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

Ford to slash 680 UK jobs as sales drop

FORD YESTERDAY announced it was to shed 680 jobs, and management sources revealed that short-time working at its biggest plant would continue for at least another three months.

Dagenham agrees pounds 28.3m bid

FORD motor dealership Dagenham Motors yesterday agreed the proposed pounds 28.3 million, 160p per share takeover offer from a joint venture formed by the Ford Motor company and Jardine International Motor Holdings. Dagenham, which saw it shares fall 16p to 151.5p on the day, also warned that because of "difficult" trading conditions in the fourth quarter of 1998 it now expects profits for the year to be below those of 1997.

Comedy

GOVERNMENT HEALTH Warning: Anything can happen at a Phil Kay gig. On one memorable occasion, the endearingly barking Scottish comedian (right) found a board and just went for a spontaneous surf across the audience. "Good shows are where you're Mister Mad and climbing the balcony," affirms the man with the straggliest beard in Britain. You have been warned.

Revelations; The army made a man of me; Billy Bragg, Acton, 1981

EVERY MORNING on my way to a casual job, Artexing a ceiling for a mate, I had to walk past the Army Recruiting Centre in Acton and it seemed to beckon me in. I knew my destiny lay through those doors. I was 23 years old, punk had been and gone and come to nothing. It was a great disappointment because I thought we were going to change the world: the Clash by playing songs and me by going to Clash gigs.

Sports books: Stiff upper lip of a man ahead of his time

Book of the Week: Winning Isn't Everything: A Biography of Sir Alf Ramsey (Victor Gollancz; pounds 16.99) By Dave Bowler

Edinburgh Festival `98: Cook returns in a `wistful' way

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Councils reap benefits of illegal parking

Mark Rowe examines the 'urban myth' of ticket targets

London votes firmly for an elected mayor

LONDONERS voted overwhelmingly in favour of an elected mayor in a referendum which ran parallel to the local elections.

Letter: Schools are not laboratories

I REFER to your article "Schooldays will never be the same" (26 April). Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Education Select Committee, seems to believe in throwing out the rule book "and seeing what works". In a pre-term address to teachers in Barking and Dagenham, where I work, Ms Hodge used the word "experiment" in the same context.

Wealth fails to buy a passport to literacy

MANY people in the most affluent parts of Britain cannot read properly or deal with the simplest sums, according to the most detailed survey of basic skills produced in Britain.

A taste of economics on a Saturday morning

The LSE has set up a scheme to attract more state school pupils. Lucy Hodges joined the first batch of students for their induction session at the nation's premier institution for social sciences

DOES THE SUN RISE OVER DAGENHAM?

Ten new writers prove that London swings again, and offer surprising perspectives on the metropolitan experience. Dagenham girl gangs, a Turkish melon truck with a suspicious cargo, canine revenge on the Underground, an unusual reworking of the Rapunzal fairy tale - hugely entertaining stories in a book brimming over with variety and colour.

Architecture: Close your eyes and think of Dagenham

The Millennium Centre embodies many of the qualities that win hearts, minds and lottery money these days. And, reports Nonie Niesewand, it has been duly rewarded.

Audit hits at council that failed to care

Ministers have summoned leaders from a London borough after a highly critical report said it was failing to provide care for its most vulnerable people. Glenda Cooper, Social Affairs Correspondent, reports on 'continuing problems' for Barking and Dagenham Council.
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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

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Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

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UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

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Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

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Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

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Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

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Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
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Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

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Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

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Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her