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

Sgt Alexander Blackman

Sergeant Alexander Blackman: Royal Marine jailed for life for murder of Afghan insurgent challenges verdict

39-year-old lodges applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence

Brad Barritt, centre, believes the current Saracens side is the best in his five years at the club

Heineken Cup: Brad Barritt backs flying Saracens to test Toulouse

Brad Barritt believes the current Saracens side is the best  in his five years at the club

UK weather: Severe weather warnings as high tides put coastline at high risk of floods

Environment Agency issues 21 of the most serious severe flood warnings, indicating that there is a threat to life or property, to areas in the South West, Gloucestershire and Wales

Alan Knill

Torquay sack manager Alan Knill

Recent results have seen the League Two club slide down the table

Nearly all homes cut off from electricity over the Christmas period were due to be finally reconnected on Sunday night

UK weather: Power is back on – just in time for more storms

Nearly all homes cut off from electricity over the Christmas period were due to be finally reconnected tonight – just in time for a renewed period of stormy weather.

File image: A police issue Taser X26 stun gun. Devon and Cornwall Police are currently carrying out an investigation supervised by the IPCC after officers Tasered three teenagers with learning difficulties

Police Taser three teenage pupils with learning difficulties

An investigation has been launched after police Tasered three teenage boys with complex learning difficulties after being called to a school

Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Operation Yewtree: Stoke Mandeville doctor aged 78 charged with child rape and indecent assault

An elderly doctor has appeared in court charged with child rape and indecent assault.

Margaret Hodge slams Serco after it pulls out of GP cover contract

Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

Nurse develops 'micro-straw' to stop patients from becoming dehydrated in hospitals

Project aims to tackle dehydration among the elderly and vulnerable

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, (right) with a member of his legal team, Gavin Reese (centre), outside Bristol Crown Court where he was cleared of breaching health and safety laws in relation to a firework display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell tells of relief as he is cleared over foggy night M5 crash deaths

Man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson let 11 points slip through his goal kicking inaccuracy

Exeter 9 Toulon 14 match report: Henry Slade sparkles but Jonny Wilkinson kicks Chiefs into touch

Wilkinson let 11 points slip away through missed kicks but valiant Chiefs are seen off thanks to late drop goal

Drug courier jailed for supplying heroin to grandmother who hid stash amongst Cornish pasties

Simon Kinney, 49, and Teresa Wood, 63, part of a £1m drug supply chain

Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson appointed as head coach of England Women's team

The 31-year-old has signed a four-year deal

Jonny Wilkinson (in red) and his Toulon team-mates hoist aloft the Heineken Cup after victory over Clermont Auvergne back in May

English clubs set for vote on whether to participate in European competitions next season

All 12 clubs from the Aviva Premiership will be in attendance at the 'emergency meeting'

The trial needed to kill 70 per cent of the badger population to be effective

Badger cull in Gloucestershire ends with marksmen missing targets

Shooting in Gloucestershire halted three weeks early, falling short of even a reduced target

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Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable