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The Potters have been drawn into the scrap for Premier League survival

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Andy McSmith's Diary: Lindsay Hoyle proves a plain-speaking stand-in at the Budget

One person who emerged from the Budget presentation with his reputation enhanced was the Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle. People liked the plain-speaking way that he battled to keep the braying and barracking to a minimum. His presence also prompted a question that is asked almost every year – why the Deputy Speaker, not the Speaker?

I can't believe this has happened again, says UK victim injured in previous Luxor balloon crash

A Briton badly injured in an earlier Luxor balloon crash spoke today of her horror at hearing of another tragedy in Egypt.

Caroline Banana is accused of failing to tell the authorities about her winnings

Deal Or No Deal winner faces benefit fraud charge

A mother-of-two who won £95,000 on the TV show Deal or No Deal has been charged with benefit fraud.

Car overturns near scene of fatal Christmas Day M6 crash

A car has overturned near the scene of a fatal motorway accident, just days after it happened.

Two in hospital after fatal crash

Two people were still in hospital today with serious injuries after a road crash which killed one person in the early hours of Christmas day.

Threat of jail for woman who shouted at her husband

A woman has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order after she repeatedly kept her neighbours awake at night by shouting at her husband.

Gold and silver discovered in latest find at Staffordshire Saxon treasure hoard site

Around 90 new pieces of gold and silver have been unearthed in the field where the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure was found three years ago.

Woman jailed after torturing 15-year-old boy by forcing him to lick up his blood and drink his own urine

A woman who tortured a teenage boy by making him drink his own urine and lick up his blood has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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A year at the sharp end: How Stoke was cut to shreds

With one in four on benefits and a community relying on its council, how would a £36m spending cut work? David Nath spent a year in a place where the Big Society is still just an idea

Dressage superstar Lee Pearson one step closer to being crowned Team GB’s greatest ever Paralympian

Dressage superstar Lee Pearson is one step closer to being crowned Great Britain’s greatest ever Paralympian after finishing top of his class in the Team test at Greenwich – but only just after what he dubbed a “rider error”.

Legionnaires' outbreak 'over', says Health Protection Agency

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in which two people died has been declared over.

Study finds rise in proportion of income taxed

A study of 50 cities showing the proportion of their populations' total income taken in income tax shows that some are paying up to 31 per cent more since the start of the financial crisis.

Man arrested after three home explosions in Staffordshire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after explosions at three homes.

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