Sport Saracens' Nathan Earle is held by Zach Kibirige during the game on Sunday

Saracens recorded a comfortable 41-8 victory over Newcastle on Sunday to ensure they finished top of their LV= Cup pool and so sealed their progression to the semi-finals.

One-minute silence for drowned boy

Family and friends held a one-minute silence in memory of a four-year-old boy who died after falling into the sea from a jetty while on holiday with his parents.

Saints release Brett Sharman after Mo Farah tweet

Brett Sharman, who posted an offensive tweet about the double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah on Twitter, has been released by Northampton.

Body found in search for four-year-old Dylan Cecil

A body has been found by emergency services searching for a four-year-old boy who went missing after falling into the sea in Somerset.

A photograph of Dylan Cecil posted on Facebook by his aunt as rescue teams searched for the four-year-old

Dylan Cecil: Body found of four-year-old swept out to sea

The body of a four-year-old boy who slipped from a jetty into the sea has been found less than half a mile away from where he went missing.

Sonar equipment fails to find body of boy who slipped off jetty Dylan Cecil

The body of a four-year-old boy who slipped from a jetty is believed to have been washed out to sea after specialist sonar equipment failed to find him, experts said.

County Championship round-up: Monty magic upstages Trescothick milestone

Marcus Trescothick completed his 50th first-class century, confirming his return to form in an injury-hampered season, but was upstaged by Monty Panesar as Sussex push to prove themselves to be authentic title challengers by beating Somerset at Taunton.

Sonar used to search for body of four-year-old Dylan Cecil

Specialist sonar equipment is being used today to find the body of a four-year-old boy lost at sea.

A photograph of Dylan Cecil posted on Facebook by his aunt as rescue teams searched for the four-year-old

Facebook page imitating four-year-old boy lost at sea is removed after mother is left 'destroyed' by comments

A Facebook page carrying a post apparently pretending to be from a four-year-old boy lost at sea has been removed after his mother said she had been “destroyed” by the comments.

Cameron Shepherd

Cameron Shepherd taking legal action against Northampton after failing medical

Cameron Shepherd is taking legal action against Northampton after the club terminated his contract for medical reasons.

Ed Miliband launches Labour campaign for Corby by-election after Louise Mensch's shock resignation

Ed Miliband ventured into the heart of middle England today to launch what is seen as Labour’s most significant electoral challenge since he became leader.

Saints turn down 'unfit' Shepherd

Northampton have pulled the plug on Cameron Shepherd's move to Franklin's Gardens on medical advice.

Mensch said today she was

By-election test for Tories as Louise Mensch stands down as MP

Louise Mensch, the high flying chick lit author and Tory MP, shocked Westminster today by announcing that she is resigning from Parliament because of the pressure that politics puts on family life. She is moving to New York with her three children to join her husband, Peter Mensch, manager of the rock band Metallica.

Wanted 'cocaine plot' Briton Lee Dryden held in Portugal

A Briton wanted by police over an alleged multi-million pound cocaine smuggling plot in 2007 has been arrested in Portugal after a separate haul of the drug was found on a yacht.

Grand Union canal death boy named as Jehovah Pembele

A two-year-old boy who died after being recovered from a canal after going missing from his home has been named by police.

Northamptonshire family murder suspect arrested in Morocco

A Chinese businessman wanted on suspicion of murdering a family of four in their own home has been arrested in Morocco, police said.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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