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Shakespearean role for Downton star

Craven Herald: Hugh Bonneville is to play the Duke of Gloucester in a new BBC version of Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 1

12:56pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville is to star in the BBC's latest Shakespeare adaptations, joining cast members including Dame Judi Dench and Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch.

John Lewis to cut down on free cake

Craven Herald: John Lewis said it will be reducing the number of hot drink and cake vouchers it sends out to customers in the run-up to Christmas

12:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

John Lewis customers are to see the number of free cakes and hot drinks they receive as part of a loyalty scheme reduced in the run-up to Christmas.

Pilots asked to avoid Edinburgh Zoo

Craven Herald: Experts at Edinburgh Zoo have been monitoring giant panda Tian Tian since she was artificially inseminated on April 13

12:56pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Pilots are being asked to avoid flying over Edinburgh Zoo so as not to disturb animals during their breeding season, including giant panda Tian Tian.

Police crash into wrong-way driver

Craven Herald: Footage of police car crashing into a vehicle being driven the wrong way down a motorway has been released

11:06am Thursday 21st August 2014

Dramatic video footage revealing the moment a police car was forced to crash into a vehicle being driven the wrong way down a motorway has been released by West Midlands Police.

1,400 same-sex couples get married

Craven Herald: John Coffey (left) and Bernardo Marti were among the first to take advantage of the new law

12:56pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Just over 1,400 gay couples tied the knot in the first three months since the historic same-sex marriage law was introduced.

Funeral of jet crash 'gentle giant'

Craven Herald: An order of service is held up before the funeral of Flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney at St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle

3:21am Thursday 21st August 2014

Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney was "a gentle giant" and a "family man", the funeral of the first British victim of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to be identified has been told.

No sex trial for undercover police

Craven Herald: Several officers of Scotland Yard's Special Demonstration Squad allegedly started intimate relationships with women while working undercover

12:05pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Several Scotland Yard officers who allegedly started intimate relationships with women while working undercover will not be prosecuted for sexual offences, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced.

Tributes to peacemaker Reynolds

Craven Herald: Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died

7:42am Thursday 21st August 2014

Former Irish taoiseach Albert Reynolds has been remembered as a courageous peacemaker after he died following a long illness.

Report backs 'sterlingisation' plan

Craven Herald: A new report suggests that sterlingisation could be better for an independent Scotland than a currency union

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

Using the pound without a formal currency union could give an independent Scotland a more stable economy than the rest of the UK, a leading think tank has suggested.

Pair in court in phone hacking case

Craven Herald: Neil Wallis was deputy editor at the News of the World

3:21am Thursday 21st August 2014

Former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis and former features editor at the tabloid Jules Stenson have appeared in court over allegations of phone hacking.

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