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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.

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The Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) was the big new discovery of the 1850s, the wollemi pine of its day, introduced with just as much fanfare and drum-beating. More than 150 years on, these vast trees, named after the famous Duke who died in 1852, have made an indelible impression on the landscapes where they were first planted. Thanks to clever marketing by the Exeter nursery firm Veitch, anyone who had space had to have one. If you've read Thomas Pakenham's Meetings with Remarkable Trees (Cassell paperback £9.99), you'll know the story. Veitch had sent the Cornishman, William Lobb, to California to look for new plants. It was Gold Rush time and Lobb heard that a prospector had found a grove of extraordinary trees growing in the Sierras of Calaveras County, 200 miles south-east of San Francisco.

Body of murdered antiques dealer exhumed

The body of an antiques dealer who was murdered in 1994 was exhumed today after detectives received "significant information" during a review of the case.

Thousand pay respect to Afghanistan casualties

Thousands of people lined the streets today to pay their respects to eight British soldiers killed during the Army's bloodiest 24 hours in Afghanistan.

Revealed: Scandal of Britain's fruit-farm workers

Bulgarians are flown to Britain, live in packed caravan compounds and pocket just £45 a week to pick fruit for Britain's biggest retailers

Five getaways with tennis courts

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Pupils miss A-level exams as blaze rages

Almost 100 children were forced to miss important GCSE and A-level exams after a major fire at an industrial packaging site engulfed a town in smoke this morning.

First among unequals: Meet the most powerful person in Britain

A year ago, Mr Mandelson was all washed-up. Now, he's the First Secretary, and holds the key to No 10 and, guess what, Peter has acquired a lot of new friends

David Nicholls: Can you hear me at the front? Going on tour at Hay

I’m on the early train to Hereford, for this year’s Hay-on-Wye festival, nauseous from too much coffee and a certain amount of nerves. I’m three weeks from publication of the new novel and it seems that every day brings some new opportunity to say the wrong thing in front of a very small number of people.

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Expenses scandal claims more victims - but huge payouts await

The expenses scandal claimed further victims last night with the announcement that two Conservative MPs – Sir Peter Viggers and Anthony Steen – will resign their seats at the next election. Sir Peter will step down as MP for Gosport in Hampshire "at the direct request" of David Cameron after spending tens of thousands of pounds on gardening, including a £1,645 bill for a floating "duck island", while Mr Steen, the MP for Totnes in Devon who claimed £87,729 on his luxurious country house, will also leave the Commons.

Four fires in a single street force evacuation

Arsonists struck four times in a single street, forcing the evacuation of guests from a hotel yesterday. West Mercia Police said the fires broke out in the early hours of the morning in Ledbury, Herefordshire. The first fire, reported at 2.50am, caused around £50,000 worth of damage to the hotel, and a parked car. Two further fires were set in porches and a fourth was discovered at an estate agents.

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