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.

Park criticised for overcrowding in lions' den

A safari park has come under criticism by Government vets for keeping lions in a "very crowded" overnight pen for 18 hours a day over the winter.

Yarl's Wood staff criticised over sex case

Social workers have come under fire for failing to properly investigate cases of two five-year-old boys found engaging in sexual activity at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

Police investigate 999 crash that killed two

The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation yesterday after a marked police car left the road killing two pedestrians.

Witness hunt after naked man frogmarched through town

Police were looking today for witnesses who saw a man being frogmarched naked through a town by a gang of people.

Reward to locate severed thumb victim's body

The family of an alleged kidnap victim whose severed thumb was found in a street have offered a £10,000 reward for information to help find his body, police said today.

Man charged over eggs thrown at Baroness Warsi

A man has been charged with a public order offence after Baroness Warsi was pelted with eggs in the street, police said today.

Burka-clad knifeman robs third travel agent

A burka-clad knifeman has struck a third travel agent in less than a year, police said today.

Woman faces trial over faith healer murder

A woman appeared in court today charged with the murder of a faith healer who promised his clients he could solve their problems by sacrificing a camel.

Teenager avoids ban on trousers which show off underpants

A proposal to legally ban a teenager from wearing his trousers so low that the public could see his underpants has been rejected, it was revealed yesterday.

Family jailed over man's 'depraved' torture and death

The torture and death of a man whose headless body was dumped in a lake was branded "depraved" by a judge today as he sentenced six members of the same family.

Three guilty of murdering man they held as their ‘slave’

Vulnerable 'dogsbody' was tortured for his benefit money before being killed

Missing boy aged three found safe and well

A three-year-old boy who went missing more than a week ago was found safe and well, police said.

'Good Samaritan' saves toddler from car crash

A "Good Samaritan" risked his life to rescue a toddler from a burning car.

The Good Food Producers Guide 2010, By Rose Prince

Britain’s most assiduous food writer gives details of 1,000 producers selling fine nosh and regional specialities. Lovers of the Bedfordshire clanger (“a suet pudding with gammon and potato in one and apple in the other”) should head for Gunns Bakery of Sandy. Residents of Reading seeking sole, mackerel or sprats, should go to the pungently named Smelly Alley Fish Company of Union Street.

Man, 80, denies trying to rape woman, 92

An 80-year-old man today denied trying to rape a 92-year-old woman, a court official said.

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