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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

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Some days you feel you just can't miss, says flawless Owen Farrell

Fly-half makes claim for England spot with European record of 10 penalties as Saracens head for place in the last eight

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Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £321m contract to upgrade parts of the M25.

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Arsene Wenger claims not to have spoken to Thierry Henry about a loan deal

Arsenal manager is cautious about a third spell at the club for the Frenchman

Arsene Wenger tells Arsenal players not to dwell on Bradford humiliation

Gunners travel to Reading tonight

A resident from the Stevenage area ticked off the right numbers but hasn't claimed the big prize

Residents of Hitchin conduct frantic last-minute search for largest ever unclaimed National Lottery winning ticket

Lost: one lottery ticket, somewhere in the Stevenage area. Value: until last night, around £64m.

Hertfordshire man admits public nuisance after more than 1,000 show for 21st party promoted on Facebook and Twitter

A man has admitted causing a public nuisance after more than 1,000 people turned up to his 21st birthday party which had been advertised on Twitter and Facebook.

Man arrested after brawl erupts on M1 as two are killed in crash

Four fire engines and six ambulances were sent to the scene this morning

Comet's comeback? Appliances Online bids to take retailer 'internet-only'

The entrepreneur behind Appliances Online has tabled a bid for Comet in a move that could see the failed electrical chain disappear from retail parks and high streets.

Championship preview: Clarets can collect at the KC

The KC Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Burnley in recent years and we're backing the Lanchashire side to plunder maximum points at the far end of the M62 once again. Take some of the 11/4 available on Burnley (draw no bet).

Two British women raped on Barbados have begun an extraordinary campaign to help clear the man accused of the attacks

'Wrong man' accused of Barbados rapes, say British victims at court hearing

Two British women who were raped in Barbados say the man charged with attacking them has been wrongly accused after meeting him at a court hearing.

Independents trump Labour in early returns for Police and Crime Commissioners results

Three independent candidates triumphed when the first results from elections for Police and Crime Commissioners were announced.

Soft drinks firms Britvic and AG Barr in £1.4bn merger

Drinks brands Robinsons squash and Irn-Bru are to be poured into the same company after their makers unveiled a £1.4 billion merger deal today.

Man charged with teenager's murder

A man has been charged with murdering a 19-year-old woman who disappeared last week, police said.

Convicted killer gets life for shooting retired officer

A convicted murderer was handed a second life sentence today for gunning down a retired army officer in cold blood.

Convicted murderer Christopher Docherty-Puncheon guilty of Lieutenant Colonel Robert murder

A convicted murderer was found guilty of gunning down a retired army officer in cold blood today.

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