Merry Christmas from our Great British weather: Ruined homes, flooded fields, a nightmare getaway and more rain STILL to come Bodmin saw 155 mm in five days – it has a usual monthly average of 300mmFirst Great Western: 'If you are planning to travelling to or from Devon and Cornwall it is advised to postpone your journey if at all possible' 165 UK flood warnings in place – majority in Midlands and the South WestThree people were killed in a crash near Midlothian, which had heavy rain Scotland and West Country are likely to suffer the most Christmas Eve rain Up to 30mm of rain is expected to fall between midnight and noonMet Office: Britain is now set for one of its wettest years since 1910 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 25 December 2012 Homeowners are on alert for further flooding on Christmas Day as forecasters warn of heavy rains as the bad weather continues to threaten homes, businesses, roads and railways. With 165 flood warnings in place, tomorrow is expected to be a rather showery day across the UK, with the continued risk of thundery downpours for southern and western parts. The great Christmas getaway has been stalled by floods which are hampering the rail network with lines in the south-west among services hardest hit
Shops open all night to ease Christmas chaos on Sunday (the busiest day of the year) | UPDATED: 01:26 GMT, 21 December 2012 Supermarkets are trading around the clock in a bid to avoid a chaotic crush on Sunday – December 23, the day before Christmas Eve. The date is normally the busiest day of the year as families stock up for the holiday, but Sunday trading laws will restrict large outlets to just six hours opening.
Chaos and incompetence at BBC over Savile scandal – yet STILL nobody gets the sackBosses ignored warnings about DJ's 'dark side'Newsnight editor forced to take blame to protect the director generalHead of news censured – but she will be back at her desk today | UPDATED: 08:52 GMT, 20 December 2012 BBC chiefs were alerted to Jimmy Savile’s ‘dark side’ months before it became public, it emerged yesterday. They learned ‘the real truth’ about the twisted entertainer more than two years ago – while he was still alive. Yet nothing was done, and shortly after his death, fulsome tribute programmes were aired and a Newsnight expose of his paedophile past was scrapped
Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called offWalk out cancelled after 'satisfactory' agreement reachedRow began over dismissal of colleague | UPDATED: 20:46 GMT, 19 December 2012 Planned strikes by workers at two train operators, which would have caused travel chaos in the run up to Christmas, have been called off. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at ScotRail had been due to walk out on Saturday and again on Christmas Eve in a row over the dismissal of a colleague. The union was also set to hold a 24-hour walkout at CrossCountry on Friday in a separate dispute over industrial relations
Sub-zero Britain to warm up as Atlantic front sweeps in… but the 'Pest from the West' will bring more rain and the wet weather could last until ChristmasRiver Thames freezes over at Wargrave, Berkshire, and in parts of LondonTemperatures set to rise by Friday… but rain is also set to return | UPDATED: 01:52 GMT, 13 December 2012 Freezing fog and ice brought beautiful scenes to the countryside but transport chaos in many cities yesterday as temperatures plummeted to -10C
The M6 toxic fireball: Motorway re-opens 12 hours after chemical tanker exploded and ten people – including eight firefighters – were left needing treatmentMotorists evacuated from their cars and warned to expect major delaysResidents advised to stay indoors and close their windows Firefighters set up 800m exclusion zone between Junction 3 and Junction 4 Lorry was carrying potentially harmful acid solution hydrochloride Accident follows Monday's nine-vehicle pile-up on the M6 in Cheshire | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 12 December 2012 The M6 has re-opened 12 hours after a chemical tanker exploded in a 50ft fireball, leaving eight firefighters and two drivers needing treatment for exposure to toxic fumes. Huge tailbacks built up throughout the day leaving scores of drivers stranded before the traffic chaos finally cleared at 10pm, the Highways Agency said this evening.
Police name man killed in nine-vehicle M6 crash as two people involved remain in serious condition in hospitalAlan Bullock, 54, from Blackpool area died in motorway pile upTwo people remain in a serious but stable conditionPolice are still investigating the cause of the crash | UPDATED: 02:44 GMT, 12 December 2012 A man killed in a nine-vehicle pile up on the M6 has been named by police. Alan Bullock, 54, from the Blackpool area, died at the scene from his injuries following the devastating crash on Monday