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

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A police officer was under investigation today over claims he pushed a teenage boy through a shop window.

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A man appeared in court today charged with a series of rapes and indecent assaults on elderly people over the last 17 years.

Rudman romps home to lift Vancouver hopes

Great Britain's Shelley Rudman took the skeleton World Cup gold in St Moritz yesterday, while her partner Kristan Bromley took silver in the men's race at the Switzerland track.

Knifeman jailed for gay man's killing

A homophobic thug was jailed for at least 32 years today for a knife attack on a gay couple which left one man dead and his partner scarred for life.

Knifeman facing life for attack on gay couple

A violent thug is facing a life sentence after being found guilty today of a "monstrous" knife attack on a gay couple.

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Why the veto, Jack?

*Thursday was a good day for burying bad news, as every journalist in the Westminster Village was immersed in MPs' expenses, so a highly contentious decision by the Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced that day, received less attention than it might have.

Councils' adult care provision under scrutiny

Councils with the lowest quality adult social care services in the country were named and shamed by regulators today.

Eight councils fail care criteria

Eight local authorities have been named and shamed by regulators over the quality of their adult social care.

Man remanded on 'night stalker' sex assault charges

A man appeared in court today accused of sexually assaulting elderly people during a series of burglaries over the past 17 years.

Skiing: Slalom victory is Vonn to remember for Maria

Germany's Maria Riesch edged out arch-rival Lindsey Vonn to win the season-opening women's World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, yesterday. World champion Riesch posted a combined time of one minute 48.71 seconds in her favourite discipline, 0.08 sec ahead of the American Vonn.

Hunt for girls after killing of gay man

Police say 62-year-old may have been victim of homophobic attack

On the streets: 'Immigrants get a bad name, but not as bad as kids'

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