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

Council drops Dale Farm prosecution

A council will take no further action against protesters arrested during the clearance of Europe's largest illegal travellers' site.

Government launches legal bid to halt pre-Olympics border strike

The Government is seeking a High Court injunction to prevent border staff taking strike action on the eve of the Olympics, the Home Office said tonight.

Basildon Council prepares to take fresh action against Essex travellers

A council is preparing to take fresh action after travellers removed from Europe's largest illegal site moved to a neighbouring settlement.

Essex firefighters walk out over cuts

Firefighters staged the latest in a series of strikes today in a long-running row over cuts.

BBC, ITN, BSkyB and Channel 5 win Dale Farm ruling

The police were blocked from seizing television footage yesterday, in a landmark High Court ruling to protect "the neutrality of the press".

Nick Clegg and David Cameron at yesterday's Coalition relaunch at CNH Tractors in Basildon

We never promised you a Rose Garden

Their political marriage was unveiled in the grounds of No 10. The second anniversary was celebrated – if that's the right word – in an Essex factory

The Sketch: It didn't matter what they said – no one was listening

The blue and yellow livery of your tractors," Nick Clegg said, pausing for comic timing, "is tailor-made for the political, er, situation." It was a joke. It relied for its effect on the company colour scheme. This consists of a Conservative blue background on which lettering is rendered in yellow, a colour favoured by the Liberal Democrats. The DPM was making a link with his audience. He was getting in touch with them by comparing their mutual colour schemes.

Traveller loses appeal against flat

An Irish traveller forced to leave an illegal site failed to persuade senior judges today that a local authority should be obliged to re-home him in a caravan.

Girl dies catching rugby ball

A 12-year-old girl died after she was hit by a rugby ball during a PE lesson yesterday.

Girl, 12, dies after being hit by ball at Basildon school

A 12-year-old girl has died after being hit by a rugby ball during a PE lesson at a school today.

Goodbye to All That, Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

Talk about a striking case of "Snap!". To be seen at the Royal Court now - on both the mainstage and in the Theatre Upstairs - is the spectacle of a helpless ageing man in a bed, hooked up to things like saline drips and catheters, and flanked by two women who are warring because of him.

In Basildon, Royal Court, London

David Eldridge's In Basildon is a gloriously rich, humorous, agonising and politically provocative play, but it has been staged by the Royal Court's artistic director, Dominic Cooke, in a bafflingly peculiar, not to say, counterproductive way.

Charlotte Thompson and Olivia Bazlinton were killed by a train in 2005

Parents claim cover-up after fatal Network Rail safety lapse

The parents of two teenage girls killed at a level crossing six years ago have said that the individuals responsible for safety failures must be brought to justice, after Network Rail pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws yesterday.

Basildon Council targets new traveller site

A council which cleared the UK's largest illegal travellers settlement is preparing to take fresh action after caravans moved to a neighbouring site.

An injured traveller is taken from the Dale Farm site during the mass eviction in October

Travellers will be offered sites to avoid repeat of Dale Farm

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