UK floods: Three ponies put down after being left marooned by water

Three ponies put down after being left marooned by floodwater as homeowners are warned of fresh deluge to end the yearThe horses had been grazing on flood plains in Over Causeway, Gloucester, which became water-locked following weeks of heavy rain | UPDATED: 22:55 GMT, 30 December 2012 Severe flooding trapped 60 horses on a tiny mud island, leaving them desperate for food and water. Attempts have been made to save the herd, but people living nearby have accused the RSPCA of taking too long to respond. Three of the horses had to be put down after suffering from salmonella, while many others were said to have become seriously dehydrated

Tally GO! 250,000 turn out for Boxing Day hunts as government say there are no plans to vote on repealing the ban

We can't win voted to end foxhunting, admit Tories as 250,000 supporters turn out in show of strength for Boxing Day hunts Countryside Alliance claims 250,000 people have turned out across Britain Hunts follow a pre-laid scent trail to avoid cruelty to animals Environment Secretary says no imminent prospect of parliamentary voteBan on hunting with dogs was passed under Labour in 2005Air ambulance rescue after woman is kicked by horse in Lancashire | UPDATED: 07:35 GMT, 27 December 2012 Thousands of supporters braved the wind and rain yesterday to provide a massive show of strength for Boxing Day hunts. More than 250,000 turned out to celebrate one of the highlights of the countryside calendar in the face of growing anger over the hunting ban

Taylor James in Shoreditch saved from flooding by Good Samaritans who noticed torrent and called for help

Caught on CCTV: Moment business was saved from flooding by Good Samaritans who noticed torrent and called for helpPasserby spotted water pouring through the roof of design firm Taylor James in Shoreditch, east LondonStaff working on 2nd floor of the building completely unaware of flooding The kind Samaritan alerted the company director over the phone | UPDATED: 20:20 GMT, 6 December 2012 A business was saved after a pedestrian passing the building rang the boss to say: 'Hello, it is raining – in your office.' The kind Samaritan stopped and stared in horror through the window of design firm Taylor James as torrents of water gushed from the ceiling, soaking the ground floor. The drama was captured on CCTV footage on cameras both inside and outside the premises in Shoreditch, east London.

Margaret Hughes: Family pay tribute to grandmother, 91, found dead in flooded home just a day before her birthday

Family pay tribute to grandmother, 91, found dead in flooded home as witness claims she refused to leave fearing her breakfast would get coldMargaret Hughes would have celebrated her 92nd birthday tomorrow She was found dead in her flooded home in St Asaph, North Wales, yesterdayNeighbours say she did not want to leave because she was eating breakfast and was warm inside her home The family of the grandmother said she was 'still very much full of life' | UPDATED: 23:59 GMT, 28 November 2012 Full of life: The family of Margaret Hughes, pictured, said she was 'strong willed with a real sense of humour' The family of a grandmother who died just days before her 92nd birthday when her bungalow flooded described her today as 'very active' and said she was looking forward to Christmas.

UK flood warnings: Families flee condemned houses as huge clean-up operation begins

Families flee condemned terraced houses after deluge causes landslide as Britain begins huge flood clean-up operationFive homes in Whitby will be demolished over the next 24 hours after gardens fell away threatening foundationsResidents given just 48 hours to move essential items out of their housesPensioner, 91, killed in flooding in St Asaph, North Wales, today named as Margaret Hughes Number of flood warnings across the rest of the country expected to fall throughout todayEnvironment Agency: 'We are over the worst in terms of flooding'Pumps continue to remove water from behind St Asaph flood defences Dry weather expected throughout today across the UKLocalised flooding expected along Trent, Severn and Thames rivers | UPDATED: 16:00 GMT, 28 November 2012 Five houses will be demolished within two days after the ground beneath them disappeared when raging torrents of water caused a massive landslide. The 150-year-old row of terraced houses in Whitby, North Yorkshire, will have to be torn down after their gardens became saturated by rainfall and slipped away last night. Another two at the end of the property also faced demolition but it is thought they will now be allowed to stay

Britain begins the clean up operation after devastating floods as Environment Agency issues another 350 alerts for areas at risk

Families flee condemned terraced houses after flooding causes landslide as Britain begins huge clean-up operationSeven homes in Whitby will be demolished over the next 48 hours after gardens fell away threatening foundationsResidents given just 48 hours to move essential items out of their housesNumber of flood warnings across the rest of the country expected to fall throughout todayEnvironment Agency: 'We are over the worst in terms of flooding'Pumps continue to remove water from behind St Asaph flood defences Dry weather expected throughout today across the UKLocalised flooding expected along Trent, Severn and Thames rivers | UPDATED: 11:33 GMT, 28 November 2012 Seven houses will be demolished within two days after the ground beneath them disappeared when raging torrents of water caused a massive landslide. The 150-year-old row of terraced houses in Whitby, North Yorkshire, will have to be torn down after their gardens became saturated by rainfall and slipped away last night. However, despite being given two days notice residents have been told only to take essential items and the rest of their property will go with the houses.

UK floods wreak havoc on houses thought to be protected by state of the art 1.7million flood defences

Deluged homeowners' fury at failure of 1.7m state-of-the-art defences which they celebrated with an 'end of flooding party' Distressed families said they were unprepared for flooding because they had been told the pumps would protect themValued possessions were washed away and villagers evacuatedA baby and a 90-year-old were rescued from their houses by boatWater rose four feet in just half an hour after electrical fault Parts of Britain experienced worst floods in 70 years | UPDATED: 13:42 GMT, 26 November 2012 Homeowners were today trying to repair the damage to their homes after a 1.7milllion flood defence system failed during torrential rain this weekend.

This has got us out of a sticky situation! Homeowners use PLASTICINE to stop floodwater entering property

This has got us out of a sticky situation! Homeowners use PLASTICINE to stop floodwater entering property Andy Ford held back 2ft of flood water by sealing his 17th century cottageNeighbour Tad Mandziej gave him the advice after using plasticine himself | UPDATED: 18:48 GMT, 26 November 2012 It may not be the most obvious solution to keep the flooding at bay. But homeowner Andy Ford held back 2ft of flood water by sealing his property with plasticine

UK floods: More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become "uninsurable"

More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become 'uninsurable' as funding talks between Government and industry failDeal allowing homes in high flood risk areas to be insured expires next yearInsurance firms want Government 'overdraft' to help fund claims during extreme flooding but have so far failed to reach an agreement Association of British Insurers warns negotiations reached 'crisis point' | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 26 November 2012 Two hundred thousand homes at high risk of flooding could be left without insurance cover because of a row between the Government and insurers.