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Up to 30mm of rain is expected today amid fears of coastal flooding, high tides and strong winds across the southern and western areas of England and Wales

Ban for principal who ignored sex abuse claims

The former head of a school where a teacher sexually abused pupils has been banned from teaching.

County Round-Up: Bowler of the day

A stylish and talented middle-order batsman, Neil Dexter has been sparingly used as a bowler, despite possessing respectable medium pace.

England's Nick Compton (left) celebrates reaching his century

Nick Compton named among Wisden cricketers of the year

England batsman follows grandfather in earning accolade

Six police officers injured in violence at Thatcher death street party

Six police officers were injured when a scuffle broke out at a party in Bristol celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Matt Prior in action during the 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka

England stick to Matt Prior arrangements and pick younger keepers for Champions Trophy

Hero of Auckland Test overlooked in 30-strong provisional squad for one-day tournament

Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones isn't keen on playing Glastonbury because of the wind

You can't always get what you want: Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts 'doesn't want to play Glastonbury because of the wind'

Mick Jagger might have his yurt and his wellies at the ready but his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts says he doesn’t want to play Glastonbury.

Police arrest 65-year-old man in Somerset in Savile probe

A 65-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations that emerged after the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal.

Britain's second toll motorway is to be given the go-ahead by George Osborne later this year

Chancellor plans second toll motorway in major road spend

Britain's second toll motorway is to be given the go-ahead by George Osborne later this year as part of a multi-billion pound road-building programme to stimulate the economy, The Independent has learnt.

The Rolling Stones performing at the O2 arena, at their 50-year anniversary show

Glastonbury 2013: Rolling Stones prove you can always get what you want as they're confirmed as headliners (but Jagger hopes it won't rain)

Mumford and Sons, Arctic Monkeys and Primal Scream are among the 190 acts who will play

Ewe greedy beasts! Lambs sheltering from icy cold weather feast on a quarter of a million chocolate Easter eggs

Lambs tried to scoff a pile of a quarter of a million chocolate eggs being stored ready to be given to children

Badgers' habitats may also be in danger

Spotlight intensifies on badger culls with 7% rise in number of TB cattle slaughtered

More than 28,000 cattle were slaughtered in England last year as a result of bovine tuberculosis, a rise of 7% on the previous year, official figures show

Harry Fry has had nine winners from just 18 runners this year

Harry Fry does it his way for Rock On encore

Assistant who prepared last year's champion hurdler defends title as successful rookie trainer

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Voyeur Reverend Richard Lee walks free from court over indecent pictures of girls and woman

A Church of England vicar has walked free from court after admitting using secret cameras to spy on and film intimate pictures of three girls and a woman.

5,000 badgers on Government's slaughter list

More than 5,000 badgers will be slaughtered in the West Country after the Government approved licences for culls to commence in June this year.

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