Jamie Merrill

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

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Fanny Neguesha, fiancee of Italy's Mario Balotelli

World Cup 2014: Which teams are allowed to have sex?

Researchers have found that sex is no physical detriment to athletic performance, but that hasn’t stopped the World Cup coaches taking sides

A worker sweeps in front of HMS Queen Elizabeth

Inside HMS Queen Elizabeth: The construction of the Royal Navy's largest ever vessel

It’s the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, proudly bearing the name of the sovereign, but the Scottish dock workers constructing aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, are all aware they are working on the last warship order of this size that Britain will commission for at least 50 years.

There are more than 35,000 electric cars on Norway’s roads

Saving money not the environment is driving Norway's electric car boom

With a population of only five million, the country now has 35,000 battery-powered vehicles on its roads
Thames Valley on patrol

The Government has announced plans to quadruple speeding fines on the motorway - but will they have the desired effect?

During a ride-along with a police patrol on the M40, Jamie Merrill found those in the frontline sceptical about the move

Postcard from... Oslo

If you stand on certain street corners in the affluent suburbs of west Oslo, you’ll notice something odd about the bus lanes.

Truly revolutionary: the Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S P85, motoring review: This much-hyped car is a mean, green driving machine

PRICE £83,480 (range starts at £50,289, including government grant)
ENGINE CAPACITY Three-phase AC electric motor, 85kHw
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 410 @ 5,000 – 6,7000
TOP SPEED (MPH) 132
RANGE (Miles) 320

Woman who witnessed first World Cup final 84 years ago gets ready for Brazil

Tanya Schmoller, 96, will be supporting her native Uruguay

The number of children cycling to school regularly more than doubled when training courses and cycling facilities were provided

The Wiggins effect: Twice as many children cycling to school than a year ago

Lines of parked cars collecting children at school gates are a familiar sight, but one cycling charity hopes to make it a thing of the past after revealing its success in getting pupils out of their parents cars and onto their bikes.

Delightful: the new Caterham Seven

Caterham Seven 160, motoring review: This car is a joy - just add sunshine and a spare £15k

PRICE: From £14,995
ENGINE CAPACITY: 660cc 3cyl turbo petrol
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM): 80 @ 7,000
TOP SPEED (MPH): 100
FUEL ECONOMY (MPG): 35
CO2 EMISSIONS (G/KM): 180

A police officer outside a polling station in Tower Hamlets, east London

Tower Hamlets: Man arrested on suspicion of electoral malpractice

A 24-year-man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud as part of an investigation into eight allegations of electoral malpractice over the bitter Tower Hamlets local elections last month, police revealed today.

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