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Lichfield star inspires England's Rugby World Cup win

Lichfield centre Emily Scarratt led England's Women's Rugby team to a 21-9 World Cup win over Canada. She scored 16 points from a try, conversion and three penalties, with her 74th-minute solo touchdown securing the world title glory at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris, setting off jubilant celebrations.

It is the first time England have been crowned world champions since 1994, and it ends a run of three successive World Cup final defeats, all against New Zealand.

The Prime Minister and many others, including Midlands' rugby clubs have tweeted their congratulations to England's players after their historic win.

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Huge congratulations to @englandrugby Women on their first World Cup triumph in 20 years. Your country is so proud of you. #WRWC2014

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Congrats to the England girls, who smashed it in the World Cup final today! @englandrugby #champs

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World champions @vickyfleetwood @emilyscarratt - you must bring your medals down to matchday with the Tigers some day soon!

The Lichfield star Emily Scarratt who played a huge part in the win also tweeted a picture after the game.

Final leg of homecoming tour for Mercian Regiment

Over 250 soldiers from The Mercian Regiment will march through the centre of Lichfield today to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan.

The parade is the final leg of a homecoming tour.

The troops will also march to The Kings Head, the very pub in which the 3rd Battalion, which was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment, was originally formed in 1705.

The 3rd Battalion is being merged into the 1st and 2nd Battalion.

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PM: Fabricant tweet was 'not acceptable'

The Prime Minister has rebuked Tory MP Michael Fabricant after he tweeted about punching a journalist.

Mr Fabricant tweeted about the Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown after watching her during a TV debate yesterday, saying: "I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat."

Michael Fabricant came in for criticism from the Prime Minister over his tweet.

Speaking to LBC radio, David Cameron welcomed Mr Fabricant's subsequent apology, but said the original tweet was "not an acceptable thing to say".

"Michael knows that that is my view and I don't want to see this happen again," he added.

Read: Journalist rejects MP's 'apology' for punch-threat tweet

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Journalist rejects MP's 'apology' for punch-threat tweet

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said she did not accept the "apology" issued by Tory MP Mike Fabricant, after he tweeted about punching her in the throat.

Read: Tory MP tweets about punching female journalist

Writing on Twitter, she said his comments were a "violent urge" and "unacceptable".

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@mike_fabricant the tweet was offensive & your 'apology' useless. Tories like you think people like me should be ayahs or selling you curry

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@mike_fabricant @guidofawkes It was not a joke but a violent urge, unacceptable from an MP. DO YOU NOT GET THAT? Feeling that urge again?

More: Tory MP 'completely' apologises for punching tweet

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MP 'completely' apologises for punching tweet

A member of Parliament who tweeted that he would have to "punch" a woman in the mouth has reiterated his apology.

Read: MP 'withdraws and apologises' after punching tweet

Mike Frabricant's original comments on the matter were criticised as being equivocal.

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So just for the avoidance of any doubt: I am v sorry for tweet. It was wrong to joke abt punching + I completely withdraw and apologise.

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.Sorry @y_alibhai if you actually thought I would punch you. I actually don't do that sort of thing. But you are utterly infuriating! xx

Read: Tory MP tweets about punching a female journalist

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MP 'withdraws and apologises' after punching tweet

An MP has apologised after tweeting that he would "punch" a female journalist "in the throat".

Read: Tory MP tweets about punching a female journalist

In a series of tweets, the MP said he would never seriously threaten anyone with violence.

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Just out of dentist. 1 It appears that some people who don't know me think I actually go round punching "in the throat". Not true.

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2. If anyone believes I would seriously threaten someone with violence, I of course withdraw and apologise

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3. I am afraid I know I would get v angry if I had been on the Ch4 debate last night. Glad it was Rod Liddle and not me!

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Tory MP tweets about punching a female journalist

A Tory MP has appeared to tweet about physically assaulting a female journalist by punching her in the throat.

The Twitter account of Mike Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, made the comment in reference to a debate on last night's Channel 4 News on between journalists Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Rod Liddle.

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I could never appear on a discussion prog with @y_alibhai I would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat

Labour's shadow minister for women immediately condemned the comments as "disgusting".

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