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

County Championship round-up: Bairstow underlines his potential with century

With perfect timing, as England selector James Whitaker looked on admiringly, Jonathan Bairstow completed the fourth first-class century of his rapidly developing career to lead Yorkshire's attempt to fight back against Kent.

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Commuters are most chivalrous in Chelmsford but grumpiest in Gloucester, according to a poll.

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No bail sought for man accused of murdering vicar and retired teacher

The man accused of the murders of vicar John Suddards and retired teacher Betty Yates made his first appearance before a High Court judge today.

Vicar murder suspect arrested

A 47-year-old man who was wanted over the death of a clergyman at his vicarage was today arrested on suspicion of murder, Kent Police said.

Vicar murder suspect questioned

Police were continuing to question a 43-year-old man today on suspicion of murdering a clergyman at his vicarage.

Mervyn Westfield never delivered on his early promise

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Bowler who had £6,000 in his cupboard claims team-mate Kaneria introduced him to men who said cheating was 'easy'

Petersen signs up with Essex

South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen has revealed he is to join Essex for the first half of the new county season.

A Book of Liszts, By John Spurling

With the Faustian frenzy of the first "Mephisto Waltz" and the macabre extravaganza of the Totentanz, tonight the BBC Proms winds up its celebration of the music of Franz Liszt. Born 200 years ago, the son of a farm manager on the Esterhazy estates in Hungary, the piano virtuoso and revolutionary composer debuted aged nine. At 11, he played for Beethoven, who kissed the boy's forehead and blessed him as "one of the fortunate ones" who bring "joy".

Pensioner dies after attack by swarm of wasps

A pensioner in her 70s has died after being attacked by a swarm of wasps.

Sean O'Grady: Self-interest aside, it's right for fares to be increased

As someone who uses trains every morning to get to work, I feel a bit stupid asking for my fares to be increased. But it's only right, and for a couple of strong, principled reasons. Usually, by the way, when I wrestle with my conscience I win, but on this occasion I will put self-interest to one side.

£335 fine for throwing £1 coin

A 17-year-old youth arrested for throwing a £1 coin at a bus door is considerably worse off today after being fined £335.22p.

Grandmother saves dog-attack boy

A woman saved her seven-year-old grandson from a dog attack on a beach, police have said.

Lord Hanningfield loses expenses conviction plea

A former Tory peer jailed after being found guilty of fiddling his parliamentary expenses lost an appeal against his conviction today.

Peer Lord Hanningfield jailed for expenses fraud

A disgraced former Tory peer was jailed for nine months today for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

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