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

Glimpse of calm before the bank holiday storm

After weeks of rain, parts of the country enjoyed some brighter weather yesterday, but the outlook for today turns stormy again as torrential rain and thunderstorms move in to bring the bank holiday to a close on an extremely damp note.

Young in North most likely to have alcohol problems

A north-south divide in the prevalence of alcohol-related problems has been revealed by a new study.

Labour leader Ed Miliband greets supporters in Birmingham – but was hit by an egg in Southampton

Labour takes power across country – and Miliband tightens grip on party

Leader's position secure after difficult spell in charge as more than 800 council seats are won

Flash flood fears in drought-hit areas

Much of England and Wales will get a further soaking today, with strong winds and heavy downpours expected to hit tonight.

Autistic teenager who killed himself suffered years of intimidation at the hands of college bullies

The mother of an autistic teenager who killed himself in front of a train has told an inquest that he suffered years of intimidation at the hands of college bullies.

Lorry driver dies after M1 motorway pile-up

Bedfordshire Police said a Renault articulated lorry was on the M1 southbound at around 3.30am, when it was in a crash with two other lorries.

Warm weather helps give housing market a boost

The unusually warm weather and a rush of first-time buyers trying to beat a stamp duty deadline gave the housing market a boost last month, a report said today.

Leveson Inquiry: Local media 'balanced' over reporting Suffolk murders

The local media were more balanced than national newspapers in reporting the "Suffolk Strangler" murders, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Framlingham Castle in Suffolk

Extreme weather warning: Britain's heritage buildings feel the heat – and cold

Experts fear they are fighting a losing battle as increasingly erratic conditions take their toll

Cattle virus hits nine more farms

Nine more farms in England have been hit by the Schmallenberg virus, the midge-borne livestock infection that can cause birth deformities in lambs and calves.

95 per cent of animals infected by African horse virus usually die

Now horses are threatened by deadly foreign virus

As alien disease hits sheep and cattle in England, fears that climate change could also bring in equine threat

Plans for new town submitted

Plans for the first phase of a new town with a population of 10,000 have been submitted, a council has said.

Drought risk for spring and summer

More areas of England are at high risk of drought this spring and summer due to ongoing dry weather, the Environment Agency said in its latest briefing.

UK enjoys unseasonably mild weather

The recent cold snap was a distant memory for parts of England today as temperatures reached more than 18C.

'Exceptionally' mild weather on the way

Tomorrow is expected to be “exceptionally” mild, with temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius above average for the time of year, forecasters said.

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