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Channel ferry grounded on wreck

A cross-Channel passenger ferry with nearly 400 people aboard became grounded in severe weather after the crew failed to detect a charted wreck, an official accident report said today.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/11/roll-over-den-d.html">Andy McSmith: Roll over Den Dover</a>

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Drugs found in coffee machine consignment

Amphetamines and cannabis resin with a street value of £6.3 million were seized among a consignment of coffee machines at the Port of Dover, HM Revenue and Customs said today.

To infinity... or just Dover?: Jetman crosses the English Channel

Daredevil Swiss pilot completes historic Channel crossing with home-made jetpack strapped to his back.

Human Jet's cross-channel bid grounded again

Poor weather conditions today scuppered a Swiss adventurer's record-breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Two women killed in 'frenzied attack'

Two young women were savagely beaten and stabbed to death in their city centre flat in Birmingham, police said yesterday.

Man arrested at port over double murder in Birmingham

A 28-year-old man was arrested today over the murders of two young women as he apparently tried to flee the country.

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From ferries to Calais, to city cruises around the Baltic, the waters of continental Europe offer plenty of distractions for the flight-phobic traveller. Cathy Packe makes some waves

Weather hits disabled sailor's solo voyage

The quadriplegic yachtswoman Hilary Lister looks set to run out of time in her quest to sail solo around Britain, after enduring a series of technical difficulties compounded by the summer's poor weather.

16-year-old held over stabbing

A 16-year-old boy was arrested today in connection with the stabbing of a 14-year-old.

14-year-old seriously ill after stabbing

A teenage boy is in a serious condition in hospital today after he was stabbed in the street, police said.

MEP 'used expenses to make donation to Tory party'

A senior Tory MEP channelled more than £750,000 of parliamentary allowances into a family firm which then gave donations to the Conservative Party, The Independent has established.

Second top Tory MEP quits after expenses allegations

A Tory MEP who paid his wife and daughter's company £758,000 in parliamentary expenses has been dropped as the party's chief whip in the European Parliament. Den Dover, who said it was within the rules to pay the family company for secretarial and support work between 2001 and 2007, was replaced the day after the Tories' former leader in Brussels, Giles Chichester, quit after breaking rules on expenses. Yesterday David Cameron, the Conservative leader, moved to quell the row over expenses, ordering that all the party's MEPs should publish a compete breakdown of their claims.

John Rentoul: No wonder the Tories ask, 'Are we there yet?'

The recent immigration debate shows the Conservatives are still doing battle over what sort of party they want to be

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