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The Met Office issued an amber warning of rain for the Somerset Levels, where villages have now been dubbed ‘islands’

Maynard was widely tipped to graduate to the England team

James Lawton: Terrible tragedy should act as a wake-up call for English cricket

Several of Tom Maynard's team-mates have denied the existence of a playboy culture

Ricky Ponting will play for Surrey during June and July

What a coup! Ricky Ponting signs to play for Surrey

The former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has signed a short-term deal to play for Surrey in a significant coup for the county.

In March 2008, Sussex Police received a complaint that Savile had sexually assaulted a woman in her early 20s in a caravan in Sussex in about 1970.

Claims that 'former police inspector acted for Jimmy Savile'

Prosecutors and police have already been criticised for missing the chance to bring the disgraced entertainer to court over the allegations before he died

Sam Woodhead, 18, was sunburnt and disoriented, but otherwise unharmed, when a helicopter spotted him

British backpacker survived outback ordeal by drinking contact lens solution and urine

18-year-old Briton is found disoriented and sunburnt three days after disappearing

Tragedy strikes Britain's only band of sea-shanty singers

After winning major record deal, Fisherman’s Friends manager is killed in freak accident at gig

Measles cases at 18-year high as children are left unvaccinated

Almost 70 per cent of cases were in children under 18

Former Surrey police officer Alan Tierney charged over alleged payments from The Sun

A former Surrey police officer, Alan Tierney, is to be charged with misconduct in public office over alleged payments from the Sun newspaper, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.

Elderly woman 'died in agony' after being left without care in her home for nine days

An elderly woman who died after she was left without care in her own home for nine days must have been in "agony", a friend said today.

Ben Morgan limps off against Scotland on Saturday

England forced into reshuffle with Ben Morgan a doubt for Ireland Six Nations clash

Stuart Lancaster set to put Wood in at No 8 with Haskell filling the gap at blind side

Man killed partner on Norfolk Broads barge before drowning himself

John Didier strangled Annette Creegan and then spent a week on board a river cruiser with her daughter before killing himself

Man held after woman's body is found in Chichester house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found by a colleague who was due to take her to work.

Outlook brightens for Dharamsala's debut

Reports of the death of Dharamsala's one-day dream are greatly exaggerated. The final game of the series between India and England, taking place this Sunday, has been variously frozen off, snowed off, postponed, cancelled and relocated.

Brooklyn Beckham with his father David

Brooklyn Beckham has trial at Chelsea

Son of David Beckham at Chelsea's training ground yesterday

(Clockwise from top) The scene in Vauxhall; the pilot Peter Barnes; the damaged crane

Helicopter pilot diverted due to bad weather prior to Vauxhall crash, inquest hears

The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London had been diverted because of bad weather before his aircraft clipped a crane and then plunged to the ground, an inquest was told today.

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