Sport David Beckham having his medical at Real Madrid back in 2003

With each prospective signing needing at least a five-hour examination, clubs' physios and local hospitals expect to be busy

Plans to regenerate London's Crystal Palace Park upheld

Multi-million pound plans to regenerate historic Crystal Palace Park were upheld by the High Court today.

Abusive tweeter John Graham Kerlen avoids jail

A blogger who called a councillor a "c***" on Twitter and invited people to put excrement through his letter box avoided a jail sentence today.

'Red Ken' finally reaches the end of the line

Ken Livingstone has been in frontline politics so long that in 1986, when Boris Johnson was at university, theatre goers flocked to a stage show called The Ratepayers' Iolanthe, satirising Livingstone's career as Britain's most famous council leader. Its star, David Kernan, did a superb impersonation of his distinctive London twang.

Millionaire's daughter 'part and parcel' of looting

A university-educated millionaire's daughter who drove looters around while they robbed people at knifepoint during last year's riots was "part and parcel" of the criminality, a court heard today.

Clifford Norris: "Evil influence" who was a malign presence during the inquiry

Clifford Norris was a major player in the south London drugs trade who reputedly used his contacts and his criminal know-how to keep his son out of the dock for the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Golden years: 'I love managing and one day I want to earn a living doing it,' says Mark Goldberg

Mark Goldberg: Small change for the owner who blew £40m

You would have thought a man who lost £40m in less than a year in football would have had his fill, but Mark Goldberg's passion for the game is as strong as ever.

Sabotage suspected as Nurofen packs are recalled

The makers of Nurofen Plus recalled the tablets last night and confirmed sabotage was suspected in packets of the painkillers.

Night Stalker found guilty – after 17 years and up to 500 victims

A former mini-cab driver believed to be Britain's most prolific sex attacker was found guilty yesterday of conducting a 17-year reign of terror against elderly women and men.

'Errors' undermined Night Stalker hunt

The hunt to catch the Night Stalker was undermined by "basic policing errors" and "simple misunderstandings", a watchdog said today.

Night Stalker rapes 'stuff of nightmares', jury told

The Night Stalker rapist's campaign of "sickening and depraved" attacks on the elderly is the "stuff of nightmares", a court heard today.

Pc guilty of window-push assault

A police officer was convicted of common assault today after a boy fell through a shop window.

29 charges in 'Night Stalker' trial

Delroy Grant denies 29 offences committed between October 1992 and November 2009 on pensioners in and around the south London area.

Cabbie on trial for 'Night Stalker' sex attacks

A cabbie went on trial today accused of being the so-called Night Stalker, a rapist who preyed on elderly victims during a 17-year campaign of attacks.

Tickling schtick: The wit of Ken Dodd

Who says variety is dead? Ken Dodd has been on the road for six decades and can still slay a crowd. Michael Coveney meets him on his marathon tour

Trial of man accused of sex attacks to start

The trial of a man accused of being one of Britain's most prolific sex attackers begins today.

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