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Photographs on Twitter allegedly showing an adult Jon Venables are being investigated by the Attorney General, his office revealed today.

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Rail passengers were plagued with problems today with major disruption continuing on busy commuter routes.

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Commuters endured more train travel misery today with major delays on busy routes.

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Details of the proposed route of the second phase of the HS2 high-speed rail network – from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds – were released today

'An alien monolith in the sky': North Yorkshire village of Church Fenton reacts to HS2 flyover plans

In the tiny community of Church Fenton, North Yorkshire, the announcement was greeted with anger and disbelief by residents who fear it will leave them living under “an alien monolith in the sky”.

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Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme

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This morning's details from the government will re-balance Britain and shift long-distance traffic from road to rail. Good. Now rename it Y-Speed 2 and answer critics

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Opposition grows as PM presses ahead with HS2 scheme

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Polly the cat travelled 1,700 miles trapped in a train's undercarriage.

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A two-year-old tabby cat was found in "surprisingly good condition" after travelling 1,700 miles trapped in a train's undercarriage.

Major rail delays hit millions of passengers at Victoria, King's Cross, Moorgate and Fenchurch Street stations in London

Millions of rail passengers suffered miserable journeys this morning after a series of problems led to long delays on major routes.

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A woman stole an empty commuter train from a depot and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials said.

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