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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

Mentally-ill patients were 'Tasered' more than 50 times in three years

Freedom of Information request reveals extent of stun-gun use by police in psychiatric wards

Samit Patel's excellent three-wicket haul helped the visitors defeat Northants

Round-up: Taylor and Patel enjoy perfect partnership to beat Northamptonshire

Nottinghamshire powered their way to an 83-run victory over Northamptonshire in the first full round of Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures thanks to a 149-run partnership between England hopefuls James Taylor and Samit Patel.

One of the five cuckoos being tracked has decided to stay in France

Occupy London protester cleared of rape in tent at St Paul's Cathedral

A protester at the Occupy London camp site at the foot of St Paul's Cathedral has been cleared of raping a woman in one of the tents.

James McCormick arrives for sentencing at the Old Bailey

Conman James McCormick jailed for 10 years over fake bomb detectors

Judge who told him that he had blood of the innocent on his hands

Will Smith on his way to his 14th first-class century yesterday

Will Smith comes good for Durham but Stuart Broad forced to go off again

Nottinghamshire 320 Durham 297-6

Derbyshire’s Chesney Hughes brings Yorkshire down at Headingley

Yorkshire’s elation at beating Durham on Saturday was punctured as Derbyshire’s Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen put them to the sword at Headingley on Monday.

County Championship round-up: Joe Root makes the difference for Yorkshire

Ashes watch part one Just as the glass half-empty faction among Yorkshire supporters were wondering if promotion might be a step too far, the young England batsman Joe Root demonstrated his class with a supreme match-winning performance against Durham, leading Yorkshire to a four-wicket victory in the final session at Chester-le-Street with a brilliant 182 that lacked only the winning boundary. That was left to his England team-mate Tim Bresnan, who hit his first ball to the boundary after Root was bowled by Callum Thorp with one run needed. He had shared a stand of 101 with Adil Rashid, dropped twice in his 50 not out.

Millionaire businessman James McCormick found guilty of selling fake bomb detectors

A British businessman who sold bogus bomb detectors to countries at war where hundreds of people were dying and injured by explosive devices has been found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey.

Graeme Smith of Surrey is out for two as he edges a ball from Peter Trego of Somerset to James Hildreth in the slips

Just half an over and out: Graeme Smith fails on Surrey bow

Somerset 384 Surrey 98-4

Alviro Petersen made 167 off 255 balls for Somerset yesterday

Alviro Petersen steals limelight on Graeme Smith's Surrey debut

Somerset 344-8 v Surrey

Steven Davies: 'I didn't want to play cricket this year I do I have found the love again'

Steven Davies: Elton John saved me from quitting cricket

Tragedy ruined last season for the Surrey wicketkeeper, but he has a brighter outlook for this term and wants an England recall

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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

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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The stories that defined 2014

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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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
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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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