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The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.

Oil site blaze under control

A major blaze at a waste oil storage site was brought under control today after more than 60 firefighters worked through the night.

Will Hawkes: T20 faces make-or-break season after overkill and decline in 2010

County Focus: A cup that once appeared to offer a lifeline to the domestic set-up is more likely to hasten its demise

Huhne file is sent to prosecutors

Essex Police will this week send a case file to prosecutors in the case against the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, over allegations that he persuaded his estranged wife, Vicky Pryce, to accept three penalty points for speeding on his behalf.

Chris Huhne and ex-wife questioned by police

The Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was interviewed by police yesterday over allegations he tried to evade punishment for speeding.

Police quiz two in Chris Huhne investigation

Police investigating allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to evade punishment for speeding carried out two interviews today.

Police name shooting victim

A man found lying in the street with fatal gunshot wounds was named today, as police arrested a third person in connection with his murder.

Huhne awaits police probe decision

Police will decide this week whether to investigate claims that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne asked another person to take driving penalty points on his behalf for a speeding offence.

Will Chelsea be the new Essex?

Is Britain ready for a series looking at the lives of the young and privileged?

Crossrail close to new chief

Final interviews have taken place for the top job at Crossrail, the £15bn Heathrow-to-Essex rail link, with project programme director Andy Mitchell among the remaining candidates.

Two dead in M11 coach crash

Two people have been killed and several others injured in a crash between a lorry and a coach.

Stevens skittles Essex after Northeast ton

Kent's Sam Northeast and Durham's Dale Benkenstein registered the first centuries of the Championship season.

Minor British Institutions: Essex

Is there a county with a readier, headier image than Essex? No. Essex is brash-blonde-bling, a shining cypher for uncomplicated pursuits like shopping, football and nail polishing. Is it really like that? In parts, but then so is Yorkshire.

Conservative council votes to evict travellers

A Conservative-controlled council has voted to spend millions of pounds of public money evicting travellers from an unauthorised site.

Jack Tweed in court over bar scuffle

The widower of reality TV star Jade Goody appeared in court today accused of using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Business Diary: Essex today, the world tomorrow

Taco Bell's expansion into Britain continues – its target is to have opened 100 stores in this country within five years. Just one question: are they all going to be in Essex? The first Taco Bell in the UK opened earlier this year at the Lakeside shopping centre. Restaurant number two is being opened just down the road in Basildon. Where next for the spicy food folk: Colchester, Saffron Walden or Harlow? And why does Essex have a particular liking for Mexican meals?

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment