News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

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.

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Put on the Prada, we're going to Southport

The secret to updating your windows

From blinds to shutters, stickers to panels

Britten The Beggar’s Opera, Royal Opera/ Linbury Studio

You could experience a momentary double-take walking into the Royal Opera’s Linbury Studio Theatre and thinking you’ve taken a wrong turn into the main house.

BBC relocation will burden taxpayers

Taxpayers will fork out up to £3,000 to pay for new carpets and curtains for BBC staff moving from London to Salford, it emerged.

Hit & Run: Dave's domestic policy

The economy, Gaza, Harry's gaffe, his reshuffle plans – David Cameron covered all bases as he and Andrew Marr chatted by the fireside on BBC1 on Sunday morning. But for those still too bleary-eyed to concentrate on the content, a casual look at the Tory leader's surroundings proved just as revealing.

The art of love: Henry Fuseli

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Sandi Thom: Life beside the seaside

After losing out on a country cottage, Sandi Thom decided to go for a shore thing with a flat in Brighton, complete with balconies and a sea view

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Style queen Sara Berman may have two young children, but that doesn't mean her London house isn't packed full of gloriously grown-up glamour

Cost Of Living: Shutters

In Britain we tend to compensate for our summer's uncanny impersonation of winter by over-exposing ourselves to the sun when it occasionally turns up. But when you need sanctuary from the heat, heavy curtains are never very cool.

The Coral, Coliseum, London

If someone has a twisted sense of humour, it is not necessarily the band themselves. Tonight's gilded venue, home to English National Opera, is tiered like a wedding cake, though the Hoylake wizards choose to perform a mercilessly unadorned acoustic concert. In their usual casual duds, they could be in their Wirral rehearsal rooms; only singer James Skelly's fresh pudding-bowl cut,acknowledged the presence of an audience.

Preview: Animal Farm, Oxford Castle, Oxford

Orwell gets a prison sentence

Toxic shower curtain warning

American scientists are warning that the humble plastic shower curtain is responsible for releasing more than 100 toxic chemicals into homes, including some suspected of causing cancer or having gender-bending effects.

The Rake's Progress, Garsington Opera, Oxford

There was something surreal about the gilded proscenium stage in the courtyard of Garsington Manor; still more about the formally attired gentleman silently emerging from between its red, crushed-velvet curtains.

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