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.

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THE FORMER All Black Shane Howarth made out a convincing argument for being chosen to play in the red of Wales as he notched up 19 points for Sale to end Cardiff's 100 per cent record in Anglo-Welsh friendlies.

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PETER MANDELSON was expelling enough hot air yesterday to power a town the size of, say, Hartlepool. However, all the waffle in the world cannot obscure the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry's crude intervention in the energy market. Faced with the prospect of the coal industry closing down, the Government has blanched and shut the door instead on any further gas-fired power stations "until the distortions in the market are removed".

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TWO OF this weekend's games in the Allied Dunbar Premiership, the most prestigious domestic competition in British and Irish rugby, were in danger of postponement last night as the political trial of strength between England's professional clubs and their governing body intensified. The Rugby Football Union suspended the appointment of referees for the matches involving Bedford and West Hartlepool, who both played unsanctioned fixtures against the rebel Welsh clubs, Cardiff and Swansea, last weekend.

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Sir: A solution to Hartlepool's problem of unemployment (report, 12 August) lies conveniently at hand for Peter Mandelson, the local MP. His Department of Trade and Industry is shortly to publish a much-delayed review of renewable energy and John Battle, the Energy Minister, has said that it will include a return to wave energy, the technology abandoned by the previous government.

Little trade and industry in Mandelson's town ...

THE JOKE among the lads enjoying the sun on the Headland at Hartlepool is that the town is double-glazing the rest of England. "There's nothing for us here," says Colin Temple, a 22-year-old joiner, out of work for the past couple of months and hoping to be taken on for a job in Nottingham.

Mandy does his bit for the he-men of Hartlepool

IS THERE any controversy free from the influence of Peter Mandelson? In one of his last acts before elevation to the Cabinet as Trade and Industry Secretary, the maligned former Minister without Portfolio played a small part in the battle to save rock climbing from those who would take adventure out of the sport and make it safe.

STOPPING THE ROT

FLUORIDE EXISTS naturally in all water supplies. In some areas, such as Hartlepool, the concentration is high enough to reduce tooth decay by about a half (one part of fluoride per million parts of water). In other areas, the natural level can be topped up.

Obituary: Reg Smythe

"ANDY CAPP was born on the A1 road at 60mph," wrote "Smythe", a fairly well-known cartoonist introducing his first paperback collection of "The World's Funniest Cartoon Character", as the cover claimed. "There was I," Smythe continued, "lying in bed on the first morning of a holiday up north, when comes this telegram telling me to return to London sharpish, and to bring a new cartoon character with me."

Andy Capp's creator dies

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