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.

I'm worried about my dandruff... and other gripes GPs are sick of hearing

Thousands of people are visiting their GPs unnecessarily to ask about ailments from dandruff to travel sickness, the NHS has revealed, as it launches a project to try and cut out needless visits to doctors' surgeries.

Warning over care home sexual abuse

Children in care homes are being subjected to sexual abuse of a “violent and sadistic nature”, England's Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz has warned. 

Risk failure allowed knife attack

Three major opportunities were missed to assess risks posed by a paranoid schizophrenic who repeatedly stabbed a woman in a supermarket, a report has found.

Detective Peter Foster jailed for murder of partner

A former police detective has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years after admitting the murder of his partner, a policewoman whose body was found in a shallow woodland grave.

Plamen Petkov honoured for saving girl from sea

A man who died saving a five-year-old girl who was being swept out to sea has been recognised for his heroism.

Two posthumous honours for man who died saving five-year-old girl who was swept out to sea

The man who died saving a five-year-old girl who was swept out to sea has been doubly recognised for his heroism.

New flooding risk as rain moves in

Parts of England and Wales were warned to be ready for the risk of more flooding today as further heavy rainfall was forecast.

Floods alert as more rain forecast

Parts of England and Wales faced the risk of flooding once again today after warnings of more heavy rain.

Hosepipe bans to be lifted at last ... but floods are set to stay

Millions see the end of the 'drought' as yet another severe weather warning is issued

Locals wade through the flood water in a boat along the road in Felpham near Bognor Regis, West Sussex

A month and a half’s rain in 36 hours, 40 flood alerts... but there’s still a drought

Rain continued to batter Britain today, with 40 rivers put on flood alert, and flood warnings requiring immediate action in place in five regions.

Observations: Take a break in a cottage that has a creative past

Rather than renting the same old boring Cornish cottage, how about staying in a bolthole with a creative past?

Raging seas lash the coast at Aberystwyth, west Wales

Summer's nearly here (but you wouldn't know it from the 60mph winds, tidal surges and flooding...)

Southern Britain was battered by 60mph winds yesterday as a storm swept in off the Atlantic, causing flooding, tidal surges and sporadic damage.

An air ambulance arrives too late to save Plamen Petkov

Plamen Petkov: The Bulgarian immigrant who died a British hero's death

Tributes to 'special' man who drowned saving a five-year-old girl from the sea

Five wanted over violence at nationalist march

Pictures have been released of five people wanted by police investigating violence which flared during a nationalist march and rally last month.

Brittany Cox puts her conservation skills to work in restoring an antique clock

Conservation courses: Breathe life into old treasures

The broken artefacts of history can be restored to their former glory using the skills you will learn on a conservation course

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions