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Battersea have drawn up a list of their top mousers

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The number of criminals sent to prison by magistrates in England and Wales varies dramatically depending on which court does the sentencing, research reveals today.

Peter Kay fraudster is sought by police

Police have again appealed for help in finding a fraudster who pretended to be the brother of comedian Peter Kay.

County Championship round-up: Steve Magoffin on the right lines

Bowler of the day Steve Magoffin, the 33-year-old Australian seamer, feared his career was over when Western Australia dropped him from their roster two years ago. Rescued by Queensland, he accepted an offer to return to county cricket with Sussex last season, took 7 for 34 on debut against Lancashire and went on to claim 57 Championship wickets. Now he has helped to burst Yorkshire's early optimism by completing a five-wicket haul at Headingley to clinch an innings victory for Sussex. Magoffin wrapped it up with the wicket of Gary Ballance, the last line of some limp resistance by Yorkshire, whose first innings of 96 was labelled "unacceptable" by coach Jason Gillespie. It is their first Championship defeat for 20 months.

Varun Chopra is poised to lead Warwickshire’s title defence

Derbyshire 226 Warwickshire 90-0 report: Chopra's quality shines out despite rain clouds

The attention heaped on the pace bowling partnership of Chris Wright and Keith Barker tended to overshadow the role played by Warwickshire’s opening batsmen in laying the foundations for the team’s First Division title success last year. In fact, it was considerable and not to be underestimated, as they reminded those spectators with the patience to wait for some action in the rain here yesterday.

Tony Palladino hit 68 to boost Derbyshire’s recovery yesterday

Champions Warwickshire find Tony Palladino a pain

Derbyshire 226 Warwickshire 14-0

Television choices: History proves fertile soil for Moffat's British Heimat

TV pick of the week: The Village

Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell

Sir Paul McCartney: I tried to turn 'Yesterday' into a piece of early electronica

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed how he had planned to get the musical pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme to make one of The Beatles' most famous songs, "Yesterday", into an early piece of electronica.

Paul Hanagan will hope to repeat his first-day success from 2010

Charles Hills backs Model Pupil to pass Doncaster's opening Flat exam

The start of a new turf season on the Flat should be a cheerful rite of spring, but Town Moor today is as likely to prove white as green. It is almost as though winter is raging against the coming of the light. With snow forecast this morning, and more overnight, inspections have duly been scheduled for both days of the meeting.

Musical innovator: Delia Derbyshire left, at a Radiophonic workshop in 1965

BBC celebrates Doctor Who's musical genius

Chris Stevenson and Alex Christian on the woman who put the waa-oos into teatime

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe insisted that there is no reluctance to say sorry

Met chief refuses 'false' apology over dead children's identities

Britain's most senior police officer said today an apology for the use of dead children's identities would be “pretty false” as investigators do not yet know who is affected.

Dean Gaffney

Dean Gaffney on his car crash: I wasn't wearing my seatbelt

The ex-EastEnder said he was lucky not to have sustained brain damage

Escaped police dog injures four

A police dog injured four people, including a 13-year-old girl, after escaping from its kennel.

Ex-EastEnder Dean Gaffney seriously injured in a car crash

Former EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney is receiving treatment in hospital after being seriously injured in a car crash.

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