Queen Mary’s will be taken over by a mental health foundation trust, Oxleas, and land sold off to pay the debts

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Only urgent, radical action will prevent failures, warns Public Accounts Committee

New UCL campus in Stratford given green light

A leading university has been given the green light to press ahead with plans to open a new campus in one of the most deprived areas of the country.

EDL protesters clash with police at a demonstration in Bristol last month

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A series of marches by a right-wing group has been banned amid fears of violence on the streets.

Family of Mark Duggan - whose death last summer led to widespread rioting across England - welcomes coroner ruling for an inquest into his death to be held early next year

The family of Mark Duggan have thanked a coroner for ruling that an inquest into his death must go ahead early next year even though the trial of a man alleged to have given a gun moments before he was shot dead has yet to conclude.

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Brother of Eastenders actress Gemma McCluskie admits killing

The brother of the former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie has admitted responsibility for killing her. Tony McCluskie, 35, will now face trial on the issue of whether her death was murder or manslaughter, a judge at the Old Bailey said yesterday.

Gemma McCluskie went missing in March

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The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, now accepts responsibility for killing her, the Old Bailey heard today.

Police officers on riot duty in Tottenham in the violent aftermath of the shooting of Mark Duggan

Duggan was armed and I'll never forget it, says officer who triggered the riots

Police marksman was '100 per cent' certain that suspect had a gun in his hand

Warning over 'Afro combs' as teenage girl is jailed for 10 years for killing 16-year-old in dispute over boys

A judge today warned of the dangers of wearing Afro combs as fashion accessories as he handed a life sentence to a 16-year-old girl who used one to fatally stab another girl in a dispute over boys.

100,000 Olympic Park tickets on sale

A total of 100,000 tickets to go to the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Paralympics have gone on sale.

Bus ban for Hackney 'race rant' probe woman

A woman who was arrested by police investigating claims of a black woman making racist comments about white people on a bus has been released on bail, with the condition that she does does not travel on any London bus.

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More than 200 firefighters are tackling a blaze which is said to be the biggest in London for several years.

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