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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

British mum Emma Wilkinson killed in crash in Siberia during Peking to Paris vintage car rally

31-year-old man and baby in another vehicle also killed

Apprentices Jason Leech and Neil Clough try to sell mobile homes and caravans

The Apprentice 2013: Contestants battle it out to be the 'God of Sales' at a caravan and motorhomes show

The 10 remaining contestants in The Apprentice do their best to make sure their sales figures do not remain static when they are sent to sell at a caravan show in the latest episode.

Relative danger: Michael Dunlop follows in the dangerous tyre tracks of his father and uncle on the Isle of Man

The Last Word: The Isle of Man TT, Robert Dunlop's death, and a race that defies the nanny state

Contact with a wall, a telegraph pole or a traffic sign is usually fatal

Sri Haran, who runs a shop in Stanwell Moor, believes there is nothing residents or business people will be able to do to stop the plans

Heathrow’s latest plan for third runway would be ‘plane crazy’ for one village

Simon Calder meets the people who could soon have jets landing on their doorsteps

Karina Menzies, who was killed in Cardiff

Cardiff hit-and-run: Paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Tvrdon went on 'journey of mayhem'

Paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Tvrdon, 31, admitted the manslaughter of Karina Menzies through diminished responsibility last month

This unique Bronze Age dugout canoe from Must Farm, Cambridgeshire is decorated with a criss-cross design - the only such example known in Britain

Dug out canoes found in record haul in Cambridgeshire were Bronze Age Britons' 'run-abouts' of choice, say archaeologists

Ancient Britons made hundreds of thousands of dugout canoes, archaeologists now believe.

Police van rolls over elderly man killing him as he buys ice cream in park

A pensioner was killed yesterday when an unattended police van rolled forward and hit him.

Georgia Williams has been missing since Sunday

Georgia Williams disappearance: Jamie Reynolds in court charged with murder after finding a body in North Wales

22-year-old was originally arrested in Glasgow on suspicion of kidnapping the 17-year-old

Parked car smashes through front wall of Coventry house after being hit by van

A parked car was smashed through the front wall of a house after it was hit by a van.

Sgt Jean Reno, who was injured in 2005

Betrayal of our wounded veterans: ‘I served my country. Then they turned their backs’

Former soldiers with severe injuries are losing their benefits and being told they are fit to work

Bluebells are usually one of the first indications that spring is on the way

Kate Humble: Signs of spring are everywhere, even in the chill

Spring has been a long time coming this year, a feeling exacerbated, I suspect, by the fact that we have barely seen the sun since last March. Remember last year? Spring made a tentative start in January and by the end of March the bluebells were out, most of us had had at least one barbecue and we were looking forward to a long hot summer. Then April came, and with it, the rain, which didn't stop.

Fans of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have arrived in London ahead of the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley Stadium

Champions League final: Biggest German invasion since the fifth century as Borussia Dortmund face Bayern Munich

Wilkommen to the 150,000 fans expected in London for Saturday’s Champion League’s final

Lebanese soldiers deploy along the demarcation line between Tripoli's Sunni Muslim Bab al-Tabbneh Syria street

Gunmen face off in Tripoli as sectarian battle escalates

Fierce fighting between Alawites and Sunnis has turned Tripoli, Lebanon, into a battleground – and brought the Syrian war home

Karina Menzies, who was killed in Cardiff on Friday

Breast cancer survivor nears end of 250-mile journey from Blackpool to London – on a mobility scooter

Tracey Vinyard battled thieves, convinced police to escort her and fought an irate lorry driver on her two week trip

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