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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

'Ethnicity is a factor' in grooming, says Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk

Ethnicity is a factor in on-street grooming cases, a Labour MP representing the town at the centre of a major child exploitation case has said.

Kenyon: he spent more than 40 successful years in charge of the Lancashire Football Association

Jim Kenyon: Sports administrator, cricketer and coach who nurtured the careers of many future Test players

Jim Kenyon was a man of many parts. By profession a football administrator of long standing, he also served the game of cricket with unswerving devotion. Notable among the many players whose early careers he helped shape were the England stars Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff. As secretary of the Lancashire Football Association from 1963 he had responsibility for all aspects of the game below Football League level; at its peak he was in charge of some 2,000 clubs and 1.300 referees. When he retired some 42 years later he had overseen a move to a £1m state-of-the-art sporting complex in Leyland.

Stealing food: one of a ‘disturbing trend’ of crimes on the rise

Shoplifting by people desperate for food is one of several categories of crime that are on the rise, according to provisional figures.

Domino's delivery man quits after workers told to only speak English

A man has left his job with Domino's over what he described as an “offensive” sign prohibiting staff from using any language other than English in the workplace.

‘Most wanted criminal’ Brian Thexton arrested in Cumbria

The alleged robber and drug dealer had been listed in the ‘rogues’ gallery’ of 13 fugitives thought to be hiding out in Spain

England’s Stuart Broad was in imperious form on day one

Simon Kelner: The Ashes - a much better option than counting sheep

Who cares about sleep when you can spend the wee small hours being soothed by the gentle wit and expert reportage of Aggers et al at the Test match

James Anderson (L) of England celebrates after Stuart Broad of England claimed the wicket of Michael Clarke of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Trouble sleeping? Try listening to the Ashes coverage

I found myself tuning in to the live coverage in the dog hours of the night, and found it very comforting

Fugitive pigs found 'safe and fat' after month on the run in Lancashire

Three saddleback sows had escaped from woodland pen, but one had remained behind

The market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire (population: 9,000) has been named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family

Where's the best place to bring up a family? It's Bingham

The market town of Bingham, Nottinghamshire (population: 9,000) has been named as the best town in England and Wales in which to bring up a family.

Andy McSmith's Diary: It may not be Old Trafford but the Reds usually score in 'Cameron Time'

It is a long time since there has been a Speaker of the House of Commons as intensely disliked by ministers as the incumbent, John Bercow. After years of grumbling and complaining in Parliament’s corridors and cafés, no less a figure than the deputy Chief Whip, Greg Hands, has gone public to vent the business managers’ frustration about Bercow’s practice of allowing Prime Minister’s Questions to carry on past its allotted half hour. “PMQs getting like Old Trafford. 5 minutes extra time in the hope that the Reds can score a late equaliser,” he tweeted.

Police have used tasers to stop people committing suicide or harming themselves

A less lethal weapon? As Taser use is rolled out across London, the public has much to fear

If we look abroad, the link between taser use and fatal injury has already been found

Professor Robert Oswald said that farmers living in intensively drilled areas should be 'very concerned'

Greenpeace: Landowners can work together to block fracking 'trespass'

Campaigners change tack in fight against fracking

Drink-driving increases among elderly

Drinking and driving among elderly motorists is on the rise, according to police figures.

Greggs cooks up a storm after refusing to stock Eccles cakes in its Eccles branch during Eccles Cake Week

Britain's biggest high street bakery chain stands by its decision to stop stocking the Manchester treat a decade ago

This picture, taken in 2011, shows the drilling rig of Cuadrilla Resource near Blackpool

Fracking company Cuadrilla pulls out of shale gas site in Lancashire

A fracking company has withdrawn from a shale gas site near Blackpool which was the scene of a series of earth tremors that led to a moratorium on the controversial technology.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas