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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

A vintage tractor drives through flooded Thorney

Villagers tire of island life on flooded Somerset Levels

For nearly a month, residents of Muchelney and Thorney have been cut off from the ‘mainland’  after heavy rains

Moving target: Badgers blamed for the spread of bovine TB have been shot

Badger cull figures 'counted unfairly'

Defra accused of downplaying results of scheme so it can bring in longer killing periods in the future

Dragon’s tail: the Aberystwyth Promenade

UK weather: David Cameron blames Britain’s 'abnormal' winter storms on climate change as Met Office warns of more rain to come

Comments came as Environment Agency warned of flood risks continuing into Friday

Opening batsman Nick Compton is hopeful of an England recall after their recent batting collapses in the Ashes series defeat

Ashes 2013-14: Nick Compton determined to get head down to earn England recall to take advantage of disappointing defeat

Compton was dropped by England prior to the summer Ashes series but remains undeterred in his efforts to regain his spot after batting calamities on current tour

Dolly Parton has been strongly tipped for Glastonbury 2014

Glastonbury 2014: Dolly Parton rumoured as the second headliner

Arcade Fire and Lily Allen have already been confirmed as performers

Win Butler and his Canadian band Arcade Fire will play Glastonbury next June

Arcade Fire confirm Glastonbury Festival headline slot 2014

The Canadian rockers will be playing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June

Trio return for England women's Ashes defence

Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole return from injury to feature in the England squad for the defence of the women's Ashes in Australia in the new year.

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, (right) with a member of his legal team, Gavin Reese (centre), outside Bristol Crown Court where he was cleared of breaching health and safety laws in relation to a firework display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell tells of relief as he is cleared over foggy night M5 crash deaths

Man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Mulberry profits hit by international expansion costs

British luxury giant sees profit dive 28% to £7.2 million

The trial needed to kill 70 per cent of the badger population to be effective

Badger cull in Gloucestershire ends with marksmen missing targets

Shooting in Gloucestershire halted three weeks early, falling short of even a reduced target

Lee James, left, and his victimBijan Ebrahimi

A death foretold: Vigilante Lee James’ warning to police days before he murdered disabled man Bijan Ebrahimi after he was wrongly outed as paedophile

As witch-hunt escalated, James had warned police that he would take the law into his own hands – but officers only read victim’s ‘I don’t feel safe’ email after his death

Bristol policeman critically injured after falling through mechanic roof in suspect hunt

Officer remains in a critical condition after pursuing a man who appeared to be acting suspiciously

Despite voters’ apathy, PCCs are here to stay

Such was the relief when a woman exercised her democratic rights in the Devon town of Exmouth that staff broke into spontaneous applause. No such joy for their colleagues at one polling station in Gwent – they spent the whole day waiting in vain for a voter to darken their doors.

Campaigners declare badger cull a failure after targets are missed

The Government’s badger cull is a “complete failure” and must be halted, animal rights campaigners and Labour demanded after shooting trials failed again to meet targets despite being extended.

The Somerset cull resulted in 850 badgers being killed over 40 days during

Pilot badger cull declared a ‘success’... but ministers halve targets for the number of animals to be killed

Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, will declare that the pilot badger cull has been a success, but admit that ministers have nearly halved targets for the number of animals to be killed.

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