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

Falklands 'peril' from BAE closure

Shutting its shipyard in Portsmouth will hit the security of the islands, say MPs and trade union

'Sexual predator' Paul Taylor found guilty of 1979 murder of Sally McGrath

A man described as a “sexual predator” has been found guilty of a 1979 murder and five attacks on other women.

Man arrested after police find wife's body

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife at their family home in Oxfordshire.

Boy held after ham thrown at Crawley mosque

A 16-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a hate crime after pieces of ham were thrown at a mosque.

Hampshire police commissioner voters unlikely to find out if Conservative candidate Michael Mates committed electoral fraud until after election

Voters in Hampshire will almost certainly have to wait until after this week’s police commissioner elections to find out whether the high-profile Conservative candidate for the post will face action over claims that he committed electoral fraud to enter the contest.

Chilton will be racing at Abu Dhabi's racetrack

Fearless Max Chilton primed to become latest Briton on Formula One circuit

Max Chilton drives a Formula One car at an official Grand Prix meeting today as he moves into the frame to become the next Briton to race on the circuit full-time.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith

South Africa captain Graeme Smith joins Surrey

Surrey have pulled off one of the most eye-catching deals in recent county cricket history by clinching the signing of South Africa captain Graeme Smith on a three-year contract.

Opera cancelled after baritone Robert Poulton killed in car crash

Robert Poulton, a baritone with Glyndebourne opera, was tragically killed in a car accident in Sussex late last night.

An illustration of HS2

£1.3bn for those living on high-speed rail route is 'attempt to buy off critics'

Opponents of high-speed link between London and Birmingham condemn new compensation deal

Gregg Wallace was caught by a camera van driving 32mph over the speed limit

Fast foodie: MasterChef presenter fined for speeding

MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace has been fined more than £1,001 for speeding at 82mph in a 50mph zone, a safety camera partnership said.

Two held after £6.8m cocaine seized

Two men have been arrested after Border Force officers seized cocaine with a street value of £6.8 million on a lorry at a UK ferryport.

Former Met boss Sir Ian Blair tells people not to vote in elections for police and crime commissioners

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair today encouraged people not to vote for police and crime commissioners next month.

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<p>Go for a leafy ramble in this ancient woodland, close to London, and see berries ripening and leaves browning.</p>

The 10 Best leafy walks

Late October is the perfect time to see Britain’s woods and forests in their autumnal glory – here are 10 top routes

Bullard: 'I could easily fish four times a week'

Jimmy Bullard angles for a new job following retirement

Once professional footballers would retire to open a pub. Later, most had too much money to need to do anything. Now, the recently retired Jimmy Bullard could be setting a new trend, by aiming to turn pro in a different sport.

Alma Deutscher was given a violin when she was three - and could play Handel a year later

Composing an opera? It's just child's play, says Britain's newest classical music prodigy

Having written her first sonata at the age of five, Alma Deutscher is, unavoidably, being likened to Mozart. Simon Usborne joins the audience

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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