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Wife-beater's claim of cricket contract 'invented to avoid jail', says club

Leicestershire County Cricket Club has contacted the Crown Prosecution Service after a man was spared jail following a claim that he had been offered a job with them.

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Agency staff working under 'dark shadow', MPs told

An increase in agency work has led to exploitation, scams and cons, forcing huge numbers of people to work under a "dark shadow", MPs have been told.

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CPS 'considering options' after man who admitted beating wife is spared jail

The Crown Prosecution Service has said it is "considering options" in the case of a man who was spared jail after he admitted beating his wife.

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Police seeking to locate mother and her missing sons

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing mother and her two sons.

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Tory MP apologises for failure to disclose sale of home under HS2 scheme

A Conservative MP has apologised "profusely" for failing to declare at an HS2 debate that his home is being bought by the high-speed rail link.

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Notts County Ladies FC given more time to settle tax debt

Bosses at a top-tier women's football club have been given time to pay money owed to the taxman.

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Manchester 'top for house price growth' across major UK cities

Manchester is now leading the way for house price growth across the UK's major cities, with property values there up by nearly 9% year-on-year - according to an index.

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Police recorded 260 cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2016

Police recorded a total of 260 cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2016, with convictions for a Tory councillor who gave a false address and a man who voted twice in the European Union referendum.

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Teenage amateur boxer who died after collapsing in ring was 'fit as a fiddle'

Tributes have been paid to a "talented" 17-year-old amateur boxer who died after collapsing in the ring.

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Palace of Westminster attack witnessed by young boxers

Young British boxers have told of their shock and horror after witnessing the violent attack outside the Palace of Westminster.

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Footballer Jamie Vardy's wife reveals 'horrific' online abuse

The wife of footballer Jamie Vardy has told of the "horrific" online abuse she has received involving her baby, but that she will never back down to trolls.

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Mother calls for automatic jail terms for people caught carrying knives

The mother of a teenage student killed in a stabbing has called for the law to be changed so those caught carrying knives face tougher sentences.

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Man denies murder of ex-wife whose body was found in suitcase

A 50-year-old man has denied murdering his ex-wife and dumping her body in a suitcase.

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Watchdog probes whether police knew girlfriend was planning acid attack

An investigation has been launched into whether police had prior knowledge that a woman later convicted of blinding her partner with acid was planning an attack.

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Man charged with criminal damage after muck spread on Crown Court steps

A 49-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage in relation to an incident in which muck was dumped on the steps of a court.

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Deficit 'means councils may fail to deliver protections for vulnerable people'

A "massive funding deficit" has put local councils at risk of breaching legal duties they owe to vulnerable people who could be deprived of their liberty, the High Court has been told.

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Toyota call on UK trade with Europe amid £240m Derbyshire plant investment

Toyota is to invest £240 million in its plant in Derbyshire, but the car giant's boss has called for continued tariff- and barrier-free access between the UK and Europe.

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Husband and wife convicted of 94 drug and child sex offences

A husband and wife described as "master manipulators" have been convicted of 94 drug and child sex offences.

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Tour operator Diamond Shortbreak Holidays ceases trading

Travel firm Diamond Shortbreak Holidays Ltd has ceased trading due to financial difficulties, travel trade organisation Abta said.

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Man underwent double mastectomy on surgeon's 'pre-cancer' advice, court told

A health worker who had an unnecessary double mastectomy on a surgeon's advice was told he was "on the road to developing breast cancer", a court has heard.

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