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Councillor Harry Blakeley believes the airport could even be used for go-kart racing and kite boarding

Andy McSmith's Diary: Woolwich Twitter witness, Boya Dee, refuses to sell story

The first that many people knew about the ghastly murder in Woolwich was from the Twitter feed of an eye witness, Boya Dee, a south London musician and filmmaker.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett confronts one of the alleged attackers

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the mother-of-two hailed as a hero for confronting Woolwich attackers, thought: 'better me than a child'

Mother of two Ingrid Loyau-Kennett spoke with the two alleged killers

Nick Milligan with his wife Victoria and children (from left to right) Emily, Olivia, Kit and Amber. Mr Milligan, 51, and Emily were both killed in the accident

Driver on speedboat that killed Nick Milligan and daughter Emily in Padstow 'was not wearing safety cord'

'Kill cord' was not attached to the driver so engine continued to run following his ejection, MAIB says

Ministers ‘work’ for God, not for Methodists: Members of the church exempt from employment laws

Ministers working for the Methodist Church are effectively exempt from employment laws because they work for God and are not employees, Britain’s highest court has ruled.

Rory McGrath - bailed till 5 July

Comic Rory McGrath bailed after 'couple assaulted while trying to assist man heavily in drink'

Comic Rory McGrath has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a couple, it emerged today.

Summer may be near but residents of Cornwall and Devon wake up to snow and winds of 65mph

The 'fairly unusual' weather for May left thousands without power and winds of 65mph

Strong winds batter UK

Winds of up to 65mph battered British coastlines during the night resulting in trees blown down in what was “fairly unusual” weather for May.

Collin Brewer

'Disabled children should be put down': Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer to be investigated by police over controversial comments

Brewer apologised and resigned earlier this year after his comments but was re-elected earlier this month

Half a month's rain could fall in a single day in parts of the country this week

Forecasters warn of half a month's rainfall in a single day as wet weather looks set to persist

The South West and Wales are likely to be the worst affected

Padstow speedboat accident: Brave rescuer Charlie Toogood hailed for stopping out-of-control boat

The waterskiing instructor almost certainly prevented more deaths

Persuasive: Sam Palladio plays a country singer in Nashville

Nashville's grand ole fraud: The Texan who's from Cornwall

Sam Palladio is the latest in a string of actors to fool the US

Fears mounting for British sailor lost in Pacific

The 35-year-old man was conscious and wearing a life jacket when he fell into 6ft (2 metre) seas in the early hours of this morning

Life on the edge: demand for tasty cliff-top herb piles pressure on Cornish foragers

It is the new vegetable of the moment, beloved of gourmet chefs – but harvesting it is a precarious business.

Police watchdog to investigate Taser use in burns death of man doused in flammable liquid

A watchdog is to investigate whether the firing of a Taser by a police officer at a man doused in flammable liquid caused fatal burns.

A dead guillemot at Wembury, Devon

Pollution may ‘wipe out’ a generation of seabirds

An entire generation of seabirds could be wiped out on a section of the British coastline after hundreds were found dead last week, wildlife authorities have warned.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...