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

Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

Opposition grows as PM presses ahead with HS2 scheme

Rage in Tory heartlands is likely to be elicited by publication of next stage of route

Album review: I Am Kloot, Let It All In (Shepherd Moon/EMI)

Seven albums ago, John Bramwell – a living, breathing, singer-songwriter – was something of a novelty (even if I Am Kloot was, and is, nominally a band).

Simon Calder's Q&A: Manchester airport buys Stansted

Why does Manchester want another airport – surely it’s already got one?

Man who fled UK after fraud jailed in absence

One of the two Luqman brothers being hunted in Pakistan for defrauding Barclays Bank out of £100m has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence.

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Possible Salford saviour in talks

Millionaire racehorse owner Marwan Koukash has been unveiled as the mystery businessman locked in talks aimed at saving Salford.

Jesse Ryder demands Andrew Flintoff fight for tour undercard

Kiwi cricketer turned boxer wants to be the ex-England captain's second opponent

Mary Dejevsky: Don't fall for commuter sob stories

If there is anything more infuriating than the predictable New Year fare increases on public transport, it is the equally predictable whingeing on the part of suburban rail commuters. Year after year they complain that they are uniquely victimised because they don't have a choice. They are captive passengers, crammed every day into obsolete rolling stock, sitting ducks for above-inflation fare rises.

Places continue to trade in Vendée Globe race

Out in front, it was touch and go for Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats to break its own race record for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, but in the end it bettered it own time by 17 mns 8 secs to notch up a new time of 1d 18m 23min 12 sec. She also took line honours for being the first yacht to cross the finish for the sixth time, and was so far ahead that she could also win the whole race on handicap despite being, at 100 feet, one of the largest of the 77 starters in the race.

Fears grow for missing 15-year-old girl and her baby son

Concerns are growing for a 15-year-old girl and her baby son who have been missing for five days.

Sergio Aguero’s winner – an extraordinary moment of grace under pressure

Magical memories of 2012 - Football: 'We'll never encounter anything quite like it again'

13 May: Manchester City win the title in thrilling style

Manchester Police target 'Mr Bigs' of organised crime in dawn raids

Police have launched a series of early morning raids against the “Mr Bigs” of organised crime.

'Don't give food to the homeless, ring our hotline': minister tells public

The public should not give money or food to the homeless, the Housing minister has said, urging people instead to ring a new "homelessness hotline" which will alert a network of welfare charities who can help.

Wider football world against using netting despite shame of derby

Demands for measures to stop missile-throwing drowned out as clubs are challenged to weed out culprits. By Ian Herbert and Pete Jenson
Case study: Shaun Collins, 53, was sleeping rough in a Barking churchyard earlier this year. No Second Night Out were alerted and he was taken to a hostel in Islington

Don’t give the homeless money, call this hotline, says minister at charity launch

Giving money or food to a homeless person won’t do them any good, the housing minister has said, as welfare charities launch a “homelessness hotline” billed by the Government as an alternative to hand-outs.

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