Sport ‘Mike loves his birds,’ I used to joke but nobody was laughing by the end of the tour

Before The Hangover I and II, before Spike Lee weaved his magic off Broadway in New York and before Mike Tyson was a nice guy, it was my onerous duty to take the big lad up on stage to perform for his fans.

Mick and Mairead Philpott appear in court over Derby house fire

The parents of six children killed in a house fire were remanded into custody at Crown Court today charged with their murder.

Detective sergeant who raped woman jailed for 8 years

A detective sergeant was jailed for eight years today for raping a mother in her own home.

Parents charged with murder of six children in Derby house fire

A mother and father have been charged with the murder of their six children who died after a fire at their home in Derby.

Police given more time to quiz Derby house fire parents as public provide 'useful' information

Several people have come forward with “extremely useful” information about an arson attack that killed six children, as police were given extra time to question their parents.

Parents of Derby death blaze children arrested on suspicion of murder

Police investigating the deaths of six children in an arson attack on their home have arrested their parents on suspicion of murder.

Derby Day, By DJ Taylor

As every punter knows, even impeccable lineage and short odds can't guarantee success at the Epsom Derby. According to DJ Taylor's novel, it was ever thus. In a Victorian melodrama surrounding a clever betting sting, Taylor portrays a society in the midst of preparing itself for a new kind of front-runner.

Stranded Tube passengers awarded £40 each in compensation

Hundreds of passengers stranded because of a faulty Tube train are to be given £40 each in compensation amid claims that London could become an Olympic “laughing stock” because of problems which have hit the transport system this week.

Round-up: Classy Compton closes in on 1,000-run feat

As Somerset celebrated signing Twenty20 world record holder Richard Levi, his future team-mate Nick Compton was progressing in contrasting style towards his own record.

Mick Philpott and his wife, Mairead, break down as they speak to the media yesterday. They thanked emergency services and rescuers for their help

Police confirm Derby house fire was caused by someone pouring 'substantial' amount of petrol through letter box

A fatal fire that killed six children from the same family was deliberately started by someone pouring a "substantial" amount of petrol through the letter box and lighting it, police said today.

The house in Allenton, Derbyshire where the children died in the fire

Derby house fire 'started deliberately'

A house fire in which six siblings died as they slept in their beds is believed to have been deliberately started, police said.

Drivers' strike to hit East Midlands Trains rail services

Rail services will be hit tomorrow because of a strike by hundreds of drivers in a dispute over pensions.

County Championship round-up: Derby's Redfern claims first blood

With all respect to Derbyshire, they may not make many headlines this season. Savour the moment, then, Dan Redfern, who will retain the distinction for posterity of the first century of the 2012 County Championship.

Monterosso can keep cup at home

Though the whole purpose of this meeting is to bring together disparate racing cultures, punters can hardly know beforehand how the varied form lines will measure up. In pure value terms, however, it seems a little presumptuous to be making So You Think a warm favourite for the Dubai World Cup, not least when the reputation that preceded him from Australia last year ultimately seemed to be placed in due perspective.

Derby's Jake Buxton (second left) celebrates his late winner last night

Derby apologise over offensive Nigel Doughty chants

Derby have apologised to the family of the late Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty over offensive chants from its supporters during the npower Championship clash at Pride Park on Tuesday night.

Winteringham Fields' dining room is contrived to be both cosy and elegant

Winteringham Fields, 1 Silver Street, Winteringham, Lincolnshire

Approaching from the east, the first thing you see in the Lincolnshire village of Winteringham, an isolated straggle of houses on the fringe of the Humber, is a sign that baldly declares 'FERRETS'. It is an unlikely milieu for an upmarket 'restaurant with rooms'. Yet there it is at the heart of the village: a slate-topped, two-storey structure, possibly a former Georgian inn, with pantiled extensions. The facilities include a helipad, but our spirits failed to soar on entering Winteringham Fields. Booked in for Friday lunch (three courses £39.95, four courses £45), my wife and I found ourselves deposited in a small, unpopulated lounge. Our refusal to take a drink before the meal was greeted with an expression of surprise ("Oh!") as if apéritifs were pretty much compulsory.

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