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

Man survives being pushed onto 750-volt live track at crowded railway station

A man has survived being pushed onto a 750-volt live track at a crowded railway station after trying to defuse a violent argument.

Man in court over death of woman

A 22-year-old man is due to appear in court today accused of murdering a young woman who was found dead in Kent.

More Jimmy Savile victims come forward

Two more alleged victims of Sir Jimmy Savile have come forward, meaning four police forces have now received complaints against the TV presenter.

Eddie Shah charged with child sex offences

Former newspaper proprietor Eddie Shah appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with sexual offences against a schoolgirl.

A Saab car being taken away from the scene where a man and two children were found dead next to the vehicle on a bridleway in Newton Stacey, near Andover, Hampshire

Father stabbed two children to death on bridleway

The family of two children whose bodies were found with their father's in a countryside lane tonight spoke of their devastation.

JJB's collapse will serve as another blow to the high street

2,200 jobs go in JJB Sports deal

Around 2,200 staff at JJB Sports were made redundant today after administrators closed 133 stores and agreed to sell 20 remaining outlets to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

Police officers injured during Pontins brawl

Three police officers were taken to hospital following a mass brawl involving up to 20 people at a popular seaside holiday park.

Minister issues warning over use of unmanned drones by police

Police must only use unmanned drones as part of air support plans if it is both appropriate and proportionate, a Home Office minister warned today.

Wonderful Wokingham: 'the best place to raise children'

Nestled in the Loddon valley, the peaceful market town of Wokingham is renowned for its excellent schools and low crime rate.

Father to appeal to runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest

The father of maths teacher Jeremy Forrest will today make a public appeal for his son to return home with his runaway teenage pupil, Megan Stammers.

Seal in false alarm

Lifeboat crews called to a report of two people in trouble in the English Channel found a man swimming happily with a playful seal.

Gamble to split the pack pays handsomely for plucky Armitstead

If Mark Cavendish discovered on Saturday that sometimes being favourite is a disadvantage, Lizzie Armitstead's relatively low pre-race profile yesterday was one factor that helped the Yorkshirewoman to silver. And another was Armitstead's decision not to rely on her team-mates to bring the winning break back into the pack – but to go with it.

Archie Bland: Striking back the best and only way they know how

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Britain set to bask in more sunshine

Britain is set to bask in more sunshine and high temperatures in the coming days as the London 2012 Olympic countdown reaches its climax.

Wellies warning for outdoor Olympics events

People with tickets to outdoor Olympics events should wear wellies, organisers said today, as they admitted the enduring bout of wet weather was “proving quite a challenge” for the Games.

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