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

Recession caused depression spike – and NHS 'was not prepared'

Recession is being followed by depression, according to researchers who say the number of patients seeking treatment for the illness has leapt by up to half in the past three years.

Robbie Grabarz will receive full funding from UK Athletics after winning bronze at London 2012

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It was this time last year that Robbie Grabarz found himself at a crossroads. He had just turned 24 and his athletics career was seemingly going nowhere.

Small firms ask for longer NI holiday

The leaders of the UK’s small-businesses have called on the coalition to extend tax breaks for employers, a move which they claim could create 45,000 jobs.

Man in court over death of woman

A 22-year-old man is due to appear in court today accused of murdering a young woman who was found dead in Kent.

A family photograph of Georgia Keeling, aged two, who died after mistakes in diagnosing an infection

Emergency services failed girl with infection, says coroner

A two-year-old girl who died after she was wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was failed by emergency services, a coroner has said.

Minister issues warning over use of unmanned drones by police

Police must only use unmanned drones as part of air support plans if it is both appropriate and proportionate, a Home Office minister warned today.

Bank holiday weather: Britain set for respite from rain

Britain should get some respite from the dismal Bank Holiday weather today before further heavy rain and strong winds bring a disappointing end to the long weekend.

Ravi Bopara will appear for Gloucestershire against South Africa today

County Championship round-up: Bopara to get early look at Proteas

Gloucestershire have agreed to allow Ravi Bopara, who was named yesterday in England's squads for the one-day series against South Africa and the World Twenty20, to make a guest appearance in their 50-over match against the South Africans at Bristol today.

Robbie Grabarz: The high jumper capped his remarkable rise with bronze at London 2012

Robbie Grabarz eager to hit new heights after coping with 'scary' Olympics

Two weeks on, Robbie Grabarz can still feel the stomach-churning moment when he stepped from the shadows into the full glare – and thunder – of public recognition. "I was standing next to the French guy in the line-up and I said to him, 'I'm a little bit scared about getting introduced because of the noise,'" the British high jumper recalled of the immediate lead-up to the Olympic final. "When the crowd erupts like that, it's enough to move your insides. It's really scary."

After Saturday's 32.4C baking, showers take edge off temperatures

Showers and cloud kept yesterday from being the hottest day of the year. Temperatures had looked set to come close to Saturday's record-breaking high but a heavy mid-afternoon band of rain brought respite to large chunks of baking Britain.

UK enjoys hottest day of the year

It was the hottest day of the year so far today as temperatures soared across the nation.

British player Colin Oates lost his repêchage bout to Cho Junho of South Korea

Judo: Colin Oates misses out in quest for medal

Britain's Colin Oates missed out on the chance to fight for Olympic judo bronze when he was beaten by Jun-Ho Cho of Korea in the repechage of the men's under-66kgs at ExCeL.

Divers rescued after boat capsizes

A lifeboat rescued 11 divers from the sea after their boat capsized off the east coast of England.

Forecasters predict month's rain in a day

More flood warnings are in place today with some areas facing downpours that could see almost a month's rain fall in a few hours.

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