Heroes honoured for bravery at Dogs Home

Three heroes who risked their lives to run into a huge fire at Manchester Dogs Home and rescue 20 dogs have picked up a top award recognising their bravery.

Jason Dyer, 41, his nephew Dean Rostock, 25 and stepson Danny Vere jumped over a fence and kicked open kennel doors after hearing dogs barking in panic. Last night they were honoured at the Animal Hero Awards in London.

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Father spearheads campaign to stop drug smuggling

The dad of British drugs mule Melissa Reid is spearheading a campaign to try to stop other kids finding themselves banged up in a foreign jail trying to make a quick buck smuggling drugs.

Melissa Reid from Glasgow and Michaela McCollum from Northern Ireland are both serving seven year terms in a Peruvian prison. The advert made by the Foreign Office and Prisoners Abroad warns would be smugglers about the consequences of getting caught abroad.

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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies

The Australian batsman Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25, Cricket Australia has announced on its official Twitter account.

In a statement, Cricket Australia said the batsman "never regained consciousness" after he was hit in the head by a cricket ball during a match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday afternoon.

Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner said:

It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughes passed away. He never regained consciousness following his injury on Tuesday. He was not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends.

As a cricket community we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to Phillip’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time. Cricket Australia kindly asks that the privacy of the Hughes family, players and staff be respected.

– Dr Peter Brukner