News The pregnant Italian woman who was visiting the UK for work, had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section because she had suffered from mental ill health

Essex Council has said the child, which was removed from mother’s womb against her will, is to be adopted, but top judge has now said any further applications must be heard by him

£335 fine for throwing £1 coin

A 17-year-old youth arrested for throwing a £1 coin at a bus door is considerably worse off today after being fined £335.22p.

Grandmother saves dog-attack boy

A woman saved her seven-year-old grandson from a dog attack on a beach, police have said.

Chris Huhne quizzed again over speeding

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has been questioned for a second time by detectives over claims that he made his ex-wife take speeding points for him.

Lord Hanningfield loses expenses conviction plea

A former Tory peer jailed after being found guilty of fiddling his parliamentary expenses lost an appeal against his conviction today.

Alastair Cook signs new deal with Essex

England opener Alastair Cook has signed a two-year contract extension with Essex.

Tremlett inspires Surrey's rout of leaders

Surrey kept up their charge for a place in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals by making short work of South Division leaders Hampshire at The Oval last night.

Former Tory peer jailed for nine months

A disgraced former Tory peer was jailed for nine months yesterday for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

Peer Lord Hanningfield jailed for expenses fraud

A disgraced former Tory peer was jailed for nine months today for fiddling his parliamentary expenses.

Prisoners receive £10m in payouts

Prisoners have won more than £10 million in compensation over the last five years, figures show.

Riaz shines while Essex are thrashed

Two Pakistanis lit up Beckenham last night to ensure Kent's recent mini-revival continued and Gloucestershire's gloomy Twenty20 campaign hit a new low.

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan breaks thumb

Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan was today ruled out of the third npower Test at the Rose Bowl, where Sri Lanka will instead be led by Kumar Sangakkara.

Murdered mother wanted police to end 'harassment'

Man who allegedly killed woman and two-year-old daughter had been reported to officers

Vicar arrested in child sex probe

A Church of England vicar has been arrested after an allegation of a sex attack on a child.

Peer jailed for expenses fraud

A disgraced former Tory peer will remain in the House of Lords despite being jailed for 12 months today for expenses fraud.

In search of domestic bliss: Meet Britain's happiest families

With the results of the Government’s happiness survey imminent, Nick Harding tracks down Britain’s cheeriest families.
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