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.

Nadine Dorries told Mr Cameron he must “look at what the people are asking for” and provide it

Critics line up to tell David Cameron to change tack

A former Conservative chief whip launched a brutal attack on David Cameron's leadership qualities yesterday as the recriminations intensified over the party's dismal local council election results.

Whipsnade zoo baby wallaby makes itself at home in rucksack

A baby wallaby has made her home in a zoo keeper's rucksack after being found outside her mother's pouch.

Lorry driver dies after M1 motorway pile-up

Bedfordshire Police said a Renault articulated lorry was on the M1 southbound at around 3.30am, when it was in a crash with two other lorries.

Tap into your personal energies

Would you take a course that teaches you positive ways to focus your mind on your work?
Finsbury Park, London, to Sandy, Bedfordshire. Local delicacy: The Bedfordshire Clanger

My hunt for Great British grub: Will Dean goes in search of the country's local delicacies

In towns and cities across Britain, diners queue up for their very own local delicacies, from the parmo to the Bedfordshire Clanger. Will Dean took to the road to get a taste of them.

Child rapists' sentences reviewed

The Attorney General's Office is reviewing the sentences of two child rapists who were jailed for just 40 months for attacking an 11-year-old girl.

Rhodri Marsden: In which Rhodri is moved by an ancestral tape recording

I don't sound Welsh enough for my liking. My name might suggest a sonorous voice suited to performing at the Eisteddfod or auctioning cattle in Abergavenny, but I've got a nondescript southern accent that could come from anywhere within a 70-mile radius of London. It actually comes from within a seven-mile radius of Luton: the dialectological equivalent of magnolia paint. I suppose I could affect a Welsh accent, but that would make me look even more desperate for attention that I already do, and I'd probably sound like Nick Clegg doing a bad impression of Gandhi.

Man dies in New Year party assault

A man died after he was assaulted at a New Year's Eve party, police said.

Don't forget your De-Icer - The Great Getaway Begins

Holiday travellers had to contend with snow and ice as the Great Christmas Getaway began yesterday – and more of the same weather is expected this weekend.

HS2 may include a tunnel under the Chilterns

Transport Secretary Justine Greening has demanded more of the high speed rail line be buried under ground. The minister will this week announce a delay in the final decision for the £32bn, 100-mile project, after asking officials to examine ways of mitigating the impact of the HS2 line on the countryside.

Lights switched off on M1 section

Lights are to be permanently switched off on one of Britain's busiest sections of motorway, the Highways Agency said today.

Investigations into tortured victim 'flawed'

Three police investigations involving a man who was tortured and killed were "flawed", the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.

Quarter of high streets 'failing'

Almost a quarter of high streets in the UK are failing, it was reported today, as a gap grows between the best and worst town centres.

A testing time for Boris on four wheels

There were no routes, passengers or even a qualified driver yesterday as Boris Johnson steered the new London bus around a test ground near Bedford.

EDL founder assault case dropped

Prosecutors have dropped a common assault case against the founder of the English Defence League (EDL), a court official said today.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee