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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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn