News The attack left Naomi Oni with severe facial scarring

Court hears how 21-year-old was jealous of her friend’s looks and carried out the alleged attack after a falling out

Henderson and Kane finally give Millwall some firepower

Millwall 5 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Banned pair to miss replay

Millwall v Dag & Red

League Two: Hemmings crowns Argyle turnaround

Plymouth Argyle produced a superb second-half comeback to claim a crucial 3-2 victory at Bristol Rovers yesterday, allowing them to go into the new year with renewed hope of avoiding dropping out of the Football League.

Essex mall given rates break

A giant shopping centre in Ilford, Essex, has won a 20 per cent reduction in its business rates due to the threat posed by the new mega mall Westfield Stratford City.

League Two betting preview: Clean up with cool Shrimpers

There's no such thing as a sure thing - especially not in League Two - but you'd have to search far and wide to find a selection that ticks so many boxes as Southend to beat Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Road on Saturday.

FA Cup round-up: Fleetwood are catch of the day

Fleetwood Town's boat came in yesterday as they sprang the shock of the FA Cup First Round. The Trawlermen, second in the Conference, beat Wycombe of League One 2-0 scoring a goal in each half despite being reduced to 10 men when Richard Brodie was sent off on the stroke ofhalf-time.

Jon Cruddas: How Labour lost its heart – and heartland

The East London MP and poster boy of the left says his constituents are paying a high price for his party's loss of purpose. Matt Chorley meets Jon Cruddas

Making a splash: the rapid rise and fall of a BMX biker's nirvana

A disused swimming pool in which Nike built a top circuit has briefly passed into legend

In Praise of Savagery, By Warwick Cairns

A droll trip with two soul mates

Margaret Hodge: PM needs to lead honest debate, not offer false promises

When, in 2006, I first raised the issue of immigration and its impact on white working-class communities, I was vilified for giving the "oxygen of publicity" to the British National Party. The false accusation was that talking about immigration legitimised support for the extreme right.

Mother jailed for killing son with bleach

A mother was today jailed for killing her autistic 12-year-old with bleach - after social services allegedly failed to address her mental health problems.

DVD: Made in Dagenham, For retail & rental (Paramount)

The trouble with this feelgood Brit-caper from the director of Calendar Girls is that it's based on a true story, but there isn't much in it that rings true.

DVD: Made in Dagenham (15)

Yet another plucky, stirring, sun-drenched British comedy drama, this time about the 187 female Dagenham machinists who took on the might of Ford in 1968.

Andy Scott sacked by Brentford

Brentford have today sacked manager Andy Scott.

School run or school bus? It's all a question of class divide...

Parents in traditionally well-off areas are more likely to take their children by car

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform