One of the most famous human rights barristers in the world will be defending three students potentially facing expulsion from their university.

Shoplifting suspect dies in police custody

An investigation was under way today after a woman died in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

Leading Article: Campuses can expect a summer of discontent

Yesterday's strike by members of the University and College Union reflects the temperature on British campuses as universities begin to make cuts in anticipation of tough times ahead. All the signs are that universities are in for a good deal of pain as a result of future reductions in public spending. The UCU wants to make clear that universities can't cut without expecting trouble – and it is receiving a good deal of support from its members. At Sussex, a ballot for strike action received more than 80 per cent support, and a similar vote at King's received the support of 70 per cent of staff. The academics at King's claim to have achieved significant concessions plus a reduction in redundancies sought.

South Downs National Park launched

Britain's 15th national park - South Downs National Park in Hampshire and Sussex - came into being today.

Body found after shed blaze in Eastbourne

Police were investigating today after a badly burned body was found by firefighters tackling a blaze in a seaside town.

Man in court over hallway stab murder

A 40-year-old will appear in court tomorrow charged with the murder of a man found fatally stabbed in the communal hallway of his home.

Weapon sought in stab murder probe

Police investigating the murder of a man found with stab wounds in the communal hallway of a residential property made an appeal today to trace the weapon used.

'Trafficked' Vietnamese boys flee children's home

Two 15-year-old Vietnamese boys who arrived in the UK as part of a suspected human trafficking operation have run away from a children's home, police said today.

Mental health trust probed over patient deaths

Police have launched an investigation into the deaths of four patients who were under the care of a mental health trust, it was disclosed today.

Hamilton-Brown returns to Surrey as Skipper

Surrey have signed Rory Hamilton-Brown as captain on a three-year contract.

Hamilton-Brown set for Oval talks as Sussex give go-ahead

Surrey moved a step closer to re-signing Rory Hamilton-Brown yesterday when Sussex gave the 22-year-old permission to speak to the London club. Although his current employers remain keen to hold on to the talented all-rounder, the lure of the captaincy at one of English cricket's biggest names may prove very difficult for him to turn down.

Trains hit as industrial unit burns

Train services faced disruption and around 250 homes were being evacuated today following a blaze involving acetylene cylinders at an industrial unit.

Lloyds to axe 410 jobs

Union leaders expressed "alarm" today after banking giant Lloyds announced another wave of hundreds of job losses.

Sussex want to sign Panesar

Sussex have revealed they are keen on signing Monty Panesar and still hopeful of persuading Matthew Hoggard to join them.

Wright keen to show his subtle side

Luke Wright believes his display for England against Australia in last month's Champions Trophy showed he is a multi-dimensional batsman who has more to offer than just "crash, bang, wallop".

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