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

Don’t let the nimby drivers deflate cycling

Surrey residents’ objection to cycle races is yet another depressing reminder that the two-wheeled revolution that has swept the UK is by no means universally welcomed.

The RideLondon 100 race last month on Box Hill

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One man from Esher is so fed up of being ‘kettled by Lycra louts’ on bikes, he has started a petition

Round-up: Durham edge closer to title after dramatic Derbyshire collapse

Durham moved to within one win of clinching their third County Championship in six years with an astonishing victory over Derbyshire at the County Ground, where the home side were skittled out for just 63 in their second innings.

County round-up: Durham stall but stay in control

A combination of difficult batting conditions and the intervention of bad weather looks likely to work in Durham’s favour as their match at Derby heads towards a draw, unless Yorkshire can work through Sussex’s batting quickly at Hove today.

A branch of Santander has been targeted in an 'audacious' cyber-attack

Foiled – gang that tried to 'download' a bank branch's entire funds

'Audacious' cyber-criminals try to steal millions by remotely accessing Santander Bank computers

Brown was 78 not out at close of play

County Championship round-up: Durham make slow progress as Brown punishes Yorkshire

The September scourge of unreliable weather may yet play a part in determining a County Championship that has the potential to provide another close finish. None of today's matches escaped interruption, with First Division leaders Durham suffering the biggest frustration.

Surrey spend money on the likes of Kevin Pietersenm, seen here celebrating, Durham’s Mitchell Claydon cashes in

County cricket: The north-south divide in reverse

Money-bags Surrey are bottom while little Durham are top. How come?

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.

County Championship round-up: Ollie Rayner's haul leaves hapless Surrey staring into the abyss

Ollie Rayner's career-best figures of 8 for 46 accelerated Middlesex towards a victory over Surrey at The Kia Oval which would push their London rivals deeper into the County Championship First Division relegation mire.

Student rental costs soar

Rents in Newport in Wales have more than doubled, according to new research

Girls aged 8 and 10 accused of burglary at nursery

Five schoolgirls aged eight to 10 are suspected of stealing five bicycles during a break-in at a nursery in Surrey, police said yesterday.

County Championship round-up: Durham extend lead over Yorkshire

Title contenders Durham turned the screw against First Division leaders Yorkshire at Scarborough, stretching their overnight score of 406 for 6 to 573, their highest total since May 2011 and their biggest against Yorkshire, who closed the second day at 182 for 3 in reply, with New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson unbeaten on 76.

County Championship: Durham face Yorkshire decider

Durham set up a potential County Championship title decider with Yorkshire at Scarborough when they moved into second place with an innings and 144-run win at home to Surrey.

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