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.

Letter: Short memories of ungrateful French

I READ with interest and sympathy John Lichfield's article, until the description of the so-called "Whitby Incident". The event had nothing to do with Whitby. It took place at Hartlepool, and the animal hanged by the locals was a monkey, not a chimpanzee. Even to this day some people are a bit sensitive about the incident, though there used to be a pub called the Hartlepool Monkey.

Mandelson's move rules out early cabinet return

PETER MANDELSON'S chances of an early return to the Cabinet receded when he took on a job heading an Anglo-German group. Despite speculation that Tony Blair may recall his ally in an autumn reshuffle, the former trade and industry secretary intends to chair the German-British Forum for at least a year.

Edinburgh Festival: Comedy - Count Arthur Strong and Terry Titter: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!

Gilded Balloon, Venue 38, (0131-226 2151) 6.30pm, to 30 Aug

Captain Moonlight: What ho, chums, a letter from HM!

WHOOP, WHOOP! Yes, it's your Captain speaking, here once again with my bracing weekly prescription of fun, frolic and good cheer! Sorry? August, rain, disaster, gloom, A-level results, the Earl of Wessex making a loss for the sixth year running, Britain bottom in European quality of life survey, those wonderful Planet Hollywood burger restaurants in a spot of bother, it just gets worse and worse? Dear. Just pull yourself together. Count your blessings. Here are the Captain's More Than Nine Reasons To Smile: 1) Tony will be back soon! 2) The Prince of Wales is already back! 3) Scientists from the University of East Anglia have identified a new striped rabbit in South-east Asia. 4) Roger Moore has clinched the role as the new Charlie in the new Charlie's Angels. 5) The Edinburgh Festival is nearly over. 6) The chances of your being killed by a falling vending machine are about 4,000,000:1. 7) Chris Evans is going to be very rich after floating his company. 8) Beer is much more expensive in Norway, I can tell you. 9) Not long to go to the Millennium celebrations now. 10) Every Sunday, here, in this very spot, you have the chance to win an exclusive black and silver enamel-effect Moonlight Badge. Now read on. And don't forget, smile and the world smiles with you, but cry ... Next!

Roof falls in on jobless total

HARTLEPOOL DESERVES a break. Just when a few wise voices were predicting unemployment would dip below 10 per cent - still high enough to make any town flinch - the main JobCentre roof caved in.

`Foul-mouthed' new head of Law Society

IN AN election characterised by bad feeling, the lawyer who called his rival a pillock was in the end the one who triumphed.

Mother's fight over murdered child fails

A WOMAN lost her fight yesterday for compensation from the health authority responsible for the care of her daughter's murderer.
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