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

Tom Maynard: Cricketer had taken cocaine, ecstasy and was 4 times the drink-drive limit when he was killed

Cricket star Tom Maynard had taken cocaine and ecstasy and was 4x drink-drive limit when he was killed by train while fleeing policeInquest hears it is not known if he was killed by impact or electrocutionThe cricket star took drugs before trying to drive, jury toldFled after officers pulled him over in Wimbledon last year Surrey batsman was found dead on tracks at nearby Wimbledon Park Was trying to see his girlfriend when police spotted him Inquest heard he suffered burns consistent with injuries from live tracksTrain driver: 'He didn't look like he had fallen, but laid down'Girlfriend and England cricket players arrived at inquest this morning , had played a T20 game for Surrey against Kent the day before his death and went out drinking afterwards. Teammates: Surrey's Gareth Batty (left) arrives at the inquest this morning into the death of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard (right), who died after he was hit by a London Underground train last June Memorial: Tributes left to the cricketer behind the pavilion at The Oval, following his death in June last year 'He left the pub with his two flatmates, who were also his teammates, and went home where they continued drinking', said Mr Goddard.

Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner"s phone call to Justin Divaris after "shooting dead Reeva Steenkamp"

Was Reeva's skull crushed with bloodied cricket bat 'found' at Blade Runner's House Horrific new claims about model's death South African police reportedly found a bloodied cricket bat at his homeAthlete's best friend claims Pistorius called him moments after shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, had been dating Oscar Pistorious since November She was shot dead on Valentine’s Day at his gated mansion in South Africa 'There is no hatred in our hearts' says model's father Barry SteenkampRumours about Springbok Francois Hougaard's friendship with Miss Steenkamp have been rubbished by the rugby player's agent Olympics and Paralympics last year” class=”blkBorder” /> Blade Runner: Pistorius ran in both the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics last year Some in South Africa have speculated about the nature of Miss Steenkamp’s friendship with Springbok rugby player Francois Hougaard, and whether this played a part in the tragedy. The 24-year-old was keen to distance himself from such reports at the weekend.

Prince Charles hangs with the kids during visit to South London

The Prince of cool! Charles hangs with the kids during visit to South LondonPrince met 16-25-year-olds at The Oval home of Surrey CCC They are all involved in his charity The Prince's TrustHe enjoyed jokes and pictures with the boisterous youngsters By Rebecca English PUBLISHED: 17:37 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:02 GMT, 25 January 2013 With his valet pressed-trousers, highly polished brogues and artfully arranged pocket handkerchief, he is not the most obvious proponent of street style. Still Prince Charles appeared to be enjoying himself immensely as he hung around the streets of South London yesterday. The heir to the throne was visiting the world-famous Oval, home of Surrey County Cricket Club, when he encountered a group of young people working with his charity, The Prince’s Trust

Parents of dyslexic boy sue top prep school after he suffered two years of bullying

Parents of dyslexic boy sue top prep school after he suffered two years of bullying Paul and Angela McDonnell are suing Bilton Grange School They claim their son Patrick, 11, was repeatedly labelled 'thick' by pupilsAlso claim he was punched, kicked and threatened by his classmates . Angela and husband Paul are seen with sons Rory, left, and Patrick, right ” class=”blkBorder” /> Close: The McDonnell family are pictured on holiday in Murcia, Spain in April 2012. Angela and husband Paul are seen with sons Rory, left, and Patrick, right 'They wouldn't back down and said we had not given them sufficient notice to withdraw Patrick, that's when I got an educational solicitor

Hospitals hit by huge rise in women suffering injuries caused by their vajazzles

Hospitals hit by huge rise in women suffering injuries caused by their vajazzles The Only Way Is Essex body art craze is behind a 50 per cent rise in A&E admissions Brazilians and other grooming procedures are also causing more women to seek medical helpBut men still account for seven in ten genital injuries, with cricket balls posing the biggest threat | UPDATED: 10:12 GMT, 9 December 2012 Vajazzles are behind a huge rise in hospital admissions for embarrassing injuries to private parts. Admissions of A&E patients with cuts and infections to their genitals jumped 50 per cent over the past five years. Many of the women seeking medical help did so after a botched DIY vajazzle – body art popularised by The Only Way Is Essex beautican Amy Childs.