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.

High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has been described by a contemporary critic as, ‘the quintessential chronicler of Paris’. The work of the artist (1864-1901) immediately evokes the decadent atmosphere of fin-de siècle Paris. And a touch of gay Paree might well rub off on Bedford next month when the British Museum Tour of his work arrives at Bedford Gallery.

Minister says councils must use initiative to empty bins

As householders across the country face the new year surrounded by the detritus of the last, the Government has urged councils to show more initiative in dealing with refuse collections.

Man's body found in block of flats

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in a block of flats on Christmas Day.

Spider, By Katarzyna and Sergiusz Michalski

In phobia terms, Reaktion's terrific animal series has reached the king of beasts. Arachnophobia, the Miss Muffet syndrome, is "now counted among the most interesting human neuroses".

Detention of immigrant children to end, says Clegg

No child will be held in an immigration centre this Christmas and the "shameful" practice will end completely by May, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today.

Former boxing champion jailed

Former British and European heavyweight boxing champion Matt Skelton was jailed today after a court heard he attempted to pervert the course of justice to avoid speeding fines.

Death of policeman was 'preventable' says report

The death of a policeman stabbed to death by a paranoid schizophrenic could have been prevented if he had been treated suitably, an independent report found today.

Boy, 17, held over teenager's stab murder

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a teenager who was stabbed in a busy recreation ground.

Amy Jenkins: There's only so much truth our online selves can allow

It seems very much a sign of the times that someone should write a blog so that people "know me better" and then admit that the blog is 70 per cent fiction.

Maternity ward closed after infection outbreak

A maternity ward was sealed off yesterday after two babies and a mother developed a skin infection.

Two arrested after man dies

Police launched a murder investigation after a man died following an altercation, they said today.

14 charged over football violence

Police have charged 14 people with affray in relation to clashes after a football match earlier this year.

Doctor who missed cancer signs allowed to continue working

A father expressed dismay today after a GP who failed to spot symptoms of cervical cancer in his daughter escaped being struck off the medical register.

Mystery lottery winner sitting on £1m fortune

An unwitting lottery winner is sitting on an unclaimed £1 million fortune, operator Camelot said today.

Cash-strapped OAP 'killed herself after scam'

An elderly woman killed herself after ending up almost penniless chasing a lottery scam, an inquest heard today.

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