Sport On your bike: Atherton hopes her success will inspire more young women to try the sport she loves

Rio is now in the sights of World Cup champion who has capped a highly successful year by being named the first BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

13 arrested in drug-related dawn raids

Thirteen people were arrested this morning when police carried out a series of co-ordinated dawn raids.

Police appeal over woman found dead in road

Police were today appealing for a motorist who left the scene of a fatal road collision in which a woman died to come forward.

Council boss cleared of sex charge

A council chief executive was cleared today of raping a female colleague he met when she was drunk in a bar.

Hauraki's charge for Rhinos halted

Leeds' new signing Weller Hauraki is hoping to be disentangled from red tape in time to make his debut against his former club on Friday. The Rhinos are playing Crusaders at Wrexham, but the second-rower from New Zealand will be merely an interested spectator unless he receives his new visa.

Griffith Vaughan Williams: Champion of gay rights who fought institutional homophobia

Griffith Vaughan Williams was a passionate advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. He was described by the historian Keith Howes as "passionately, noisily committed to gay rights but never pompous or elitist; always politely eloquent, even at his most bombastic. His was a powerful gay voice, devoted to truth and equality." Determined to uncover and expose the extent of violence against homosexuals, he worked often with the police and his robust, in-your-face, thorough questioning of police practices led to much improved relations between the Metropolitan police and the gay community.

Phone's glow helps mountain rescuers

The glow of a mobile phone helped rescuers find a father and son lost at night in Snowdonia. The pair, 55 and 19, from Anglesey, had left their torches in the car when they set out to climb the Idwal Slabs.

Flood warnings issued as rivers rise

Householders were bracing themselves today after heavy rainfall in northern England and Wales caused surging river levels to teeter near bursting point.

Katy Holland: This year, tell the kids to take a running jump

Are We There Yet? May I suggest you go and jump off a cliff?

Police keep records on the innocent

Personal information given to the police by millions of innocent people who report crime every year is being secretly stored on databases beside information on criminals and suspects.

Chasing Sublime Light - a preview

Chasing Sublime Light is an exhibition which explores David Tress’ experience of travelling in the powerful mountainous landscapes of northern Britain.

Crusaders look to the future with Moore

Crusaders have confirmed the signing of the Wakefield prop Richard Moore on a three-year contract – their first foray into the transfer market since assuring their future. The Wrexham-based club came out of administration on Christmas Eve and moved quickly to complete the deal with the 29-year-old front-rower, previously with Bradford, London Broncos and Leigh.

Poet Gillian Clarke awarded Queen's gold medal

Acclaimed writer Gillian Clarke has been awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, Buckingham Palace announced today.

MI6 spy 'visited bondage sites' before his death

Photofits have been released of a man and a woman whom police want to question in connection with the death of an MI6 spy found dead in a padlocked holdall in his central London flat.

Mother 'killed children in murder-suicide'

A woman is believed to have killed two of her children before taking her own life.

Woman and her two children found dead at home

A woman is believed to have killed two of her children before taking her own life.

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