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

County Championship round-up: Notts title hopes take a battering after Chambers' destructive spell

Nottinghamshire suffered only their second defeat of the season but it was by an emphatic margin as Essex won by 143 runs at Chelmsford. For the second time in the match, the title favourites were undone by the pace of Jamaican-born Maurice Chambers, who supplemented his first-innings 6 for 68 with four more to notch the first 10-wicket haul of his career.

Round-up: Brittle Essex caught out by Read

Nottinghamshire, the Championship favourites, maintained their momentum by dismissing Essex for 154 at Chelmsford but found batting almost as difficult, stuttering to 72 for 5 in reply before the experience of Ally Brown and captain Chris Read combined to steer them towards parity.

Four face court trial over Parliamentary expenses

Three former Labour MPs and a Tory peer will stand trial over fiddling their expenses and are not immune from prosecution, a judge ruled today.

Business Diary: Fraudsters cash in on BP's woes

Nigeria's formidable fraudsters don't miss a trick. In the latest version of the long-established scam that emanates from the country, an email is doing the rounds purporting to be from Tony Hayward's "private solicitor" appealing for people to help the embattled BP chief get £100m of wealth out of the US before President Obama snaffles it. The fraudsters rather give the game away by repeatedly mis-spelling Mr Hayward's name, but one can't help admiring their ingenuity.

Muslim leader 'lied about BNP kidnap'

A Muslim community leader falsely claimed to have been kidnapped by members of the British National Party after police and a local council spent £1,300 improving security at his home, a jury heard today.

Darfuri teenager killed himself after being told – wrongly – of deportation

The prospect of certain torture in Sudan was too much for Abdullah Idris, but serious failings in Britain led to his death

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: A quiet man with the eye of a falcon

The natural world has its cult books, as the arts world does or the economics world does, if by a cult book we mean a little-known work with a major mystique among a minority; and for a long time now the cult book for anyone who takes a serious interest in the natural world in Britain has been JA Baker's The Peregrine. Published in 1967, and hardly known, if known at all, by the general public, it is an account of a man who spends a winter in the flatlands of Essex and on the Essex coast, closely observing a pair of peregrine falcons.

Pair face 32-year jail terms for 'chilling murder'

A judge today ruled that two "depraved" robbers convicted of the "chilling" murder of an office administrator who refused to reveal bank card details should each stay in jail for at least 32 years, police said.

County Championship round-up: Finn fires in front of chief selector as Middlesex rout Derbyshire

Having begun the season with four straight defeats, Middlesex's fortunes are taking a turn for the better after fast bowler Steve Finn advertised his potential with another impressive performance.

County Championship round-up: Ervine shines but Strauss and Cook still fail to find their form

A dry spring may have yielded a healthy glut of results in the first month of the Championship but it has done nothing for the form of England's two Test captains.

County Championship round-up: Finn roars in with nine

Young English paceman is star of show with best Middlesex figures for 40 years

Don't vote BNP urges Bishop

The next Bishop of Chelmsford today urged people in his diocese not to vote for the British National Party in the forthcoming general election.

Protests on politicians’ first day in court

Labour MPs claim parliamentary privilege in expenses fraud defence

MPs and peer to fight expenses prosecution with 1689 law

Three Labour MPs and a Conservative peer told a judge today they will use a 320-year-old law to argue they should not be prosecuted over the expenses scandal.

Father in court accused of baby's murder

A man was remanded in custody today accused of murdering an eight-week-old baby, police said.

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