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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Alton Towers closed today as investigation continues

Alton Towers remains closed today while investigations continue into the worst accident in the park's 35 year history.

Four people have been seriously hurt in a crash between two carriages on a rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers.

Sixteen people were in one carriage of the Smiler ride; the other was empty, when the crash happened yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the four, two girls and two boys, were trapped on the ride, about 25 feet (7.6m) above the ground.

Alton Towers tweeted all guests involved had been evacuated. A director described it as "the most serious incident" in the park's history.

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FIFA president resigns amid corruption scandal

Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term last week but the 79-year-old resigned as FIFA president yesterday amid a corruption scandal. Blatter is said to be under investigation in the US.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said it was "a great day for football".

Blatter has called an emergency FIFA congress to elect new president.

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan will run again for the presidency and former footballer David Ginola is also standing.

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