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Tomorrow is expected to be “exceptionally” mild, with temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius above average for the time of year, forecasters said.

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A private security firm has signed a contract to build, design and help run a police station.

Boy and his grandmother found dead in pond

A woman aged 71 and her six-year-old grandson have been found dead in a pond, police said yesterday.

Staff suspended in baby-restraint case

Five health workers have been suspended from a North Lincolnshire children's ward following an allegation that a baby was restrained.

Nurses suspended over baby 'restraint'

Five nurses have been suspended from a hospital's children's ward after claims that a baby was restrained, according to reports.

Drought alerts remain despite rain and snow

Much of eastern England remains in a state of drought, despite winter rain and snow, the Environment Agency warned yesterday.

Amateurs in Eden, By Joanna Hodgkin

Literary biography is haunted by the ghosts of the wives of famous writers, most of whom had a pretty rough ride. Catherine Hogarth (Dickens), Jane Wells, Nora Barnacle (Joyce), Vivienne Eliot: a literary wife's lot was rarely a happy one, and most of the time she went unnoticed. In this account of her mother Nancy's first marriage to novelist and travel writer Lawrence Durrell, Joanna Hodgkin is mindful enough of a history that places wives on the margins. This is not just a memoir of her mother. This is the history of a literary wife.

Labour's £3.6m donor Nigel Doughty found dead

Nigel Doughty, the owner of Nottingham Forest Football Club and one of the Labour Party's largest individual donors, has died at the age of 54.

Police in stand-off with gunman in Lincolnshire

Police negotiators were last night locked in an armed stand-off with a man at a house in a small rural village.

A view of part of the Petroplus Refinery in Coryton, near Basildon, Essex

1,000 jobs at risk as key UK oil refinery 'closes'

The Government gave an assurance it was doing all it could to find a buyer for one of the country's biggest oil refineries today after it fell into administration, prompting fears of job losses and fuel shortages.

Bernice Wilson lost her appeal

British sprinter Bernice Wilson banned for four years over doping

British sprinter Bernice Wilson has had a four-year ban confirmed after losing an appeal against the sanction imposed following her positive test for two anabolic steroids.

Death fire fiance jailed for life

A woman has been jailed for a minimum of 23 years after she murdered her fiance by locking him in a storeroom at his workplace and setting fire to the building.

Private firm wins £200m police deal

Private security firm G4S has won a £200 million contract to provide "middle and back office functions" for a police force, the company said today.

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