News Buried treasure: Miners who worked in Smallcleugh, one of the long disused mines nearby

A Canadian company has discovered that Nenthead may be sitting on one of Europe's biggest deposits

Man arrested over Andy Carroll car fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to Liverpool striker Andy Carroll's Range Rover.

Nothing like a quiet weekend at the beach

Millions of people across Britain enjoyed sweltering heat and bright sunshine over the weekend as temperatures reached 22.5C – hotter than the holiday hotspots of Ibiza and Rome.

Recycling reward schemes shunned

Financial incentive schemes designed to encourage householders to recycle more are being shunned by the majority of councils, research suggested today.

Tottenham take legal action over 2012 stadium

Tottenham are taking Olympic chiefs to court over the decision to hand the 2012 stadium to West Ham after the Games, the BBC reported today.

Officers Club on the brink of administration

Officers Club, the ailing menswear retailer, is poised to fall into administration for the second time in just over two years, leaving hundreds of jobs hanging by a thread.

Raoul Moat henchmen handed life sentences

Two men who helped crazed gunman Raoul Moat during his shotgun rampage which left a man dead and a police officer blinded were jailed for life today.

Moat's henchmen convicted of conspiracy to murder

Shotgun killer Raoul Moat's two henchmen were facing long jail sentences tonight for their roles in his murderous rampage.

Brian Viner: Laughter can be a local delicacy, too

We all know, or think we know, that nationalities differ in terms of what makes them laugh. And of course we British pride ourselves on having a superior sense of humour than the Germans (especially the Germans), the French and even the Americans, who are said to lack our acute ear for irony, although if television comedy ever produced two greater deliverers of the ironic quip than Seattle psychiatrists Frasier and Niles Crane, I can't think of them. Nope, not even Terry and June.

Raoul Moat killing spree 'like a video game' court hears

A man accused of helping Raoul Moat likened being with the killer to playing a violent video game.

Raoul Moat 'planned to turn dead badger into a hat'

Raoul Moat planned to skin a dead badger and turn it into a hat, a court has heard.

The new fish supper: Kippers are popping up on all the best menus

Kippers have captured our hearts again and the smoky treats are far too good to eat only for breakfast, says Anthea Gerrie

Raoul Moat hunt costs £1.4m

The search for shotgun killer Raoul Moat has cost more than £1.4 million, the force which mounted the huge operation said today.

Forest sell-off 'threatens rare wildlife'

Concerns have been raised over the fate of threatened wildlife such as red squirrels and nightjars in woods which could be sold to private companies under Government plans.

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For sale, one careful owner (and 720,000 miles on the clock)

Vincent Black Prince motorcycle to be auctioned after 56 years on the road
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?