Rise in flood risk could make one million homes uninsurable

Firms warn of effect of government spending cuts on planned defences

Let the unemployed pick fruit, says Tory councillor

A senior Conservative councillor provoked anger after he suggested jobless Northerners should travel south to pick fruit.

Mouchel shares slump 30 per cent after heavy losses

The embattled outsourcing company Mouchel saw its shares slump 30 per cent yesterday after it scrapped its dividend and reported a sizeable full-year loss.

Court setback for catholic child welfare society

A Catholic child welfare society which may face a multi-million damages claim over abuse at a school failed today to offload some of the liability.

Blackburn sign French midfielder Goulon

Blackburn have completed the signing of French midfielder Herold Goulon on an initial two-year contract.

Welcome to the town that business forgot sector forgot

The cuts will hit Middlesbrough especially hard. Jonathan Brown meets its residents

Lib Dems gain in by-elections

The Liberal Democrats received consolation for losses in the Exeter and Norwich polls when they gained in the latest council by-elections.

Paul Vallely: There's nothing 'progressive' about poverty

The jargon of political theory cannot disguise deeply divisive policies that advance the rich at the expense of the poor

Leicester takeover not yet approved

Confusion surrounds the recent takeover of Leicester after the Football League revealed that they have yet to approve the deal.

Teenage Riot/Apples, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Theatre for the Skins generation, Teenage Riot locks eight randy, rebellious adolescents in a shed and then makes us watch the results. For an hour. Riot is the word: beer is sprayed, clothes are torn off, family snapshots are burned and, finally, lots and lots of tomatoes are thrown. This is the latest work from the Belgian experimenters Ontroerend Goed and, as always, it's not quite theatre as we know it. Last year, they brought Internal, speed-dating for five actors and a five-strong audience, to the Fringe. Before that, it was The Smile off Your Face, in which audiences were put in wheelchairs, blindfolded and ordered to perform various tasks. This latest show, though, is closer to the teen bacchanalia of their 2008 show, Once and for All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen. There's no interaction – a little aggressive audience-baiting aside – but there's not much theatre either.

The Championship - players to watch

The new Championship season opens tonight when Norwich take on Watford at Carrow Road.

Celtic swoop for Hooper

Gary Hooper completed his "dream" move to Celtic this morning and then declared himself ready to snatch a Champions League debut goal.

Suarez eye for goal extends Uruguay's fantastic journey

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Leading article: A sock in it

Ever since Antony Gormley's magnificent Angel of the North was unveiled at Gateshead 12 years ago, Britain has been teeming with projects to aggrandise and revive local areas with gigantic sculptures and installations. There are plans for a mammoth horse in the south-east, a naked woman to be carved into the Northumberland landscape, a scheme to erect a 62ft Celtic cross in Cornwall and a landmark sculpture at Gretna to symbolise the gateway to Scotland.

Business contact centre to provide 500 jobs

A business outsourcing firm is to open a new contact centre, creating more than 500 jobs, it was announced today.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

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Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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