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News The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

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

Essex firefighters walk out over cuts

Firefighters staged the latest in a series of strikes today in a long-running row over cuts.

Clacton murder suspect Peter Reeve was seen shooting himself

The man believed to have murdered an off-duty policeman this week was seen shooting himself in a churchyard the following day, officials confirmed.

Clacton shooting: Peter Reeve shunned guns while volunteering at clay pigeon club

The suspect who is thought to have shot dead an off-duty policeman who tried to intervene in a violent neighbourhood dispute shunned guns while working as a volunteer at a clay pigeon club, it emerged today.

The body of Peter Reeve was discovered in a churchyard in Writtle, near Chelmsford yesterday morning

'Paranoid' killer of PC worked at gun club

Peter Reeve fell out with neighbours over noise and parking, according to those who knew him

Man on pregnant woman murder charge

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a pregnant woman and the death of the unborn baby girl she was carrying.

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Morgan gives England the edge over Australia

Eoin Morgan's expert limited-overs batsmanship and the depth of England's bowling attack carried them to a 15-run victory over Australia in today's first NatWest Series match at Lord's

Man denies murder of vicar and retired teacher

A man today denied the murders of a vicar and a retired teacher.

Grayson Perry signs deal to stay at Channel 4 as an 'on-screen social anthropologist'

Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize-winning artist, famed for his ceramic vases and penchant for cross-dressing, has signed an exclusive deal with Channel 4 which will see him acting as an on-screen social anthropologist.

Tim Ambrose: Turned the match after Surrey's Gareth Batty had Warwickshire reeling at 37 for 4

Round-up: Ambrose has the Bears sitting pretty

Warwickshire need only 41 on the final morning at The Oval to complete a win that will give them a 15-point lead at the top of the First Division, with a fourth victory in six matches.

Nick Compton is just 67 away from scoring 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May

County Championship round-up: Durham held up as Compton heads towards 1,000 runs

Durham's attempt to lift themselves off the bottom of the First Division and record their first win of the Championship season was thwarted by a spirited Somerset side on the second day at Taunton.

Round-up: Classy Compton closes in on 1,000-run feat

As Somerset celebrated signing Twenty20 world record holder Richard Levi, his future team-mate Nick Compton was progressing in contrasting style towards his own record.

Jonny Bairstow (centre) has impressed for the Lions and his county

Dawning of a new era as England pick Jonny Bairstow

Yorkshire batsman gets nod ahead of Taylor to make debut in the first Test against West Indies

England's James Taylor takes off down the crease on his way to a century yesterday

Taylor fits the bill for England as Bopara is hit by injury scare

West Indies 147 & 27-3 England Lions 341

Ollie Rayner raises his bat on reaching his century at Trent Bridge

County round-up: Nightwatchman has his day as Rayner hits unbeaten ton

Ollie Rayner already had membership of one fairly exclusive club after scoring a hundred on his first-class debut in 2006; yesterday at Trent Bridge he joined another by making a century in an innings he began as nightwatchman as Middlesex avoided the follow-on against Nottinghamshire.

Author and deputy editor of Private eye Francis Wheen has lost his impressive book collection, which went up in flames

Bonfire of the first editions: author loses life's work in garden shed fire

One of Britain's most impressive private book collections has been lost after a shed belonging to the author Francis Wheen went up in "spectacular" flames.

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