News Dave Lee Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, arrives at Southwark Crown Court on 17 January 17 2014

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is “astonished” at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a “normal, decent human being”.

Husband charged with stab murder

A 53-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his wife to death.

MCDC in £250m data centre deal

Matterhorn Capital, former owner of Earls Court and Olympia, has invested £250m in two sites in South-east England through its data centre division MCDC. The sites, in Bury Green, Hertfordshire, and Chesham, Buckinghamshire, will house more than 180,000 sq ft of data hall space.

Pinewood Studios receives £88m takeover approach

Peel Holdings, the property group behind the MediaCityUK, has made an £88m takeover approach for Pinewood Shepperton, where the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises are filmed.

Victim 'warned before Derrick Bird killing'

Derrick Bird's youngest victim was warned a gunman was on the loose just minutes before he was shot dead, an inquest heard today.

Opposition grows against high-speed rail 'vanity project'

The multi-billion high-speed rail link project is an "expensive white elephant" and should be scrapped, an alliance of business leaders, politicians and economists said today.

Man held after woman found dead

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in a house.

Speaker reveals he is a supporter of hunting ban

Commons Speaker John Bercow has risked further angering Tory MPs by revealing that he is a supporter of the hunting ban.

Video: CCTV captures car crashing into a shop

A shop owner and customer escape without injury after a car ploughs into a store in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.

Library emptied in bid to fight closure

A town has emptied its library in a bid to fight plans to close it down.

High-speed rail route to be announced

The preferred route for the costly and controversial HS2 high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham is expected to be announced tomorrow by the Government.

Pet of the week: The Mini Lop

For those of you who have marvelled at the Dwarf Lop's compact form, meet its even more gadget-sized baby brother, the Mini Lop. In a world that values size reduction without the loss of essential functionality (in this case, twitchy nose, floppy ears, cute, hoppity motion), the Mini Lop is the teeny-tiny bun that packs a lot of fun

The market premium: where house prices are booming

As city-dwellers move out, values are soaring in smart market towns

Plunging temperatures herald arrival of winter

It's time to hunt out your hat, scarf and gloves. Winter has arrived.

Man quizzed over mother's murder

The son of a businesswoman was being questioned today on suspicion of murdering her after she was allegedly stabbed to death following rumours of an affair.

Wasps unveil stadium plans

Wasps have unveiled Wycombe Air Park at Booker, just outside High Wycombe, as their preferred site for a new 17,500-20,000 stadium.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there