News Dave Lee Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, arrives at Southwark Crown Court on 17 January 17 2014

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is “astonished” at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a “normal, decent human being”.

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A freight train derailment caused major disruption to travellers on one of Britain's busiest rail lines today.

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China invests in Thames Water

China's state-run investment fund dipped its toe into the UK today by snapping up a slice of the country's biggest water and sewerage firm.

David Cameron with Julian Fellowes at Pinewood yesterday

UK film industry critical of how PM defines success

Directors, actors and critics hit back at David Cameron's call for film funding to focus on "commercially successful" pictures, arguing it would "dilute the quality of the product and mean "we won't move forward culturally".

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Film world hits back over PM's call to focus on blockbusters

Film-makers, actors and critics hit back yesterday at David Cameron's call for film funding to focus on "commercially successful" pictures, arguing it would "dilute the quality of the product and mean we don't move forward culturally".

Campaign groups have said those along the HS2 route will fight tooth and nail to prevent it

Minister staves off Tory rebellion with key revisions to high-speed train plans

High-speed trains will now run in tunnels and cuttings for more than half of the distance between London and Birmingham, the Transport Secretary announced yesterday as she gave the final go-ahead for the £32.7bn HS2 scheme after months of delay.

Campaign groups have said those along the HS2 route will fight tooth and nail to prevent it

Ready to depart: But will the HS2 express be derailed before it arrives?

The Transport Secretary has given the official go-ahead for HS2, the controversial high-speed project that could transform British rail travel. But objectors are still not ready to concede defeat

Sarah Harding claims injury after fight with boyfriend

Sarah Harding has claimed she was injured in a holiday bust-up with her new boyfriend. 

Just like a scene from the movies . . .

Blockbuster movies part-filmed in the UK are expected to boost "location vacation" tourism in 2012. Castle Combe, in Wiltshire, prominent in Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, used in The Woman in Black, are two locations hoping for a boom in visitors.

Letters: The risks of Scottish independence

A Scottish vote for independence from England could be made easier, according to Mary Dejevsky (Comment, 23 December), because of the option for Scotland to join the eurozone. But this would result in the Scots escaping the hegemony of a London-based parliament, in which they have disproportionately great elected representation, only for it to be replaced by the hegemony of unelected Brussels bureaucrats.

Prisoner found hanging in cell

An attacker who was told he could serve the rest of his life behind bars has been found hanging in his cell.

Don't forget your De-Icer - The Great Getaway Begins

Holiday travellers had to contend with snow and ice as the Great Christmas Getaway began yesterday – and more of the same weather is expected this weekend.

High-speed rail decision delayed

The Government today confirmed that it would be delaying an announcement on whether to go ahead with the HS2 high-speed rail project.

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