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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.

Shale gas: Centrica puts £160m into fracking fields around Blackpool

Parent group of British Gas will take 25% stake in six Lancashire wells

Actor William Roache has been charged with five historic offences of indecent assault involving four girls

Coronation Street star Bill Roache must wait six more months for trial on sex offence allegations

Roache, 81, has been bailed until his next court appearance in September

County round-up: Australian understudies take centre stage in Scotland

Their senior side may be struggling but Australia A had no such problems against Scotland as they wrapped up victory by a mammoth 360 runs at the Grange on Sunday.

Actor William Roache has been charged with five historic offences of indecent assault involving four girls

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will 'vigorously protest his innocence' over child sex charges

The veteran actor and Coronation Street star Bill Roache has vowed to “vigorously protest his innocence” over “deeply upsetting” child sex charges, his lawyer said today.

Only Nick Compton can say how much pressure he is feeling

County Championship round-up: Ajmal Shahzad settling at Notts

Performance of the day Ajmal Shahzad has made a low-key start to life as a Nottinghamshire bowler following his fall-out with Yorkshire and a move to Lancashire that was curtailed, in effect, when the Red Rose county were relegated. Trent Bridge may be a helpful ground for bowlers but those new to it must first learn how to make it work for them and Shahzad is still getting to grips with his new surroundings. In the sea air at Hove yesterday, he first turned an overnight 35 not out into a maiden half-century for Nottinghamshire. Then he found conditions to his liking with the ball and delivered his best performance so far for his new county, bowling Chris Nash off a bottom edge, cartwheeling Mike Yardy's off stump and finding the edge to have Rory Hamilton-Brown caught at first slip.

Centurion Adam Lyth has an average of 47.6 against Somerset
Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Disarray as DPP contradicts new guidance on naming of suspects

Keir Starmer defies Home Secretary with insistence that ‘blanket rule’ on arrest is wrong

7 May 2013: Conservative MP and deputy speaker of Britain's parliament Nigel Evans speaks to the media outside of the Houses of Parliament in London

Offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans searched by police in connection with allegations of rape and sexual assault

The offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans were searched by police yesterday in connection with an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault.

Beattie takes over at Accrington Stanley

James Beattie was appointed Accrington Stanley’s first-team manager with immediate effect yesterday.

The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews, by Jon Henderson

When revisiting the life of someone as famous as Stanley Matthews, it helps to unearth a hitherto unknown, headline-making fact, as Jon Henderson has done in revealing that The Wizard of Dribble's beloved second wife, Mila, had been a secret agent for the Communist Czech regime in the Fifties and Sixties. But it would be a shame if this diverted attention from the author's masterly crafting of the real meat of the book, Matthews's extraordinary football career and how it was shaped by his complex, often crabby personality.

County round-up: Ryan Buckley impresses on Durham debut

Bowler of the day

Hamish Rutherford’s century included four sixes yesterday

Quick-fire Hamish Rutherford tames England Lions

New Zealand 184-3 v England Lions

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