Harry Redknapp's home on the South Coast

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'Staring' police officer faced News of the World leak allegations

The senior detective shouted at by Harry Redknapp for "staring" had faced accusations police were leaking the case to the News of the World, it can be revealed today.

Peter Lang, headteacher of Uxbridge High School, Middlesex, with some of his pupils

Failing education system is wasting talent of disadvantaged students, says minister

The latest secondary school league tables have, for the first time, revealed the stark gap in performance between disadvantaged pupils and those from better-off families.

Results show stark classroom divide between rich and poor

The latest secondary school league tables have, for the first time, revealed the stark gap in performance between disadvantaged pupils and those from better-off families.

A security guard clashes with the media as Spurs manager Harry Redknapp leaves Southwark Crown Court yesterday

From dugout to dock: Harry goes into the unknown

Tortoiseshell specs, a deceased dog and bullet-proof glass all add up to a surreal first day in court for Spurs manager

Man questioned after fuel tanker driven into house

A man was being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder today after a woman had a lucky escape when a fuel tanker crashed into the front of her bungalow.

Six footballers arrested in sex assault investigation

Five Brighton and Hove Albion footballers and one from AFC Bournemouth have been arrested by police investigating a sex attack.

Six footballers held over sex attack

A number of Brighton and Hove Albion footballers and one from AFC Bournemouth have been arrested by police investigating a sex attack.

So, which is the fairest rose of them all?

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Christopher Hirst

There is much to be said for the Yorkshire Dales becoming bigger.

An ex-runaway, 24-year-old Carl Hillier dreams of entering Parliament where he can fight on behalf of young people

Independent Appeal: Teenage runaway on a mission to change young people's lives

The passionate advocate now lectures politicians on the problem of desperate children, says Jonathan Brown

Lead changes among 49er fleet at world championships

John Pink and Rick Peacock took over the lead of the high performance 49er fleet at the halfway mark of the world championships off Fremantle, five points ahead of the Australian favourites Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, who are joint second with the French team of Stephane Christidis and Emmanuel Dyen with the improving young pairing of David Evans and Ed Powys just one extra point behind in fourth.

Tobias Ellwood, MP Conservative

Diary: Cameron's captain upsets the burghers of Bournemouth

Tobias Ellwood, the Tory MP for Bournemouth East, is a 6ft 2in former Army captain. He is such a fan of David Cameron that, during the 2006 leadership contest, he was pushing notes under the doors of other MPs pleading for their support. When a fellow Tory, Mark Pritchard, annoyed the Government with his persistent campaigning against cruelty to circus animals, Mr Ellwood, pictured right, jocularly suggested that he should be taken behind the bike shed and given "a good hiding". Last month, he lost his position as a parliamentary aide when the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, resigned – but the whips quickly found him another berth.

Search launched for kite surfer

An air, sea and land search has been launched for a missing kite surfer.

Ex-soldier jailed for 1987 rape

A former soldier who raped a nine-year-old girl while serving in Germany 24 years ago was today jailed for seven years after justice finally caught up with him.

Glenn Moore: Mitchell pays the price for Bournemouth's remarkable rebuilding

The Football League Column: 'The club's already had two receiverships and I'm not going to jeopardise its future. That debt is gone'

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