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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.

Lambert relishing top flight challenge for Norwich

Paul Lambert is relishing the chance to test himself at the highest level after leading Norwich back to the Barclays Premier League.



'Baby Gallerist' Will Lunn launches Sumarria Lunn in Mayfair

Will Lunn, 22, is barely out of art school – yet next month the so-called "Baby Gallerist" makes the move from Peckham to Mayfair, to launch his very own gallery. Walk down South Molton Street and you could easily miss it: a narrow doorway, shrouded in foliage, wedged between two outposts of dusty old Grays antiques. In three weeks time, Sumarria Lunn will be open for business.

Boxing: Khan retains title despite dispute over stoppage

It was the unkindest cut of all for Northern Ireland's Paul McCloskey. The 31-year-old, who runs a supermarket in home town Dungiven, believed he was short-changed when he lost his WBA light-welterweight challenge to Amir Khan in Manchester last night. The bout was halted 30 seconds from the end of the sixth round after a clash of heads – deemed accidental – caused a deep wound over McCloskey's left eye.

Visitors find the only way is the Other Essex

The white-stilettoed stars of ITV2's reality show have boosted interest in the county's more natural attractions

Tougher penalties demanded on 'weapon dogs'

MPs were urged today to put pressure on the Government for tougher legislation to tackle the growing menace of so-called "weapon dogs" and a rise on attacks against the public.

Foodies' favourites: Britain's top chefs and restaurateurs reveal where they dine out

We asked a selection to reveal their favourite eateries, from local gems to high-end hang-outs

Fire destroys 53ft model dinosaur

Arsonists are believed to have destroyed a 53ft (16m) tall dinosaur built for a touring art project, police said today.

Lib Dems had 'no alternative' to joining Coalition, says Nick Clegg

Squeeze on benefits will affect middle class as well as the poor, leader tells conference

Cycling: Albasini in lead as Tour of Britain hits London

The gradient took its toll in the Tour of Britain yesterday as the Vacansoleil team took their second stage win. Borut Bozic sprinted to victory on East Hill in Colchester, and only the New Zealander Greg Henderson could stay with the impressive Slovenian as they hit the line.

Powerboat pilot killed after wave causes craft to flip over

An emotional tribute was paid yesterday to a powerboat pilot who died after his boat overturned during a race.

Lib Dem rebels in secret talks with Labour on tactics to block Budget

Simmering opposition poses first major threat to the coalition

'Strange bones' in Colchester Egyptian Mummy

The skull of an ancient Egyptian mummy in Colchester is packed with 'strange bones', a CT-scan has revealed. The scan on 2,500-year-old Lady Ta-Hathor yesterday also revealed an odd bundle between her thighs, thought to be the remains of her organs.

Funeral of soldier killed in street attack

The funeral of a young soldier who died after a street attack just hours after he returned on leave from Afghanistan will take place today.

Colchester to make UNESCO's elite World Heritage list?

The Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and...Colchester? The Essex town is preparing an audacious bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and it's not as unlikely as it sounds. Destination Colchester, a group of local business owners and heritage enthusiasts, is preparing a bid to be entered onto a tentative list of the UK's heritage sites. If the bid, due next Friday, is successful, Colchester could find itself inscribed alongside famous British landmarks like Bath Spa, Hadrian's Wall and the Tower of London.

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