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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.

Boothroyd joins Colchester

Former Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd has been named the new manager of League One side Colchester.

Lambert takes over at Norwich

Norwich have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on a rolling contract.

If we don't go up I have failed, says Keane

Ipswich Town, Roy Keane can handle. But Ipswich town, and Suffolk in general, appear to have the Irishman baffled.

Motorcycling: Parkes and Morais set standard for Kawasaki

Broc Parkes and his Kawasaki World Superbike team-mate Sheridan Morais set the free practice pace ahead of the weekend's triple-race eighth round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

Alex James: Punch drunk in the summer moonlight

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Jacqui Smith embarrassed by expenses row

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith today apologised and promised to pay back money which she wrongly claimed for a television package which was reported to include adult movies.

Top Benefit can pay off again for Mansell

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Hot spots for vehicle theft revealed

Motorists in Hull are the most likely to suffer car theft while those in Swindon enjoy the lowest rates of vehicle crime, a survey claimed today.

Motorist killed in eight-vehicle crash

One motorist died and two others were taken to hospital today after an eight-vehicle crash, police said.

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Paras deny sex attack in Afghanistan

Nine paratroopers have denied indecently assaulting a fellow soldier in Afghanistan, a court spokesman said today.

Gang guilty of stealing £500,000 in armed raids on security vans

A gang of armed robbers who stole £500,000 in raids on security vans were convicted yesterday, after their 18-month crime spree ended with the ringleader and an accomplice being shot dead by police marksmen.

Police shoot out robbery gang convicted

Four men were convicted today of being part of a robbery gang whose crime spree only ended when the mastermind and his accomplice were shot dead by police.

Kit Symons targets Colchester job

Colchester assistant-boss Kit Symons has taken the role of caretaker manager in the wake of Geraint Williams' departure - and has thrown his hat into the ring for the full-time role.

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