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

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Three independent candidates triumphed when the first results from elections for Police and Crime Commissioners were announced.

A mock ballot box to encourage people to vote in the Bristol

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Voter turnout for the police commissioner elections was never expected to be high, but at some polling stations not a single vote was cast.

A woman pushes a pushchair past Davenport Methodist Church Polling Station in Stockport as voters go to the polls today to choose England and Wales's first police and crime commissioners

Labour criticises police and crime commissioner elections as Tory candidate Angus Macpherson wins Wiltshire contest

Voters were not given enough information about the police and crime commissioner elections, Labour claimed today as turnout was expected to be as low as 10% in some areas.

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As voters stay away, was this the secret policeman's ballot?

Voters barely darkened the doors of polling stations in many parts of England and Wales today as the Government’s handling of the first elections to the post of police and crime commissioner was branded a “comedy of errors”.

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‘India seduces me every time’

Flood alerts after torrential rain, snow and blizzards batter Britain

Large parts of England and Wales are on flood alert today after torrential rain, snow and blizzards swept the UK over the weekend.

I only got hit by lightning because I was on detention says schoolboy, 11

Joe Compton remembers little of the day he was struck by lightning outside his school gates, but he does recall one important fact: he might not have been there at all had his teacher not kept him back for detention.

Man responsible for making Titanic seaworthy had request for 50% more lifeboats knocked back, new documents reveal

Private papers from the man responsible for making sure the Titanic was safe to sail have emerged that show he demanded 50% more lifeboats but was pressurised by the White Star Line into backing down.

Bradford celebrate victory over Wigan

Matt Duke's heroics in goal for Bradford keep poor Wigan at bay

Wigan Athletic 0 Bradford City 0 (aet; Bradford win 4-2 on penalties)

Rhodri Marsden: Ideological and syntactical disaster – in a motorway services car park

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Dundonnell, a York winner in August, will run at the Breeders' Cup

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Marines bailed after hearing into insurgent's death

Five Royal Marines charged with murder following an incident in Afghanistan have been released from custody.

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