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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.

Nascar legend Dick Trickle

Nascar legend Dick Trickle kills himself after warning police about body

Shortly before he was found dead, Trickle called officers to tell them 'there would be a dead body and it would be his'

Armed men made off with a shipment of diamonds as it was being loaded on to a plane of Helvetic Airlines at the Brussels airport

Police hunting £30m diamond plane heist gang arrest 31 people across Europe

Massive operation with suspects held in France, Switzerland  and Belgium

55 dead after suspected raid in Nigeria by Islamist sect Boko Haram

The Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram is thought to have been behind a deadly siege on the northeastern town of Bama on Tuesday that left 55 people dead.

Five-year-old April vanished while playing with her friend near their homes in Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales, on October 1 last year

April Jones trial: Friend tells court missing schoolgirl was 'smiling when she got into a grey Land Rover'

Child witness says five-year-old friend appeared to go willingly

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Fugitive Stevie McMullen arrested and charged after escaping from prison van in Salford

A fugitive who went on the run after he was sprung from a prison van is back in police custody and has been charged with escaping lawful custody.

The News Matrix: Monday 6 May 2013

Plane crashes at Madrid airshow

The €1m question: who’s got all the stolen money?

Belgian police go door-to-door as fleeing burglars dump their loot

Postcard from... Deniliquin

I’m standing by a stage,  watching one of my teenage idols, Carlos Santana, tear up a guitar barely 10 feet away from me. Nothing unusual in that – the Mexican-American rock legend still tours frequently – what’s unusual is the setting, a dusty field in a small country town on the edge of the  Australian Outback. .

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Two men escape in armed prison van ambush

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed as they were travelling through rush-hour traffic in Salford

The News Matrix: Tuesday 30 April 2013

2015 ‘will see change in UK government’

A jacket of 'La Reyna de Monterrey' music band lies at a crash site in Sabinas Hidalgo, on the outskirts of Monterrey

Ten members of Mexican band La Reyna de Monterrey killed in horrific car crash

Ten members of music troupe La Reyna de Monterrey were reported to have been killed in a car accident in northern Mexico early on Saturday morning.

The scene of crash on the westbound carriage of the M62 near Pontefract in West Yorkshire between a lorry and a minibus

Bride-to-be Stefanie Firth involved in M62 crash 'may never walk again'

A bride-to-be whose hen party was involved in a fatal crash on Friday has suffered serious spinal injuries. It was reported that the fiancé of Stefanie Firth, who remains in a serious condition in hospital, fears she might never walk again.

Police arrest the man who stole a pick-up truck at gunpoint

Video: Police arrest man after dramatic car chase ends in shootout

Police in Arizona managed to apprehend and arrest a man accused of robbing a store.

The Business Matrix: Friday 19 April 2013

Cheap fares are a hit for Eurostar

Europe-wide alert issued after ‘celebrity’ robber and murder suspect takes prison guards hostage after firing a gun and using plastic explosives hidden in a hankerchief to break out

French prisoner blasts through doors in daring daylight escape

Europe-wide alert issued after ‘celebrity’ robber and murder suspect takes prison guards hostage after firing a gun and using plastic explosives hidden in a handkerchief to break out

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