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Three girls were arrested yesterday by police investigating an incident in which an 83-year-old woman was terrorised in her house for five hours before being burgled.

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This year sees the tercentenary of William Hogarth. By Mark Rowe

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It has been reported this week that the Foreign Secretary, Mr Robin Cook (henceforth to be known only as Robin), is to circulate those who lie abroad for their country with a special video, introducing himself and his policies. Previously they only received a short note reading something like "Dear colleague. My name's Malcolm. I'm another Tory. I want Britain to be at the heart of Europe. Cheers."

Motoring: Having a testing time

The Institute of Advanced Motorists takes ordinary bad drivers and turns them into angels of the highways. Boy racer Michael Booth tries to join its select club but is judged to be no better than Mr Magoo

Rowing: Redgrave and Pinsent resurgent

Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent announced their return after a three- month respite following the Olympic Games in Atlanta by winning the openweight class at the finals of the men's squad trials at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, yesterday.

Hockey: Pearn power earns Reading title

Reading claimed their first National League Premier title with an emphatic 4-1 victory over last season's champions, Cannock, before a large, partisan crowd in pleasant sunshine at Sonning yesterday.

Light Blues savour a Story book finish

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Rowing: Famous five for Light Blues

Cambridge won a memorable Boat Race by two lengths in a time of 17minutes and 38 seconds after a gritty fight back on the Surrey bend gave them their fifth successive victory. The two coxswains were under constant warnings from the umpire, Tom Cadoux-Hudson, for most of the race, principally against Kevin Whyman of Cambridge.

Hockey: Reading displace Teddington at top

Reading beat the leaders Teddington 4-3 in a thrilling match at Chiswick and took over the Premier leadership after Cannock only drew 3-3 at Surbiton.

COMEDY With James Rampton

Owen O'Neill's `Shouting from the Scaffold' is at the Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead (01442 242287) tonight and Warwick Arts Centre (01203 523734) on 24 April. Owen O'Neill is also appearing in the `Best of Irish Night' at the Comedy Store, London (0171-344 4444) on St Patrick's Day, 17 Mar

When a frothy market bubbles into broken promises

Paul Salmon and his wife Chris sold their house in Chiswick, west London, "in good faith" to help speed a chain. Six months later they are living with friends, paying pounds 100 a week to keep their furniture in storage, and feel they have been "pushed out of the market" by gazumpers.

Motoring: Bridges close, roads are ripped up - and the British grin and bear it

I write from the newly separatist and forcibly isolated state of SoWeLo, formerly known as south-west London. Lovely old Hammersmith Bridge, our gateway to the north, is closed "for a year although it could be more". Instead of teams of workmen on hand, to labour good-heartedly through day and night to overhaul the grand old lady of river crossings and enable speedy connections between the two halves of our fair capital to resume, Hammersmith Bridge stands quiet and stately and, apart from a few bus passengers and cyclists, totally unused. Of workmen, there is no sign. All that's happened is that "funding has been allocated".

Paedophile loses right to council accommodation

A convicted paedophile lost his fight for council accommodation yesterday after a judge ruled that he had made himself "intentionally homeless" by committing offences which landed him in jail.

Rowing: Home-grown Light Blues leave Innocence behind

Cambridge University happily endorsed the permissive society in allowing "Guilt" to overcome "Innocence" in yesterday's doughty eights trial for the crew to take on Oxford in the Boat Race.
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