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Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.

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Homes evacuated after 20-foot-deep sinkhole appears

Seventeen homes have been evacuated after a 35-foot-wide and 20-foot-deep sinkhole opened in Hemel Hempstead, north of London this morning.

Pictures of what is believed to be the sinkhole have already appeared on Twitter:

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