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

Sir Bradley Wiggins leads from the front on the final kilometre of Stage Six on the Tour de Britain

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21-year-old sees off both Wiggins and Nairo Quintana to seal impressive stage win

Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis, launches fund to save Somerset Levels

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Chris Jefferies was the subject of 'a deluge of negative publicity' after his arrest in the case of Joanna Yeates, right

Police send 'letter of exoneration expressing regret' to Christopher Jefferies - the innocent landlord of murdered Joanna Yeates

Innocent landlord of murdered landscape architect hails 'public vindication' over handling of his detention, bail and subsequent release without charge in December 2010

Saracens 44 Gloucester 12 match report: 14-man Gloucester sink to the bottom after Wood’s early rush of blood

There is not much love around the English club game right now: hard words are being spoken on the vexed subject of European rugby – Nigel Wray, the Saracens chairman, poured an entire pipeline’s worth of petrol on the flames consuming the Heineken Cup on Sunday by declaring that the Premiership teams would be “quite crazy” to stay in the tournament  beyond the end of the season – and even harder lessons are being learnt by sides who let their discipline slip. Ask Gloucester, who really copped it in London yesterday and find themselves at the foot of the table as a consequence.

Fewer than 100 badgers were killed in the first 10 days

Badger cull 'way behind target' in pilot area

Dairy farmer claims that fewer than 100 badgers have been killed in West Somerset in first 10 days of cull - when 500 should already have been destroyed

Police say they are not treating the incident as suspicious

Toddler survives 100ft plunge from fifth floor flat

A toddler is in hospital being treated for internal injuries having plunged 100 feet from a fifth floor flat in Plymouth.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the mainstay of the Derbyshire second innings

Cool Chanderpaul gives Derbyshire hope

After the first match of England’s one-day international series against Australia at Headingley was declared a washout yesterday afternoon, it was left to the County Championship to fill centre stage.  A deluge  overnight and throughout the morning meant that the likelihood of any play was quickly dashed, with the sides due to reconvene at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Protesters from 'Camp Badger' near Watchet in Somerset

Badger cull: Protest camp evicted, as anarchists claim responsibility for Portishead arson

Camp Badger residents had hoped to stay in place for the cull's six-week duration

Badger cull: Wildlife and animal welfare groups
condemn start of operations to tackle TB

Opponents accuse the Government of going against scientific evidence in pushing ahead with pilot culls of badgers

Badger cull: National Farmers' Union begins mass killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset to tackle TB

5,000 badgers are expected to be culled in a controlled shooting

Activists barred from badger protest

A High Court judge granted an injunction today that will allow people to protest peacefully against the controversial badger cull within the trial culling zones, but bar a handful of named hardcore activists from the area.

Bodger and Badger have backed the anti-cull campaign

Video: Bodger and Badger return to campaign against badger cull

Andy Cunningham, AKA Bodger, says at first the cull 'just seemed too barbaric to be true'

Farmers Union applies for injunction that aims to stop badger cull protests

If granted by the High Court, it would prevent any protest against the pilot scheme

Man banned from every farm in the country after admitting sex with goat

Wiltshire man pleads guilty to breaking Sexual Offences Act, sentencing due in September

US giants pull out of bid to run MoD buyer

A heavyweight team of US engineering giants has pulled out of the race to run the £14bn Ministry of Defence agency that buys the army's tanks and missiles.

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