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Stephen Lee will start his appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker on Thursday.

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The families of a couple who were killed in separate falls while on holiday with their four sons said claims they had a "furious argument" before the double tragedy were "totally untrue" and "deeply hurtful".

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It was hardly Broadway, but yesterday in his local pub where he has been routinely banned over the past three decades, Mickey Lay, 71, was celebrating his improbable entry into the annals of theatre history in the way he knows best – with a few pints of lager.

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A campaigning solicitor who has spent her fighting for the elderly and disabled won a crucial victory yesterday in her battle for legal aid.

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Poor weather could not dampen the spirits of 18,000 people who welcomed the sun at Stonehenge at dawn this morning for the Summer Solstice.

'Wifelets' fight over affections of Lord Bath

A jealous "wifelet" of the practising polygamist Lord Bath has been arrested after fighting with a love rival.

£220,000 for Titanic plan

A plan of the Titanic used in the inquiry into the sinking of the ship in 1912 has sold for what is believed to be a world record price for memorabilia of the doomed boat.

Man remanded on Becky Godden-Edwards murder charge

A taxi driver appeared in court today charged with the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards.

Soldiers 'unlawfully killed' by gunman

Five British soldiers shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman were unlawfully killed, an inquest ruled yesterday. David Ridley, Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon, recorded the verdict after a four-day hearing in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Rogue Afghan shooter inquest to reopen

An inquest will resume today into the deaths of five British soldiers murdered by a rogue Afghan policeman.

Lecturer jailed for student affair

A college lecturer who had a six-month relationship with a teenage student was today jailed for eight months.

Virgin Media to close call centre

Communications giant Virgin Media is to to close a call centre over the next 18 months which union leaders said could lead to the loss of 500 jobs.

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