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Family of ex-Tory minister praise health professionals

The family of former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell, who died aged 86 following a long illness, have paid tribute to the health professionals who looked after him.

Former transport minister Sir David Mitchell.
Former transport minister Sir David Mitchell. Credit: PA

Sir David Mitchell, the former Member of Parliament for Hampshire North West and minister in the Thatcher governments has died today aged 86.

The family has expressed its gratitude to the health professionals and carers who enabled him to die peacefully in his own home.

– A family spokesman
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Former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell dies

Former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell has died aged 86 following a long illness, his family has announced.

Sir David, who served under Margaret Thatcher in various departments including industry, transport and Northern Ireland, was the father of former Cabinet minister and current Tory MP Andrew Mitchell.

He was an MP from 1964 to 1997, representing Hampshire North West, and died at his home in Odiham, Hampshire, in the early hours of this morning.

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Woman in Leicester Pride two weeks after attack

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Kerry Byrnes in the Leicester's Pride parade through the city centre Credit: ITV News Central / Andy Bevan

A woman who was beaten unconscious because of her sexuality has joined police on Leicester's Pride parade through the city centre.

Kerry Byrnes is walking alongside members of Leicestershire Police's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network, two weeks after she was attacked in her home town of Oakham.

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Do you recognise this man? Police seek key witness in Northampton death investigation

Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight which left a man with fatal injuries.
Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight which left a man with fatal injuries. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

Police believe this man may have been a key witness to a fight in Northampton town centre which left a 61-year-old fatally injured.

It is thought George Wedderburn, of Byfield Road, St James, was injured after intervening in the fight at Abington Square in the early hours of last Sunday.

He died six days later in hospital.

Police have released this image of a man they think may have tried to act as a peacemaker.

Officers would like him or anyone who knows him to contact them on 101.

Daniel Tero, 22, of Burleigh Road, Kingsthorpe Hollow, has been charged with assault.

He is due to appear at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday September 3.

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Derbyshire's Ben Cotton signs new two-year deal

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Derbyshire's Ben Cotton celebrates taking the wicket of Indians' Virat Kohli during day two of the Internationa warm up match in July Credit: PA

Derbyshire seamer Ben Cotton has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

The 20-year-old has progressed through the ranks at Derby and has appeared for the limited-overs sides recently, making two Twenty20 appearances and four in the Royal London One-Day Cup - including the quarter-final defeat to Nottinghamshire on Tuesday.

Cotton said: "If you'd told me at the start of the year that I'd make first team debuts in both one-day competitions - and earn a professional contract - I'd have been delighted with that, so it's been a great year."

Four boys held in Spalding murder enquiry

Another four boys have been arrested after the death of a man who was airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury.

Warren Free, 42, died yesterday at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre and police are treating his death as murder.

The victim, from Coronation Close, Spalding, Lincolnshire had been found injured at an address in Spalding on Thursday.

Two girls and a boy were arrested yesterday in connection with Mr Free's death. One girl has been released on bail, while the other boy and girl remain in custody, Lincolnshire Police said.

Another four boys have been arrested today in connection with the police investigation, the force added.

None of the children's ages have been released by police.

Following Mr Free's death, Community Inspector Jim Tyner, said:

Coronation Close is a close-knit community and I know many will be affected by what has happened.

My officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area and I would urge residents to approach them with any concerns.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey, said:

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances in which Mr Free sustained the injuries that led to his subsequent death and I am appealing to anyone with information that may assist the enquiry to contact the major incident room by calling 101 and quoting incident 161 of August 28.

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MotoGP fans flock to Silverstone

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All of MotoGP's big names will take to the circuit Credit: PA

Thousands of MotoGP fans are at Silverstone in Northamptonshire ahead of Sunday's Hertz British Grand Prix, the next round of the 2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship.

British riders Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Scott Redding, Michael Laverty and Leon Camier will be relishing the opportunity to return to their home circuit. Championship leader Marc Márquez will be a big draw as he attempts to win the British Grand Prix for the first time, while Jorge Lorenzo will be desperate for a repeat of last year's Silverstone win.

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Marc Marquez signs autographs for fans in Germany last month Credit: PA

The event was due to be the last Moto GP at Silverstone after rights holder Dorna Sports awarded a contract to the new Circuit of Wales.

A five year deal has been signed, but after the £315M track near Ebba Vale revealed it wont be ready for next season Moto GP could now stay at it's current location in 2015.

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