Wasps’ Christian Wade makes a break during the defeat against Newcastle

Newcastle left to sweat it out after heroics

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Six men remanded in custody over child exploitation

Six men were remanded in custody yesterday after they appeared in court as part of an investigation into child exploitation in Oxford.

Charlie Hodgson: England No 10 has recovered from an injured finger to start for Saracens

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Antony Worrall Thompson 'sorry' for shoplifting

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson apologised today for his "stupid and irresponsible actions" after he was arrested for shoplifting cheese and wine at a supermarket.

Woman dies in coach crash

An elderly woman has died after the car she was a passenger in was in a crash with two coaches on a dual carriageway, police said.

Charlotte Roche: Troubled mind of a taboo-buster

The British-born author scandalised her adopted country of Germany with an explicit debut novel, Wetlands. So will her semi-autobiographical follow-up cause a similar sensation?

Judges rule shod feet are weapons

Shod feet count as weapons when used to kick defenceless victims, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Chris Bryant: Scourge of Murdoch

The humbling of a once mighty newspaper empire owes much to the bravery of an MP whose stature is growing by the day

Questions Of Cash: 'I was told to foot unpaid bill of shared house'

Q. I lived in a shared house in Brighton for two years until August 2010. None of us took overall responsibility for the bills, so we arranged with the electricity provider, Good Energy, to have four bills, for each person, or couple, living there.

Andy McSmith: What that word 'reasonable' actually means

It is not often that a generalisation by a politician is followed so quickly by a serious example in real life. It was only on Tuesday that David Cameron told journalists at a press conference in 10 Downing Street that the government was going to clarify the law to ensure that people who use 'reasonable force' to protect their homes from intruders.

Peak District route claims title of Britain's most dangerous road

A perilous 12km road running through the Peak District National Park has been officially named Britain's most dangerous highway.

Man held after woman found dead

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a house.

Christmas? It's just another day at work

Spare a thought for the growing band who missed out on the turkey, TV and time with the family to keep the country going

Coventry air crash pilots 'did not see each other'

The two pilots in a mid-air collision which killed five people either did not see each other or had no time to take effective avoiding action, an accident report said today.

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