News The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

Tough talking: Rosi Sexton will compete before a home crowd in Manchester next month

Dr Rosi Sexton: 'Fighting is a normal part of human nature'

The maths graduate and leading mixed martial artist, describes the sport's appeal

A urinal from legendary nightspot the Hacienda which is being sold by Mike Shepherd.

Are you taking the piss? Hacienda urinals go on sale for £15,000

Music fans will have to spend more than a penny if they want to get their hands on a unique piece of memorabilia which has come up for sale - the urinals from legendary nightspot the Hacienda.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell's accuser denies lying over alleged abuse

Victim broke down in tears in the witness box as she claimed that the actor raped her as she clutched a teddy bear

Gordon Taylor gambled £47,500 on horse racing in a single day and also bet on football matches, according to 'The Sun'

PFA chief Gordon Taylor fights for job over £100,000 betting debt

Newspaper claims PFA chief lost £100,000 after telling players they faced 'zero tolerance'

A far cry from the Happy Mondays: Bez backs urban beekeeping scheme

Freaky dancer Bez is buzzing as he encourages a green initiative in his hometown of Manchester.

TV police duo Scott & Bailey, played by Suranne Jones (left) and Lesley Sharp (right)

ITV's Scott & Bailey back for fourth series

Female TV police duo Scott & Bailey are coming back for a fourth series.

Police searching for the body of Rania Alayed want information about the movements of a camper van

19 miles of North Yorkshire A-roads searched for mother's body

Camper van traced, but police want to know about its movements in the hunt for Rania Alayed's body

Hull City fans

When are City fans not City fans? When they’re Hull City Tigers fans

Owner’s decision to ‘rebrand’ football club has split fans of Premier League new boys

Pearson College

History: Pearson College is part of the Pearson family, the owner of the Financial Times and Penguin. The college began delivering its first course, the BSc (Hons) in business and enterprise in September 2012.

The NBPA head, Charles Crichlow, said the IPCC’s position was astonishing

IPCC wrong not to investigate us over Stephen Lawrence, say police

Manchester force takes unprecedented step after claims of smear campaign

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson of Australia leave the ground after rain stopped play

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke claims there is not 'much of a gap' between England and Australia

The hosts retained the Ashes yesterday after the third Test was drawn

England captain Alastair Cook with fans

Alastair Cook: 'It was a strange day but I'd have snapped your hand off to retain the Ashes in 14 days'

Alastair Cook became the first England captain for 85 years to help his team retain the Ashes this early and called on cricket’s rulers to end the confusion surrounding the umpires’ use of technology.

Motorists make their way through flood water in Loughborough

Forecasters: Flood risk in south west and northern England, Wales and southern Scotland

Met Office issues yellow severe weather warning

Anthony Hilton: Why banking has to play second fiddle to politics

Lloyds' figures on Thursday showed the bank is fast returning to health and triggered a wave of speculation about when the Government might begin to sell its 39 per cent stake.

Twin city calls for gay rights: Manchester uses links with St Petersburg to put pressure on Russia over its new anti-gay laws

Manchester City Council is using its “twinned” status with St Petersburg to pressure Russia  into reconsidering its new anti-gay laws.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee