News A stretch of the M1, the motorway where two men died on Thursday

Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Women get life for pensioner's torture death

Two women convicted of the "grotesque and incomprehensible" murder and torture of a grandfather turned on one another as they were jailed for life.

Heavy snow hits the UK

Snow: travel chaos with flights and trains cancelled, roads closed, 36 hours of blizzards and 10,000 without electricity across Britain

Strong winds mean blizzards – and the big freeze lingers into next week

BalfourBeatty lands M25 upgrade deal

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £321m contract to upgrade parts of the M25.

Travel in 2013: Holidays for stay-at-homes

Anniversary celebrations continue until autumn in East Anglia to mark the birth of composer Benjamin Britten on 22 November 1913 (britten aldeburgh.co.uk).

Man and horses die in crash

One man and three horses have died following a road collision.

Nadine Dorries MP was the first person evicted from the 2012 I'm A Celebrity... contest

Nadine Dorries warned to 'rebuild bridges' after 'I'm a Celebrity' appearance

Nadine Dorries was warned today that she must rebuild bridges with her constituents and fellow MPs following her appearance on TV show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Golden girl: Laura Trott (centre, in white) competes in the omnium at the Track World Cup in Glasgow yesterday

Cycling: Triumphs of 2012 could bring Le Tour back to UK

Confidence increases in bid to hold four stages of the 2014 Tour de France across Britain

Ex-BBC Norfolk presenter Michael Souter charged sex offences, including 18 against children

A former BBC employee has been charged with sexual offences against children.

Convicted killer gets life for shooting retired officer

A convicted murderer was handed a second life sentence today for gunning down a retired army officer in cold blood.

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Deadly ash disease found in Essex and Kent woodlands

Tree-killing spores may have been carried by winds from Europe, say government scientists

Convicted murderer Christopher Docherty-Puncheon guilty of Lieutenant Colonel Robert murder

A convicted murderer was found guilty of gunning down a retired army officer in cold blood today.

The Forestry Commission warned ministers that funding cuts would leave them unable to deal with the costs of disease, months before ash dieback was found

Import ban on ash trees imposed to stop spread of 'devastating disease'

A ban on the import of ash trees has been imposed in a bid to stop the spread of a “devastating disease”, the Government said today.

Ash tree disease puts wildlife at risk

A disease severely threatening millions of Britain’s ash trees could have significant knock-on effects on wildlife, from moths to wood mice, it emerged yesterday.

Northstowe in south Cambridgeshire would be the biggest new town since Milton Keynes

Green light for biggest new town since Milton Keynes

Building work on Northstowe in south Cambridgeshire could start in 2013

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