Rotherham - latest news, breaking stories and comment - The Independent
Sport Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

ukip

Ukip captures Labour fortress in South Yorkshire by-election

Ukip surged on in the latest council by-elections, storming a previously rock-solid Labour stronghold at Rawmarsh in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Actor Paul Shane

Bye-de-Bye! to Hi-de-Hi! sitcom actor Paul Shane who has died aged 72

The Hi-de-Hi! actor Paul Shane died today at the age of 72 following a short illness, his agent said.

Schoolchildren need to eat a proper breakfast, but should Kellogg's really be paying for it?

Tens of thousands of children are now arriving at school without a proper breakfast. So let's tackle the cause of this problem, not just the symptom

In 2006, the Anglo-Dutch steel firm Corus accepted a £4.3bn takeover offer from Indian rival Tata Steel, including the Port Talbot site pictured here

Fears for UK jobs as Tata Steel wipes £1bn from value of Europe operations

Unions said writedown will worry 18,500 staff still reeling from last year's cuts

How things were – Wicken Fen

How our fens were sacrificed for more farms

Loss of wetlands and wildlife is 'a catastrophe beyond comprehension', claims a new book

Labour candidate Emma Lewell-Buck beat UKIP candidate Richard Evlin

Misery for Lib Dems as they trail in seventh while Labour enjoys Westminster victory in South Shields

Nick Clegg's party trail in seventh behind two independent candidates and BNP

Edgar Davids leads off relegated Barnet

AFC Wimbledon 2 Fleetwood Town 1 match report: Jack Midson keeps his cool to save Dons

Penalty proves crucial in lifting reborn club to safety but Davids is down as Barnet's luck runs out

Adam Lallana celebrates his goal for Southampton

Reading 0 Southampton 2 match report: Nigel Adkins new boys left on brink by the team he built

Reading 0 Southampton 2: Southampton cruise to safety as Reading are left without a point from their last seven games

Jobi McAnuff

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff keen to keep Premier League dream alive

The Royals are among the favourites to be relegated

650 jobs may go as Daw Mill Colliery coal mine closes

One of the UK's last remaining coal mines is to shut with the loss of up to 650 jobs.

David Cameron needs to stand up for what he really believes in after Eastleigh humiliation

Eastleigh was a humiliation for the Tories. It was so disastrous that party spokespeople were not even pretending there were silver linings in their dark clouds of despair.

John Curtice: Ukip are the moral victors of Eastleigh

The party has once again scaled heights that only a little while ago seemed unimaginable

Rotherham, Preston and Doncaster were named as the towns and cities with the highest proportion of price-reduced properties

An improving market? More house-sellers stick to the asking price

Revealed: the top and bottom areas for reductions across the country

Scotland’s Andy Robinson resigned after losing to Tonga

Andy Robinson appointed director of rugby at Bristol

Former England and Scotland coach returns to rugby

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton

FA Cup tie against Arsenal is a welcome distraction for Blackburn, says manager Michael Appleton

The Championship side travel to the Emirates this weekend

News
Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
Arts and Entertainment
Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Sport
FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
News
i100
Life and Style
Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'
fashionCritics say magazine only pays attention to fashion trends among rich, white women
Arts and Entertainment
TVShows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Arts and Entertainment
Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
architectureFrom pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
Travel
travel
News
The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
SCIENCE
Life and Style
tech
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona from £949pp
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro from £799pp
Provence from £599pp
Apulia, Lecce and Vieste – Undiscovered Italy from £899pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples from £759
Classical Spain from £539pp
Prices correct as of 12 September 2014
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week