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The Met Office issued an amber warning of rain for the Somerset Levels, where villages have now been dubbed ‘islands’

Murder Britain: How does your area compare in the 2013 UK Peace Index?

The UK Peace index combines five factors to produce a score out of five for each area, with 1 being the most peaceful and 5 being the least.

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

Computer consultant charged over sex website

A computer consultant will appear in court later this month charged with offences in connection with a website that offered to pay the tuition fees of female students in return for sex.

Man arrested in connection with burglaries during which women were sexually assaulted while they slept

Police have arrested a man in connection with two burglaries during which women were sexually assaulted as they slept.

Ex-Church of England priest Keith Wilkie Denford and organist Michael Mytton guilty of string of child abuse offences

A retired Church of England priest and a former organist and choirmaster have been found guilty of a string of child sex abuse offences dating back more than 25 years.

Joe Root will open the innings for his county, and could still do so for England

Alastair Cook hints at an opening for Joe Root to rise up England order

The 22-year-old scored an invalauble 73 on his Test debut against India

Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood

It's Jonny Wilkinson v Toby Flood as the two iconic No 10s clash for the first time

Leicester man looking forward to playing against his mate at last as Tigers travel to Toulon

A snow-covered daffodil sums up the struggle that spring flowers have had in March

Miserable March set to be the coldest since 1962

This March is set to be the coldest in the UK since 1962, weather experts said today.

Vicky Pryce is moved to open jail

Vicky Pryce has been moved to an open jail after spending only four nights in Holloway prison, it was reported today. The ex-wife of the former minister Chris Huhne was jailed for eight months last week after a jury found her guilty of perverting the course of justice over his speeding offence.

In The Studio: Alice Channer, artist

'I was never any good at making things when I was in college'

Motorist jumps to his death from Dartford Bridge leaving traffic delays of up to seven hours

42-year-old man plunged into the River Thames after four hours of negotiations with police failed to talk him down

Labour will win 2015 general election, says Ashcroft poll

Study finds Labour would gain 109 seats, taking them to a total of 367 MPs and giving them a majority of 84

Neil McCorkell: Hampshire cricketer from the 1930s to the 1950s

Neil McCorkell was a regular in the Hampshire cricket XI from 1932 to 1951, a quiet man of no great height who kept wicket and, for much of his career, opened the batting, a demanding combination in the six-day-a-week schedule of those years.

North-South split grows as London house prices climb

Further evidence of the widening North-South divide in house prices emerged today as a national survey reveals that three-quarters of the postcodes registering price rises are in London and the South-East.

B J Watling on his way to an unbeaten 89 as a New Zealand XI beat England in Queenstown yesterday

England need focus as Kiwis grapple with Ross Taylor row

Ashes must be forgotten in order to capitalise on NZ captaincy saga

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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