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Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

Police call home-made bomb outside Walsall's Ashia Mosque a 'hate crime' and draft in counter-terror police

Remains of the bomb were handled by different people before committee rang police on suspicious item

Two arrested after Braintree and Gillingham mosque attacks

Two men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the terrorist incident in Woolwich.

Lord Newton of Braintree dies at 74

Former Commons leader Lord Newton of Braintree has died at the age of 74, his family announced today.

By-elections boost for Labour

Labour scored a double gain from Tories at Braintree District in the heart of Essex man territory in the latest council by-elections.

Man held in vicarage murder investigation

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a clergyman was found dead at a vicarage, police said.

Heatwave leads to rail speed limits

Today's high temperatures led to speed restrictions on a busy rail commuter route.

Fears raised weeks before Braintree shootings

A "pestered and harassed" woman voiced her concerns to police less than two weeks before she and and her toddler daughter were shot dead.

Tributes left after Braintree gun tragedy

Flowers and cuddly toys have been left as tributes outside the house where a woman and her toddler daughter were shot dead.

Police 'could have saved mother and daughter'

A mother and daughter shot dead yesterday could have been saved by police, angry neighbours claimed as a double murder inquiry was launched.

'Police knew of Braintree gun suspect '

Police had been aware of a man suspected of shooting dead a mother and child for two years, it emerged tonight.

Errors & Omissions: Every picture tells a story, but sometimes it's the wrong one

On Monday, 14 February, we naturally had an article about declarations of love. John Walsh wrote about love letters. The article was illustrated with pictures of the writers Denis Diderot, John Keats, Victor Hugo and James Joyce – and what looked like a Victorian etching of a soppy-looking medieval monk, captioned thus: "St Valentine, a martyr for love."

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (30 January 2011)

The Government's report into global food production published last week calls for urgent action to stop food shortages. Clearly the issue of waste in the Western world is one which could be changed by changing the mindset of people. But for me, the first question to address is how this report reflects on food production here.

Clegg: peers are holding Government hostage

Nick Clegg faces a fresh crisis after his plans for sweeping reform of the House of Lords were savaged in a heated private meeting yesterday with peers.

Woman in 'copycat suicide pact' had complained to police of harassment

Two young women who gassed themselves using toxic chemicals have died in a suspected copycat suicide pact, it emerged yesterday.

Two women found dead in suspected suicide

Police were investigating a suspected double suicide today after the bodies of two women were found in a flat.

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