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5,000 badgers on Government's slaughter list

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Christian Wade scores a try for Wasps from Billy Vunipola’s pass

Wasps' Christian Wade and Billy Vunipola too fast for Gloucester

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Judge rules police were wrong to stop protesters from demonstrating

A group of campaigners struck a blow for the right to protest when a judge ruled that police were wrong to stop them from attending a rally.

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Promising flanker will leave Worcester Warriors

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Seabass deepens Ted Walsh's Aintree hand

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Tony McCoy gave up his other mounts after Darlan’s fall

Rock On win marred by Darlan fatality

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Billy whizz: Billy Twelvetrees crosses the line for the second of England’s four tries to cap an impressive debut

The Calvin Report: England's new formula adds up to an impressive result

By espousing the datasheet and performance analysis that powered Britain's Olympic sports to greatness, coach Stuart Lancaster can introduce debutants like Billy Twelvetrees with confidence

'Don’t do it': Murdered Pimlico teenager Hani Abou El Kheir pleaded for his life as he was brutally stabbed by a gang armed with swords

A teenager who pleaded for his life as a gang armed with knives and swords chased and fatally stabbed him in the street was named yesterday as Hani Hicham Abou El-Kheir.

It's business as usual - sort of - in the snowiest town in Britain

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Judge forced to revoke jail term after sentencing teenager for wrong crime

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