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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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