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

Judge rejects travellers' legal bid

Lawyers today failed in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the eviction of families from the UK's largest unauthorised traveller site.

Vanessa Redgrave plea for travellers

Actress and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave has said "lives will be ruined" if travellers on the UK's largest illegal site are evicted next month.

Vanessa Redgrave warns over travellers' exit

Actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave has said "lives will be ruined" if the planned eviction of travellers from the UK's largest illegal site goes ahead.

Travellers defy eviction with High Court hearing

Grandmother 'prepared to die' rather than swap her lifestyle for town-centre bricks and mortar

'Protest camp' to help travellers fight eviction

Campaigners will descend on Britain's largest travelling community today to set up a "protest camp" in support of residents who face eviction from the site they have occupied since the 1960s.

Amnesty call to halt eviction of Essex travellers

Human rights campaigners have called for a halt to the eviction of families living on the UK's largest illegal travellers' site.

Farah full of confidence while Ennis rounds off top weekend

With due respect to Andy Vernon of Aldershot Farnham and District Athletics Club and the rest of the 5,000m field at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships yesterday, there will be tougher opposition for Mo Farah to tackle before the summer is out. Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, for one.

Three people injured in police car crash

Two police officers and a taxi driver have been taken to hospital after a crash.

Swan found decapitated

Council officers are investigating an incident in which a swan was left decapitated.

Deborah Mattinson: Boots, gloves and tools - what it means to be working class

It was a Thursday evening in the Basildon Pitsea Leisure Centre. Phil pushed back his chair, and, swinging his legs up, slapped a mud-encrusted pair of workman's boots on the table. "These are my working-class object," he said. "I couldn't work without them. They say work to me. And working class means work."

Sheesh, Ye Olde King’s Head, High Road, Chigwell, Essex

It's hard to convey the giggly astonishment that sweeps over you when you walk into Lord Sugar's Essex gastropub. Despite its arch name, the pub is authentically old – starting life in 1547, it's one of ye oldeste pubbes in Englande, and was the original of the Maypole Inn in Dickens's Barnaby Rudge – and is a huge, mock-Tudor-monochrome barn of considerable beauty, overlooking Chigwell School.

Snooker: Selby sets record to leave Hendry clinging on

Stephen Hendry, the seven-times world champion, avoided the ignominy of defeat with a session to spare at the World Championship. But the sport's greatest player must climb a mountain to keep his hopes of a record eighth Crucible crown alive, having slipped within one frame of being knocked out at the last 16 stage by Mark Selby, the 2007 finalist.

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