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Ten new names added as HMRC renews appeal on 19 suspects wanted for variety of tax offences

Forgotten authors No.32: William Haggard

At the height of Bond mania in the mid-1960s, a number of other espionage writers emerged, some as good or better than 007's creator. One of these, described rather damningly by the Sunday Express as "the adult's Ian Fleming", was William Haggard, the pseudonym of Richard Clayton. He produced some 33 novels, 25 of which featured Col Charles Russell of the (fictional) British Security Executive.

Teenagers accused of 'honey trap' murder

A 16-year-old boy was set upon by a gang of teenagers, beaten with a baseball bat, stabbed and left to die after being lured into a honey trap orchestrated by his love rival, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

‘Taxi rapist’: I craved attention

A taxi driver accused of a string of sexual assaults admitted in court yesterday that he had plied young women passengers with champagne and told them lies about his life.

Labour defies the tide to take Tory seat

Labour defied the trend to make its first council by-election gain of 2009.

Man charged over Croydon stabbing

Charles William Acquaah, 22, of Greenside Road, Croydon, south London, was tonight charged with the murder of boxer John Abbey, Scotland Yard said.

Man questioned over Croydon stabbing

Detectives were questioning a 22-year-old man today after a father was stabbed to death as he travelled with his three-year-old daughter to hospital where his wife had given birth hours earlier.



Man stabbed to death in Croydon

A man was fatally stabbed as he travelled with his three-year-old daughter to hospital where his wife had given birth hours earlier.

Jail for 'urban terror' animal rights activists

Seven animal rights activists who waged a campaign of "urban terrorism" against companies with links to the animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences in an attempt to close it have been jailed for between four and 11 years at Winchester Crown Court.

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More than half of Woolworths' stores now closed

Another sombre milestone in the demise of Woolworths was passed tonight as the latest wave of store closures meant more than half its UK shops were now shut for business.

Council education chief quits over IRA revelations

A council education chief quit today after admitting she worked with the IRA in the 1970s.

Pair bailed on sex assault charges

Two men appeared in court today charged with sexually assaulting children at a former Jersey care home.

Grim teenage murder toll as knife victim dies

So far this year, 27 youths have been killed in London – that compares with 26 for the whole of 2007

Teenager stabbed to death in fight

A teenager was stabbed to death today in a fight outside a nightclub, police said.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee