Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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The Skoda Fabia has a top speed of 113mph

Skoda Fabia, motoring review: This new hatchback is Fab to drive, but lacks character

Price: £13,390
Engine capacity: 1.2-litre 3 cylinder petrol
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 89 @ 4,200
Top speed (mph): 113
Fuel economy (mpg): 60.1
CO2 emissions (g/km): 107

Wild boar on the experimental Dundreggan estate

Rewilding barren lands is now a real possibility, say campaigners

Conservationists out to restore native species got a boost from a Devon beaver colony but now they have bigger ideas

The Chickpea Sisters gave themselves their name in honour of their most commonly used ingredient

The Chickpea Sisters: Meet the migrant and refugee women coming together in the kitchen to put peace, love and harmony on the menu

They first came together to talk about their homelands, their struggles as newcomers to Britain and to eat and swap recipes. Now they plan to publish a cookbook

A revvy delight: the new Ford Focus

Ford Focus, motoring review: Less is more for this ubiquitous car. But you knew that

Price £23,520
Engine capacity 1.5-litre petrol
Power output (bhp@rpm) 182@6,000
Top speed (mph) 138
Fuel economy (mpg) 51.4
Co2 emissions (g/km) 127

British motorists caught speeding in their own vehicles on the Continent could have fines sent to their home addresses and be pursued in UK courts, under new plans to let European Union states access our motoring records for the first time

Bad driving in Europe could be punished in UK courts

MEPs to vote on law that will allow drivers to be pursued at home for offences committed abroad

Mike Hookem, in Hull, says Ukip will negotiate with Russia and end co-operation with France

Ukip’s man in khaki: forget Russia, it’s Argentina and Spain we need to fear

The colonies are our priorities, the party’s defence spokesman says

The Mercedes CLS 350 has been reborn with new engines and a nine-speed automatic gearbox

Mercedes CLS 350, motoring review: A Hilton on wheels for Mr Big and (some of) his children

PRICE £49,950
ENGINE CAPACITY 3.0-litre V6 diesel
POWER OUTPUT (bhp @ rpm) 258 @ 3,600
TOP SPEED (mph) 155
FUEL ECONOMY (mpg) 52.3
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km) 142

The rise in road deaths follows five years of police cuts (Getty)

Dramatic rise in road deaths as numbers of traffic police fall

Casualties have jumped by a third in places as patrols on Britain's motorways have been cut

Exiled Bahrain activist who protested at Windsor Horse Show among 72 to have citizenship revoked

'This wasn’t a decision made in the courts in Bahrain, this was a decision made by a dictator to make me stateless', says activist

Huge drop in women and disabled people participating in sport after the Olympics

245,000 fewer people are participating in swimming

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn