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An 80-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of his elderly wife.

Elliot Turner jailed for 16 years for strangling girlfriend Emily Longley

A judge told a young man who strangled his aspiring model girlfriend in a jealous rage to put away thoughts of "champagne, Bentleys and girls" as she sentenced him to at least 16 years in jail.

Man 'choked girlfriend in self-defence'

A wealthy jeweller's son accused of murdering his girlfriend in a jealous rage told a jury yesterday that he did not strangle her but merely defended himself after she repeatedly attacked him.

Man remanded on Waterlooville stab murder charge

A man charged with the murder of a father-of-one has been remanded in custody.

Four in court over bin body

Three men and a woman were remanded in custody when they appeared in court today charged with the murder of a man whose burnt body was found in an industrial bin.

Letters: Bosses' pay

Nation pays a high price for bosses' bonuses

Vincent Tabak denies sex thrills strangling

Joanna Yeates's killer faced allegations today that he strangled her for sexual thrills.

Health and Social Care

Chalk Talk: Private schools - shouldn't we be demanding an inquiry?

The headlines last Saturday were predictably all about the leading independent schools and the widening the gap in performance between them and state schools. Quite natural, really, as private schools in membership of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) had seen a 0.9 percentage point increase in A* grades at A-level compared with just 0.1 percentage point nationally.

Independent schools make the grade again

Britain's top Independent Schools have extended their lead over state counterparts in terms of grade performance, claim figures out today.

Otters return to every county in England

Once the rivers were cleaned up, fish returned to once-polluted waters and otters began to spread back eastwards from their strongholds in Devon and Wales

Mother and son jailed for death plot

A woman and her son have been jailed for plotting to murder an 89-year-old relative to get their hands on his money.

Family's plot to kill their 'grandad', 89

A family, including a girl aged 16, was found guilty yesterday of plotting to murder their 89-year-old relative to get their hands on his money.

Atlantic, By Simon Winchester

A biography of the Atlantic Ocean loosely structured around Jacques' "seven ages of man" speech, this tells the story of the ocean's birth 190 million years ago, early voyages on it by the Phoenicians, then the Vikings, then the great European navigators of the 15th and 16th centuries, then its role as the "inland sea" of a Pan-Atlantic civilisation – and anticipates its eventual destruction some 180 million years hence. There are tales of shipwrecks, battles, explorations, migrations: a treasure-trove of stories, which brings home the immensity of this great, grey, heaving "confection of water and waves and wind, of animals and birds, of ships and man".

Lord Justice Leveson: Grand inquisitor of the press

The phone-hacking scandal has convulsed the media. Now the industry must prepare to submit itself to a judge whose self-deprecation masks a rigorous line in questioning

Traffic warnings as getaway begins

The travel getaway is due to start today as school summer holidays begin.

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