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Three arrested after girl dies in 4x4 crash

Three men were arrested today after the death of a 14-year-old girl who was injured when a 4x4 vehicle crashed into a lamppost.

Stranded – the longest night on the A38

Sue Rolfe knew she was no longer dealing with an ordinary snow shower when her windscreen wipers and tyres gave up on the battle to navigate a path through the whiteness enveloping her car. Along with 500 other motorists travelling in south Devon on Thursday night, she found herself trapped in the A38 blizzard.

Alfa Romeo, Brera S

Alfa Romeo's new Brera S was made with our notorious roads in mind. But there's still some work to be done

Obafemi Martins escapes driving ban

Road safety campaigners were furious today after Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins was not banned from driving having been caught doing 106mph in his Porsche.

Audi S4

Things have moved on since the days when driving this car was a dull experience

Junior Skelton takes first step into spotlight

If heredity and environment are significant, which they are supposed to be in racing, then it should be no surprise that 19-year-old Harry Skelton is doing what he is. His father Nick is one of the outstanding showjumpers of his generation; his five-years-older brother Dan is one of Paul Nicholls' right-hand men. On Saturday at Ascot the youngest Skelton, one of the promising Manor Farm apprentices, stepped forward into the spotlight for the first time with his most significant career victory yet on Niche Market in the three-mile handicap chase.

Chris Maume: Incredible 'Hulk' the retiring type after growing tired of Tyre Flip

World's Strongest Man: Five, Friday

Pendragon warns of £30m losses

The car dealership group Pendragon warned yesterday it expects to make a full-year loss of £30m as the result of a slump in sales, and the costs of a large redundancy programme.

Car Choice: Economy and 4x4 toughness aren’t such a tall order

Brendon Clare currently drives a Nissan X-Trail but wants something a bit more economical on fuel. Although he doesn’t necessarily need a full-time 4x4, the vehicle must have reasonable ground clearance as the family lives up a bumpy farm track. In all, Brendon travels about 75 miles a day to and from work. He has been considering a Subaru Forester, which was suggested by a friend and wonders whether this would be right.

Burghley Horse Trials: Fox-Pitt claims first and third spots after zinging in the rain

With two masterful displays of cross-country riding, William Fox-Pitt made light of difficult conditions to take a useful lead on Tamarillo in the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials yesterday and third position with Ballincoola.

Dodge Journey

On the outside, the Dodge Journey flaunts its rough-boy brawn, but inside it's a bit of a softie and very child-friendly

Real story of the fraudsters' marriage

Anne Darwin painted a picture of a 30-year-marriage to a quiet, brooding bully who railroaded her into getting his own way.

Car Choice: Long journeys are wearing on hips and knees, I need a comfortable ride

David McNamara, 69, is starting to suffer from osteoarthritis. A long car drive can become wearing on the joints. According to his physiotherapist he would be better off in a car with a driving seat that allows him to sit up straight, to ease the pressure on his hips and knees, and is higher off the ground, so it's easier to get in and out. At present David drives a five-year-old 1.6 VW Golf Estate, worth about £4,000 or £5,000. He would be prepared to spend up to £15,000. Seating space for grandchildren and boot space would be welcome.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart

Misubishi will need to further fine-tune its Lancer Sportback Ralliart if it ever hopes to give the Golf GTI a run for its money

Nissan GT-R

Wanna go faster? No problem: Nissan's GT-R made a lap round the notorious track at the Nürburgring look absurdly easy
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform