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.

HOW WE MET: STEPHEN DALDRY AND IAN MACNEIL

`When you work with someone you are also in love with, the imaginative process becomes your whole life'

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

LAST ORDERS by Graham Swift, Picador pounds 8.99

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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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...