Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banks

Marooned at Christmas: Family left stranded for a week in holiday cottage as Severn bursts its banksDream Christmas becomes nightmare for 12 members of the Hughes familyThey had to be rescued from a luxury cottage in Uckinghall, GlosIt was the first time the whole family had been together for 20 years | UPDATED: 08:09 GMT, 31 December 2012 A Christmas break in a luxurious cottage by the Severn probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But it turned into a nightmare for the Hughes family when the river burst its banks and they were stranded indoors for a week looking out at waist-deep water before eventually being rescued by boat.

Wind turbines "last for half as long as previously thought" as study shows they show signs of wearing out after just 12 years

Wind turbines 'last for half as long as previously thought' as study shows they show signs of wearing out after just 12 yearsStudy of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 yearsThe research will fuel criticism of wind farms | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 30 December 2012 Wind farms have just half the useful lifespan which has been claimed, according to new research which found they start to wear out after just 12 years.

Chris Huhne tipped to replace Nick Clegg and halt poll slide if he wins criminal case

Chris Huhne tipped to replace Nick Clegg and halt poll slide if he wins criminal case | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 22 December 2012 Chris Huhne is tipped to replace Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader if he wins a criminal case being brought against him, senior party figures claimed last night.

Mr Squeaker stared emptily, eyeballs swollen and liquid

Mr Squeaker stared emptily, eyeballs swollen and liquid By Quentin Letts PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 20 December 2012 Basso profundo: Jo Swinson resembled the Sergeant Major in It Aint Half Hot, Mum Last days of the Commons before Christmas and attendance, ahem, was slight. Hangover season There were certainly a few bleary eyes and deep voices evident but it is not the intention of this column to cast aspersions. No! We will simply commiserate with the high proportion of Hon Members who seemed to be suffering from coughs, cold and splutters.

Police officer who called three black men "f****** monkeys" weeps in dock as he and colleague cleared of racial harassment

Police officer who called three black men 'f****** monkeys' weeps in dock as he and colleague cleared of racial harassmentMetropolitan Police constables Kevin Hughes, 36, and Pc David Hair, 42, were both found not guilty on two separate charges each ‘Black people haven’t evolved, they live in mud huts in Africa,’ a colleague heard Hughes sayHair was alleged to have racially abused PC Julia Dacres while travelling in a police minibus Hughes wept and Hair signed with relief as the verdicts were announced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court | UPDATED: 22:51 GMT, 29 November 2012 Two police officers were cleared of racial harassment today after one admitted saying a black man looked like a monkey while another allegedly told a black colleague that she was 'going home to cook bananas'.

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.

Dopey drug dealer accidentally sends text message to police officer offering cannabis for sale

Dopey drug dealer accidentally sends text messages to police officer offering cannabis for sale Lee Streeter, 29, offered to sell PC Daniel Hughes cannabis by text When arrested, he told police he sent messages 'accidentally'Drug dealer sentenced to 16 months in prison | UPDATED: 18:55 GMT, 28 November 2012 A dopey drug dealer who sent text messages to the police offering to sell them cannabis has been jailed for 16 months. Lee Streeter was out on bail after being caught with a stash of the drug when the officer who arrested him exchanged mobile phone numbers. A month later PC Daniel Hughes got two text messages from Streeter saying: ‘Safe – got bone dry cheese if u need’ – dealer slang for selling cannabis, Stafford Crown Court heard.

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

"Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and told colleague they lived in mud huts during racist banter on patrol"

'Racist Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and said they lived in mud huts' PC Kevin Hughes allegedly directed racist comments at members of the public while on patrol Fellow PC David Hair 'asked black colleague if she was going home to cook bananas'Officers were suspended in April following complaints from other PCs | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 26 November 2012 A police officer told colleagues ‘all black people look like monkeys’, a court heard yesterday.