Sport First home. The Swiss-owned 131-foot trimaran Spindrift, co-skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, ghosts across the finish line off the breakwater in Plymouth having completed the 611-mile Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes in 38hr 53min 58sec.

Skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard Spindrift completes the Rolex Fastnet Race in 38hr 53min 58sec 

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The provinces used to be an after-thought for London venues. But these days a West End run is just the start of it. Arifa Akbar reports on the boom in touring theatre

Woman dies as torrential rain batters the West Country

25 rivers in South-west on 'flood watch' list as water rises as high as four feet

Fierce storms forecast to bring 80mph winds

Britain has been warned to batten down the hatches today after forecasters predicted "the first storms of the season", with fierce winds and flooding in some areas.

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A sentencing date for a trio of child abusers - including a nursery worker - was fixed by a judge today.

Parents can 'choose to know' if Vanessa George abused their child

Parents whose children may have been abused by nursery worker Vanessa George should be able to choose to know if their children were among her victims, a judge said today.

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The explosion of violence which almost halts Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s 1989 staging of Janacek’s Jenufa minutes before the final curtain still resonates in ways one cannot quite fathom and in this stonking revival for Glyndebourne on Tour it arrives with a heartbreaking inevitability that is genuinely shocking.

Police in talks over paedophile's victims

Detectives are in talks with lawyers of a nursery worker who abused young children amid claims that she has named some of her victims.

Fred Kaan: Minister and celebrated hymn writer

Fred Kaan was known and honoured throughout the English speaking world as a hymn writer. He was in the tradition of reformed ministers such as Philip Doddridge who wrote hymns to follow and sum up the sermons they preached. Having started to write hymns early in his ministry, his output grew steadily during his career.

Poll shows public supports strikers in postal dispute

Setback for management and ministers as 30 million letters delayed by strike

Dude alert: How to keep beach teens in the classroom

Young people who are mad about beach sports can follow their passion at an academy that gets them through A-levels and into university.

Mother charged in Plymouth abuse inquiry

A fourth suspect has been charged in connection with the child abuse inquiry that led to the conviction of the nursery worker Vanessa George.

Joan Smith: We stereotype sexual predators, and we get it wrong

Vanessa, Colin and Angela: they sound like inoffensive neighbours whom you might invite round for a drink. In fact, they're three of the worst paedophiles ever convicted in this country.

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