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.

Be prepared to lose your marbles every time Team GB has a shouting chance at anything

Germans deposed as Team GB end 100-year wait for gold

Attempting to topple Germany in team dressage is an even bigger task than beating their footballers on penalties, but Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer defied the odds to give Britain the gold medal in front of 23,000 flag-waving supporters at Greenwich Park yesterday.

Friday 3, August: Victoria Pendleton takes part in the keirin at the Olympic Velodrome.

Victoria Pendleton puts heartache behind her as she eases through keirin at the Velodrome

Victoria Pendleton recovered from her team sprint heartache to advance to the second round of the keirin at the first time of asking on the second day of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.

Vince Cable: The Lib Dem Business Secretary was described by Beecroft as 'a socialist'

Vince Cable denies Chancellor ambitions

Business Secretary Vince Cable denied today that he was pushing to be made Chancellor, as David Cameron faced a call from one of his own backbenchers to move George Osborne out of the Treasury.

Travellers jailed in slaves case

A husband and wife who treated destitute men “worse than slaves” by forcing them into servitude have been jailed for 11 years and four years respectively.

Police at the Greenacre caravan site in Leighton Buzzard

Travellers kept slaves 'in concentration camp'

Four members of same family guilty of forcing destitute people into brutal servitude

Four members of traveller family convicted in 'slaves' trial

Four members of a traveller family were today found guilty of forcing destitute men into servitude.

Jury out again in traveller family servitude trial

A jury has retired for a fifth day of deliberations to consider verdicts in the trial of a traveller family accused of forcing destitute men into servitude.

Pilot dies after vintage aircraft crashes at show

The pilot of a vintage aircraft died yesterday when his plane crashed during an airshow.

The Green Road into the Trees: An Exploration of England, By Hugh Thomson

Cross-country adventures of the wanderer and the escapee

'Do you ever think you’re incompetent?: Chloe Smith gets 'Paxmaned' after Government's fuel tax U-turn

Political commentators compared the disastrous interview with a scene from political comedy The Thick of It

Fifth man guilty over Birmingham riot blaze

A fifth man has been found guilty of rioting, reckless arson and firearms possession after police were "lured" to a pub fire and shot at during last summer's riots.

Boyfriend of dead woman wins damages

The partner of a woman found dead in a lake six years ago has won £125,000 in libel damages over a police claim that he was probably her killer.

Kamila Garsztka's lover Amilton Bento wins police payout

The boyfriend of a woman found dead in a lake six years ago has won £125,000 libel damages over a police claim that he probably killed her.

Two rapists see sentences doubled for raping 11-year-old girl

Two men locked up for raping an 11-year-old girl had their sentences more than doubled by the Court of Appeal today.

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
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One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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