Esso and its contractor charged over Fawley refinery death

Esso and one of its contractors are to be prosecuted over the death of a sailor at one of Europe's largest oil refineries, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today.

Woman 'used rolling pin to kill'

A woman bludgeoned her mother-in-law to death using a rolling pin, a court heard yesterday.

Three years for Facebook riot posts

A man who used Facebook to try to incite violence and urged others to attack the police and Muslims during the height of last summer's riots was jailed for three years today.

Dwayne Smith hits out during West Indies’ mammoth total

Gayle breezes in to make up for the loss of Pietersen gusto

West Indies 335-4 Middlesex 107 (West Indies win by 228 runs)

Man killed in Jersey cliff plunge

A pensioner has been killed in a cliff fall while on holiday in Jersey, police said today.

Judge halts Travellers 'slavery' case

The jury in the trial of two Travellers accused of enslaving vulnerable men was discharged yesterday.

Stem cell hope for hip replacement procedure

Hip replacements for some patients could be a thing of the past after surgeons pioneered a new stem cell procedure to tackle a bone disease that leads to arthritis.

Postcode lottery over holiday cash rates

There is a "postcode lottery" over foreign exchange, according to consumer group Which?.

A woman uses a tablet computer in the sunshine in Hyde Park on May 23, 2012 in London, England. Following the high afternoon temperatures in the capital yesterday, it is expected to reach 26 degrees Celsius today with warm weather forecast for the rest of the week.

Britons get ready to make the most of 'barbecue weekend' as scorching weather continues

Met Office say temperatures over the weekend are likely to reach 26C

Murder suspect arrested in Italy

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a crane driver's body was found in his burnt out car.

Labour leader Ed Miliband greets supporters in Birmingham – but was hit by an egg in Southampton

Labour takes power across country – and Miliband tightens grip on party

Leader's position secure after difficult spell in charge as more than 800 council seats are won

Sam Allardyce has had to undertake a rebuilding programme at West Ham following their relegation last season

Football League round-up: Buoyant Sam Allardyce expects West Ham promotion

Sam Allardyce believes West Ham have banished the poor home form which cost his side automatic promotion as they head into the play-offs this week.

Southampton fans cheer on their side against Crystal Palace earlier this month

Fans can help push Saints all the way to the top flight, says Adkins

Nigel Adkins, the Southampton manager, has told the club's fans they will have a huge part to play against Coventry today when a victory will guarantee the Saints Premier League football next season.

British Gas to close 550-job centre

British Gas is planning to close a call centre at the end of the year with the loss of 550 jobs.

Four-year-old girl joins Mensa

A four-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa after achieving a score of 159 on an IQ test.

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