News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

Police hunt burkha-wearing robbers

Robbers disguised in burkhas were being hunted by detectives today.

Footballer Davenport stabbed at home

A teenager was being quizzed by detectives tonight after a Premier League footballer was stabbed in both legs in a "bloody" attack at his family home.

Rantzen will stand as MP for Luton South

Broadcaster Esther Rantzen made a surprise visit to Luton yesterday to officially announce her decision to stand as an MP.

Rantzen bids to become MP

Esther Rantzen will bid to become MP for Luton South at the next General Election, she announced today.

Swine flu girl died of septic shock

A six-year-old girl with swine flu died of septic shock following a bout of tonsilitis, it was announced today.

Woman with swine flu 'died after giving birth'

A woman who had contracted swine flu died shortly after giving birth prematurely, it was reported.

Mysterious golden hare still casting its spell 30 years on

Author calls for owner of jewelled amulet that bewitched the nation to come forward

Swine flu callers swamp NHS helpline

Public alarm about swine flu rose yesterday, with callers swamping the telephone advice service NHS Direct to seek information about the disease.

'Lynch mob mentality' scares politicians

MPs fear the publication of their expenses claims could lead to attacks on their homes and endanger the safety of their families this weekend.

Luton fights back against right-wing extremists

Muslims in the Bedfordshire town have taken a stand against those who abused soldiers returning from Iraq

Cycling: Road to Ventoux - Hell in the Chilterns

I spent most of yesterday muttering to myself, "Don't do the Etape". Along with the rest of the Independent's Etape team, I was taking part in the Chiltern 100 sportive, which involves exactly what its name suggests – a 100-mile trek that takes in over 20 climbs in the line of hills that stretches across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Four arrested after nightclub shooting

Four people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was shot outside a nightclub, police said today.

I will stand if Moran does, confirms Rantzen

Broadcaster Esther Rantzen today confirmed she would stand for election in Luton if the current MP stood again.

Van Day 'may stand as MP' after expense row

Former pop singer and reality TV star David Van Day announced today he is considering standing as an MP in the wake of the recent expenses scandal.

Five killed after driver heads wrong way on M1

Five people, including four members of the same family, were killed after a driver turned his car around in roadworks on the M1 and started driving along the motorway in the wrong direction.

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