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Off to the North of England education conference – the traditional curtain raiser of the year.

Budget airlines like Ryanair often deliver profits

Ryanair to create 1,000 UK jobs as it opens new routes

Low-cost airline Ryanair is to create 1,000 UK jobs next year by flying one million more passengers on a number of new routes.

Manusamoa Tuilagi of Leicester tries to escape the Sale cover

Youngs returns in style to extend Sale's losing streak

Sale 8 Leicester 20

Creswell Crags in Derbyshire sealed off after body found

A beauty spot popular with tourists has been sealed off by police after a woman's body was found in a river.

Chris Nash was out cheaply as Sussex failed to claim victory

Round-up: Weather interruptions let Warwickshire off the hook

Championship favourites Warwickshire escaped from a below-par performance with a draw against Middlesex here, where time lost to rain and bad light may well have spared them defeat.

Body found in search for four-year-old Dylan Cecil

A body has been found by emergency services searching for a four-year-old boy who went missing after falling into the sea in Somerset.

County Championship round-up: Monty magic upstages Trescothick milestone

Marcus Trescothick completed his 50th first-class century, confirming his return to form in an injury-hampered season, but was upstaged by Monty Panesar as Sussex push to prove themselves to be authentic title challengers by beating Somerset at Taunton.

A photograph of Dylan Cecil posted on Facebook by his aunt as rescue teams searched for the four-year-old

Facebook page imitating four-year-old boy lost at sea is removed after mother is left 'destroyed' by comments

A Facebook page carrying a post apparently pretending to be from a four-year-old boy lost at sea has been removed after his mother said she had been “destroyed” by the comments.

County Championship round-up: Yardy keeps Sussex in touching distance

Sussex made steady progress at Hove in their bid to stay in touch with Warwickshire at the top of the County Championship.

County Championship round-up: Century for Malan as leaders made to work hard

Most cricket fans believe it was madness to schedule the pivotal second Test between England and South Africa in the middle of the Olympics, and most cricket fans were caught completely by surprise that another round of county championship matches got under way yesterday.

Grand Union canal death boy named as Jehovah Pembele

A two-year-old boy who died after being recovered from a canal after going missing from his home has been named by police.

Friday 27 July: Larry Godfrey in action at Lord's in the archery event

Briton Larry Godfrey vows to 'kick some ass' after recording personal best in archery ranking round

Larry Godfrey has vowed to "kick some ass" in the men's archery after kick-starting Team GB's Olympic push with a personal best in the ranking round at Lord's.

Olympics train strike called off

A strike planned by train drivers during the Olympics in a row over pensions has been called off after a deal was agreed.

Patel stars in comfortable notts victory

Nottinghamshire maintained their push for the Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-finals with a 88-run victory over Scotland at Trent Bridge.

Chris Read was in his element with a fighting, undefeated 49 for Notts

Read reprises his rescue role

Nottinghamshire 178-5 v Surrey

Midland Mainline to be electrified

Plans to electrify the Midland Mainline are expected to be announced by the Government next week, according to reports.

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