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Elderly couple kidnapped at gunpoint in robbery ordeal

Police are hunting a man who kidnapped an elderly couple from their home at gunpoint, forced them to withdraw hundreds of pounds from a town cashpoint and then drove them back again - before leaving the petrified woman with a kiss on the hand.

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Boarding school housemaster not guilty of sexually touching pupils' feet

A boarding school housemaster has been cleared of sexually touching the feet of two pupils in their bedrooms late at night.

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Tim Farron: 'Bogus' Brexit arguments not the reason Theresa May called election

Theresa May is using "bogus" arguments about Brexit to justify an early election motivated by party-political calculation, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has claimed.

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Prison Service launches probe over Adam Johnson prison video

The Prison Service is investigating after former England footballer Adam Johnson was filmed laughing in jail while discussing his conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

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Boarding school housemaster denies sexual interest in feet

A boarding school housemaster has told a jury he has no sexual interest in feet and is not attracted to adolescent males.

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'Considerable' differences in tally of under-performing schools across England

Secondary schools are almost twice as likely to be under-performing than primaries, according to new research.

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M&S to close six stores as it vows to 'stay in tune' with customers

Marks & Spencer is planning to close six stores following a review of its store estate, a move that will impact 380 staff.

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Mayor of Liverpool plans to stand as Labour MP

The Mayor of Liverpool has announced plans to stand as Labour MP in the constituency currently held by Steve Rotheram - who is in the running to become metro mayor for the Liverpool City Region.

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Engineers to work through the night to restore London Euston rail services

Services at one of Britain's busiest railway stations are not expected to return to normal until the morning, after a fire closed the terminal.

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Jury considering verdicts in breast surgeon's 'wounding' trial

A jury has been sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of a breast surgeon accused of wounding 10 patients after allegedly carrying out a series of "completely unnecessary" operations.

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Aamer Anwar installed as University of Glasgow rector

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has been installed as the rector of one of the country's oldest universities.

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Chris Mason thanks Broadchurch fans who hailed 'brilliant performance'

Broadchurch actor Chris Mason has thanked fans for their support after he was unmasked as the drama's villain.

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Theresa May asks for mandate to lead as election campaigning begins

Theresa May asked voters for the mandate to lead post-Brexit Britain as she rallied Tory troops for the looming election campaign ahead.

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I want people to think, says artist who stencils lyrics on double yellow lines

An artist who has been stencilling lyrics from Manchester-based bands Joy Division and The Smiths on double yellow lines in the city said he wants people to find their own meaning in his work.

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Employment is biggest challenge facing new Liverpool metro mayor - report

The biggest challenge for one of the new mayors elected in next month's local polls will be tackling low employment, according to a report.

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'I have no power to cancel poll' says Gorton by-election returning officer

The returning officer overseeing a by-election in Manchester Gorton has said she has no power to cancel the ballot.

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Mourners wear violet for funeral of girl, four, who died after hit-and-run

Family and friends of a four-year-old girl who died after a hit-and-run wore violet as they gathered for her funeral.

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Drugs worth £40,000 and 350 litres of illicit alcohol found at HMP Garth

Drugs worth an estimated £40,000 were found at a "very unsafe" prison, an inspection report has revealed.

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Protein playing key role in breast cancer growth identified by UK scientists

A new approach to tackling breast cancer has been uncovered by British scientists who identified a previously unknown driver of the disease.

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Student thrown 'like rag doll' over bonnet of Westminster attacker's car

A politics student injured in the Westminster terror attack has described how he was thrown over the bonnet of Khalid Masood's car "like a rag doll" as he was run down.

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