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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.

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.

Nick Compton is just 67 away from scoring 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May

County Championship round-up: Durham held up as Compton heads towards 1,000 runs

Durham's attempt to lift themselves off the bottom of the First Division and record their first win of the Championship season was thwarted by a spirited Somerset side on the second day at Taunton.

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.

County Championship round-up: Twins rub salt in Surrey's wounds

If Surrey are the Manchester United of cricket, perhaps Chris Adams is modelling himself on Sir Alex Ferguson. Or maybe Phil Brown.

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.

Police release pair arrested after fire deaths

A man and a woman who were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of five children in a house fire have been released without charge, police said.

Matthew Herbert, the electronic composer who has worked with Björk, will lead the project

Dr Who's music workshop to get a digital makeover

The haunting sounds conjured by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop evoked the ambience of alien worlds and influenced contemporary artists from Orbital to Radiohead.

Equestrian: Badminton Horse Trials cancelled following heavy rain

Organisers have cancelled this year's Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials after they accepted there was "no chance" of the ground drying out in time.

Trailbikers follow in the footsteps of Kinder Scout's original trailblazers

Eighty years after ramblers' protest opened up the countryside to all, petrolheads demand the right to rev
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BBC to tackle taboo with live radio show from abortion clinic

Radio 5 Live will air views of patients and staff in unprecedented two-hour broadcast

Second Orange Prize nod for Ann Patchett

Former Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett could pick up the prestigious literary prize for a second time after she was nominated again 10 years after she first won.

Dairy Crest closures threaten 500 jobs

Nearly 500 jobs were under threat today after supermarket milk supplier Dairy Crest announced plans to close two dairies.

The much needed rain looks set to continue over the weekend, and comes amid a drought and hosepipe ban in most of the South and East of England.

Drought hits half of UK and water shortages may last to Christmas

Half of Britain is now officially in drought, in the worst national water shortage since 1976 – a situation that may last until Christmas or beyond.

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