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Olympic torchbearers have cashed in on their once-in-a-lifetime privilege by selling their torches on eBay.

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70 police officers to guard one little flame might seem excessive, but the seven and a half thousand Olympic torch bearers still to run will no doubt be glad of the protection, after it has emerged that the torches they will carry have a street value of more than £100,000.

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Labour takes power across country – and Miliband tightens grip on party

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Warship sets sail for Falklands

Crowds of people gathered today to wave off one of the Royal Navy's newest and most powerful warships as it set sail for the Falkland Islands a day before the 30th anniversary of the British task force setting sail for war.

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One of the Royal Navy's newest and most powerful warships is to set sail for the Falkland Islands a day before the 30th anniversary of the British task force setting sail for war.

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A man has been found guilty of impersonating a qualified barrister at crown court after he donned a wig and robe to represent a friend he met in prison.

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Tom Daley faces missing out on an Olympic medal unless he reduces his media commitments, according to British Diving's performance director Alexei Evangulov.

Members of the USA Olympic diving team have been making a splash while training at Ponds Forge swimming pool in Sheffield

Lane closed – the US Olympic diving team is over here already

It is an afternoon session at Sheffield's council-run Ponds Forge pool, and the usual flotilla of keep-fit swimmers is determinedly groping its way up and down the lanes.

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