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Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.

A cut above: The Real Cut Flower Garden specialises in flowers you won't find at your average florist's

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Woman ordered to quit 92-year-old mother's home

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Hereford dismiss manager Trewick

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Album: Ellie Goulding, Lights (Polydor)

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Hotel blaze in Burrington 'suspicious', say police

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Fresh snow brings chaos to schools and roads

Fierce winter weather returned to cause havoc today as snow forced a number of schools to shut and disrupted the transport network.

Woman finds oven glove in Hovis loaf

The baker of Hovis bread was fined £750 after a woman in Northern Ireland found part of an oven glove baked into a slice, it was revealed today.

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Brian Viner: 'Hereford is a hotbed of SAS types – although they wouldn't tell us that'

Of all the anecdotes to treasure in Tuesday's marvellous article by my colleague Simon Usborne about 100 years of Britain's intelligence services, my favourite was probably the one about MI6 moving offices, sometime during the Cold War. Before the move, the MI6 offices were shown to prospective new tenants, among whom was a party from the Russian Trade Delegation. When the security officer found out who was coming to view the property, he rushed round telling everyone to act sharpish and take the maps down from the walls. All of which is gloriously reminiscent of a sitcom little-remembered these days, but of which I was very fond 35 years ago, called The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs and starring the young David Jason as an inept spy.

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