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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.

Sun’s royal reporter pledges to clear name

Journalists from The Sun newspaper packed the public gallery at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to support the red-top’s royal correspondent as he faced charges of paying a public official and his wife for information about the Royal Family.

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans denies rape and sexual assault allegations relating to two men

Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell says Nigel Evans should retain his position while he fights the charges

'An opportunistic predator': Stuart Hall faces prison as he admits 14 sex assaults against 13 girls as young as nine

BBC veteran's lawyer says he knows his 'disgrace is complete'

Coronation Street star Bill Roache strenuously denies allegations he raped underage girl in 1967

Roache, 81, was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire and was interviewed by police late into yesterday evening

Coventry taps into mineral wealth for UK’s tastiest water

The debate about which British region boasts the tastiest tap water has finally been settled with an unlikely winner: it comes not from “hard” northern or “soft” southern waters but from the middle of Britain – in Coventry.

Wolves teetering on brink of relegation from the Championship - a second drop in as many years

Molineux witnesses angry scenes as famous old club slips closer to place in League One

'Predatory bully' jailed for sex with girl, 14

A "predatory bully" who groomed a girl from the age of 12 or 13 and later had sex with her has been jailed for four years and three months.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert pictured at Old Trafford

Paul Lambert optimistic for Aston Villa's Premier League future

The relegation threatened side lost 3-0 to Manchester United last night

Two-year-old boy fighting for his life after being found face down in Leeds Liverpool canal

A two-year-old boy is fighting for his life today after he was found face down in a canal.

Only way is up: Jordan Rhodes’ ninth-minute penalty gave Rovers the lead

Blackburn Rovers 2 Derby County 0 match report: Jordan Rhodes paves the way for Rovers escape route

Tales of contradiction, confusion and condemnation from their fiercely loyal supporters have again engulfed Blackburn Rovers' unthinkable fight against relegation this week in what has become their version of business as usual.

County Championship round-up: Steve Magoffin on the right lines

Bowler of the day Steve Magoffin, the 33-year-old Australian seamer, feared his career was over when Western Australia dropped him from their roster two years ago. Rescued by Queensland, he accepted an offer to return to county cricket with Sussex last season, took 7 for 34 on debut against Lancashire and went on to claim 57 Championship wickets. Now he has helped to burst Yorkshire's early optimism by completing a five-wicket haul at Headingley to clinch an innings victory for Sussex. Magoffin wrapped it up with the wicket of Gary Ballance, the last line of some limp resistance by Yorkshire, whose first innings of 96 was labelled "unacceptable" by coach Jason Gillespie. It is their first Championship defeat for 20 months.

County Championship: look beneath the surface

As the new cricket season gets underway this week there will be the usual platitudes about how the game remains an intrinsic part of Englishness

Child sex charges coach driver found dead

A coach driver who was facing trial on child grooming charges has been found dead at his home.

Adil Rashid says that Michael Vaughan used to give him the backing he needs

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid: Yorkshire are ruining me

Leg-spinner tells Richard Rae that he is at breaking point with county and his captain Andrew Gale 'who doesn't get art of leg-spin'

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