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Struggling Hovis is to get £200 million of investment under a deal that will hand a major slice of the operation to an American firm.

Teenager admits killing OAP during riots

A 17-year-old boy today admitted killing a pensioner during last summer's riots.

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I had no great aspirations regarding roles: Fowler (left) in John Paddy Carstairs' 'Top of the Form' (1953)

Harry Fowler: Prolific screen actor known for his 'cheerful cockney' characters

The archetypal "cheerful cockney" on screen, Harry Fowler was also the quintessential character actor.

HMS Ocean will be based in Greenwich

Military presence doubled for London 2012

Up to 13,500 military personnel will help provide security during next summer's Olympics – almost double the 7,000 that had been expected.

Ilir Nazmi Kumbaro has been living in a council flat in Fulham for several years

Albanian torture suspect at large in UK

Police are searching for a former Albanian intelligence officer wanted for torture and kidnapping who jumped bail last week, failing to appear at his extradition hearing in London on 1 December.

Michael Barrymore was charged with another man

Michael Barrymore fined for possessing cocaine

Entertainer Michael Barrymore was found with cocaine in his pocket after launching a foul-mouthed tirade at police, a court heard today.

Elland Road's Billy Bremner statue is covered in scarves and flowers to mark the death of club's former player

Southall seeks Speed tribute game

International friendly to honour Wales manager would be fitting, says legendary goalkeeper

Seventy-year-old man oldest to be arrested over riots

A 70-year-old man was the oldest person to be arrested in connection with recent rioting, it has emerged.

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Ealing murder accused, 16, refused bail

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a pensioner during the London riots was refused bail today.

Boy, 16, in court over Ealing riot murder

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering a pensioner while on a looting rampage at the London riots will be tried at the Old Bailey, a court heard today.

Man quizzed over death of pensioner in riots

A 22-year-old man was being questioned by police today over the murder of a pensioner who was attacked as he tried to stamp out a fire during the London riots.

Ealing reflects on the death of a 'shy, quiet, quirky-looking' man

The violence that visited the suburb on Monday, claiming the life of a 68-year-old, has left the community shocked and angry

Man arrested following Ealing riots death

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man over the murder of a pensioner who was attacked as he tried to stamp out a fire during the London riots.

Police identify Ealing man on life-support machine

A man who was attacked and critically injured after he remonstrated with rioters has been named by police as Richard Mannington Bowes, aged 68.

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