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

Defoe fined for 'frivolous' speeding appeal

Jermain Defoe was today criticised by a judge for making a "frivolous" attempt to escape speeding penalties - and handed a legal bill of more than £1,500.

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.

Amy Winehouse's mother worried over ex-husband reunion talk

Amy Winehouse's mother voiced her concern today that her daughter might reunite with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.

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.

Peter Tobin murder trial jury discharged

The trial of a handyman accused of murdering a sixth former 18 years ago was halted today.

Police investigate Tory peer over £100,000 expenses

A Tory frontbench peer is being investigated by Scotland Yard after claiming £100,000 over seven years for overnight stops in London despite living less than 50 miles from the capital, it was reported last night.

Missing teenager 'was bound and drugged by her killer'

Father of hitchhiker listens as jury is told of grisly find in sex attacker's garden

Dinah 'murderer had killed before'

A man accused of murdering a teenager in 1991 has convictions for the murder of another young woman and sex attacks on two schoolgirls, a court heard today.

Nuclear veterans win compensation case

Judge rules 'guinea pigs' who were exposed to radiation in 1950s Christmas Island bomb tests can lodge claims

County Championship round-up: Joseph inspires shock Kent win

The only ground at which a dedicated cricket watcher's pulse would have quickened yesterday was Chelmsford. Otherwise, to read about match-winning bowlers and adventurous captaincy, the best advice was to consult the history books. Of eight Championship matches begun last week, six were drawn. In two of them, Somerset and Leicestershire, following on, scored more than 400 runs to avoid defeat. The start of the season awaits the wow-factor.

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