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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

Reverand Richard Lee

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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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month