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.

Record low rise in council tax bills

Council tax bills in England will rise by an average 1.8% in 2010/11, it was announced today.

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Lord Mandelson: A university education remains the gateway to the professions

Alan Milburn's report [on social mobility] was a milestone. As he set out, this is a much bigger issue than just higher education. It has implications for parental attitudes and the whole education system, especially the journey towards or away from university that begins in the early teens, or indeed even earlier than that. In 13 years as MP for Hartlepool, I saw at first hand the damage that can be done by low expectations and by barriers to social mobility. I have always believed that a fair Britain is one in which the daughter of a Hartlepool shopkeeper has the same shot at being a high court judge as the son of a Surrey stockbroker.

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Babysitter accused of toddler murder

A babysitter murdered a toddler by repeatedly smashing his head against bannisters in her home, a court heard today.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/11/giggling-mandy.html">Jane Merrick: Giggling Mandy</a>

Watching Prime Minister's Questions from the members' gallery, above the opposition benches and facing Gordon Brown and Labour MPs, and on an excursion from the House of Lords, was would-be Strictly Come Dancing contestant and yachting enthusiast Lord Mandelson of Hartlepool and Foy.

344 schoolchildren a day 'suspended for violence'

An average of 344 children a day are suspended from English schools for violence against other pupils.

Grimsby appoint Newell as manager

Mike Newell has been unveiled as the new Grimsby manager.

Huge rise in complaints about water companies

A small number of water companies were responsible for an 11 per cent overall increase in complaints last year, the Consumer Council for Water said.

Parents' lies crushed our world, say sons of 'dead' canoeist

The sons of John Darwin, the canoeist who faked his own death, faced their mother in court yesterday, saying she betrayed them with elaborate lies about their father's apparent demise.

British Energy earnings drop

Nuclear power firm British Energy reported a sharp fall in annual earnings today after two of its stations went offline last year.

Family supports returned canoeist

The family of a man who disappeared for five years only to turn up last week have insisted he has no memory of where he has been.

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