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'Dry winters' lead to hosepipe ban

Millions of households will have hosepipe bans by Easter, water firms announced today as the Environment Agency warned of "severe drought" in the coming months.

Water, water... nowhere

Parts of Britain are already drier than they were in the infamous summer of 1976. Cahal Milmo reports

China invests in Thames Water

China's state-run investment fund dipped its toe into the UK today by snapping up a slice of the country's biggest water and sewerage firm.

John Howard Davies: Child star of David Lean's 'Oliver Twist' who

John Howard Davies would still have had a minor place in entertainment history through his affecting performance as the protagonist of David Lean's film of Oliver Twist (1948). But his reputation rests on having produced and directed some of the most acclaimed examples of BBC television comedy. Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Steptoe and Son and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin all prospered under the air of quiet calm that he exuded, in an often frenetic industry. His frequently stated guideline was, simply, "It's got to be funny."

Girl 'in tears after abduction bid'

A student told a court today that she was left scared and crying after a man said to be convicted killer Levi Bellfield offered her a lift in his car.

Nature Club: From badgers to blackberries, readers report on their

A family of badgers – two adults and three young – visit my garden. I've taken pictures, but they are so shy they disappear at the slightest sound. The female is the one with the mottled nose. When badgers fight, they often grab their opponent's nose and bite. The pinkish colouring is scar tissue from battles.

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Art that goes with the flow

Take 50 volunteers, some blue ribbon and the course of a dried-up river and what have you got? The latest artwork from Amy Sharrocks