Voices Flooded fields around the River Tone seen from Windmill Hill, Somerset. Some parts of England have suffered the wettest January since records began

Three Independent letter writers covered the issue superbly

Jordan Cobb was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve

Teenage boy feared drown after leaping from ferry 'jumped in for £100 bet'

Police searching for a missing boy last seen leaping from a ferry into a river between Devon and Cornwall believe he may have jumped into the icy waters over a £100 bet.

Time-wasting calls to 999 slammed by police after woman calls for paramedic to take dog's temperature

Running out of toilet roll and difficulty ringing a Chinese takeaway have been revealed as some of the frivolous 999 calls made to a police force.

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

Jordan Cobb was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve

River search for teenage boy who jumped from Cornwall ferry called off

The search for a teenager who jumped into a river from a ferry has been called off, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Ancient bridge succumbs to flood’s force

Floodwater swept away one of Britain’s oldest bridges yesterday and forced the cancellation of the New Year’s Day race meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse as rain again lashed the country.

Fields covered by floodwater near Apperley in Gloucestershire after days of almost relentless downpours

True to form, soggy 2012 ends with another drenching

Rain swept across south western parts of Britain today, bringing a sodden end to what is likely to be one of the wettest years on record.

Dry New Year's Eve forecast to end wettest year on record

New Year's Eve revellers have been told to expect a cool, dry evening across the UK, as the country prepares to say goodbye to one of the wettest years of record.

School blaze 'sparked by lightning'

Firefighters tackling blazes at a school and a hotel within a few miles of each other believe they could have been started by lightning.

Fields just west of RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset

Atlantic storms could bring more heavy rain at the weekend

Weather experts said up to 50mm of rain could fall in some areas

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.

Floods stall Britain's great Christmas getaway as severe weather warnings are issued in south-west

Heavy rain caused misery for rail passengers in many parts of the country today, while homes and businesses in south-west England were hit by flooding.

Families evacuated in Cornwall as river rises

Police have evacuated people from their homes in a Cornwall town as rising river levels threaten to flood their properties.

A motorist drives his car through flood waters in Chichester, West Sussex

Respite, then more rain will hit UK

Communities threatened by floodwaters will enjoy some respite today before rain returns to lash the UK during a washout weekend.

A wet Christmas: Hampshire village evacuated as heavy rainfall drenches the UK

Severe flood warning for Wallington prompted the evacuation notice, amid concerns that a river flood wall could collapse following heavy rain

Brighton’s lights: raising the spoof

From Brighton to a lighthouse in Maine, the Christmas decorations that lit up our lives

If you're yet to dig out the decade-old string of fairy lights that are coiled around a clutch of gaudy baubles and haven't got round to stringing up the sparkly icicles along the guttering, why not take inspiration from this illuminating lot?

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