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Winter returns to Scotland

Gritting teams braced for action as cold weather snap looms

Road gritting and snow clearance teams are standing by to deal with the first onslaught of wintry weather as forecasters warn that temperatures are likely to plunge over the weekend.

A gritting truck is loaded with a stockpile of salt and molasses mixture used for road gritting at the Northern Highway Depot, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire

Grit expectations: drivers warned of winter's arrival

Road gritting and snow clearance teams are standing by to deal with the first onslaught of wintry weather.

Creswell Crags in Derbyshire sealed off after body found

A beauty spot popular with tourists has been sealed off by police after a woman's body was found in a river.

Kevin Pietersen blasted 163 from 186 balls in his latest big hundred for Surrey

County Championship round-up: Pietersen delivers timely reminder of supreme talent

His mouth and his texting fingers may let him down but when Kevin Pietersen allows his bat alone to do the talking it is difficult not to take notice and approve. Reduced to the ranks as a mere county player while his international future remains in the air, Pietersen marked his return to Championship action for Surrey at Taunton by hitting 163 off 168 balls against Somerset.

Chris Nash was out cheaply as Sussex failed to claim victory

Round-up: Weather interruptions let Warwickshire off the hook

Championship favourites Warwickshire escaped from a below-par performance with a draw against Middlesex here, where time lost to rain and bad light may well have spared them defeat.

County Championship round-up: Monty magic upstages Trescothick milestone

Marcus Trescothick completed his 50th first-class century, confirming his return to form in an injury-hampered season, but was upstaged by Monty Panesar as Sussex push to prove themselves to be authentic title challengers by beating Somerset at Taunton.

Main jailed after neglected dog was forced to survive by eating other pet's remains

A man has been jailed after leaving two Jack Russell dogs to fend for themselves for more than a month, resulting in one starving to death and the other surviving by eating its remains, the RSPCA said.

Heat is on: England's Matt Prior and Andrew Strauss successfully appeal for the wicket of Graeme Smith

Kallis and Amla leave Boks in shape

South African pair's partnership puts pressure on Strauss after another rollercoaster day

Rory Burns hit a second century in his eighth first-class match

Surrey pair break batting records against arch-rivals

In a bleak season, some beacons of hope shine for Surrey. Two left-handers, both Surrey-born, combined to set a partnership record with a century apiece at The Oval yesterday to give their side at least a chance of easing their relegation fears with a win over their nearest neighbours.

Police chief candidate Alan Charles reinstated

A Labour Party candidate for police and crime commissioner (PCC) who stepped down because of a criminal offence he committed nearly 50 years ago aged just 14 has been reinstated.

Childhood crime ends Labour candidate's hopes

A Labour Party candidate for police and crime commissioner (PCC) has withdrawn because of a criminal offence he committed nearly 50 years ago, when he was just 14.

Labour police candidate Alan Charles steps down

A Labour Party candidate for police and crime commissioner (PCC) has announced he will be stepping down because of a criminal offence he committed nearly 50 years ago, when he was just 14.

County cricket: Redfern ends Kent's hopes

The Second Division leaders Derbyshire have gone 26 points clear at the top thanks to a two-wicket win over Kent.

Rare artefacts of 'historical importance' stolen from Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derbyshire police are appealing for information after £53,000 worth of coins, medals and watches were stolen from Derby Museum and Art Gallery’s city-based storage facility. 

Paul Collingwood: The Durham captain was one of two to fall to Steven Finn’s bowling

Finn tucks in but Onions fails to sizzle as Durham struggle

It was advantage Finn as the two England bowlers who are next in line went head to head in the First Division of the County Championship yesterday.

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