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Defendant changes plea on jigsaw man's murder

A man on trial for murdering a colleague whose dismembered limbs were found scattered across two counties today changed his plea to guilty.

Father who attacked intruder walks free

A businessman jailed for seriously injuring an intruder after the lives of his family were threatened by knife-wielding burglars in their home was shown "mercy" and freed by senior judges today.

Pair killed man to steal his identity, court hears

A couple killed and butchered their landlord in his home so they could steal his identity, a court heard.

So you call yourself Jewish?

The Supreme Court's rejection of a faith school's admissions policy has revived an ancient but fierce debate in the Jewish community about what it takes to be considered 'one of us'

Boy, 14, locked up for six years

A 14-year-old boy who killed his promising footballer friend was ordered to be detained for six years today under new tougher guidelines for knife crime.

Family Britain 1951-1957, By David Kynaston

One of the most arresting passages in Family Britain, the second instalment of David Kynaston's projected four-volume account of the period 1945-1979, takes in the opening of the controversial Kidbrooke school in Hunstanton, West Norfolk. Designed by the "iconoclastic" young husband-and-wife team of Peter and Alison Smithson, acclaimed by certain architects as a stunning example of the Le Corbusier-influenced New Brutalism, it featured what Peter Smithson's obituarist called "a brilliant planning solution of classrooms and staircases over two storeys and around a succession of small courtyards that eliminated all corridors". There was talk of the "clarity and simplicity" of its design, not to mention the "elegant integration" of its services.

Close calls but Tories keep on top in by-elections

The Tories survived a major council by-election test defending seven seats - including marginals - although some majorities were slashed.

Stop the Exodus: Anglicans issue rallying cry

Social change, distrust of institutions and growing individuality is leaving rows of empty church pews

Administrators close 142 Allied Carpets stores

More than 850 jobs have been axed at failed retail chain Allied Carpets after administrators were forced to close 142 stores, it was revealed today.

Pair remanded on 'jigsaw man' murder charge

A couple appeared in court today accused of killing a man whose body parts were found scattered across two different counties.

Jigsaw murder: Two held

Two people appeared in court yesterday in connection with the so-called "jigsaw murder" as the Independent Police Complaints Commission launched an investigation into detectives' handing of the case.

Two appear in court over body parts murder

A 37-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were this morning remanded in custody over the murder of Jeffrey Howe, whose body parts were found scattered across two counties, said police.

Mothers: Voice for children

Two mothers who founded a charity to support the families of murdered children have been appointed MBEs.

Recruitment firm receives takeover interest

Michael Page International shares soared more than 30 per cent today after the recruitment firm confirmed a takeover approach from global rival Adecco.

Martin Pawley: Radical, prescient architecture critic

Martin Pawley was the sharpest architectural critic of his generation; sharp in his perceptions of architects and their world, sharp in the way he dissected his targets. He savaged a range of victims from the Prince of Wales to Richard Seifert, Charles Jencks to the Royal Institute of British Architects, in a career that included stints as editor, academic, writer and designer; as a columnist he wrote for almost every one of the main design magazines including The Architects' Journal, for whom he delivered an unbroken run of 505 weekly contributions.

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

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