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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

A poster adorns the security barrier of the protester encampment outside The Grove hotel, which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference near Watford

A Watford welcome for the Bilderberg group - the world’s most powerful club

Conspiracy theorists vow to ‘expose’ a meeting of the west’s uber-elite who will decide global policy

Singer George Michael has been released from hospital following an accident on the M1

Police close investigation into George Michael M1 accident

A police investigation into events surrounding former Wham! singer George Michael’s accident on the M1 has now been closed.

'Hunting posse' get life for killing boy

Four teenagers were given life terms for killing a 15-year-old boy who was chased by a "hunting posse of boys on bicycles".

Inexperience cost Watford against Crystal Palace, says former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia

Captain Manuel Almunia believes youthful inexperience of the big occasion was the overriding factor behind Watford's frustrating below-par performance in yesterday's npower Championship play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace.

Cost-cutting plans see Britvic PLC shares fizzing

Britvic shares fizzed up 10 per cent today as the City warmed to some decent profits and plans for cost cuts of £30 million that will see the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Three forgers jailed after undercover operation that revealed £50,000 of fake £1 coins

Some of the high quality fake currency might still be in circulation say police

Senior moment: Jodie Williams hopes to reach the World Championships after being unbeaten in 149 junior races

Jodie Williams ready to start again after year of trials

As Britain's leading athletes were preparing at their pre-Olympic training camp in Portugal and the Opening Ceremony of the London Games was moments away from its lavish beginning, Jodie Williams was back at school.

George Michael airlifted to hospital 'with minor head injuries' after car crash on M1

The singer was a passenger in a Range Rover which crashed at 5:50 pm Thursday evening

Planning for 2030: consultation launched over north-south Crossrail 2 scheme for London

A public consultation on the multi-billion pound, cross-London Crossrail 2 scheme was launched today.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy with Nigel Farage on Andrew Marr Show

Ed Miliband 'must do better in South to win general election' warns former Blair adviser

Blair adviser issues a warning to Miliband after party’s gains are put in shade by Ukip victories

Myleene Klass has been granted a divorce from Graham Quinn

Myleene Klass granted quickie divorce

A divorce judge signalled the end of musician Myleene Klass's 18-month marriage to security consultant Graham Quinn today.

We're not sure about: Myleene manicures
Sometimes celebrity endorsements make perfect sense to The Audit (Kerry Katona pairing up with Iceland, say). But often we're stumped by the connection. We're guessing this pitch was along the lines of:

Myleene Klass and husband Graham Quinn in 'quickie' divorce

A divorce judge signalled the end of musician Myleene Klass's 18-month marriage to security consultant Graham Quinn today.

Genetically modified crops needed to 'feed the world,' says Government's chief scientific advisor Mark Walport

Sir Mark says EU regulation means not enough GM crops can be grown

Rudy Gestede’s two goals took Championship leaders, Cardiff City, to the very brink of promotion

League round-up: Cavalier Cardiff look up

Heidar Helguson's 26th-minute header and two goals from Rudy Gestede took the Championship leaders, Cardiff City, to the very brink of promotion with a 3-0 home win over Nottingham Forest, who had Darius Henderson sent of for a foul on Helguson at 1-0. Cardiff are 12 points ahead of Watford, third, with 12 to play for, have a superior goal difference of five and host Charlton on Tuesday.

Leicester City 2 Birmingham city 2 match report: Burke hits spot to dent Leicester hopes further

It is testament to the Championship’s unpredictability that Leicester City remain play-off candidates even though this tumultuous draw with Birmingham City extended their winless run to nine games.

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