Army claws back £433 paid to dead soldier

The Ministry of Defence has clawed back money paid to a soldier killed in Afghanistan because he died before the end of the month.

Martin Johnson touched by 'tragic' Christchurch

Three days before England should have been opening their Rugby World Cup campaign in Christchurch, Martin Johnson led a red rose delegation on a goodwill visit to the earthquake-torn city.

'Traumatised' Stockport death charge nurse in hiding

The nurse freed after spending six weeks in prison charged with contaminating saline at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport was in hiding yesterday after leaving her parents' home.

Man charged for riot incitement using Facebook

A 27-year-old man has been charged with posting messages on Facebook allegedly inciting criminal damage and burglary.

Couple charged with murdering four-month-old baby

A couple will appear in court today charged with the murder of a four-month-old boy.

Nurse charged over deaths at hospital

A nurse has been charged by police in connection with the deaths of five patients at a hospital in Stockport.

Hospital deaths probe continues

Police have named the fifth patient whose death at the hospital at the centre of sabotage allegations is being investigated by police.

Two more die at Stockport hospital – and toll may rise

One man is still fighting for his life while a further eight patients have been made ill

Two more hospital deaths probed by police

Police are investigating the deaths of two more patients at the hospital linked to allegations of sabotage.

Poisoner may still be working at hospital

The person responsible for deliberately contaminating medical equipment resulting in the deaths of at least three patients at a hospital could still be working there, police warned yesterday.

Man seriously ill at probe hospital

A man was fighting for his life tonight at a hospital where police are already investigating the suspicious deaths of three patients.

60 detectives investigate hospital deaths

Police investigating suspicious deaths at a hospital say they are working flat-out, with 60 detectives on the case.

Police name two more victims of hospital poisoning

The second and third victims of a suspected serial poisoner have been named, as police continue to investigate who deliberately tampered with medication at a hospital.

Matt Stevens lauded after England call up

England Saxons boss Stuart Lancaster has hailed Matt Stevens as the Saracens prop prepares to cap a remarkable comeback by today being named in England's preliminary World Cup squad.

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