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  1. Updates on Wednesday 20 January

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  1. Catch up with all the news from across England on Wednesday

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  2. Lancashire 'terrorist house' row 'not a spelling mistake'

    Officials have denied claims a spelling error led to a 10-year-old Muslim boy, who wrote he lived in a "terrorist house", being spoken to by police.

    The family of the pupil, who attends a Lancashire primary school, claim he meant he lived in a "terraced house".

    The boy was spoken to by Lancashire Police at his home the next day.

    In a statement, police and the county council said it was "untrue to suggest that this situation was brought about by a simple spelling mistake".

  3. Teacher banned for sharing hotel room with pupil

    A Bristol teacher who shared her hotel room with a pupil after the school prom has been banned from the profession for at least two years.

    Rebecca Lacey, 28, taught ICT at Downend School when she committed the "gross error of judgment" in June 2014.

    Downend school sign

    A professional conduct panel was told there was no sexual motivation or sexual activity with the Year 11 pupil.

    Miss Lacey said she was deeply sorry but said she had been trying to keep the "vulnerable" boy safe.

  4. WW1 gunner's memoirs published online

    War diaries, photos and letters from a young World War One gunner have been published on his old school's website.

    Harry Fox, from Somerset, was a pupil at Marlborough College, before being called up and then sent to fight in France in 1917 when he was 19.

    Harry Fox wrote about his combat experiences on the Western Front

    His son Richard Fox ,77, said he found the memoirs in a suitcase after his father's death.

  5. WATCH: Poppi's father 'did not abuse her'

    Tracy Worthington, the sister of Paul Worthington, has denied he sexually abused his daughter, Poppi, before her death.

    It comes after a judge said he believed the 13-month-old girl was sexually assaulted by her father shortly before her sudden death from serious injuries at her home in Barrow in December 2012.  

    Tracy Worthington
  6. Cameron and Corbyn clash over nurse and student grants

    David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed at Prime Minister's Questions over the axing of student grants and bursaries for nurses in England.

    Mr Cameron said replacing bursaries with loans would mean more nurses would be trained - and scrapping student grants would let more go to university.

    He accused Mr Corbyn of wanting to "cap aspiration".

    But the Labour leader said the PM was saddling students with debt and robbing the NHS of talented would-be nurses.

  7. Police delay 'led to train hitting fallen bridge'

    A delay by police in telling Network Rail of a danger on the track led to a high-speed train hitting parts of a fallen bridge near Froxfield last February, a report has found.

    About 13 tonnes of debris was knocked on to the track

    Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report found it could have been avoided if details of a 999 call had been passed directly to Network Rail.

    Thames Valley Police said call-handling procedures had been updated.

    None of the 750 passengers was injured but rail services were disrupted.

  8. Heritage lottery cash 'to tell Bomber Command stories'

    A £3m heritage lottery grant has been awarded to help tell the stories of thousands of men who flew bombing raids from England during the Second World War.

    The money will be used for education services at the International Bomber Command Centre near Lincoln.

    The education centre will be located in the Chadwick Centre museum

    A campaign is still under way to raise £3.8m to build the Chadwick Centre where the exhibits will be displayed.

  9. Met Police 'regrets Lord Bramall's distress' over abuse inquiry

    The Metropolitan Police has told Lord Bramall it regrets the "distress" caused to him during its inquiry into historical child abuse allegations

    However, Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan stopped short of apologising in a lengthy statement, saying the force had a duty to investigate.

    Lord Bramall, the former head of the Army, was interviewed last April and was told last week that he would face no further action.

    Lord Bramall
  10. Car 'flipped by moving lorry crane' in Waterlooville

    A car was lifted into the air and "flipped" onto another by the crane of a moving lorry in Hampshire, an onlooker has said.

    The lorry damaged three cars at Aston Road Industrial Estate in Waterlooville, Adam Parks, who works at the site, added.

    WP Metals Limited, which owns the lorry, said it was investigating

    Walsall-based WP Metals Limited, which owns the lorry, said it was investigating. No-one was injured.

  11. Council could face death charge after Mile End Park tree fall

    Tower Hamlets Council could be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter after a five-year-old girl died while playing in a park.

    Alexia Walenkaki was playing on a rope swing in Mile End Park when a tree trunk holding the swing fell on her.

    Alexia Walenkaki

    The Met Police is compiling a report for the Crown Prosecution Service, a pre-inquest review at St Pancras Coroner's Court heard.

    The council said such a charge was "not appropriate".

  12. Disabled puppy starts new life thanks to 'wheelchair'

    Robby West

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    Say hello to Indy, an 18-month-old disabled puppy starting her new life in Benfleet after being rescued from India.

    The injured puppy

    Angela Szczypka and her partner Ian fell in love with the pup, who has no use of her back legs, during a visit to a rescue centre in Goa in December 2014.

    The couple spent £2,300 to get Indy back to Essex and thanks to a new set of wheels she is said to be settling in "fantastic".

  13. Tory MP Crispin Blunt 'outs himself' as popper user

    A Conservative MP has told the House of Commons he is a user of the popper recreational drug and a ban on its supply would be "fantastically stupid".

    Ex-minister Crispin Blunt said users of the drug were "astonished" by talk of a ban and respect for the law "would fly out of the window" if it happened.

    Supplying the drug could be outlawed under the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

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  14. Body found in burning tent in Salford

    A man believed to be homeless has been found dead in a burning tent in Salford.

    Firefighters made the discovery after attending a fire under a railway bridge at the junction of Trinity Way and Irwell Street just before 01:30.

  15. Watch: Calls for permanent Bowie memorial for London

    There's a growing campaign to erect a permanent memorial to David Bowie in south east London close to his childhood home. 

    It's being welcomed by those who live on the street in Beckenham where he grew up but a lifelong friend of the artist says that's not what he would have wanted.

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    Video caption: Campaign grows to create London memorial to David Bowie
  16. Bed firm boss convicted under new anti-slavery laws

    The boss of a bed-making firm who employed Hungarians paid as little as £10 a day has been found guilty of human trafficking.

    Mohammed Rafiq employed large numbers of men as a "slave workforce" at the now defunct Kozee Sleep in West Yorkshire.

    Mohammed Rafiq

    Rafiq, 60, is believed to be the first person convicted under the legislation, which came into force in July.

  17. Neglected dog had 'horrifying tumour'

    "Not only was his tumour gruesome and shocking - it was like something out of a horror film," RSCPA inspector Miranda Albinson said about this sick West Highland Terrier, Max.  

    Its owner, Kenneth Mackenzie, from Wiltshire, has been banned from keeping animals for five years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to a dog. 

    Neglected dog Max

    The nine-year-old terrier was found in a "terrible state" in Mackenzie's house.

    The benign tumour has now been removed and Max has been rehomed.