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.

Goode day for Worcester

Worcester Warriors booked their place in the Championship play-off final after a 23-22 win over Bedford yesterday.

A Favourite of the Gods, By Sybille Bedford

Throughout her long life, Sybille Bedford was drawn to the light of the Mediterranean, the "bleached bare spaces of Provence and the terraced Tuscan hills."

Olympic marathon boss resigns

David Bedford, the former athlete in charge of the Olympics marathon, has resigned after a row with 2012 organisers.

David Bedford quits as 2012 marathon chief

London 2012's Olympic marathon chief has resigned due to his "frustration" with Games organisers, it has been revealed.

Man charged with terror offences

A 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the Stockholm suicide bombing has been charged with terrorism offences, Strathclyde Police said today.

Extension for terror suspect quiz

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested in connection with the Stockholm suicide bombing.

Bomber's 'helper' under surveillance

A man arrested in Glasgow yesterday in connection with a suicide bombing in Stockholm had been under investigation for a month, police said.

Suspect held over Stockholm bombing

A man has been arrested in connection with the Stockholm suicide bombing, police said today.

Police to cut checks on gun owners

Police chiefs today defended cost-cutting plans which could see changes to the way checks are carried out on gun owners.

Recycling centre blaze causes roads chaos

Part of a major road was closed to traffic today as more than 50 firefighters tackled a big blaze at a recycling centre.

Investigation after 'police informant' shot

An investigation has been launched into how police handled information from a man alleged to be a police informant, just hours before he was shot.

Dead gunman 'in access battle over child'

A gunman who shot himself dead after an overnight stand-off with police may have been locked in a battle to get access to his child.

Man shoots himself after 16-hour standoff with police in park

A man died last night after apparently shooting himself in the head in a park in broad daylight following a 16-hour stand-off with police.

Gunman dies after police stand-off

A gunman died today after apparently shooting himself in the head following a 16-hour stand-off with police.

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