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Grayrigg train crash: 'The night that changed our lives'

Ten years after a fatal train crash, three people connected with the tragedy have spoken of the night that changed their lives. On 23 February 2007, a 300-tonne Virgin Pendolino train was travelling at 95mph when it hit a “degraded” set of points on the West Coast Main Line and careered down an embankment. An 84-year-old Glasgow woman, Margaret Masson, ...

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Bare-knuckle fighting on the rise

Boxer Dan Hunter is following the path of his grandfather and embracing the old tradition of bare-knuckle boxing. The controversial sport is attracting many to leave their gloves behind to try it. Dan, from Bradford, has been boxing for more than four years and shortly after leaving the Army decided to try bare knuckle. Video journalist: Simone Stewart Click here ...

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Wayne Rooney: Man Utd captain's agent in China to discuss potential move

Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford is in China to see if he can negotiate a deal for the forward to leave Manchester United. There are no guarantees of success and it is thought a deal remains highly unlikely before the Chinese transfer window closes on 28 February. But the fact Stretford has travelled to China is a clear indication United ...

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Motorist with 62 penalty points legally allowed to drive

A driver who clocked up 62 points on his licence is still allowed to drive, the BBC has learned. The West Yorkshire man, who was speeding, was among 10,000 motorists legally driving on British roads last month, despite having excessive points. Usually 12 points means a ban, but magistrates can choose not to enforce it in “exceptional cases”. Brian Cornick, ...

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Great British Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain given food show

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain is to host her own cookery show Hussain, who won Bake Off in 2015, will feature in the eight-part series for BBC Two, which will seek out great examples of British food. Her show – Nadiya’s British Food Adventure – will see her undertake a road trip around Britain, visiting a different region ...

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Voting to begin in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Voters are due to go to the polls in by-elections in Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland. Polling stations will be open from 07:00 until 22:00 GMT. Voting will take place as Storm Doris, forecast to bring heavy rain and winds of 80mph, is expected to cross central and northern parts of England. The contests follow the resignations of Labour MPs Tristram ...

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School funding changes 'risk injustice'

The key group pushing for a fairer funding system in England’s schools says government plans for a funding shake-up need to be rethought. The F40 group, which campaigned for 20 years for the funding overhaul, is warning that some poorly funded areas, and schools within them, will lose out. Its vice-chair, Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk, says it is important “one ...

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Didcot Power Station collapse: Clearing site 'could take two years'

Demolition of the decommissioned Didcot Power station has been set back at least two years after a collapse that left four dead, the BBC has been told. It is a year since Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Michael Collings, 53, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, were killed when the boiler house came down. Relatives are due to visit the site ...

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Parish council tax bills rise despite squeeze

Villagers paying council tax are seeing their parish bills rise at a higher rate than the share they pay to larger authorities. BBC News analysed the bills of more than 8,500 town and parish councils from 2013-14 to 2016-17. Parish councillors say they are being asked to take on more responsibilities as their larger local authority counterparts make cuts. The ...

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David Bowie dominates Brit Awards

The nominations were a showcase for the diversity of British music, but in the end David Bowie dominated the 2017 Brit awards. The star, who died last January, was awarded best British male and best British album, for his mournful swan song, Blackstar. His victory meant that grime artists, who dominated the nominations, ended the night with no trophies. However, ...

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