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Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper Bert Williams has died, aged 93.

Woman is 25th swine flu victim

At least 25 people are now known to have died from swine flu this winter, with a woman in her 70s being the latest confirmed victim of the outbreak. She died at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton on Monday and had an underlying respiratory condition.

Tarmac plans to axe 550 jobs

Building giant Tarmac is planning to axe 550 jobs and close one of its divisions, blaming "tough" market conditions.

Kauto and Kempton feel the chill

Kauto Star may be an irresistible force, but a deep layer of snow certainly represented a fairly immovable object at the beginning of a week that is supposed to end with his historic quest for a fifth consecutive success in the William Hill King George VI Chase. Barney Clifford, clerk of the course at Kempton, had to cancel the Flat meeting scheduled for his all-weather circuit yesterday, and four inches of snow are lying over the frost blankets on the adjacent jumps track. Even so, he was not sounding too downbeat at this stage, pinning his hopes on forecasts of somewhat milder weather in time for Boxing Day.

Wymott digs in for follow-up win

With the weather closing in again – today's meetings at both Ascot and Uttoxeter are subject of morning inspections and weekend prospects are not good – jump trainers are grabbing opportunities while they are there. Yesterday, a soggy afternoon at Exeter drew an eye-catching collection of young chasers needing miles under their hooves en route to greater targets at Cheltenham in March.

Man in court on blog murder incitement charge

A 23-year-old man appeared in court today charged with soliciting murder in relation to a blog listing MPs who voted for the Iraq war.

Peddlers will not look for Christmas cheer at Kempton, says McCain

Emerging hurdling talent Peddlers Cross, who took the scalp of Binocular on Saturday on his first venture into the senior ranks, is unlikely to cross swords with the reigning king again until the Champion Hurdle. The new kid on the block will skip the next date on the top-level domestic two-mile circuit, next month's Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, in favour of the Grade Two trial at Haydock in January.

Nuggets of gold to be unearthed on the winter trail to the Festival

Chris McGrath picks 10 to follow as the jumps season starts heating up

Blogger remanded on terror charges over MPs list

A 23-year-old man appeared in court today charged with soliciting murder and other offences under the Terrorism Act in relation to a blog listing MPs it claimed voted for the Iraq war.

Birmingham to halt housing for asylum-seekers

Birmingham City Council is to stop providing housing for asylum-seekers, citing a need to prioritise local people amid long waiting lists for accommodation.

Girl, 15, held over cenotaph graffiti

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested following a vandal attack on a city's cenotaph, police said today.

Hughes' appeal over careless riding fails

Richard Hughes has been unsuccessful in his appeal against the six-day suspension he picked up at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.

Strong Suit ready to fashion further success for Hannon despite soft ground worries

The authors of the revamped Champions' Day at Ascot will be grateful should the weather prove rather more benign, next October, than seems likely this time round. For deteriorating conditions, either side of the Channel, promise anything but a level playing field for the top-class sport scheduled over the next three days.

Birmingham named undated 20p coins hotspot

People living in Birmingham have been the luckiest at finding undated 20p coins which are worth hundreds of times their face value, research indicated today.

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