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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.

Equestrianism: Renwick holds her nerve in jump-off

Ellen Whitaker's hopes of taking the Horse of the Year Show Leading Showjumper of the Year crown were dashed last night in Birmingham when she had the final fence down in round one.

Woman in 'copycat suicide pact' had complained to police of harassment

Two young women who gassed themselves using toxic chemicals have died in a suspected copycat suicide pact, it emerged yesterday.

Man injured in blast while killing spider

A man suffered serious burns after he blew himself up trying to kill a spider. The 28-year-old had tried to attack the spider with an aerosol can at his home in Clacton in Essex.

Crossrail delayed to save £1bn

The main London section of the proposed Crossrail Berkshire-to-Essex infrastructure link could be delayed by a year to shave £1bn off the project's price tag.

County Championship round-up: Maddy guides Bears home to leave Essex with sore head

Warwickshire boosted their chances of staying in Division One of the LV= County Championship as Darren Maddy's unbeaten half-century completed a seven-wicket win over relegation rivals Essex at Edgbaston.

Bopara suffers twice as depleted Essex toil

Kent 360-6 v Essex

Walker's heroics with the bat are enough to steer Essex home

Lancashire 183-6 Essex 184-2 <i>(Essex win by 8 wickets)</i>

Red hot Bopara key to Essex T20 hopes

Ravi Bopara may have cursed his omission from the England Test squad but he was probably the only man in Essex who did. The county face Lancashire this evening in Friends' Provident Twenty20 quarter-final and their chances of reaching Finals Day are much the better for Bopara's presence.

Round-up: Brittle Essex caught out by Read

Nottinghamshire, the Championship favourites, maintained their momentum by dismissing Essex for 154 at Chelmsford but found batting almost as difficult, stuttering to 72 for 5 in reply before the experience of Ally Brown and captain Chris Read combined to steer them towards parity.

Business Diary: Fraudsters cash in on BP's woes

Nigeria's formidable fraudsters don't miss a trick. In the latest version of the long-established scam that emanates from the country, an email is doing the rounds purporting to be from Tony Hayward's "private solicitor" appealing for people to help the embattled BP chief get £100m of wealth out of the US before President Obama snaffles it. The fraudsters rather give the game away by repeatedly mis-spelling Mr Hayward's name, but one can't help admiring their ingenuity.

The website that names and shames rogue solicitors

A man from Essex is giving people a chance to get their own back on the legal profession &ndash; for free. Tom Peck reports

Workers set to sue for 'robbed' pensions

Thousands of workers at a former car parts firm are close to taking legal action to recover pensions worth millions of pounds "robbed" from them when the company went into administration, it was learned today.

Lancashire opt for caution to stifle Essex in bore draw

Essex 307 & 212-5 dec Lancashire 184 & 177-5 <i>(Match drawn)</i>

Two arrested in Essex investigation

Essex players Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into betting irregularities.

Round-up: Payne's seven-wicket haul in vain as Essex triumph

Gloucestershire teenager David Payne took four wickets in as many balls but it was not enough to stop his side from suffering a 42-run defeat to Essex in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Chelmsford.

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