Sport Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts

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Social workers fear media frenzy will damage Alfie's family

PCC to investigate if family was paid by two newspapers

Alfie Patten's mother facing truancy charge

The mother of "father at 13" Alfie Patten faces being prosecuted for letting one of her children play truant, the court service said today.

Boy, 13, 'may not be baby's father'

Baby-faced Alfie Patten may not be a father at 13 after all amid allegations that the mother has had several other sexual partners, it was reported today.

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Banish memories of the Year It All Went Wrong

Party becomes 'horror show' as word spreads on internet

A mother told today how her daughter's 16th birthday party descended into an "absolute horror show" when around 300 people gatecrashed her luxury home after it was advertised on Facebook.

Shoplift probe officer found dead

A high-ranking police officer who was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting wine with a colleague from a Marks and Spencer store was found dead today.

Hänsel und Gretel, Glyndebourne, East Sussex

What is Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel about? Freudians have it typed as a rumination on primeval childhood fears – of separation from parents, of blindness, and of death. In the Grimm brothers' original version, the impoverished mother plots to kill her children by leaving them in the forest: Humperdinck kindly gives her an alter ego, with the Witch – whom the children eventually kill – as the repository of evil.

Taxi driver jailed for 'fare row' rape

A taxi driver was jailed for seven years today after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old student when she could not pay for her fare home.

Father is questioned after girl's body found

Police have been given more time to question the father of a 19-year-old woman whose skeletal remains were found in woodland in a seaside town.

Maths wizard, 11, could be the next Vorderman

If countdown executives are struggling to find Carol Vorderman's replacement, they might want to consider their current contestant Kai Laddiman.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My partner died a year ago and I have been having an affair with his friend. He recently had a one-night stand with a mutual friend - should I take him back?

Dear Virginia,

My partner died a year ago, and I’ve been comforted by an old friend of his. We started an affair, but didn’t talk about commitment. Then he told me he’d had a one-night stand with a mutual friend, and I dropped him. Now, I’m more unhappy than I was over my partner’s death. Do I take him back? He wants to see me on whatever terms.

Yours sincerely, Nona

Sion Jenkins: A father betrayed?

Acquitted of the murder of his foster daughter Billie-Jo, Sion Jenkins says he has been let down by the police, the scientists, and the former wife who took his daughters away

Trio of boy twins secure 48 top-grade GCSEs

Three sets of boy twins from the same school were celebrating today after amassing an impressive set of A-grade GCSE passes.

H&#228;nsel und Gretel, Glyndebourne, east Sussex<br/>Street Scene, The Young Vic, London

Grimm's fairytale lacks psychological fibre but there is some rather tasty singing and the London Philharmonic plays sweetly
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