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

British press magnate Lord Beaverbrook, former owner of Cherkley Court

Judge blocks attempts to open luxury golf course on Green Belt land in Surrey

Lawyers claimed course was ‘needed’ despite nearby clubs reporting a lack of demand

The prisoner kept in a squalid, isolated cell for five years – and what it says about the way we treat women in jail

The “cruel, inhumane and degrading” treatment of a woman held in an austere and “squalid” cell for more than five years has prompted calls for the Government to address the “national failure” of not having a national strategy to manage some of Britain’s most challenging women prisoners.

HMP Bronzefield as the prison has been criticised for holding a female inmate in segregation in a

'Cruel, inhumane and degrading': Female prisoner kept segregated in 'squalid' cell for five years

Inspector discovered case during unannounced visit to HMP Bronzefield in Surrey

Michael Carberry raises his bat to the crowd as he leaves the field of play

Twenty20: Carberry’s Hampshire Royals are still the team to beat

A boom year for Twenty20 cricket reaches its climax with a 25,000 full house expected at Edgbaston today, following on the heels of a 76 per cent increase in overall attendances compared with 2012.

Scene of a road traffic collision on the clockwise section of the M25 Surrey

Eight people injured - two seriously - in seven car crash on M25

Six ambulances and four fire engines attended the scene of the crash between junctions 10 and 11 in Surrey

Six people injured - two seriously - in crash on M25 in Surrey

Six ambulances and four fire engines attended the scene of the crash between junctions 10 and 11 in Surrey

Surrey given Hashim Amla boost

Surrey's hopes of avoiding relegation from the First Division of the County Championship have been boosted by the signing of South Africa's Hashim Amla, currently rated as the best Test and ODI batsman in the world.

Ryan Ten Doeschate top scored with 82

Essex through to T20 Finals Day

Essex booked the last place in the Friends Life T20 Finals Day with a 47-run victory over Nottingham-shire in the quarter-final at Trent Bridge.

Charlotte Edwards will captain England in all three formats

Now England women get ready for their Ashes

England announced their Ashes squads today. Selection is a tricky business in women's cricket these days because the trophy in this case now covers all three forms of the game.

Surrey reach T20 semi-finals

Surrey booked their place in the Friends Life T20 Finals Day for the first time since 2006 after edging to a three-wicket win over Somerset in their quarter-final at The Oval.

'I didn't call Boris a fat b******', insists cyclist branded 'Gollum' by London Mayor during gruelling 100-mile RideLondon event

The London Mayor claimed that Bob Carter, 52, teased him as he struggled to climb Leith Hill in Surrey

Olympic bronze medallist Karina Bryant

Judo: Karina Bryant retires on anniversary of winning Olympic bronze

Olympic bronze medallist Karina Bryant has announced her retirement due to continued injury problems – a year to the day after standing on the podium at London 2012.

Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed by a Scotland Yard officer at the G20 protests

Met close to payout for unlawful killing of Ian Tomlinson

'Compensation deal close' with family of man who died after being pushed to ground during G20 protests

Chris Tremlett has been called up to the England squad for the third Test

Ashes 2013: Steve Finn dropped by ruthless England for Chris Tremlett

Onions also dropped as Taylor and Panesar are brought into squad for third Test that could clinch Ashes

Robin Scott-Elliot: Ashes wheel won't turn back if Aussies would rather watch 'Shaun the Sheep'

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