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Teenage pregnancy rates reach lowest level on record

Teenage pregnancy rates in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest level on record.

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Snow set to blanket parts of the North

Commuters could face frosty conditions on Wednesday morning with the risk of up to 5cm (2ins) of snowfall overnight on high ground.

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Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies 20 child sex offences

Former football coach Barry Bennell has denied 20 child sex offences.

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George Galloway to stand as Independent in Manchester Gorton

Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Sir Gerald Kaufman as MP for Manchester Gorton.

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Man 'broke into houses in bid to sexually assault elderly women'

An alleged rapist broke into houses at night with the intention of sexually assaulting elderly women while they slept, a court has heard.

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The wag man returns to halt great Merseyside bunk-off

The "wag man", better known as the school truancy officer, is being reintroduced to crack down on children skipping classes on Merseyside.

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Twins found dead at White Cliffs of Dover 'carried ashes of parents'

Twins whose bodies were found at the White Cliffs of Dover on New Year's Day had rucksacks containing the ashes of their dead parents, an inquest heard.

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Rail workers to stage 24-hour strike on Grand National day

Workers at three rail operators are to stage a fresh 24-hour strike on the day of the Grand National in bitter disputes over staffing and the role of conductors.

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Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar elected Glasgow University rector

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has been elected as the rector of one of the UK's oldest universities after seeing off a challenge from nine other hopefuls.

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Charles samples a taste of festival for foodies

The Prince of Wales was given a taste of the finest Lancashire produce in the county's "food capital".

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Jail for paediatric consultant who covered up sexual interest in children

A paediatric consultant who tried to hide his sexual interest in children with "military-grade" software has been jailed for three years after police enlisted a top computer expert to bring him to justice.

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Escaped prisoner's own money put up as recapture reward

Detectives hunting escaped prisoner Shaun Walmsley have put up £20,000 of the inmate's own money for information leading to his capture.

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Boy killed by 'unexplained' house fire

An 11-year-old boy has died in an "unexplained" house fire.

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Funding squeeze sees care contracts cancelled at 95 councils

Ninety-five councils have had home care contracts cancelled by private companies, an investigation has found.

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'Insufficient evidence' for charges over baby's death at vicarage, CPS concludes

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains "insufficient evidence" to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.

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George Osborne editor role 'could lead to change in rules on MPs' second jobs'

The rules on MPs taking second jobs could be changed after George Osborne's appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard, the chairman of the country's chief standards watchdog has said.

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Rural idyll view masks pockets of deprivation and poor health, says new report

The view that people who live in the countryside are rich and enjoy a rural idyll masks pockets of deprivation and poor health, according to a new report.

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New drive to encourage more women to join fight against cyber crime

Security bosses are launching a new drive to encourage more women to join the fight against cyber crime.

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Constituents split over George Osborne's new job

Statesman, City advisor, and now editor, George Osborne's new position has not been universally acclaimed by the voters who gave him the day job at the last election.

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Mother and daughter jailed over property fraud

A mother and daughter have been jailed after the mother assumed the identity of a dead landlady to make more than £1 million in a property fraud.

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