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Councillor facing trial for destroying records about dog DNA scheme 

A councillor is facing trial for destroying records about a system to catch fouling dog owners in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.

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Revealed: first area where majority of children are overweight or obese

Britain’s childhood obesity crisis is now so grave that more than 50 per cent of children are overweight or obese upon leaving primary school in some areas, new figures show.

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Alfie Evans's father threatened private murder prosecution against doctors treating the toddler

The father of Alfie Evans, the critically ill child at the centre of a bitter life-support dispute, threatened to take out a private prosecution for murder against doctors treating his son, it has emerged.

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Shooting victim may have been killed for bringing rape gang to justice

Police are investigating whether a young man shot dead outside his home last month was murdered in revenge for helping to bring a gang of rapists to justice.

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Alexis Jay inquiry finds police chiefs need better training to deal with child sex abuse

Police officers should be required to have experience of dealing with major child abuse cases before being promoted to the most senior ranks in the force, an official report has concluded.

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Alfie Evans' father threatens to privately prosecute three NHS doctors on conspiracy to murder charges

Alfie Evans' father has threatened to privately prosecute three NHS doctors on conspiracy to murder charges as the bitter dispute over the 23-month-old's treatment continues to play out in court.

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Skeleton of child trying to shelter from Vesuvius eruption uncovered in Pompeii

Archeologists in Pompeii have discovered the skeleton of a child who tried in vain to hide from the cataclysmic eruption of Mt Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

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Banking heiress Kate Rothschild victim of a £500,000 jewellery burglary while her children slept

Kate Rothschild, the banking heiress, has been left devastated after burglars broke into her home and made off with half a million pounds worth of jewellery.

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Trolls who abuse judges on social media could be prosecuted, suggests Lord Chief Justice 

Critics who abuse judges on social media should be put on trial, the Lord Chief Justice has suggested.

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Spanish police seize ‘largest cocaine haul in Europe’ weighing nine tonnes and worth €3bn 

Police in southern Spain have seized a nearly nine tonne haul of cocaine hidden in a boat transporting bananas from Colombia - the largest ever shipment of the drug found entering Europe.

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Dogs cannot get ‘autism’, British Veterinary Association warns after ‘anti-vaxx’ movement spread to pets

Dogs cannot get ‘autism’, the British Veterinary Association has warned, after the ‘anti-vaccine’ movement spread to pets.

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Calling blind people 'blind' is off-putting and misleading, charity says as it searches for new name 

Calling blind people "blind" is old fashioned and misleading, a charity has said as it looks for a new name.

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India braced for riots after 'Godman' guru Asaram Bapu jailed for raping 16-year-old girl

A 77-year-old Indian spiritual Guru who claims to have millions of followers worldwide has been sentenced to life in prison of raping a teenage girl in 2013, in a trial held amid fears of major rioting.

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Danish submarine owner Peter Madsen sentenced to life for murdering Swedish journalist 

The Danish submarine owner Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life for murdering a Swedish journalist.

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Wealthy antiques dealer accused of murdering his daughter dramatically changes his plea to guilty mid-trial

A wealthy antiques dealer accused of the murder of his seven-year-old daughter has changed his plea to guilty days into his trial.

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Woman divorcing husband when he died claims £675k damages because 'I still loved him'

A woman who was divorcing her husband when he died is trying to claim over £675,000 in damages because she claims she still loved him, the High Court has heard.

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BBC Proms: Sierra Boggess withdraws from West Side Story concert over 'whitewashing' claims

The BBC Proms has lost one of its star performers after a row over the “whitewashing” of the female lead in West Side Story.

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Hunt master slams CPS after he was prosecuted for confrontation with notorious saboteur 

A hunt master is considering taking legal action against prosecutors after he was wrongly convicted of intimidating one of Britain's most notorious saboteurs over his "kidnapped" dog.

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Homes of elderly should be used to fund social care, NHS head says

Pensioners’ homes should be used to fund social care instead of major tax rises on those of working age, the head of the NHS has said.

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The Crown looks to the future with new film set to last next 10 years

With its intimate portrayal of the personal lives of the Royal family set against the backdrop of world events The Crown has won widespread critical and popular acclaim.

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Fatbergs a breeding ground for deadly superbugs, experts warn after 750m mass found in London

Fatbergs pose a threat to human health by acting as breeding grounds for superbugs immune to antibiotics, a new investigation has found.

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UK's top diplomat caught up in blunder after calling the Sikh Golden Temple a mosque

Britain’s chief diplomat has apologised after mistaking one of the most sacred sites in Sikhism as a mosque.

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Claire Foy admits she is embarrassed by controversy over gender pay gap on The Crown

Claire Foy has admitted she has been left embarrassed by controversy over the gender pay gap on the Netflix series The Crown.

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Mother, 86, dies in the chair her own daughter left her sitting in for a year

An 86-year-old mother died after her own daughter left her sitting in a chair for up to a year in a house they shared.

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Village invaded by Kashmiri goats after bad weather drives them inland

A herd of hairy goats are terrorising local residents in a quiet holiday resort after bad weather drove them inland.

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Courts may have created accidental bigamists by wrongly applying divorce rules

Courts may have created accidental bigamists by wrongly applying divorce rules, country's most senior family court judge has warned.

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Madonna loses legal battle to prevent auction of Tupac letter and other personal items

Madonna on Monday lost a nearly year-long bid to stop an auction of intimate items, including a breakup letter from rap legend Tupac Shakur.

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Students in group legal action to claim millions in compensation over lost teaching time during strikes

Over 1,000 students from some of the UK’s biggest universities have launched collective legal action which could see universities pay out millions in compensation for lost teaching time during recent lecturer strikes.

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