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

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

History: Founded in 1960 as Filton Technical College. In February 2012, the college merged with Stroud College and was renamed South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

Convicted rapist Adam Mark escapes from Leyhill prison

Police are hunting a rapist who has absconded from prison.

16-year-old Katie Ledecky with her second gold medal of the Championships

Swimming: Katie Ledecky shatters 1500m freestyle world record

Katie Ledecky took six seconds off the 1500 metres freestyle world record as she claimed her second gold of the World Championships in Barcelona.

Four police officers face charges over mentally ill man Thomas Orchard's death in custody

Four police officers could face criminal charges over the death of a mentally ill church caretaker who was restrained when he was arrested following a disturbance in the street, The Independent has learned.

Three arrested over stabbing at Gloucester carnival

The two men and a woman have been held on suspicion of murder

Police investigate possibility that Satanic cult killed and mutilated pony on Dartmoor

Dartmoor’s Livestock Protection Officer said she feared 'witches or devil worshippers' could be behind the slaughter.

Flooding in Godmanchester, Huntingdon

Flash floods and series of heavy thunderstorms mark end of heatwave

A month's rain fell in just a few hours in some areas

A £2,000 reward has been offered to trace suspects who killed a young dolphin in a hit-and-run boating incident

£2,000 reward offered in hunt for bottlenose dolphin killer in Cornwall's Camel estuary

A £2,000 reward has been offered to trace suspects who killed a young dolphin in a hit-and-run boating incident.

Elected police chiefs 'a law unto themselves'

Elected police leaders can easily sack chief constables and avoid scrutiny for their decisions because of the threat of an embarrassing public row, say MPs.

The Prince of Wales greets wellwishers in the Cornish resort of Bude yesterday as he and the Duchess of Cornwall start their annual three-day tour of Devon and Cornwall

Senior aide William Nye defends Prince Charles over tax-exempt status for Duchy of Cornwall estate

William Nye claims Duchy of Cornwall’s £847m property empire is a ‘force for social good’

Man seriously injured after falling 100ft from Cornwall cliff in the dark

Emergency crews said the man slipped while walking in the Whitsand Bay area near Plymouth at 2am this morning

Social care review into Dartmoor family as ex parter charged with assault

Kathrine Hooper's estranged partner has been charged with attacking her three months ago

Heatwave alert: Met Office warns sun revellers as temperatures soar on hottest day of the year

Temperatures set to reach 32C in the south east

Mother found dead at Dartmoor along with her two children was depressed say neighbours and had gone missing before

Katherine Hooper had disappeared with two children in May last year before being found covered in mud and dehydrated

Mother and child found dead at Dartmoor as body of second child is discovered at house

Police have launched a murder investigation after a mother and her son are found dead at Dartmoor and the body of a second child is discovered at the family's home.

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