Imaginary mistake led stressed actuary to hang himself

AN ACTUARY killed himself in the mistaken belief that he had lost his insurance company millions of pounds, an inquest was told yesterday.

Racing: Sprake in road accident

TIM SPRAKE is in a stable condition in the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, after being involved in a road accident yesterday morning. The jockey was driving from Marlborough to his home in West Overton, Wiltshire, when his car hit black ice.

PROPERTY: Hot Spot Basingstoke; Stoke's no joke

Basingstoke is no garden suburb, but it's not just commuters who are flooding there from London. By Robert Liebman

Letter: Libraries shelved?

Sir: J M Walpole's overheard discussion between two education students as to the correct spelling of "ninety-nine" is indeed worrying (letter, 1 November). So, too, is the fact that he reports this conversation as taking place in the "book room" - do our colleges not have libraries these days?

The quiet desperation of the provincial English

Philip Hensher `We've lost a crucial degree of pride, civic and otherwise, and gained nothing much in its place'

Shock forecast of rise in teenage suicide bids

IN A SIGN of the growing pressures on the young, one of the most prosperous areas of the country is predicting 1,700 suicide attempts by teenagers over the next year.

Boy, 4, dies in fairground accident

Boy, 4, dies in fairground accident

De La Rue to return pounds 100m to investors

SHAREHOLDERS IN UK cash-to-cards firm De La Rue, are set to scoop a pounds 100m windfall, worth 44p a share after the company announced it will sell its smart-card business to Paris-based Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire for pounds 200m in order to focus on its newly-established services business.

GOING DOWN: Arjo Wiggins

ARJO WIGGINS shares slid 14 per cent last week - their worst week since a 17 per cent decline in one week of September 1992 - as at least some shareholders decided to cash in at of one of the fastest-rising stocks in the FT-SE 250 index.

Which Way 99: clearing file: results day! and where you go from here...

the results weren't what you expected - but there are still plenty of options

Travel: All aboard for full board

David Foster books into a floating hotel and plies the canals of Surrey's commuter belt down to the wide waters of the Thames

Road chaos as hauliers protest

A CONVOY of 800 articulated lorries invaded Park Lane in central London yesterday in a mass protest over fuel prices and road tax. Thousands of motorists were delayed in the latest protest by the haulage industry against Gordon Brown's "anti-truck" Budget announcements which some lorry owners believe will drive them out of business.

Triple axe killer was high on drugs

A MAN who hacked to death three friends with an axe during a 24-hour killing spree was jailed for life yesterday.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there