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

Fit to work? Concern over contract paramedics sleeping in tents between shifts

Campsite all that ambulance crew can afford on £35-a-day allowance, says whistleblower

Privately-run hospital taken over by NHS after patient deaths following routine surgery

Commissioning Support Unit confirm services currently provided by Clinicenta will transfer to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries hasn't made a travel expenses claim since March

Nadine Dorries returned £3,000 in travel expenses after wrongful claims

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has repaid £3,000.72 in travel expenses after accepting that the claims were “wrongfully made and should not have been allowed”.

Gary Hooper (R) of Celtic celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the William Hill Scottish Cup Final

Transfer news: Celtic accept bid from QPR for striker Gary Hooper

The 25-year-old is keen on a return to England

Lightning at Poole Harbour; violent thunderstorms are expected as temperatures rise

Dramatic and uncomfortable end to heatwave forecast with 'violent' thunderstorms and intense humidity

The thermometer breached 33C for first time in 2013, in west London and parts of Surrey

Man jailed for murdering ex-girlfriend with dumbbell in front of daughter

The 22-year-old struck his ex-partner with a dumbbell after she threatened to report him to police for assaulting her

More allotments are being sold off by councils

Allotment-holders take legal action against Eric Pickles

Legal action launched over decision to allow sale of sites

Ian John McLoughlin, who is being sought for the stabbing, is believed to have recently come out of prison

Day release double killer on run after 'Good Samaritan' stabbed to death

Police issued an all-ports alert for Ian John McCloughlin

A scene from the derailment at Brétigny-sur-Orge, where a connecting bar on the track had become loose

Paris rail crash 'due to Potters Bar-style fault'

Friday's derailment, in which at least six died, raises major questions over track maintenance

Rising numbers of over-50s now renting

New figures show 6% growth in number of tenants aged over 50

Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann

Ashes 2013: England concern over fitness of Stuart Broad

Fast bowler unable to take the field for Australia's first innings

Two men arrested after courier left critically wounded as van stolen

Victim tried to stop thieves and was run over after clinging to outside of cab

It's not quite Death Valley, but tomorrow promises highs of 26C for the UK

It's time to get the BBQs back out

Police arrest 11-year-old Rebecca Thompson's father over her murder in Hertfordhire

52-year-old is currently in hospital after car crash hours before the girl's body was found

Sirena Seaways ferry left nearly 500 passengers stranded for three hours after crash at major British port in Essex

The 489 passengers above the Sirena Seaways ferry were left stranded for three hours as rescue officials worked to safely re-dock it.

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