News The Royal Docks at Grimsby; residents in Grimsby are rising up against Channel 4's attempts to cast them as the subjects of its next documentary series on the poor

Residents in Grimsby are rising up against Channel 4’s attempts to cast them as the subjects of its next documentary series on the poor – a television genre that has been dubbed “poverty porn”.

The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

Stop clowning around! Police urge public to ignore creepy clowns after sightings across UK

Police have vowed to track down pranksters dressing up as clowns and offer them 'strong words of advice'

Scunthorpe fire at Tata Steel site

Three people were hospitalised following a fire at the Tata Steel site in Scunthorpe.

Brian Laws

Brian Laws sacked by Scunthorpe following FA Cup defeat to Grimsby

The manager was in his third spell at the club

FA Cup: Tamworth play host to Bristol City

Conference side Tamworth have been rewarded for beating Cheltenham with a home tie against League One Bristol City in the second round of the FA Cup. Swindon’s conquerors Macclesfield will play the winners of the Gillingham and Brackley replay, while Conference South side Dover Athletic travel to MK Dons.

The Crawley Town manager Richie Barker is just 38 but has a catalogue of qualifications

Life Beyond the Premier League: Crawley Town’s Richie Barker prizes coach education, and right now he is learning fast

It is often said a manager learns more in the bad times than the good, in which case Crawley Town’s Richie Barker is currently receiving a fast-track education.

Woffinden, who grew up in Australia, becomes the eighth British champion

Tai Woffinden rushes to world speedway title at just 23

Tai Woffinden was crowned world speedway champion in Torun last night, becoming the first Briton to take the title for 13 years. The Wolverhampton rider, who is only 23, accumulated the six points he needed as early as the fifth heat of the final race of the season at the Polish Grand Prix.

Man charged with attempted murder after rugby player attacked with claw hammer

Matthew Probert is 'lucky to be alive' after being struck

Gary Hooper in action for his former club Celtic

Norwich striker Gary Hooper now targeting place in England squad

The 25-year-old has moved to the Premier League from Celtic

Gary Hooper

Transfer news: QPR make improved £4.5m bid for Celtic striker Gary Hooper

The relegated side are desperate to bounce straight back to the Premier League

English rovers: Ian Baraclough (pictured) and Gary Stevens are taking great strides at Sligo’s Showgrounds

Meet the 'odd couple' among Europe's elite

The Irish champions enter the Champions' League this week with a very rare claim to fame: English management

Tai Woffinden goes into today’s British Grand Prix riding high

Speedway: World hopeful Tai Woffinden on an upward slide

Tai Woffinden may be only 22 but he goes into the British Speedway Grand Prix at the Millennium Stadium today with huge expectation riding on his shoulders.

Brian Laws: Scunthorpe's relegation has a horrible taste

Scunthorpe had their relegation to League Two confirmed, even though they beat sixth-placed Swindon 3-1.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Brek Shea in line to make Stoke debut against Fulham

New players from FC Dallas may feature at Craven Cottage

Tom Peck spreads the love

Scunthorpe: My search for love in the most unromantic place in Britain

Where do you find love in a town with a heart as cold as iron?

League One preview: Rely on Robins to respond

It's been a stop-start season for Swindon so far but they tend to operate like clockwork when it comes to bouncing back from a defeat and we can't resist the 13/8 available on Paolo Di Canio's men to pick up maximum points at faltering Notts County on Saturday.

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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