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

Owl City and the One-man wonders

Owl City is Adam Young, who wrote his debut album in a basement and is now No 1. Chris Mugan reports on how the net provides a great springboard for single-person bands like his, as well as Memory Tapes and Toro Y Moi

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

River body found in search for missing man

Police searching for a young man who vanished in the freezing weather today found a body.

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.

Fears grow for man who vanished in freezing weather

Fears were today growing for a young man who vanished in the freezing weather.

Tobin murder police reopen unsolved cases

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

Tobin: 18 years in a serial killer's life

Here is a timeline of events surrounding Peter Tobin's life of crime:

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.

Dinah McNicol accused 'had murdered before'

A former handyman accused of murdering a sixth former who disappeared 18 years ago is a convicted child killer already serving a life sentence, a court heard today.

'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

Surge in prisoners freed early in error

Almost 200 prisoners including murderers and sex offenders have been freed early by mistake over the past five years, according to official Government figures.

Terry denies knowledge of embarrassing email

England captain says PR company acted without his authority in touting for deals

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.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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