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.

Monday morning misery continues for frustrated rail commuters

Rush-hour rail problems that plagued passengers on many days in November continued on the first working day of December today.

Gatwick reports rise in profits

A busy holiday airport has announced increased half-yearly profits.

Boy held after ham thrown at Crawley mosque

A 16-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a hate crime after pieces of ham were thrown at a mosque.

Peppa Pig leads winners at Bafta Children's Awards

Peppa Pig, Horrible Histories and a trio of teenage actors and games designers were among the winners of the British Academy Children's Awards.

Four Britons convicted over attack on ex-footballer Robert Hughes

Four Britons have been found guilty of an attack on a former footballer who was stabbed with a broken bottle and had his head stamped on while on holiday in Crete.

More allegations made in investigation of ex-bishop Peter Ball

Police investigating allegations of sex offences against boys and young men by a retired Church of England bishop said seven more people have come forward claiming they were abused.

Hampshire police commissioner voters unlikely to find out if Conservative candidate Michael Mates committed electoral fraud until after election

Voters in Hampshire will almost certainly have to wait until after this week’s police commissioner elections to find out whether the high-profile Conservative candidate for the post will face action over claims that he committed electoral fraud to enter the contest.

Coastal towns battered by floods

High tides and strong winds have brought flooding to towns in the south-west as more warnings are issued to coastal areas.

Wlodzimierz Umaniec AKA Vladimir Umanets admits defacing Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern

A man has admitted defacing a Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern gallery after it was graffitied with black paint.

Simon English: Ashcroft's sparkling idea could be a total washout

Outlook Lord Ashcroft of Belize, sometime deputy chairman of the Tory party, ex-rock band manager, entirely legal tax avoider and staunch hater of the Coalition Government (hey, everyone's got something), has an idea.

Man survives being pushed onto 750-volt live track at crowded railway station

A man has survived being pushed onto a 750-volt live track at a crowded railway station after trying to defuse a violent argument.

Four seriously injured in M23 motorway crash

Four people were seriously injured in a motorway crash after a stationary car was hit by two other vehicles.

Next sees new gardening centres as path to greater growth

Fashion retailer Next is branching out into garden centres after a trial format came up smelling of roses.

Increasing interest in old-style exams comes as the Education Secretary Michael Gove has declared his intention to bring back O-levels to replace GCSEs

Schools ditch GCSEs in favour of traditional exams

Record numbers of schools have ditched GCSE exams this year in favour of a more traditional exam modelled along the lines of O-levels.

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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