Micah Richards scores City’s second against Newcastle

Police investigate racist Tweet aimed at footballer Micah Richards

Police investigating reports of racist abuse made using Twitter towards Manchester City footballer Micah Richards are appealing for information from the public.

Pumpkins: What A Carve Up!

As British pumpkin sales enjoy their annual purple patch, Alice-Azania Jarvis and Gillian Orr present their guide to souping up your squash

Toddler dies in caravan park lake

A 19-month-old boy has died after falling into a lake at a caravan park while on holiday with his parents.

Red Arrows to fly again after crash

The Red Arrows plan to perform displays in formations of eight aircraft rather than their usual diamond of nine after the death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging in a crash at Bournemouth Air Show on Saturday.

Brick-attack youth faces custody

A teenager was told today that he faces custody after he pleaded guilty to injuring a four-year-old girl who was hit in the face with a brick.

One bite from disaster after black widows invade factory

The quiet town of Barton-upon-Humber in north Lincolnshire has three rather dangerous guests. Two black widow spiders, including a deadly female, and a brown widow were captured by staff at an engineering firm after scuttling out of US-imported aircraft engines and surprising workers who were stripping the engines down.

Lincolnshire chine

Serves 6-8

DVD: The Lincoln Lawyer (15)

The Lincoln Lawyer, like most John Grisham movie adaptations, is chiefly enjoyable for its cameos (also see Gary Busey in The Firm and Will Patton in The Client).

Met Office issues flood warning

Torrential downpours could hit parts of the UK today, with severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office.

Torrential rain warning for UK

Torrential downpours could hit parts of the UK today, with severe weather warnings issued by the Met Office.

Illegal alcohol brewed at blast plant

Police investigating an explosion at an industrial unit that left five Lithuanian men dead today confirmed it was being used to produce illegal alcohol.

Album: Elle Osbourne, So Slowly Slowly Got She Up (Folk Police Recordings)

The voice (from Lincolnshire) is small, wispy and often "pitchy".

Fears of Beverley Allitt copycat as third patient killed by poisoned drip

The discovery of pin pricks in vials of saline solution at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, where three people have died, triggered the hunt for a potential killer, police said.

Police identify three victims of explosion at illegal distillery

Police have identified three of the five men killed in an explosion at an illegal distillery in Boston as being originally from Lithuania. Lincolnshire Police said they are still trying to determine who the other victims were, including a sixth man who was critically injured in the blast on Wednesday.

Illegal drink theory in fatal blast

Five men killed in an explosion at an industrial unit may have been producing illegal alcohol.

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