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M1 closed near Northampton after ‘serious’ crash

Image copyright Highways England Image caption Vehicles trapped in traffic are being turned around, Highways England said The M1 has been closed southbound after a “serious” two-vehicle crash. The crash, believed to involve a lorry…

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Figure skating teens the next Torvill and Dean?

A pair of young figure skaters have spoken of their aspirations after becoming British champions. Olivia Jenkinson, 13, and Stanley Evans, 15, have been performing together for less than a year, but have already made…


Nottingham Forest: Teenage forward Arvin Appiah signs long contract

Arvin Appiah scored from the spot as England lost to the Netherlands in a shoot-out at the Under-17 Euros Teenage prospect Arvin Appiah has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Nottingham Forest. The 18-year-old forward marked…


Twinning Project: 32 football clubs join prison scheme to help tackle reoffending

Founder David Dein’s launch target of having 20 clubs involved with the Twinning Project has been surpassed More than a third of all Premier League and Football League clubs have agreed to be part of…


Personal travel agents boost holiday bookings

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Customers are opting for luxury destinations like Mauritius as well as those closer to home The British holidaymaker is back in fine fettle with a January jump in bookings…


Burton v Man City – Carabao Cup semi-final team news & preview

Nigel Clough (right) saw his side beaten 9-0 by a Man City side that included David Silva (left) Burton boss Nigel Clough says scoring a goal in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Premier…


Fanny Hill auction: Banned book arouses ‘strong interest’

Image copyright Hansons Auctioneers Image caption Fanny Hill has attracted controversy since it was first published in 1748 A Victorian copy of an erotic novel once dubbed “the most famous banned book in the country”…


Neal Hopkins: Paedophile jailed for abusing seven boys

Image copyright Staffordshire Police Image caption Neal Hopkins admitted 26 charges, including paying a child for sex A paedophile who trawled social media and online chat rooms to find teenage boys to abuse has been…


Frontline to football – the Afghan trailblazer at Notts County

Noor Husin (right) had spells with Crystal Palace and Accrington Stanley before joining Notts County It is hard to imagine your childhood being played out on a more difficult stage. For the first 18 months…


‘Hungry’ gerbil rescued by armed police in Derby

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The gerbil was “thankfully still alive but very hungry” Armed police officers helped to rescue a peckish gerbil which had been abandoned when its owner went to jail….


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