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

Development quango sent staff to pottery classes

Former staff of a development quango were sent for patchwork, pottery and jewellery-making lessons at taxpayers’ expense, an investigation has found.

Operation Yewtree: Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis charged with two further counts of indecent assault

Ex-Radio 1 DJ was first charged on August 15 as part of Operation Yewtree

Police hold 19 for museum thefts

Seventeen men and two women have been arrested in connection with raids on museums and auction houses in which artefacts worth millions of pounds were stolen.

Mitchell Johnson

The Light Roller: This one-day series needs some sparkle

Diary of a cricket obsessive

Mr Mitchell, the headteacher at Thornhill community academy in Dewsbury, Yorkshire

TV review: Educating Yorkshire, Channel 4

Mum and Dad Are Splitting Up, BBC2

Mark Leftly: Keep track of criminals? Serco is so big that it can't keep track of itself

Serco needs to slim down. It should sell off big parts of the business and focus on core operations

Body of missing schoolboy Andrew Collings recovered from River Cam

Witnesses reported seeing him enter the water on Tuesday evening

Man trampled by herd of cows in Cambridgeshire

A man has been seriously injured after being trampled by a herd of cows.

Teenager's body found in River Ivel in Bedfordshire

The body of a 15-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in a river has been recovered, police said.

Police look into ‘racist’ comments by councillor

A Conservative councillor who warned that a Travellers’ site would end up looking like “My big fat Gypsy cesspit” is to have his comments assessed by police.

Hard winter and higher charges fuel E.on profits

Lower demand and a fall in wholesale prices hit the group's profits in the rest of Europe
Revellers on Clacton's pier

We DO like to be beside the seaside! Clacton may be down, but it certainly isn't out

Last week the town dubbed 'Poverty on Sea' was included in a list of deprived seaside resorts. But there are strong signs of a real community spirit

Ryan Ten Doeschate top scored with 82

Essex through to T20 Finals Day

Essex booked the last place in the Friends Life T20 Finals Day with a 47-run victory over Nottingham-shire in the quarter-final at Trent Bridge.

Brandon Starc played cricket ‘as a fielder’ with brother Mitchell

World Athletics Championships: Starc similarities as Mitchell's kid brother gets ready for high jump

According to some critics Down Under, in the wake of the Australian failure to regain the Ashes Mitchell Starc should be for the metaphorical high jump ahead of the fourth Test, which starts at Chester-le-Street this morning. "He lacks the consistency needed to succeed at Test level," boomed Nick Richardson of The Roar website.

Simon Hall admits he murdered 79-year-old Joan Albert despite decade campaigning for 'miscarriage of justice'

Suffolk victim was found in her hallway after being stabbed five times

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