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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness