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A factory worker has been jailed for life for the murder of a woman who was beaten, strangled and left to drown in a ditch.

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The farmer Brynle Williams shot to public prominence in 2000 when he was among those who led protests at the gates of the Stanlow oil refinery at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. The week-long blockades in which road hauliers and others demonstrated against escalating petrol prices that were ruining their businesses brought the country to a standstill and challenged the economic policies of the Labour government of the day. He was proud that the demonstrations, though raucous, had not turned violent, and he advocated such direct action as a means of making a political point. "The aim of our protests," he said, "was to bring to Tony Blair's attention that all was not well in the countryside."

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A woman was cleared today of causing the death by careless driving of her 11-year-old son.

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Return journey sets off to the age of steam

Jonathan Brown joins volunteers who spent decades resurrecting a Welsh railway line

Sisters sentenced over knife murder

Two "Judas like" teenage sisters were sentenced today for the brutal knife murder of their father.

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