News The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

Tower of strength: The Salvation Army Citadel in Chelmsford

The beauty of the new Salvation Army Citadel in Chelmsford lies in its striking simplicity – and in its sense of place, says Jay Merrick

Warming-up cars stolen from driveways

Thieves drove off today with three cars left by owners to warm up on drives.

Man found dead in city fountain

Police were appealing for witnesses today after a man was found dead in a freezing city centre pond.

Tobin murder police reopen unsolved cases

The convicted serial killer has been linked to dozens of murders going back to 1968

Tobin in court to face murder charge for second time

Peter Tobin, a convicted murderer, paedophile and rapist, killed and buried the body of a teenage girl in his back garden, a court heard yesterday.

'Reformed' teenage burglar who was given a free flat is back in police custody

'One-man crime wave' shown leniency by a judge is arrested and questioned over theft of Porsche

Prisoner realeased in error hands himself in

A prisoner who was charged with murder and released from custody "in error" has handed himself in, police said.

Prisoner on muder charge freed in error

A prisoner who is charged with murder and considered to be a danger to the public was released from custody in error, police said today.

New vetting rules threaten scout Jamborees

The 90-year tradition of Scout Jamborees in the UK is under threat because of new Government vetting rules, it was revealed today.

Man fathered two children with daughter

A pensioner was jailed for 12 years yesterday after a court heard he abused his daughter for three decades and fathered two children by her.

Gangland guns supplier 'linked to 28 crimes'

A former Army sergeant who made guns for gangs operating in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham was facing a long jail term tonight.

County Championship round-up: Ten Doeschate gives Essex slim hope

Such are the vagaries of the County Championship that five out of eight sides can still join Kent in being promoted from the Second Division. In a competition where negative cricket is too often the norm and bonus points help to blur the line between good sides and mediocre ones, that is to be expected and, perhaps, lamented. That said, it does make for an interesting end to the season.

First Night: V Festival, Chelmsford

Feisty Lily finds her voice – as Oasis lose theirs

Oasis cancel festival gig after Liam takes ill

Oasis were forced to cancel their appearance at Virgin Media's V Festival tonight after lead singer Liam Gallagher was diagnosed with viral laryngitis.

Defoe appeals against speeding ban

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was disqualified from driving today after being found guilty of speeding but the sentence was immediately suspended as his lawyers appealed against the conviction.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003