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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