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52 priests defrocked for sex abuse

More than 50 priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for clerical sex abuse over the past 13 years, it has been revealed.

Gove to probe 'assault' case MP

A Tory MP who apologised after receiving a police caution for a domestic assault has been referred by the party to chief whip Michael Gove, a Conservative source has confirmed.

23 years for pizza driver's killer

A "habitual street robber" who stabbed a pizza delivery driver to death for his mobile phone has been told he must serve at least 23 years in prison.

Longer waits in A&E 'inevitable'

Patients should expect "inevitable" greater waits in A&E departments, two health charities have warned.

Man found guilty of Jayden murder

A violent and controlling man has been found guilty of murdering his 17-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend.

UK's growth forecast raised by IMF

The UK is on course to outpace the world's major advanced economies this year after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its GDP forecast for a fourth time in a row to 3.2%.

Police bosses unaware of SDS unit

A highly-criticised undercover police unit was so secretive even Scotland Yard bosses were unaware that it existed, it has emerged.

Hammond calls for Gaza ceasefire

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has called for a swift ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as he joined international diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Gaza amid growing concern at the rising civilian death toll.

Russian ambassador slams MH17 claim

The Kremlin was not responsible for supplying weapons to separatist rebels accused of bringing down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Russia's ambassador to London has said.

Energy firms face extra storms bill

Regulator Ofgem has ordered energy companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) to pay an additional £3.3 million after a probe into how they handled last winter's storms.

'North-south divide' on disability

People living in different parts of England are facing a postcode lottery when it comes to the age they should expect to be struck down with a disability or long-term illness, new figures suggest.

Car parts firm in administration

Unipart Automotive - one of the UK's largest suppliers of car parts and garage equipment - has gone into administration with the loss of more than 1,200 jobs.

Sea rescue caught on camera

The daring rescue of a drowning boy from a dangerous rip current off a Cornish beach has been captured on camera.

£1m a year to discuss nuclear waste

Communities could be paid millions of pounds just to consider having a facility to bury nuclear waste in their area, the Government has said.

Children trying smoking 'at lowest'

The number of children trying cigarettes has dipped to the lowest level on record, new figures suggest.

More poor teenagers apply for uni

Rising numbers of poorer teenagers are planning to go to university, but they are still half as likely to apply as their richer peers, new figures suggests.

Rural roads lorry speed limit rises

The Government is raising the speed limit for lorries on rural roads from 40mph to 50mph.

Athletes take the Games spotlight

Athletes will take to sports fields, courts, track and pool as the first day of Commonwealth Games competitions gets under way.

Body found in blaze car was a woman

A body found in a burnt-out car is that of a woman, police have confirmed.

Student dies on trip to Tanzania

Tributes have flooded in for a school pupil who died while on a trip to Tanzania after suffering a "severe allergic reaction".

Watching TV 'causes guilty feeling'

It is something we all secretly suspected, and there is probably a TV programme to tell you all about it - scientists have discovered that slumping in front of the television at the end of a long day can make you feel guilty and like a failure.

Coast deaths highest in four years

The number of people who died along Britain's coast in 2013 was the highest in four years, the RNLI said, as it launches a campaign calling on people to Respect the Water.

Prison 'is unsafe and violent'

A prison has been described as unsafe with high levels of violence by a report.

'Wake-up call' over interest rates

Wake-up calls must be urgently sounded to help people plan how to cope with increased borrowing costs amid the prospect of the end of rock-bottom interest rates, a think-tank has argued.

Degree costs set to rise to £26,000

Students heading off to university next year can expect to pay more than £26,000 for a three-year degree, as the cost of higher education rises.

Stab case woman to be sentenced

A young woman who says she stabbed a middle aged man with a knife concealed in her bra over fears she would be sexually assaulted will be sentenced today.

More trusts with financial concerns

The number of NHS trusts referred to the Health Secretary over financial concerns increased almost three-fold in a year, a report revealed today.

Reporter faces phone-hack sentence

A former News of the World reporter is due to be sentenced for phone hacking after giving key evidence in the case against his old boss, Andy Coulson.

Doubt cast on role of paracetamol

Paracetamol painkillers are no better than a placebo for speeding the recovery of people suffering lower back pain, a study has found.

Sex crime squad 'under-resourced'

Scotland Yard's sex crime squad was left with dozens of jobs unfilled despite a surge in claims of child abuse, a report has found.

'Wide variation' for academy chains

England's best academy chains are raising standards for their poorest pupils and outperforming other state schools, but the weakest are lagging far behind, research suggests.

Concerns over vCJD 'blood threat'

A "casual" attitude by the Government could be increasing the risk of the human form of "mad cow disease" being spread via blood transfusions or in operating theatres, MPs warned.

Diagnosis trial over lung condition

A £10 piece of medical equipment has gone on trial designed to accelerate the detection of a potentially fatal lung disease.

New bird species 'face extinction'

Dozens of newly-recognised bird species have been listed as threatened with extinction, a new report has revealed.

Supermarkets check chicken supplies

Three of the UK's major supermarkets have launched investigations into their chicken supplies after an investigation uncovered alleged hygiene failings at factories.

Jets scrambled after contact lost

Military jets were scrambled tonight after contact was lost with a private plane.

Report critical of undercover units

Undercover police units will come under fire for gathering and keeping information about black justice groups that "served no purpose in preventing crime".

Screen veteran Dora Bryan dies

Actress Dora Bryan, who was known for roles in TV's Last Of The Summer Wine and classic British movies like A Taste Of Honey, has died at the age of 91.

Wage growth signal over rate rise

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has signalled that Britain's faltering wage growth is to have an increasingly important bearing on when interest rates will rise.

Man bailed in Claudia probe

A man arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by police investigating the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence has been released on bail, officers said tonight.

MP apologises for Gaza rocket tweet

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has issued what the party described as a "categorical apology", after posting a tweet suggesting that he might be ready to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Peaches Geldof overdosed on heroin

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after losing her battle against addiction to the Class A drug, an inquest heard.

'Valid data' in MH17 black box

Air crash investigators have been able to download "valid" information from the flight MH17 black box cockpit voice recorder.

Arrests in website fraud probe

An international crime ring that hacked into a ticket website and used customers' details to stage a million dollar fraud has been dismantled in a transatlantic crackdown involving British police.

Man fined for swallowing goldfish

A man who downed two goldfish as part of a Neknomination dare before regurgitating them has been fined by magistrates.

Ruling on boy's care arrangements

A family court judge has made decisions about care arrangements for a boy whose estranged parents became embroiled in a legal dispute over how his cancerous brain tumour should be treated.

Ex-Ukip MEP faces misconduct charge

A former Ukip MEP has been charged with money laundering and misconduct in public office after an inquiry into her expense claims.

Paedophile Watkins refused appeal

Paedophile and former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been told he cannot appeal against the length of his 29-year jail term imposed for a string of child sex offences.

US authors make Booker longlist

David Mitchell, David Nicholls and past winner Howard Jacobson are in the running for this year's Man Booker Prize, as its new global embrace gives fewer than half the places on the longlist to Brits.

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