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Joleon Lescott joins Aston Villa from Midlands rivals WBA

Defender Joleon Lescott has joined Aston Villa on a two-year-deal from Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Joleon Lescott Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 33-year-old England international has previously played for the Baggies, Man City, Everton and Wolves.

He is the eleventh signing for club this Summer.

Lescott won the Premier League title at the Etihad Stadium in 2012 and 2014, the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014.

Lord Janner's trial date set for February next year

The provisional trial date for former Leicester MP Lord Janner has been set for February next year.

Lord Janner Credit: PA

It will be a trial of the facts, which is when a jury hears the evidence against an individual considered too ill for a full trial. There is, therefore, no guilty verdict and the court cannot pass sentence.

The 87-year-old peer is accused of 15 counts of indecent assault and seven counts of a separate sexual offence against a total of nine alleged victims over the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

A fitness to plead hearing will take place on December 7 this year, and a provisional trial date has been set for February 22 2016, at a venue to be confirmed.

His family have always denied any wrongdoing on Lord Janner's part.


Family pay tribute to their 'beautiful boy'

The family of a man killed at the weekend have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful’ boy.

Halcyon Theuri Credit: Derbyshire Police

Halcyon Theuri's body was found on Wingfield Road in the early hours of Sunday, August 31.

The 20 year-old's mother, Faith, and step dad Andi, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, have paid tribute to Halcyon in the following statement:

We write with broken hearts and will forever miss him who has been ripped from our lives, only as it had just started. Our only strength is in God through Jesus. He was our beautiful boy and always will be.”

– Family Statement

A 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Villa sign goalkeeper Matija Sarkic

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Matija Sarkic from Anderlecht.

The 18-year-old has penned a three-year deal with the claret and blues.

He has come through the youth system at the Belgian club and has been playing for their U19 team.

Internationally, Sarkic featured for Montenegro in the U17 European Championships of 2013 and has just been called up into the U21 squad for their European Championship qualifier in Moldova, which takes place this Friday.

Derby County sign Jacob Butterfield from Huddersfield Town on 4-year deal

Jacob Butterfield during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Molineux, Wolverhampton. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images

Derby County have made Jacob Butterfield their eighth signing of the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old midfielder has joined the Rams from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

The former England Under 21 international squad member, who was Huddersfield's Player of the Year for the 2014/15 campaign, has signed a four-year deal until the summer of 2019.

"I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring Jacob Butterfield to Derby County. “As I’ve stated publicly in the last few weeks, if we were going to add to our squad it would be a case of making a quality addition rather than bringing someone in just to make up the numbers. “In Jacob, we have a very talented player and an individual that is experienced at Championship level."

– Head Coach Paul Clement


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