News The pregnant Italian woman who was visiting the UK for work, had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section because she had suffered from mental ill health

Essex Council has said the child, which was removed from mother’s womb against her will, is to be adopted, but top judge has now said any further applications must be heard by him

Gloucestershire savour first success since 2007

Gloucestershire, who finished bottom of the Second Division last season, secured their first Championship victory since September 2007 after a tense finish at Wantage Road, where Northamptonshire fell 45 runs short of their target of 371.

Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Edited by John N King

In 1682, a bizarre amendment was added to an inscription on the Monument of the Great Fire of London: "Popish frenzy, which wrought such horrors, is not yet quenched." A major reason for the protracted anti-Catholicism in England is Foxe's Book of Martyrs, described by its editor as a work exerting "a greater influence upon the consciousness of early modern England... than any other [aside from the Bible and the Common Prayer".

Magnox must pay £400,000 for 14-year radioactive leak





A company which ran a nuclear power station was today fined £250,000 and ordered to pay £150,000 legal costs after being convicted of allowing radioactive waste to leak out of a decontamination unit and into the ground over a 14-year period.

Gales, downpours and flash floods add to misery left behind by blizzards

Southern Britain battered as foul winter fails to relent

Firm guilty of 14-year radioactive leak

A nuclear power station operator was today found guilty of allowing radioactive waste to seep from a decontamination unit for 14 years, the Environment Agency said.

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Woman killed after being 'pulled on to railway line'

A mother who died after being hit by a train at a level crossing did so after she was dragged back on to the tracks by her boyfriend seconds after another man had pulled her to safety, a court heard yesterday.

Nuclear power station owners 'allowed leaks'

Nuclear power station operators unlawfully allowed radioactive waste to seep from a decontamination unit for 14 years, Chelmsford Crown Court has heard.

V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The V Festival has reached its 13th anniversary by continuing to confound. Detractors point to its role as giant brand management machine, a suspicion helped by Wag-obsessed coverage beforehand. Here, wellies are a fashion statement, even in sunny weather, and if you are not boozing or listening to music, you are watching dancers cavort in underwear on the Sloggi stage.

Johnson adviser's sexual past comes back to haunt him

Boris Johnson's new administration in London is in crisis after he was forced to set up an independent inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment and financial irregularities against one of his deputies.

Championship: Notts race to victory while bad weather claims early casualties

The rain stayed away from Canterbury long enough for Nottinghamshire to knock off the 24 runs they needed to complete a 10-wicket victory over Kent in the County Championship First Division match on Saturday. It took Notts 22 minutes and 5.4 overs to seal the win with Will Jefferson and Matthew Wood seeing them home.

Point-to-point: Greenall likely to extend lead

Today's Lady Dudley Cup at Chaddesley Corbett has attracted a higher class field than last year and Irilut, last season's winner, will struggle against Gaelsbob, who is on a roll after completing a hat-trick last week, and Coolefind, who last Saturday made a pleasing comeback from a pulled muscle.

Lilian Pizzichini: I saw for myself the shocking reality of prison life

It will be no surprise to those who work in prisons or are incarcerated in them that Jack Straw has conceded that the Government's plans for "super prisons" may not have been such a good idea after all – second thoughts that come a week after Her Majesty's Chief Inspectorate of Prisons published its damning report into HMP Chelmsford.

Martyn Waites: Why the Geordie crime writer is choosing to keep it real

As thrillers get ever more graphic, overblown and bloody, Geordie crime writer Martyn Waites is making a stand against 'immoral' and 'reactionary' storylines

Michael Ancram: We do not need these nuclear weapons

Nuclear deterrence was for the 20th century. I do not believe it is for the 21st
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