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Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

Sylvia Kristel, who died of cancer aged 60 yesterday, as Emmanuelle in the 1974 film

Farewell, Sylvia Kristel: The star of Emmanuelle who introduced a generation of men to sex

She transcended the vapid content to project an image of innocence

Harriet Walker: How hard could it be to look after a baby?

I spent the first half of this summer only too pleased at the clouds, downpours and lingering chill in the air. I wanted the skies to reflect my mood, and if I wasn't feeling sunny or blithe, I was damned if anyone else should be.

Machete man attacks church group in St Paul's Cray

A woman told of her terror after a masked man armed with a machete broke into a church hall and attacked one of her singing group.

Mark Cavendish of Britain crosses the line at the end of the men's cycling road race event

Why Britain lost out on cycling gold

Mark Cavendish in flying form, British morale on an all time high after Bradley Wiggins' victory in the Tour de France, four out of five riders stage winners in the Tour and an Olympic team regularly touted as the strongest team in the world... how could it possibly have gone so wrong for Team GB at Saturday's  road-race?

Jane Merrick: Her tiny hand is frozen, and it's an absolute disgrace

Over 20 years, only four of 90 goals had seen major progress
These delightful exercise books by the Scottish interiors doyenne Donna Wilson are among the Create 2012 Souvenirs. Createlondon.org

Dom Joly: I make a great garden gnome, but a lousy house-seller

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On The Road: Cuba

Had Rafael and Carmen Jiménez Fuentes lived 500 years ago right on the sands at Baracoa in eastern Cuba, Christopher Columbus may well have moved right in. When the "Great Admiral of the Ocean" sailed along the north-east coast of this Caribbean island in 1492 and Baracoa came into view, he wrote in his diary that Cuba was the most "enchantingly beautiful" land he had ever seen.

The BBC search for the nation’s most talented needlewoman (or man) using a similar formula to their hit show, The Great British Bake Off

Trending: Haberdashers shall inherit the earth, sadly

Following the success of The Great British Bake Off, the BBC now wants to find the nation's most talented needlewoman (or man) using a similar formula to their hit show.

Free agent: James Lester at his relaxed Fulham office, where deals are done at the kitchen table

'Apprentice' star Jamie Lester is changing the way Londoners buy their homes

Ten years ago when you walked into an estate agent you knew what to expect; rows of desks, sharp young men in sharp (ish) suits and hard young women in heels. Tack on to that a slight sneer at your proposed budget and a (never fulfilled) promise to call you when the right property came in, and the whole business of moving was liable to make your heart sink before you even put your house on the market.

<p>1. Duct Tape</p>
<p>£3.33, staples.co.uk</p>
<p>It doesn't just seal tears and cuts in your suitcase, but can also be used to waterproof things, cheaply and quickly, on the hoof.</p>

The 10 Best budget travel buys

1. Duct Tape

£3.33, staples.co.uk

It doesn't just seal tears and cuts in your suitcase, but can also be used to waterproof things, cheaply and quickly, on the hoof.

Fagan blames magic mushrooms for his palace break-ins

Michael Fagan: 'Her nightie was one of those Liberty prints, down to her knees'

The man who, 30 years ago, climbed a drainpipe and broke into Buckingham Palace, not once but twice, recalls the moment he came face to face with the Queen in her bedroom. Emily Dugan meets Michael Fagan

Stow away: From £150 to £250, ltmuseumshop.co.uk. These beautifully proportioned shelves once worked hard on the London Underground, stashing commuters’ coats, bags and brollies. Now they can do the same in your home. They come in three sizes

Window shopping: Classic luggage and transport themes can send any room on a journey

Whether you're a frequent flier or an armchair adventurer, a travel-inspired interior will not only remind you of past journeys and inspire future jaunts, it will also make the comforts of home feel a little more exciting.

Ibsens impresses with its thoughtful interior design and interesting restaurants

Stay The Night: Ibsens hotel, Copenhagen

Denmark's capital has another sleek, chic place to sleep. This new venue has big ideas, even if some rooms are tiny.

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