News A woman allegedly leaves a care home with a Christmas tree in Camberwell.

An alleged thief has been caught on camera supposedly stealing a Christmas tree from a care home in south London.

Just what the doctor would have ordered

The Beastly British Cowards have done it again. Beeb bosses have caved in to Tory pressure even before the party chairman, Dr Brian Mawhinney, can toll them (that's how it comes out in his Ulster brogue) who should cover the party leaders at election time.

Obituary : Jane Lidderdale

In appearance and in life, Jane Lidderdale epitomised the English virtue of understatement.

School defends its tobacco cash

Security passes for visitors to Archbishop Michael Ramsey comprehensive, in south London, bear the words: "Please note that the school operates a no smoking policy." For an institution sponsored by a tobacco company, that is a bold statement.

Life for 'the vultures' who murdered Daniel

A judge yesterday recommended that two paedophiles who abducted, abused and then murdered nine-year-old Daniel Handley should spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Boy, 9, abducted and killed to satisfy 'perverted sex fantasy'

Two men abducted, sexually assaulted and killed nine-year-old Daniel Handley to satisfy a "perverted" sexual fantasy, a court was told yesterday.

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Man knifed to death in effort to help girl

Detectives are hunting the killer of a young man who was stabbed to death as he tried to help a 14-year-old girl being attacked outside a community centre in south London.

OBITUARY: Canon Douglas Rhymes

Douglas Rhymes was one of the unsung heroes of the turbulent years when Mervyn Stockwood was Bishop of Southwark, and South Bank Religion was all the rage. Although not recruited to the chapter at Southwark by Stockwood, Rhymes spent almost his entire ministry in the diocese, and was proud of having been appointed a minor canon, a residentiary canon and an honorary canon, ending up in 1984 as canon emeritus.

Time, gentlemen, please

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Final tribute to knife-attack police officer

A police officer who spent five months in a coma after being stabbed in a sweetshop raid was buried with full service honours yesterday at St Stephen's Church, Dulwich, south-east London.

CPS `not told of court fiasco'

The Crown Prosecution Service was never officially notified of the Boxing Day magistrates' court sitting at which 31 defendants walked free after a prosecutor failed to turn up, an internal inquiry concluded yesterday.

BOOKS; OF WAR AND THE PITY OF WAR

THE SLEEPING LORD & OTHER FRAGMENTS by David Jones, Faber pounds 9.99 DAVID JONES: A Fusilier at the Front selected by Anthony Hyne Seren Books pounds 14.95 DAVID JONES: The Maker Unmade by Jonathan Miles & Derek Shiel, Seren Books pounds 29.95

It's 2063. You're not going to Skegness. It's too darn hot

Malcolm Smith on the impact of global warming on tourism

IT'S COLOUR SHE LOVES

Fourteen years after being sacked from her teaching post, Gillian Ayres is recognised as one of our best painters. The RA is planning a retrospective. Here, she grants a rare private view

Francs from heaven

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