Sport Stephen Lee will begin his appeal against a 12-year ban for match-fixing on Thursday

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

Man jailed for 'paedophile parties'

A soldier who was part of a sex abuse ring that held “paedophile parties” has been jailed indefinitely, Scotland Yard said today.

Eddie Shah charged with child sex offences

Former newspaper proprietor Eddie Shah appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with sexual offences against a schoolgirl.

George Osborne in Sunderland yesterday; the local Conservative club in his constituency may close

Now the Tories can't balance the books in George Osborne's back yard

Chancellor's local Conservative Club calls crisis meeting over threats to shut it down

Tony Nicklinson and his wife Jane

Tony Nicklinson's widow hopes right-to-die battle will continue

The widow of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson has said she hopes his campaign for a change in the law on assisted dying will continue in his memory.

Car clocked doing 89mph in 30mph zone

A teenager with a “blatant disregard” for the speed limit has been clocked by police driving at almost 90mph in a 30mph zone, officers said.

Travellers move onto Marlborough College's grounds

A group of travellers have moved on to the grounds of £30,000-a- year Marlborough College where the Duchess of Cambridge studied.

Locked-in syndrome sufferers lose legal challenge over assisted dying

The debate about assisted suicide has been reignited after the High Court ruled that two men with locked-in-syndrome cannot be legally helped to die.

Man dies after being crushed by industrial roller in Colerne

A man has died after being crushed by an industrial roller, police said.

Police name woman whose burnt body was found in Chippenham supermarket car park

A woman whose charred remains were discovered in a supermarket car park has been named by police.

Canoeing: British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever storms into semi-finals

British sprint kayaker Ed McKeever stormed into the semi-finals of the 200m competition today as he won his heat in a time of 35.087 seconds.

Relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan receive public apology over body parts stored without permission

Relatives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan received a public apology today over the revelation that body parts had been stored away without permission.

Fresh inquest into hanged officer who accused her two colleagues of rape

A fresh inquest has been ordered into the death of a military police officer who was found hanged after accusing two colleagues of rape, her family's lawyers said today.

Decomposed body found in supermarket car park in Chippenham

A police investigation has been launched after human remains were found in a supermarket car park.

Home, away: The view from Escondrijo in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, where you will be cosseted by the owners

Juliet Kinsman: We all want chic on the cheap – but there's usually a trade-off

Don't tell me: you want somewhere super-glamorous. But you don't want to fork out a fortune. Thanks to celebrity overload, we appear to have cultivated A-list sensibilities, then been corrupted by deal-of-the-day offers. Ergo we demand VIP lifestyles on shelf-stackers' pay packets.

Sam Alexander and Ollie Augustin were repatriated last June

Inquest hears lessons learnt about IEDs after deaths in Helmand

Military officials say detection techniques have been changed since two Marines died

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