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Hartley fell out with Best after a series of scrums

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Dylan Hartley, the England hooker and occasional national captain who missed the recent autumn series with injury, was a relieved man tonight after avoiding the worst consequences of a Heineken Cup dust-up with his Irish opposite number Rory Best – perhaps his principal rival for a Lions Test place against the Wallabies in Australia next summer. Hartley was banned for a fortnight after admitting striking Best with his arm during the Northampton-Ulster match at Franklin's Gardens a week ago.

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Frost and snow as the cold snap continues

More parts of Britain were expected to wake up to snow on Monday morning, with the current cold snap projected to last well into this week.

New police commissioners vow to fight budget cuts

Two newly elected police and crime commissioners in neighbouring police forces have vowed to take on the Government over policing budget cuts.

Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner'

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The 787 promises a dramatic improvement in passenger comfort, with more space, bigger windows and air pressurised at only 6,000 feet rather than 8,000 feet.

Rescued: The scene in Somerset yesterday

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Storms expected to carry on into this week

Heyneke Meyer is looking for a clean sweep of the northern hemisphere

Meyer excited by scent of battle as Boks get physical

The former Leicester coach expects a bruising encounter against England and some of his former players at Twickenham on Saturday

The newspapers were asking questions about his sacking. Hours later Toby Day and his family were dead

Police inspector Toby Day strangled and stabbed his wife and daughter to death

Rents rise slowly to record levels

The average rent in England and Wales is now £744 per month

New plea for information over Derby house fire that killed six children

Several people have come forward with information since the parents of six children who died in a house fire appeared in court last week, police have said.

Cat killed after firework strapped to its back explodes

A cat was killed when a firework which was strapped to its back exploded.

Rutland's Pizza Hut buy

A private-equity firm has acquired the restaurant business of Pizza Hut UK and vowed to invest £60m in turning round its performance.

Derby fire: Parents deny murders

The parents of six children who died when a fire ripped through their home wept in court today as they pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder.

Man in court over Derby house fire deaths

A 45-year-old man was remanded in custody today after appearing in court charged with murdering six siblings who died after a fire ripped through their home as they slept.

Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house in Allenton, Derby

Two men held in connection with Derby house fire deaths

Two men have been arrested in connection with a house fire in which six siblings died.

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas extends Nottingham Forest loan spell

Tottenham have announced midfielder Jermaine Jenas will remain on loan at Nottingham Forest until the new year.

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