the figure should settle at somewhere in the 40s by the end of this next quarter, so let's not shy away from a couple of speculative bets contributing to the expected increase on Saturday.

League round-up: Oldham deny racism

An Oldham player who is alleged to have used racist abuse towards a ball boy during the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane has received the backing of his club.

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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