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Poll: Clegg to keep seat thanks to Tory tactical vote

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Nick Clegg is on course to retain his Commons seat at the General Election - thanks in large part to Conservatives voting tactically to keep out Labour, a new poll suggested.

A series of surveys have shown the Liberal Democrat leader trailing in Sheffield Hallam and in danger of being booted out by voters in the South Yorkshire seat he has held since 2005.

The party said the ICM research for The Guardian - which showed Mr Clegg seven points ahead of his Labour rival Oliver Coppard by 42% to 35% - confirmed its contention that the Deputy Prime Minister performed more strongly in polls where voters were given the names of the candidates. Without the names being given, Labour was ahead by 34% to 32%.

But the results also suggested Mr Clegg was reliant on tactical voting by Tories on what one ICM pollster called "a breathtaking scale". A full 48% of those who said they were Conservative backers nationally intended to back him, the figures suggested.

Polling by Lord Ashcroft has previously shown little evidence of active campaigning by the Tories in the seat, which Mr Clegg held with a majority of 15,284 in 2010

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Arrest after man murdered in Wandsworth Prison

Wandsworth Prison in south west London. Credit: PA

A man has been murdered in Wandsworth Prison, Scotland Yard said.

Officers were called to the jail at 7.35am this morning to reports of a male prisoner dead in a cell.

The victim is believed to be aged in his 60s and though next of kin have been informed, formal identification has not yet taken place.

A man in his 40s, also a prisoner, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and is currently in police custody.

Speedboat teen died after life jacket became trapped

A 14-year-old girl died after a wave overturned a speedboat she was in causing her life jacket to become trapped, police said.

Emily Gardner was one of four people thrown overboard but the three others escaped with injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police are continuing to investigate the tragedy but a spokesperson said: "From the enquiries conducted so far, reports suggest that the boat hit a wave before overturning.

"The four people on the boat were then thrown overboard as a result.

"It appears that Emily became trapped due to her buoyancy aid getting caught on part of the boat.

"The other people on the boat and jet ski riders tried to help Emily but could not free her.

"At this stage in the investigation we are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances and we believe that this was nothing more than a tragic accident."

US Navy escorts UK shipping through Hormuz straight

File photo: USS Farragut is one of the US Navy warships in the straights. Credit: Reuters

US Navy warships have begun accompanying British commercial shipping through the Straight of Hormuz, the Pentagon has announced.

The decision to escort merchant vessels through the waters follows the seizure by Iran of the Maersk Tigris last week.

The Danish container ship was in international waters crossing the Straight of Hormuz from Saudi Arabia to the UAE when it was held by Iranian patrol boats.

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Astronauts can now enjoy 'out-of-this-world' espresso

Astronauts on the International Space Station can now enjoy fresh Italian espresso, thanks to an experimental coffee machine.

Over the weekend, Italian spacefarer Samantha Cristoforetti, fired up the contraption and had the first interstellar shot of Java.

She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity.

For the special occasion, she put on her Star Trek uniform top. She could not resist tweeting the phrase "to boldly brew".

The fresh brew will be seen as a welcome treat on board the space station, as its inhabitants usually have to suffer pouches of Nasa's instant coffee - drunk through a straw - for their regular caffeine fix.

Bookies pay out £1m after royal baby name announced

The latest addition to the royal family is called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Credit: PA

Bookies have had to pay out an estimated £1 million following the announcement the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their second child Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Ladbrokes said Charlotte was the most popular bet since the princess was born - with three times as many wagers placed as other favourites Alice, Diana and Olivia.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: "Charlotte was the hot tip over the weekend and royal watchers up and down the land are quids in.

"We may have lost a fortune but we're paying out with a smile and wish the Duke and Duchess all the best."

Coral called it "one of the most costliest results in royal betting history."

A woman from Barnes, south west London, is due to pick up £1,400 was the biggest winner at William Hill. She put £400 down at 5-2 that the baby would be called Charlotte.

Police try to trace owner of ear bitten off in fight

A picture of the ear was put up on Twitter. Credit: Twitter/Ashley Haigh

Police are searching for a man who left his partially severed diamond-studded ear on the pavement after it was bitten off in a fight.

West Yorkshire Police believe the man did not seek medical treatment after the incident in Huddersfield at about 9.20pm last night and are urging him to come forward.

A photograph of the ear, complete with the diamond stud earring, has been posted on Twitter but the victim has not yet been traced.

Two men, aged 37 and 45, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding and are currently in police custody.

A force spokesman said: "The male who we believe was injured in this incident has still not been traced and has not contacted police."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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