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Former Gloucester outside-half Nicky Robinson provided 10 points with the boot in a solid debut for Wasps

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Noel Fehily gave the winner a grateful pat down the shoulder, but his sombre expression already disclosed some sense of the disaster that would gouge all joy from their success. Moments earlier, he had sent Rock On Ruby over the last flight with Tony McCoy and Darlan breathing down their necks. Now one of the sport's rising stars lay dead on the turf, his dignity being hastily preserved from horrified spectators by the erection of screens. McCoy was unharmed in the fall, but even this iron man was too upset to ride again yesterday. A race that had introduced incongruous lustre to a Monday at Doncaster instead renewed the bleakest challenge faced by those who tend and cherish any horse bred and raised for competition.

A picture left at the scene in Hanham, near Bristol, in tribute to Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed yesterday when their tandem bike was struck by a car

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A motorist has appeared in court accused of killing a couple who were knocked off their tandem bike in an alleged hit-and-run.

Body found in search for boat missing in gale-force conditions off Devon coast

Rescuers searching for a missing fishing boat in gale-force conditions have found a body.

Driver lashes out at snowball boy

A 10-year-old boy was injured in Plymouth when a motorist became violent after a group of youngsters hit his car with a snowball.

Stranded Somerset drivers forced to bed down in Nether Stowey village hall

Thirty people were forced to spend the night in a village hall after being rescued by police when they became stranded in their cars because of snow.

Flybe axes 300 jobs to slash costs

Around 300 jobs are to be axed at regional airline Flybe as it battles to slash costs by £35 million to stem losses.

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Eight people have been rescued off the coast of Devon from a tug which is carrying 200 tonnes of diesel.

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