News An area cordoned off by police, similar to the cordoned off house in Hartlepool where Mark Denton was found injured on New Year's Eve.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a former boxer died in an incident at a New Year’s Eve party.

He, she, it

ARABELLA

Rugby Union: Sale and pace no joke as Brewer's West left standing

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Rugby Union: Sale sink Brewer

West Hartlepool 21 Sale 36

Heaven sent

The Angel of the North, sculptor Antony Gormley's gift to the people of Gateshead, is standing. For Gormley, it is the end of four years' work. Photographer Glynn Griffiths followed the final months of preparation

Rugby Union: Big Two face battle to play on sabbath

If Newcastle and Saracens, the two outstanding exponents of nouveau riche rugby, are to stage their own private battle for both cup and league honours this season, they will have to do it the hard way. Chris Hewett considers the ramifications of a tasty Tetley's Bitter Cup quarter-final draw.

Obituary: Roly Wason

Cathcart Roland Wason, archaeologist, lens grinder, bus driver and writer: born Cossington, Somerset 2 April 1907; married 1935 Margherita Lamb (died 1992; three sons); died Taunton, Somerset 6 January 1998.

Millennium experience may cost visitors pounds 17.50

The entrance fee for the Millennium dome could be pounds 17.50 a head, Peter Mandelson said yesterday as he defended the project against abuse from a stream of callers in a live radio phone-in show.

Impoverished film directors aim high for help

Students whose film career hopes hinge on a movie-making venture have turned to singer/musician Chris Rea and Oscar-winning film director Mike Leigh in an attempt to overcome a potentially crippling blow.

Deprivation equals tooth decay

HEALTH

The biggest boom since the Eighties

A nation-wide spending spree is under way, according to figures yesterday which showed record car sales, a widespread boom in house prices rippling out from London to the regions, and a surge in imports of cars and other consumer goods.

Rugby Union: Bath prediction backfires as injury toll rises

Bath, the most successful club in English rugby history, have sensibly decided to give the prediction business a wide berth after publicly promising themselves an unprecedented treble last season and then failing to land a single trophy, writes Chris Hewett. Unfortunately, the one forecast they were prepared to make this time around - that they would be the fittest side in the country under the guidance of the unforgiving New Zealander Jim Blair - has already backfired with a vengeance.

Victim's mother sues for negligence

The mother of a little girl killed by a man with a history of psychiatric problems is to sue a health authority and hospital trust for alleged neglect. Beverley Palmer's three-year-old daughter, Rosie, was murdered in 1994 after she was abducted and sexually abused by Shaun Armstrong when she popped out of her house to buy ice cream. Armstrong was jailed for life in July 1995 for the murder.

HEALTH: Insulin risk to unborn babies

Pregnant women with insulin-dependent diabetes have a tenfold increased risk of bearing children with congenital abnormalities, says a clinical study published today. Their babies are also five times more likely than normal to be stillborn, according to the research.

Rugby Union: Regan moves to Bath

Mark Regan, the Lions hooker, is set to leave Bristol and will join his new team-mates at Bath on 1 August for their first pre-season training session.

Rugby Union

Second division Moseley have signed John Liley from Leicester on a two year full-time contract. Although Liley has played most of his senior rugby at full-back, Moseley intend to switch him to fly-half.
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