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Drivers warned to beware of 'treacherous' conditions at start of working week

Treacherous driving conditions are expected to cause havoc for motorists as the country returns to work, after more than 12 inches of snow blanketed parts of the UK.

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Strike-hit CrossCountry suffers more disruption with snow and strong winds

Snow and high winds caused fresh disruption to a rail company which had already reduced services because of a strike.

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Financial incentives increase breastfeeding rates in pilot study

Offering new mothers financial incentives could significantly increase low breastfeeding rates, a "groundbreaking" pilot study has found.

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Roads closed and flights grounded as snow spreads across UK

Heavy snowfall across parts of the UK is causing widespread disruption, closing roads and grounding flights at an airport.

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Woman in critical condition after 'gas blast' destroys house

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a home was destroyed in a suspected gas blast.

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Rural areas top breath test charge table as festive drinkers are warned of risks

More motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas, an investigation suggests.

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Snow threatens large areas of UK as temperatures plunge

Britain is gearing up for a second night of tumbling temperatures as December's icy touch was felt across the country on Saturday.

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Police treating woman's rape as murder bid

The rape of a woman in Derbyshire is being treated as attempted murder, detectives have said.

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Shoppers warned against buying fake goods as counterfeit items seized at ports

Counterfeit goods including more than £1.5 million worth of Calvin Klein underpants are among thousands of fake items seized by Border Force officers in the run-up to Christmas.

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'Barbaric and wicked' teenager found guilty of trying to kill rape victim

A "barbaric and wicked" rapist who bludgeoned a woman with a paving slab on his 17th birthday and then left her for dead has been found guilty of attempted murder.

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Doctor convicted over boy's death should be struck off, High Court told

The High Court has been asked to strike off a doctor who was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy.

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Mother 'won't be patronised' by doctors backing medic convicted over son's death

A mother whose son was killed by hospital blunders said she will refuse to be intimidated by medics rallying around the doctor convicted over the death.

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Several injured in six-vehicle collision in Northamptonshire

A number of people have been injured in a six-vehicle collision in Northamptonshire, police have said.

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Jury out in trial of teenager accused of trying to kill rape victim

A jury has retired to consider its verdict on a teenage rapist accused of attempting to bludgeon a woman to death with a paving slab in a city park.

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Stepfather of pool drowning boy admits manslaughter by gross negligence

The stepfather of a five-year-old boy found drowned in a pool at a water park has pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

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Boat captain's ignoring of monsoon warnings contributed to deaths, rules coroner

A boat captain's decision to ignore warnings of a monsoon contributed to the deaths of two Britons who drowned after a speedboat crash in Thailand, a coroner has ruled.

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Army dogs who served in Afghanistan saved from being put down - minister

Two "hero" retired army dogs who faced being put down because they could not be re-homed have been saved, a minister has said.

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Lawrence of Arabia's 'war-weary' sandals going under the hammer

A pair of Lawrence of Arabia's sandals - which had been kept safe in a Waitrose carrier bag - is going up for auction.

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Phoebe, seven, wants to 'make mummy proud' with brain tumour research campaign

A seven-year-old schoolgirl is trying to make her "mummy proud" by raising money for research into brain tumours as she faces her first Christmas without her.

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Teenager 'tried to kill woman with paving slab after raping her in park'

A 17-year-old youth raped a woman in a park and then left her for dead after using a paving slab to cause her "truly dreadful" head injuries, a court has heard.

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