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

Flooded fields around the River Tone seen from Windmill Hill, Somerset. Some parts of England have suffered the wettest January since records began

On the Somerset floods, our inbox tells you all you need to know

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Grammar campaigners in Cambridge have been adding apostrophes to street signs after Cambridge City Council stopped using them.

Cambridge grammar campaigners secretly add apostrophes to 'incorrect' street signs

The Good Grammar leader warned that now apostrophes are gone, commas could be next

Ipswich Town 1 Preston North End 1 match report: Controversial Kevin Davies goal sees Preston comeback to force replay

Davies was played onside by an injured Tyrone Mings to run through on goal and draw Preston level

The team at RSPCA East Winch are looking after injured seal pups following a tidal surge on the Norfolk coast.

£90,000 raised for RSPCA appeal after seal pups were left stranded in Norfolk storms

Almost 100 pups were separated from their mothers in December's storms

Ambulances in London

Health Minister Norman Lamb pledges action on rural ambulance response times after death of young chef Peter Nelson

Norfolk chef’s death from brain haemorrhage may be linked to long wait for transport to hospital

Two people had a miraculous escape on Christmas Eve after their car was sliced in two on a motorway

Christmas miracle: Pair escape unscathed after car sliced in two on motorway

Their vehicle collided with a sign on the M11 on Christmas Eve. Miraculously nobody was trapped and the pair had only minor injuries

Bells jingled when curfew man went into loft for festive decorations

Tag monitoring system triggered alarm because he wasn't meant to go out

War veteran 'beaten to death by dementia patient as he lay in a hospital bed'

86-year-old Richard Bowman had been admitted to hospital with a chest infection

Schoolgirl dies in Norfolk PE lesson after catching foot on pommel horse

Inquest hears how Trevyn Joslin had a pre-existing neck condition which some staff were not told about – but that this did not contribute to her death

Controversial plans to create UK's first toll road for a decade 'to be dropped'

Improvements to the A14 will instead be paid for by the Government

Two injured in Epping school bus crash

A man and a teenage girl have suffered "serious injuries" after a school bus crash.

40 kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of £16 million was found in the lorry

£16m heroin stash seized after lorry driver alerts police

The driver called police when he became ‘suspicious’ following a pick up in East London

England head coach Gary Street has called on experienced players to take on the Canadians

Women's Rugby: Gary Street rings changes for visit of Canadians

After England Women’s dismantling of France at Twickenham on Saturday, their head coach, Gary Street, has made 11 changes for tomorrow’s meeting with Canada as they prepare to return for the first time to the venue where they lost the 2010 World Cup final.The Stoop has unhappy memories for England’s players after their 13-10 defeat to New Zealand three years ago but, having already avenged February’s loss to France with a 40-20 win on Saturday, they now have the Canucks on their hit list.

Nadine Dorries was a contestant on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!'

Nadine Dorries forced to apologise for failing to disclose I'm A Celebrity earnings

Conservative MP said the breach of the rules had been 'inadvertent'

Cambridgeshire man dies after accidentally drinking crystal meth worth £34,000

Inquest hears how Rodrigo Dias mistakenly believed the drug was a health drink

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