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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.

Police investigate Tory peer over £100,000 expenses

A Tory frontbench peer is being investigated by Scotland Yard after claiming £100,000 over seven years for overnight stops in London despite living less than 50 miles from the capital, it was reported last night.

DJ Taylor: Middle-class mania

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Essex boy shows Pietersen the way

Ravi Bopara staked a solid claim for the No 3 spot in England's Test team with his century here yesterday. But if all else fails he could always contemplate a career as batting coach, having last night put forward a suggestion or two on how Kevin Pietersen might deal with 90mph outswingers. Yes, the Essex boy is now brimming with confidence on and off the field.

Runaway gun man leaves messages for police on blog site

An armed man who gave the police the slip after they surrounded his home has since been taunting officers with messages on the internet.

Barrymore pool death police lost evidence

Potentially crucial evidence was lost by police investigating the death of Stuart Lubbock at Michael Barrymore's home, an official report revealed today.

The Dr Feelgood factor

They paved the way for punk, but have been forgotten by history. A new film revisits the strange world from which Dr Feelgood came, writes Nick Hasted

Motorist killed in eight-vehicle crash

One motorist died and two others were taken to hospital today after an eight-vehicle crash, police said.

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Kit Symons targets Colchester job

Colchester assistant-boss Kit Symons has taken the role of caretaker manager in the wake of Geraint Williams' departure - and has thrown his hat into the ring for the full-time role.

Leighs puts delay in past with Express opening

Almaty Express and Darryll Holland carved a small entry in racing's annals yesterday when winning the first race in front of a paying crowd at Great Leighs.

Downpour helps Essex slip into quarter-final

Essex took a place in the quarter-finals of the Friends Provident Trophy yesterday with a point from their cancelled match against Sussex at Hastings.

Paperback: Selected Poems, by Martin Newell

Readers with fond memories of Newell's long innings as the pop poet of this parish will be delighted to find not just biting satirical verse but lyrical, reflective and personal pieces here – a range as broad and bracing as the East Anglian marshlands he adores. Buffs will tick off echoes (Larkin, Betjeman, Kipling, Auden...) but he's his own – Essex – man, cussed and tender and just a bit mystical, too. Germaine Greer (yes, really) warmly salutes him in her preface. He deserves it.

New Zealand 348-9 Essex: Cook suffers finger injury as Marshall seizes centre stage

Alastair Cook's preparations for the first Test received a setback yesterday when the England opener dislocated the little finger on his right hand during Essex's four-day game against New Zealand. Cook, hoping to get much needed practice before 15 May, sustained the injury when he dropped a sharp catch offered by Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, while fielding at fine gully an hour before the close of play.

Iron Age mystery of the 'Essex druid'

Grave near Colchester could be the first burial site of an ancient mystic ever to be discovered in Britain

Colchester United 2 Ipswich Town 0: Colchester prepare to fall happily through trapdoor

When you are rooted to the bottom of the league table, with eight defeats in your last nine games and just five wins all season, survival becomes a relative concept. A deserved win over local rivals Ipswich thanks to two Scott Vernon goals meant that Colchester rejoiced in a victory which staves off the inevitable relegation by one week at least.

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