News Drilling equipment at the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe

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.

Ex-Church of England priest Keith Wilkie Denford and organist Michael Mytton guilty of string of child abuse offences

A retired Church of England priest and a former organist and choirmaster have been found guilty of a string of child sex abuse offences dating back more than 25 years.

St John the Evangelist Church in Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Vicar abused boy in back seat of church organist's car, jury told

A Church of England priest used the respectability of his cassock to groom and sexually abuse young boys along with his organist, a court heard today.

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The Saturday Quiz answers

1. The Crystal Palace.

Heathrow ups passenger numbers despite weather

Passenger numbers at Heathrow Airport crept up last month despite heavy snowfall disrupting flights.

Henry I (c. 1068/69 – 1135): Henry was buried in Reading Abbey but this was destroyed in the Dissolution

England’s missing monarchs: Richard III may have been found but eight other rulers are still missing

For a royalist country, England has been rather careless with its old monarchs. Richard III may have now been found after being mislaid for 500 years, but eight other rulers are still missing.

Major delays hit key commuter routes into Moorgate and Waterloo

Commuters endured more train travel misery today with major delays on busy routes.

British teen drowns in pool at Alpe d'Huez ski resort in France

A British “seasonaire” has drowned in a swimming pool at the end of a night out in a French ski resort.

Worker quizzed over hospital rape

A healthcare worker has been arrested on suspicion of raping a hospital patient.

Contrary: Heatwave in Bournemouth in March; April snow in Scotland; flash floods in Berkshire

Weather: Could every cloud have a sinister lining?

So, farewell 2012 and, meteorologically speaking, good riddance, says David Randall for whom our weather is beyond a joke

Clampdown on rip-off claims firms starts to bite

Rogue claims management companies are running scared after more than 350 of them were shut down, suspended or warned by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in six months, it is revealed today.

Kayakers on flooded Worcester race course

Forget white... it's a wet Christmas

Torrential rain and floods cause chaos on one of the roads' busiest weekends

Carry on dining: seasonal indulgence continues

Food Miles: Planning a January detox? Time for a rethink ...

So you're about to gorge yourself on turkey and too much Christmas cheer. But that doesn't mean the party has to stop as the clock ticks over into New Year's Day. There are plenty of ways to extend the season of indulgence both in the UK and abroad.

The defaced Rothko painting

Man jailed for defacing £9m Rothko painting

A self-proclaimed artist has been jailed for two years for defacing a painting by Mark Rothko worth up to £9m in the name of his yellowist movement.

Stars pay tribute to Sir Patrick Moore, the man who took us into space

Sir Patrick Moore, who died this afternoon at his home in Selsey, West Sussex at the age of 89, will be remembered as the man who inspired several generations of children to look up at the sky at night and dream of other worlds.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas