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

Head of Cameron’s local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage

The chairwoman of David Cameron’s local Conservative branch has resigned in protest at his support for gay marriage.

Mourners answer call on Facebook to attend funeral of former Royal Marine

More than 200 strangers have attended the funeral of a 70-year-old former Royal Marine after a vicar put out a plea on Facebook amid fears that he would be buried without mourners.

In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early 20s in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.

Claims that 'former police inspector acted for Jimmy Savile'

Prosecutors and police have already been criticised for missing the chance to bring the disgraced entertainer to court over the allegations before he died

Natalie Hynde bolted herself to a tree during the protests

The battle against the bulldozers goes on, says Hynde’s daughter

Saving the Sussex woodland is worth a brush with the law, the activist tells Charlotte Philby

Man held after woman's body is found in Chichester house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found by a colleague who was due to take her to work.

Aldershot Town’s Danny Hylton celebrates his goal
Australia celebrate winning the Under-19 World Cup in 2010

Exclusive: Hampshire aid Australia in bid for Ashes rule

County will provide finishing school for rivals' next generation at summer academy

Brighton is the latest city to introduce a 20pmh speed limit

Taxi drivers lose fight against 20mph speed limit as Brighton becomes latest city to introduce restrictions

Cabbies claim drivers would be endangered by passengers travelling late at night who thought they were being driven deliberately slowly in order to inflate fares

Savile abuse claims 'were not taken seriously enough'

A chance to convict Jimmy Savile for sex offences against three victims when he was alive was missed because police and prosecutors did not take claims seriously enough, a report has found.

UK braced for yet more flooding with 76 serious flood warnings in place, including 13 in already-saturated Yorkshire

Majority of flood warnings in York and surrounding villages

Jimmy Savile wrote to Margaret Thatcher seeking donations for Stoke Mandeville

Revealed: Jimmy Savile's close friendship with Margaret Thatcher

Civil servants redact secret Downing Street file following sexual-assault revelations, reports Cahal Milmo

Festive cheer for Waitrose

Heston Blumethal specials like his figgy pudding and chocolate cake helped Waitrose to its best Christmas period ever, the John Lewis-owned supermarket chain revealed today.

The submerged scene in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Christmas downpour likely to keep homes underwater for days

Further heavy rainfall is likely to cause more flooding in the new year, forecasters predicted, as people across Britain experienced a soggy Christmas Day.

Buffett's $1.2bn buyback

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway spent $1.2bn (£971.5m) today to buy back shares from the estate of an unnamed investor.

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