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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Drunk burglar who led police from scene of crime to his own doorstep with trail of footprints in snow is spared jail

Police spent an hour and a half following mile long trail from victim's home

The so-called 'bedroom tax' will affect 660,000 social housing tenants

'We won't put up with this': Residents facing brunt of 'bedroom tax' will refuse to pay

The so-called 'bedroom tax' will affect 660,000 social housing tenants. In Leeds, Jonathan Brown finds that some of them are in fighting mood

Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Bloodied cricket bat found at Oscar Pistorius' home is key evidence in murder case, newspaper claims

South African newspapers report series of new details about the case but police deny leaking information

Modern classic: New York’s NoMad hotel is the latest to mix traditional style with contemporary touches

Juliet Kinsman: Ancient and modern make the perfect bedfellows

Something to Declare

Safeguard your home improvement project: create a snagging list

If you employ a tradesman to carry out work on your property, then you should check for defects and document them in a list around two weeks before the work is due to be completed. This is when the tradesman serves notice and it will give him/her time to correct any flaws before the job is complete. Most importantly, this will happen before you part with the full sum of money.

Larry, Downing Street's ratcatcher, has yet to make his first kill

Being poor isn’t hard – skin the cat and make a cosy hat!

The Department for Making The Poor Poorer has been very busy recently

Interiors insider: Charlie Marshall of Loaf

Founder of Loaf Charlie Marshall shares top tips on what to look for when buying a bed and his favourite interior shops in London.

Paperback review: Dot Dash, By Jonathan Pinnock

What to do when it's raining ducks, and how to fish for mermaids

A visit to Britain's first state-certified sex coach

Unlike conventional sex therapists - who talk to clients having sexual problems and give them advice on how to overcome them - sex coaching can take place in the bedroom

Mark Leftly: It's time for Jessops to get the online picture

Outlook I always preferred Snappy Snaps with its marvellously tacky bright green-and-yellow logo to the more sober Jessops, but I can't remember when I last went to either. A colleague mourned the news that what was once known as "Jessop of Leicester", his home city, had collapsed into administration today. Our jester from Leicester last visited a Jessops branch in 1996.

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The store wars

From vertical wine racks to nifty storage boxes, Trish Lorenz has everything you need to store all that post-Christmas junk

PHOTOS: Children's bedrooms around the world

The premise of James Mollison's photo book Where Children Sleep was a simple one: Not every child around the world has their own bedroom - or even close.

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The best music of 2012: Pop

At the fag-end of 2012, it seems pertinent to reflect not only on the musical year, but also on all the other end-of-year-lists – and two albums whose widespread omission has turned me into one of those end-of-year-list bores.

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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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The addictive nature of Diplomacy

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Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea