G4S to run rape and sex support centres in the Midlands

Move comes in the wake of the London Olympics security embarrassment and two days after chief Nick Buckles quits

Liber Nauticus is 7-2 for the Oaks despite a laboured win at York

Nauticus finds it far from plain sailing in Investec Oaks trial

If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.

Marlon O'Reilly was gunned down at the Dovecote pub in Cockshut Hill

Appeal for witnesses in Birmingham 'mistaken identity' shooting

The cousin of a father-of-two who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity has appealed for witnesses to help police catch his “mindless” killer.

Bedroom tax blamed for suspected suicide of grandmother

A grandmother who killed herself left a note in which she blamed the Government for her death.

Murder investigation launched after fatal shooting in Birmingham pub

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was killed in a fatal shooting at a pub.

Stephen Carr celebrates Birmingham's victory in the Carling Cup

Former Tottenham and Newcastle defender Stephen Carr announces retirement

The Birmingham player has conceded defeat in his battle with a knee injury

A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena

Coventry begin search for new stadium for next season

The League One club moved to the 32,000-capacity Ricoh Arena in 2005

Man arrested in London after woman's body found in Coventry house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was discovered inside a house.

Crystal Palace 2 Leicester City 2 match report: Defensive frailties on show at Palace

Crystal Palace's manager Ian Holloway is struggling to defend himself. His gung-ho style has had some success after Dougie Freedman's passing game travelled 230 miles north to Bolton. But three points from a possible 21 has taken Holloway's side from automatic promotion contention to clinging on to the top six.

Forging the arts in the furnace of Great Britain

Cuts mean that private patrons are more valuable than ever

The scene after a HGV driver had a lucky escape after his lorry left the flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 toll near Coleshill in Warwickshire

Amazing escape as lorry plunges off flyover from one motorway on to another

A lorry driver had a lucky escape when his HGV plunged 30ft (9m) off a flyover on to a motorway following a crash, police have said.

Margaret Thatcher's impact on the NHS

It is often said that the current NHS reforms, implemented from this month, are the biggest in its history.

Bad connection: Lain Lerouge had struck up a Facebook friendship that turned sour

Cyber bullying: 'He told me he was a footballer. I wasn't to know I was a victim'

Growing numbers of young people are being targeted by online bullies and duped by fake profiles on social media – sometimes with distressing results

Get me out of here: Morocco, Croatian cruise, Barbados

Now... On 14 April, you could be embarking on an eight-day tour of Morocco. The Exodus group trip visits Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech and Essaouira. The £799 price includes Royal Air Maroc flights from Heathrow, hotels, transport and most meals. Exodus.co.uk

A VERY light lunch: Amazing miniature meals

Miniature roast dinner is one of a number of small meals being shown at a Birmingham event for scale-modelling enthusiasts

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home