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No fracking will take place at a site in West Sussex which was at the centre of large-scale protests last year, energy company Cuadrilla has told residents.

Last year the use of mephedrone, also dubbed meow meow or MCAT, was reported to be soaring

Student home from university ‘cut off his own penis and stabbed his mother while high on mephedrone’

Police described both as stable after they were rushed to hospital with life-threatening – and in the teenager’s case, apparently self-inflicted – wounds

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour

UK weather: Rain and flood warnings extended after 'Winter Storm Hercules' brings 27ft waves to Land's End and flood sirens in Dorset

Met Office severe weather warnings now in place for Thursday morning

50-year-old woman dies after explosion in Crawley

A 50-year-old woman has died after an explosion on New Year's eve.

Merry King ready to revel in mud of Chepstow marathon

In keeping with everything else about Christmas, there’s almost too much for the racing fan to appreciate and digest at the moment.

Education Secretary Michael Gove answers questions at a House of Commons Education Select Committee on school accountability, qualifications and curriculum reform at Portcullis House in London

Michael Gove leaves door open for expansion of grammar schools

Education Secretary said he would be prepared to back future applications to expand selective schools

Arkadiy Abramovich, left, with his father, Roman

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Schools Minister Lord Nash announced he was withdrawing funding from the Discovery New School after it had failed to show sufficient evidence it could improve

Pressure on Government as flagship free school forced to close after inspectors find pupils 'in danger of leaving without being able to read and write properly'

Funding withdrawn for Discovery New School in Crawley after it failed to show evidence it could improve

Man who tried to commit suicide by running into wall loses damages case over broken spine

A man who broke his spine when he tried to commit suicide by running head first into a concrete wall while in detention awaiting deportation has lost his High Court damages action.

Two arrested after man shot outside flats in Crawley

Two people have been arrested after a man was shot outside a block of flats.

Protesters try to obstruct a lorry making its way down Barton Moss Road

Barton Moss: The latest front line in Britain’s unconventional energy revolution against fracking

Jonathan Brown meets the protesters hoping to create the spirit of Balcombe

Tristram Hunt: The teachers' leaders and Labour education spokesman claims this is 'dumbing down'

Outrage as failing South Leeds Academy seeks unqualified maths teachers

Teachers' leaders and Labour education spokesman Tristram Hunt claim this is 'dumbing down'

Letters: A missive from Sir Richard Branson

This letter appears in the Monday 14th October edition of the Independent

This picture, taken in 2011, shows the drilling rig of Cuadrilla Resource near Blackpool

Fracking company Cuadrilla pulls out of shale gas site in Lancashire

A fracking company has withdrawn from a shale gas site near Blackpool which was the scene of a series of earth tremors that led to a moratorium on the controversial technology.

Protests over drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex, earlier this year

Exclusive: US oil giant Halliburton lined up as potential fracking partner

Deepwater Horizon disaster firm hold talks with company planning to drill for oil and gas in South Downs National Park

Energy Minister Michael Fallon: UK set to see '40 shale gas wells'

Minister says it would be 'irresponsible' not to allow companies to find out if the underground reserves can be extracted

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