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The 24-year-old played two Tests against South Africa in 2012

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Organisations to receive recognition from the charity include an NHS Trust, and a housing company

Lloyds Bank customers flock to cashpoint dispensing free money

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Labour MP claims former Manchester United manager would provide morale boost

Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

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The retired spin bowler appeared to be taking a swipe at the team he leaves behind in Australia

Over 8,500 children aged 10-12 have been arrested in England and Wales over the last two years

Thousands of children aged 10-12 arrested for violent attacks, rape and firearms

Over 8,500 children aged 10-12 have been arrested in England and Wales over the last two years, almost a quarter of which were made for violent attacks

Trio return for England women's Ashes defence

Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole return from injury to feature in the England squad for the defence of the women's Ashes in Australia in the new year.

Clare Wood was strangled and set on fire by George Appleton who then killed himself

Clare’s Law: To be rolled out nationwide allowing women access to a partner’s violent past

The policy, named after Clare Wood, means women can obtain any history of violence partner may have from police

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The new, media-savvy Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities is speaking out for the politically detached 'Take a Break' mums. Jane Merrick meets Gloria De Piero MP

The remains of two people have been found in the garden of a house in Blenheim Close, Forest Town, near Mansfield

Mystery in Mansfield: Police seek clues to garden bodies

Current residents aren't under suspicion, as the remains are at least a decade old

Two sets of human remains discovered in Nottinghamshire garden

The remains of two people have been found in a garden, police have confirmed.

Katie Price is due to divorce second husband Alex Reid today

Katie Price settles phone-hacking claim

Katie Price has settled her phone-hacking damages action at the High Court.

Warwickshire bowler Chris Woakes celebrates after dismissing Derbyshire batsman Paul Borrington

Derbyshire are down and out after Warwickshire defeat

Derbyshire were relegated from the County Championship First Division after they slumped to an innings and 168 run defeat to Warwickshire.

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