The National Wealth Service

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Man dies following street assault

A man who was assaulted in the street has died, police said.

Cameron's father-in-law fails to kill plan to build abbatoir

With its mellow brick Georgian facade, Rococo plasterwork and priceless collection of furniture, the home of Sir Reginald Sheffield has everything befitting the country pile of a family that can date its lineage back to the Crusades. The Grade I-listed building can even boast the occasional visit from Sir Reginald's rather well-connected son-in-law, fellow Old Etonian David Cameron, husband of the 8th baronet's daughter Samantha.

Plymouth loses 'vital link' airport

Plymouth City Airport has no option but to close because it does not have enough passengers to justify keeping it open, the head of its parent company said today.

Video: No 'atomic bomb-style explosion' in Japan

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Library book returned after 30-year world trip

A rare library book has finally been returned – after more than 30 years of globetrotting with an Australian naval attaché.

Phone-hack detective banned from driving

Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the News of the World phone hacking allegations, was back in court yesterday charged with drinking and driving, for which he was fined £1,000 and banned for a year.

Hospital food needs urgent treatment

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Boxing: Former champion Gary Mason killed in bike accident

Former British boxing champion Gary Mason has died in a cycling accident.

Man bailed after fatal dog attack

A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman mauled by a dog at her home was released on bail today.

Plumber denies killing woman with faulty boiler

A plumber appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of causing the death of a young dance teacher of carbon monoxide poisoning from a gas boiler.

Miner aims for 2011 promotion

Miner Coal of Africa is aiming for an early 2011 move to the main London Stock Exchange board despite problems at two of its projects.

The PM's official photographer 'needs trust not a state salary'

Jake Sutton, who snapped Thatcher, Kinnock and Blair, talks with Matthew Bell

Trio jailed for life for Halloween murder

Three men who killed an IT expert in a "primeval" attack after snatching his girlfriend's Halloween hat were jailed for life at the Old Bailey today.

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