Rickmansworth Cricket Club cancels season after badgers destroy pitch

Badgers stop play! Historic cricket club cancels season before it begins after protected animals tear pitch to pieces Manicured grass of Rickmansworth Cricket Club has been totally shreddedClub officials are powerless to stop the animals which are protected by lawThey say they can't afford to re-turf it so don't know when they'll play again By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 15:28 GMT, 4 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:00 GMT, 5 April 2013 For more than 200 summers, the sound of leather on willow has echoed around Rickmansworth Cricket Club. Not this year

Thieves steal 1930s gold Nobel Peace Prize worth 150,000 from Lord Mayors house

Thieves steal 1930s gold Nobel Peace Prize in haul worth 150,000 from Lord Mayor's houseThe prize was awarded to former Foreign Secretary Arthur Henderson He was given it for his peacekeeping efforts before the Second World WarRaiders also stole a lock of hair from Admiral Lord CollingwoodThe break-in, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, happened overnight on Monday By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 18:50 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:56 GMT, 4 April 2013 A Nobel Peace Prize awarded to a pioneering politician for his attempts to patch-up international relations in the years before World War Two has been stolen. The prize, awarded to former Foreign Secretary Arthur Henderson in the 1930s, was one item in a haul of items thought to be worth an estimated 150,000 to be stolen from the Lord Mayor's Mansion House, in the Jesmond area of Newcastle, Tyne and Wear. A lock of hair from Admiral Lord Collingwood, who took over control of the British fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 after Admiral Nelson was killed, was also stolen in the raid.

The real life Bleak House: Family at war over 200,000 inheritance loses every penny in four-year legal dispute

The real life Bleak House: Family at war over 200,000 inheritance loses every penny in four-year legal disputeDaphne Burgess left sum to daughters Julia Hawes and Libby BurgessHer son Peter was left out of the will but he managed to overturn decisionPeter and Libby pitched against Julia at six-day Court of Appeal hearingLord Justice Mummery described the case as a 'calamity for the family' By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:39 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:40 GMT, 20 February 2013 Challenge: Daphne Burgess left 200,000 to her daughters Julia Hawes (pictured) and Libby Burgess when she died aged 80. Her son Peter, who was left out of the will, managed to overturn the decision at the Court of Appeal A bitter battle over a family will ended yesterday with the two sides spending more on lawyers than the 200,000 at stake. Daphne Burgess left that sum when she died four years ago at the age of 80.

Mick Philpott and Mairead Philpott: Wife and mistress "took it in turns" to sleep with father accused of starting fire that killed six…

Wife and mistress 'took it in turns' to sleep with father accused of starting fire that killed six children… and his lover was a bridesmaid at defendants' wedding Mairead Philpott and Lisa Willis slept with Mick Philpott on alternate nights Court heard of arrangement during the married couple's manslaughter trialWillis, 29, told the court: 'We never had all three of us together'Former mistress said she was a bridesmaid when the Philpotts got marriedPhilpotts accused of starting fire at semi-detached Derby home The married couple and a third defendant deny six separate counts of manslaughter /11/06/article-2228528-13BC2AD2000005DC-638_196x326.jpg” width=”196″ height=”326″ alt=”Jade Philpott, 10″ class=”blkBorder” /> Jade Philpott, 10 Jayden Philpott, 5 John Philpott, 9 Jack Philpott, 8 Jesse Philpott, 6 Duwayne Philpott, 13 She said that when the children approached him for help with homework or to read to them, he would tell them to speak to the two women because he was ‘trying to watch telly’. Miss Willis later agreed with a suggestion from Anthony Orchard QC, defending Philpott, that ‘personal hygiene was not a high priority’ for the father

Mick Philpott and Mairead Philpott: Couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire "started the blaze in a plan that went horribly…

'She won't get away with it – watch this space': Father 'started house blaze which killed his six children in bid to frame ex-girlfriend during custody battle'Mick and Mairead Philpott allegedly started fire in May last yearThe couple, and third defendant, deny six separate counts of manslaughterTrial started at Nottingham Crown Court today /11/06/article-2228528-15E03182000005DC-28_634x442.jpg” width=”634″ height=”442″ alt=”The children, five boys and a girl, aged between five and 13, died in the fire at their house in Derby, pictured. Flowers were left at the scene” class=”blkBorder” /> The children, five boys and a girl, aged between five and 13, died in the fire at their house in Derby, pictured.

Labour has biggest lead over Tories for a decade as women turn on David Cameron

Labour surges 12 points ahead in polls to biggest lead over the Tories in a decade as women voters desert David Cameron ICM/Guardian: Labour 41%, Conservatives, 29%, Lib Dems 13%, UKIP 9%Female voters deserting Tories for Labour – 26% more would vote for themIn/out referendum promise has not stopped UKIP gaining votesLabour lead despite lack of faith in Ed Miliband as leaderOnly 18% asked thought him 'good in a crisis' – half PM's rating By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 12 February 2013 Labour has surged to its biggest lead over the Tories in the polls for a decade as female voters continue to desert the Prime Minister. If a General Election was held today Ed Miliband's party would probably secure 41 per cent of the vote while David Cameron's Conservatives would get 29 per cent – down four per cent in a month

Sir David Attenborough forced to explain when animals are not filmed in the wild for new BBC documentary after fakery row

'Er, this bit isn't real': New David Attenborough series will tell viewers which shots are fakedBBC2 series Africa will see viewers told when scenes not filmed in the wild The BBC was accused of 'fakery' following last year's Frozen Planet seriesOne episode featuring a polar bear birth was filmed in a Dutch zoo Producers say they will make it clear when 'controlled filming' is involvedThe move will 'maintain trust and credibility' with viewers It was one of the most memorable moments of legendary wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough's Frozen Planet series.

Thousands riot in Egypt on the eve of constitution vote as Islamist hardliners clash with liberals

Thousands riot in Egypt on the eve of constitution vote as Islamist hardliners clash with liberalsMuslim Brotherhood members and ultraconservative Salafis clashed with youthful liberal protesters in Alexandria todayRiot police used tear-gas and batons to stop the fighting Clashes come on the eve of final vote on an Islamist-influenced constitution | UPDATED: 21:35 GMT, 21 December 2012 Demonstrations by supporters of President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents descended into violence today ahead of a final vote on an Islamist-influenced constitution tomorrow that has divided the country. The two opposing sides hurled rocks and stones at each other during a two-hour-long clash in Egypt's second largest city Alexandria over the controversial constitution which has deeply polarised the nation.

Hotel owner who said his wife was his "second best receptionist" loses bid to cut 2.7m divorce settlement

Hotel owner who said his wife was his 'second best receptionist' loses bid to cut 2.7m divorce settlement Andrew Davies described his 39-year-old wife as merely a paid employeeBut she claimed to work up to 17 hours a day transforming their hotelLast year, Judge Martin O'Dwyer gave her 2.2m cash and their homeLord Justice Thorpe said there was no reason to reverse that decision | UPDATED: 17:54 GMT, 11 December 2012 Millionaire hotel owner Andrew Davies who claimed his wife Debra was 'no more than a receptionist' today lost his Appeal Court bid to cut her 2.7million divorce settlement. The 49-year-old owner of the 6million Cardiff Hotel, which overlooks exclusive Norfolk Square, in Bayswater, west London, claimed he was the driving force behind the business.