Jamie Merrill

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

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Syrian refugee ‘Nour’ with her two month-old daughter. She was one of the first Syrians to come to the UK a year ago when the Government agreed to resettle ‘several hundred’ people under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

'Nour' is one of only 90 refugees Britain has accepted. She talks to Jamie Merrill

Number so freshwater mussels in Cumbria have plummeted from up to three million in the 20th century to 500,000

Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

The river Ehen is home to England's last viable population of the bivalve, but numbers have plummeted since the last century. Now, a unique collaboration is allowing them to thrive again

Experts fear that terrorists may target nuclear plants or attempt to bring down passenger aircraft using drones like this one

Britain open to terrorist drone attacks due to lax aviation rules, experts fear

Exclusive: There are fears they may target nuclear plants or attempt to bring down passenger aircraft

Over 1.5 billion journeys were made last year

Give northern England, Wales and Scotland a larger share of rail funding, MPs say

Members of the Transport Select Committee have called on the Department for Transport to deliver a fairer deal as part of its record £38bn rail investment

On Tuesday it was revealed that Sky had become the first major internet service provider (ISP) to start automatically blocking pornographic websites by default

Freedom of speech campaigners claim automatic porn blocking 'censorship by default'

Sky's decision to automatically block pornography has been condemned as a danger to freedom of expression by campaigners

Part Porsche, part Prius: the BMW i8

BMW i8, motoring review: I've just driven the future - and it's green and powerful

Price: £99,895
Engine capacity: 1.5-litre petrol engine, plus electric motor
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 357 @ 5,800
Top speed (mph): 155
Fuel economy (mpg): 134.5
CO2 emissions (g/km): 49

A group of migrants make their way through Calais, heading for Britain. New rules will make it more difficult for failed asylum seekers to claim further consideration for their cases

Asylum seekers set to be forced to travel hundreds of miles to submit documents to Home Office

The decision will force asylum seekers to travel to Liverpool to submit documents, no matter where they live

The Labour MP had a blood alcohol level nearly five times the UK legal drink drive limit

MP Jim Dobbin died during European trip after drinking Polish vodka

Former Heywood and Middleton MP Jim Dobbin consumed a powerful shot of spirit with each course during a meal to mark a political visit last September

Silhan Ozcelik, 18, was believed to have travelled to Syria to fight Isis

Anti-terror police question London teenager Silhan Ozcelik 'who went to Syria to fight against Isis'

Ozcelik was arrested by Met Police counter-terrorism officers on Friday afternoon at Stansted airport

The actress claims Belsize Park’s community spirit would be ‘destroyed’ by Tesco

Emma Thompson: Stop Tesco setting up shop in 'villagey' Belsize

Actress said 'meanly paid' staff would harm community spirit

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Bread from heaven

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk