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Coastal towns battered by floods

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Rescue crews searching for a yacht and her skipper have found the wreckage of a vessel.

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Forecasters have warned that parts of Britain could be hit by flooding as heavy rain looks set to sweep across the country in the next few days.

How Prince's Duchy estate is paid a packet by Cornwall's dead

More than £500,000 was passed to the Prince of Wales's Duchy of Cornwall estate in the last financial year from people who passed away with no will or living relatives.

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