Lesley supports dogs who sniff out cancer

When she's not cooking up a treat in the Downtown Abbey kitchen as Mrs Patmore actress Lesley Nicol is a volunteer for Medical Detection Dogs, a charity which trains dogs to detect cancer and assist those with long-term life-threatening health conditions.

The charity was set up by Dr Claire Guest and little did she know that her own pet dog Daisy would then end up saving HER life!

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Under performing schools to become acadamies

Every school in England rated inadequate by Ofsted will automatically become an academy, under government plans published today.

Up to a thousand schools could be affected over five years. Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary says too many pupils are "languishing in under performing schools" and that by turning under performing schools into academies, it "will ensure thousands more pupils will benefit from a world class education". Critics claim the plan is irrational and impractical.

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Police find body thought to be missing Amber Peat

Police searching for a missing 13-year-old girl have found a body thought to be that of missing teenager Amber Peat from Nottinghamshire.

Amber had not been since since she left her family home in Mansfield on Saturday evening.

Parents say there had been a family argument before she disappeared but that her disappearance was out of character.

Amber's parents have been informed but a formal identification has yet to take place. Police not treating the death as suspicious.

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