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

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Weekend snow warning as UK shivers

The Met Office has raised fears for the elderly and ill by issuing a serious England-wide weather alert as the nation shivers in freezing conditions.

Private firm vows to breathe new life into struggling NHS hospital

Boss says turning round failing institution with £40m debts is all a question of cutting waste

Patience (After Sebald) (15)

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Savile probe police arrest pensioner

A pensioner arrested as part of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse investigation has been released on bail.

Alisa Dmitrijeva was last seen alive in King’s Lynn at the end of August

Body found on Queen's estate is missing 17-year-old

A young woman found murdered on the Queen's Sandringham estate had been missing for four months.

Man killed in helicopter crash

A man has died after the helicopter he was flying in crashed into a field.

Human remains found on royal estate

Human remains have been found in woodland on the Royal Family's Sandringham Estate by a member of the public.

Police carry out lie detector study

Police are carrying out a new study on the usefulness of lie detector tests.

Concrete block dropped on car

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries after a "bucket-sized" block of concrete was dropped on to her car on a busy road.

Golliwog race charges dropped

Racial harassment charges against a woman who displayed a golliwog toy in her window have been dropped.

Hampshire target Essex captain Foster

Hampshire have launched an audacious attempt to sign the Essex captain James Foster.

Summer at last – but not for long

The next fortnight is expected to bring the warmest weeks of summer, before rain returns in the second week of August. Temperatures are expected to hit a high of 25 degrees today, tomorrow and Wednesday along the south coast, in the south-east of England and in London.

Michael Chopra seals Ipswich move

Ipswich have signed striker Michael Chopra from fellow npower Championship club Cardiff for an undisclosed fee.

League Two play-off final: Mousinho sends Stevenage up

John Mousinho's superb 41st-minute strike lifted Stevenage into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history as they secured victory over Torquay in the League Two play-off final at Old Trafford yesterday.

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