News The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

Teacher left 500 GCSE exam papers in cupboard

STUDENTS WAITING for their GCSE results tomorrow have been told that hundreds of their exam papers have not been marked after a teacher left them in a cupboard.

Tories block ban on fur farming

ANIMAL CRUELTY BILL

London Marathon: The boy racer enters roaring forties

FIRST NIGHT EAMONN MARTIN: Six years on, the last Briton to win the London Marathon is back - with fresh targets in his sights.

Drivers threaten to extend blockade

HUNDREDS OF lorry drivers are planning to extend a demonstration that brought traffic chaos to London yesterday after they were snubbed by the Government, which "refused to be held to ransom".

Tories warn Hague to hit seats target

WILLIAM HAGUE has been warned that the Conservative Party may fail to achieve its target of gaining 800 seats in local authority elections in May.

Tally Ho! Hunts get ready for the biggest showdown

HUNTSMEN AND their opponents are gearing up to do battle in greater numbers than ever before today, as up to half a million people turn out to follow the hounds at traditional Boxing Day meets.

Why I'm an e-mail addict; My Technology

For the comedian Al Murray, the computer offers a new way of communicat ion without any hassle

Campaigners alarmed by proposal for garden cities

PROPOSALS TO revive the garden city ideals of the late 19th century by creating three new developments in the South of England were unveiled yesterday to the alarm of countryside campaigners.

Beauty spots to be sold off

CARAVAN and theme park operator Queensborough Holdings plans to sell its visitor attractions including the Cheddar Gorge, Lightwater Valley and the Needles Pleasure Park on the Isle of Wight, for up to pounds 20m to finance development of a restaurant division.

Preview: Pop - Depeche Mode

It all seems a long long way from 1980 when Depeche Mode (right) emerged from Basildon with a happy, poppy brand of synth rock. After Vince Clarke left, they progressively became a darker-edged band and the rock 'n' roll antics of Dave Gahan and friends have been well-documented. This year's world tour began in Sweden at the start of the month and drops into Britain for just three dates. The gigs will be very much greatest hits affairs, as their album, The Singles 1986-98, has just been released alongside current single, "Only When I Lose Myself".

Letter: `Nerve gas' doubts

Sir: I was interested to read, among the various sources of evidence considered by the US government in justifying the bombing of the factory in Khartoum, the suggestion that "the CIA employed banded migratory birds" in the hope of collecting evidence (report, 25 August).

Letter: Those who would not fight

MARK Rowe rightly points out how many First World War "COs" were vilified ("Remembered, those who said 'No' to war", 10 May), but such attitudes were not universal. John Buchan was regarded as an Empire- loyalist high Tory, yet, in his novel Mr Standfast, Hannay's deep- rooted contempt for "conchies" changes to admiration of their great moral courage. And Wake, who refuses to bear arms but works in the frontline, dies the novel's hero.

Variations on a theme night

DANCE

Mother admits taking baby from hospital

A WOMAN yesterday admitted snatching a three-hour-old baby from a hospital maternity unit.

Comedy: The mourning after the nights before

Owen O'Neill recently made the front pages of national newspapers. But, unlike your usual publicity-hungry stand-up, he wasn't very happy about it. His show, "Off My Face", about the destructive effect of alcoholism, had just been pulled from the Manchester Irish Arts Festival, allegedly under pressure from their sponsors, Guinness.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003