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.

Terror alert turns back UK-bound plane

A British-bound passenger plane was involved in a security alert today and had to turn back only 15 minutes into its flight, according to reports.

Two held over Luton helicopter 'laser attack'

Two people were arrested following a "laser attack" on a helicopter, police said today.

Tribute paid to man found dead in country park

The mother of a man who was found dead in a country park described her son as a "gentle giant who who wouldn't hurt a fly".

Corpse's missing head found in Bedfordshire lake

The missing head of a decapitated man discovered in a lake has been found, police said today.

Vicar suspended over 'inappropriate' relationship

A vicar has been suspended after having an "inappropriate" relationship with a member of his congregation.

Women held after immigration centre protest

Four women have been detained by police after a group of mothers at an immigration removal centre protested at being separated from their children.

Hunger strike at detention centre

Yarl's Wood, the Bedfordshire detention centre blighted by controversy since its opening in 2001, was in chaos yesterday after police were called to a disturbance involving around 50 women detainees on their fourth day of a hunger strike.

Woman held over murder of 94-year-old

A woman has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 94-year-old man, police said today.

'Up to 200,000 university applicants face rejection,' say vice-chancellors

Up to 200,000 students could miss out on university places this autumn because of cuts of £450m which were unveiled yesterday.

Troop parade protesters found guilty

Five Muslim men accused of branding British soldiers rapists, murderers and baby killers during a homecoming parade were today found guilty of a public order offence.

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Tory peer pelted with eggs

Eggs were thrown at Baroness Warsi during a visit to Luton today.

Frank Branston: Journalist who exposed local corruption and became mayor of Bedford

Frank Branston was a brilliant investigative journalist, specialising in local government issues in Bedford and Bedfordshire. He founded his own newspaper, Bedford on Sunday (later Bedfordshire on Sunday), and became Bedford's first directly elected mayor in 2002. He also wrote two novels.

Davenport on assault charge after stabbing incident

Premier League footballer Calum Davenport denied today that he assaulted a woman during an incident in which he was stabbed in both legs.

Estate shooting murder victim was targeted

A man gunned down on a residential estate was the victim of a "targeted" attack, police said today.

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