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Tenerife accused was in UK hospital

A man accused of beheading a British grandmother in a shop in Tenerife had been released from a psychiatric unit in the UK.

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Wild Beasts were, they now admit, on the brink of getting proper jobs when their second album Two Dancers got a surprise Mercury nomination in 2010. They enter their third with an actual audience awaiting it, and the distinct potential to "do an Elbow".

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Man gets life for Ffion Wyn Roberts murder

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.

Guillemots - A band back in fine feather

After a second album which took them away from the warm hues of their lauded debut, Gillian Orr finds Guillemots going back to basics

Brynle Williams: Farmer who became a fuel protest leader and popular Welsh Assembly member

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."

Mother cleared over son's crash death

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

The Business On... Lord Davies, Chair, Review of Women on Boards

Um, isn't he a chap?

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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