Jamie Merrill

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

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PC Derek Charlton of Merseyside Police operates their new aerial surveillance drone in Liverpool

Government use of surveillance drones is 'probably illegal'

Exclusive: The spies-in-the-skies are coming under scrutiny themselves, as a leading barrister warns that new privacy laws are needed
Care homes will face a 'tough' new inspection regime

'Mum test' will help inspectors rate care homes

Ofsted-style ratings to be awarded

A Eurasian lynx at a zoological park the eastern French city of Amneville

Campaigners want the lynx to be reintroduced to Scotland

Conservationists want big cats back in the Highlands after 1,500 years

Beavers born in the wild in the UK are not thought to carry EM

New evidence questions Government plan to trap wild beavers

Family of beavers spotted on River Otter in Devon

The vendace was rediscovered at Bassenthwaite Lake

Extinct fish found in the Lake District after millions is spent on clean-up work

The vendace, a fresh-water herring, is breeding in Bassenthwaite Lake

‘They’re using the word how exactly the way I use it,’ complains management guru Dov Seidman

American firms go to war over trademark on the word 'how'

Major yoghurt manufacturer up against management expert

A Ukip canvasser

Clacton by-election: A bit early for Ukip to celebrate, but there’s only one party

Douglas Carswell is taking many Tory voters with him to Ukip. Jamie Merrill visits the Essex town ahead of Thursday’s poll

Stunt BMX rider Danny MacAskill

Video: Thrill-seeker Danny MacAskill takes death-defying ride along the 992-metre drop of The Cuillin Ridge

Thrill-seeker MacAskill's latest film not only demonstrates his incredible skill on two wheels but also the breathtaking scenery that the knife-edge ridge offers

The Mercedes C-Class, motoring review: IT has some clever kit that’s ahead of its time

It's not cheap but it does include some clever design cues

Maasai Warrior, Ngorongoro, Serengeti , Tanzania: The Maasai are one of the 'last great warrior cultures', says Nelson, but are increasingly found in cities, selling modern goods such as mobile phones, alongside goats and cows

'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Indigenous peoples have been documented before, but the results have often been 'patronising', says Jimmy Nelson. So he travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker