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

Woman jailed over false rape accusation

A woman who falsely accused a man of rape and turned his life into the "stuff of nightmares" was today jailed for 18 months.

Police cuts need not affect front line, says Theresa May

Police forces could cut costs without affecting the front line, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

£3m cocaine haul seized by police

A haul of cocaine, believed to have a street value of up to £3 million, was seized following a crime squad operation, police said today.

Charles Nevin: The secret of happiness: patios

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Solicitor's 'zest for life' snuffed out by bomber

Talented solicitor Fiona Stevenson had a "wonderful zest for life" but this was snuffed out by suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer who targeted the Tube train she took to work each morning.

Westfield charged over fraud claims

The former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield was accused of fraud yesterday over claims he deliberately played poorly as part of a gambling swindle.

Sussex promoted to Division One

Sussex secured promotion back to Division One of the LV= County Championship as they passed 350 in their first innings against Northamptonshire.

Defoe faces ban after admitting using phone in car

The Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe could be disqualified from driving for the second time in less than a year.

Branson celebrates 15th V Festival

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson celebrated the V Festival reaching its 15th year as revellers prepared for the second day of the event.

This is the weekend for...recapturing your youth

With all those 17- and 18-year-olds out celebrating their A-level results, or drowning their sorrows – and in anywhere with a nightclub open tonight you won't be able to avoid them – this is the weekend for getting back the heady feel of your own teenage highs and lows.

Leading grammar says Baccalaureate is the future

One of the country's leading state grammar schools is to encourage pupils to switch from A-levels to the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam this September.

Past crimes: The Bamber files

As new evidence emerges in the notorious Jeremy Bamber murder case, David Connett revisits the story he first covered a quarter of a century ago

Politicians lose expenses ruling appeal

Three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer today lost appeals over a ruling that they are not protected from prosecution by parliamentary privilege over allegations that they fiddled their expenses.

Church pays out to woman sedated as child

The Church of England has paid "substantial" damages to a woman who claimed she was heavily sedated during her time at a children's home, it was disclosed today.

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