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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