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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Shocking CCTV footage shows a Volvo crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham, Devon

Dramatic crash video released to highlight anti-drink-driving campaign

Dramatic footage of a drunken motorist crashing into a pub was released by police today as part of an anti-drink-driving campaign.

Engineer of China's first aircraft carrier dies watching first flight

As China celebrated the first landing of a fighter jet on its new aircraft carrier at the weekend, it reserved a special hero's mention for a senior engineer on the programme who died of a heart attack after witnessing the historic event.

Two stabbed in mass fight near London's Regent Street

Police are appealing for information after two men were stabbed in a fight involving approximately 20 males.

The events leading to Stephen Farrow's arrest

This is how events unfolded in the burglary at Vine Cottage, the murders of retired teacher Betty Yates and the Rev John Suddards, and the conviction of Stephen Farrow.

Sofyen Belamouadden death: 17th person convicted over mob killing of schoolboy at Victoria station

A teenager today become the 17th person to be convicted over the mob killing of a schoolboy inside a central London station after a clash between pupils from rival schools.

Whipped-up hysteria more than Mitchell deserved

The moment when he supposedly called a policeman "pleb" wasn't recorded by any particularly reliable source

I used to be a libertarian. But then someone stole my gold clubs.

Wanting the state to intrude less in our personal lives is all well and good until a lack of CCTV cameras lets a man walk off with your prized belongings

The scene at The Marylebone Road Car Park

Woman fights for life after fireball in basement garage of prestigious London apartments

A woman was today fighting for her life after being engulfed by a fireball as she attempted to escape a burning car in the garage of a block of flats in London.

Man survives being pushed onto 750-volt live track at crowded railway station

A man has survived being pushed onto a 750-volt live track at a crowded railway station after trying to defuse a violent argument.

Jacob Michael was pepper sprayed by police and beaten with batons

Father to appeal to runaway teacher Jeremy Forrest

The father of maths teacher Jeremy Forrest will today make a public appeal for his son to return home with his runaway teenage pupil, Megan Stammers.

Carer jailed after being caught on camera hitting and abusing a vulnerable 89-year-old woman

A care assistant was jailed today after she was caught on a hidden camera hitting and abusing a vulnerable 89-year-old woman in her care.

Postman jailed after hiding 75,000 letters in garden shed

Undelivered items were found after Royal Mail sent tracking device with shopping voucher

Police released CCTV images yesterday in a bid to track down the two rape suspects

Hunt for men after boy raped in Debenhams department store

Police appeal for help after victim was grabbed in daylight at a busy Manchester mall

Police release photo of car involved in a Leeds hit-and-run that left Raham and Saba Saleem in critical condition

Police investigating a hit and run incident which left a two-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister fighting for their lives have released an image of a car they believed was involved.

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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