Van driver killed by tree is named

A van driver who was killed when a huge beech tree crushed his parked van in high winds was named by police today.

Baby 'critical but stable'

A baby boy admitted to hospital is in a critical but stable condition, police said today.

Vigilantism warning over ill infant

Police warned they would deal robustly with any cases of vigilantism after an emotional vigil in Kent for a seriously ill baby taken to hospital four days ago.

Power delays Eurostar services

High-speed Eurostar train services through the Channel Tunnel were severely disrupted today due to an electrical power supply problem near London.

80 charity race swimmers rescued

Up to 80 swimmers taking part in a race to raise money for the RNLI had to be rescued after getting swept out to sea, a spokesman for the charity said today.

Tugboat tragedy crewman named

Police today named the crewman who died last week when a tugboat sank on the River Thames in London.

Man dies in houseboat fire

A 49-year-old man has died following a fire on a houseboat in the early hours of today, police said.

Airport lightening halts Gatwick take-offs

Departing flights at one of the UK's busiest airports were suspended today after lightning struck an air traffic control tower.

Britain basks in sunshine – cue the flood warnings

Millions of Britons basked in the sunshine yesterday as temperatures almost matched those in the Caribbean. A high of 32.8C was recorded in Gravesend, Kent, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Hotter still as Britain bakes

Today was set to become the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures almost matching those in the Caribbean.

160 jobs in store at new John Lewis

Retail giant John Lewis is to open another new store, creating 160 jobs, it was announced today.

County Focus: Broke and bottom of the pile, Kent will need more than Bligh spirit

A Kentish graveyard bore witness to a touching ceremony last Wednesday. The Cobham plot containing the remains of Ivo Bligh – the man who first brought the Ashes urn back from Australia, in 1882 – had been refurbished thanks to a campaign led by the Cricket Society, and a rededication was taking place.

Inside the jumbled mind of Peter Blake

As an exhibition of his collection of curios opens in Bath, the veteran Pop Artist tells Simon Tait why this 'junk' is his inspiration

15 years and 27 days: County cricket's youngest player

Wicketkeeper Barney Gibson became the youngest person to play first-class cricket in England when he made his debut for Yorkshire against Durham MCCU at the Racecourse Ground in Durham yesterday.

The weather's great (but getting anywhere will be a nightmare...)

As the back-to-back bank holidays begin and the sun shines, Jonathan Brown and Ellie Buchdahl put a dampener on things
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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

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Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
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‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes