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Australian coach Lehmann leads Phil Hughes tributes

Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann has led tributes to batsman Phil Hughes, who has died after suffering a severe head injury in a match.

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Australian cricketer Philip Hughes dies aged 25

Australian batsman Philip Hughes has died aged 25, days after being hit on the head with a ball.

Philip Hughes has died three days after the accident. Credit: Cricket Australia

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said the 25-year-old "never regained consciousness" following his injury on Tuesday.

Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, was "not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends", Bruckner added.

Hughes collapsed after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales in Sydney.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the pitch before being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

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Pensioners struggling to cope with basic tasks - report

More than 200,000 pensioners in the East Midlands are struggling to cope with basic tasks at home like cooking, dressing or bathing.

The Age and the Strategic Society centre says many pensioners need help Credit: PA

That's according to a report by the Age and the Strategic Society Centre.

It claims thousands of pensioners are living without basic day-to-day support or council services in their own homes.

Firefighters use graffiti to deliver safe driving message

These Leicestershire firefighters have turned their hand to graffiti Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

Two firefighters in Leicestershire have turned their hand to graffiti art to deliver a message about safe driving.

This mural has been created outside their station Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

They have just completed this mural outside their station in the New Parks area of the city.

The work highlights the four biggest road dangers: drink and drugs, using mobile phones, speeding and not wearing seat belts.

The aim is to encourage safe driving Credit: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service

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Pub bombings: MP calls on PM to renew justice efforts

A Labour MP has called on the Prime Minister to renew efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings which killed 21 people.

Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar Credit: ITV News Central

Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr) asked what action David Cameron intended to take on the 40th anniversary of the attacks.

Mr Mahmood told the Commons he attended a service at the weekend with families of those who lost loved ones, adding: "After a 40-year-long wait there is still no action to bring to justice the perpetrators."

Mr Cameron replied: "First of all, our sympathies and condolences should still go to those people who lost their relatives 40 years ago.<

"When you lose a relative that stays with you. The grief and the pain stays with you forever.

"I think it is important that we continue to work to try and make sure that we address all the issues that happened in the past and find those that are responsible and try to help people come to terms with what has happened.

"That needs to happen in Northern Ireland as well as on the mainland."

Two explosions in two packed bars, just a few minutes apart, killed 21 people and injured nearly 200 more Credit: PA

Twenty-one people lost their lives in the bombings on November 21, which also left more than 180 injured. The two blasts - at the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs - happened when the bars were packed with teenage drinkers.

Police had tried to evacuate the premises after the Birmingham Post newspaper received a telephone warning the attacks were imminent, but failed to do so in time.

The so-called Birmingham Six were found guilty in 1975, but released after 16 years in prison when their convictions were overturned in 1991. The real perpetrators have never been prosecuted.

READ: Birmingham remembers pub bombings 40 years on

Police appeal for public's help in finding pensioner

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