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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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes