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

MP who served Labour and Tories retires

A long-serving Conservative MP is standing down at the general election. John Horam, who represents Orpington, in Kent, has spent more than 30 years as an MP, serving as a minister in both Tory and Labour governments. The resignation of the 70-year-old, who was untouched by the expenses scandal, brings the number of Commons retirees to 108.

Sheringham pulls on boots again for Kent minnows

Former England striker Teddy Sheringham has signed for Beckenham Town after coming out of retirement.

Tory council plan to fund private schools

David Cameron was embarrassed yesterday when a Conservative-controlled council admitted it was considering plans to subsidise the fees of children attending private schools if their parents lose their jobs.

Why Chislehurst has a special reason to mourn

A Kent landowner could lose out on a huge pay-cheque as a result of Michael Jackson's death. Jackson had booked up to stay in Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst, moving its owners out to a pad in Orpington.

Police fear 'night stalker' has struck again

Detectives fear Britain's most wanted serial burglar and sex attacker may have struck again.

£7.2m of Lottery winnings unclaimed

Three Lottery jackpot prizes of more than £1 million are unclaimed, Camelot said today.

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Who's who in Pantoland this year

Heard the one about Hollywood stars entertaining children the length and breadth of Britain? Thankfully it's true, and the season of festive silliness is now upon us. Larry Ryan spotlights the big names

Two more guilty of Hell's Angel murder

The remaining two members of a motorcycle gang were found guilty today of the murder of a Hell's Angel.

Education under fire: fears over teaching standards push parents to private sector

More parents than ever before would send their children to private schools if they could afford it, research suggests.

Five injured in pub brawl in south-east London

Five men suffered stab and slash wounds in a brawl at a south-east London pub, police said today.

Private jet crashes into homes in 'ball of fire'

A private jet collided with homes in a "ball of fire" and huge plumes of smoke after putting out a mayday call.

Bob Skeleton: Clinical finishing wins 'Dr Ice' World Cup

Kristan Bromley yesterday won the second World Cup of his career after finishing sixth in the final race of the World Cup series, in Winterberg, Germany.

Leukaemia breakthrough: 'It's good if we can help other families'

Sarah Murphy and her husband, Justin, a site manager in Bromley, Kent, have been through the pain of seeing one of their twin daughters diagnosed and treated for leukaemia. They are just one of about 500 couples whose children are diagnosed with the disease each year.

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