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Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

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Police at the gate to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath

Woman found dead in hotel pool was celebrating her birthday

Tests shows 22-year-old and boyfriend drowned at hotel but what happened is a mystery

County Championship: look beneath the surface

As the new cricket season gets underway this week there will be the usual platitudes about how the game remains an intrinsic part of Englishness

County Championship round-up: It's an Aussie one-two as Ed Cowan pips George Bailey to 50

The first County Championship half-century of an Ashes summer was scored, appropriately, by an Australian, pipping another to the mark by moments. Ed Cowan, the man likely to open the batting for Michael Clarke's team in the first Test at Trent Bridge in July, marked his first appearance on that ground for Nottinghamshire by passing 50 in the 20th over against Middlesex, an over ahead of George Bailey, Australia's Twenty20 captain, on his Hampshire debut against Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl. Bailey fell seven runs short of a debut century.

Chris Wright (second from left) and his Warwickshire teammates celebrate becoming County Champions last year

Graeme Welch: Happy that Bears bowlers can defend their crown

Astute Warwickshire attack coach tells Jon Culley they can repeat last year's triumph despite Ashley Giles' departure

Police seize £12m worth of cocaine in Essex

Police have seized around £12 million worth of cocaine following a six-month investigation into the "top echelon" of organised crime.

Some 2,600 offenders are held at the six prisons targeted for closure

Grayling ploughs on with plan for ‘super-jail’

Minister sets out scheme for UK’s biggest prison despite warnings that concept is discredited

'Sexual predator' Paul Taylor found guilty of 1979 murder of Sally McGrath

A man described as a “sexual predator” has been found guilty of a 1979 murder and five attacks on other women.

Crews tackle the blaze at Little Warley, near Brentwood

World's biggest chip pan fire: 160,000 litres of cooking oil sends cloud of smoke over Essex

65 firefighters with fifteen appliances tackle blaze with a pall that can be seen for miles

Forensic examination underway at death blaze home

A “painstaking” forensic examination has begun after a house fire that killed a mother and four children.

Julie Hunter (left) took five wickets for Australia yesterday

England must conquer Australia to win title

Defending champions Australia will face England in tomorrow's Women's World Twenty20 final after breezing to a 28-run win over West Indies.

Grayson Perry plans to build his house on a site in picturesque Wrabness

Grayson Perry's vision for Essex

'Gingerbread house' has ruffled feathers. By Charlie Cooper

Grayson Perry plans to build his house on a site in picturesque Wrabness

Grayson Perry has a vision for Essex... but the village of Wrabness doesn't like it

The Turner Prize-winner's latest work is a holiday cottage on the coast - complete with statue on the roof

Emeli Sandé, who appeared at both 2012 Olympics ceremonies, has six hits in the top 200

Higher, higher, higher: how the Olympics singing stars rocketed up the pop charts

The public's lingering appetite for all things Olympic has seen dozens of artists who either performed or whose music was played at the Games storm up the charts.

Three men arrested on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences at EDL march

Three men arrested on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences at a protest staged by members of the English Defence League have been released on bail, police said.

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