Sport Brighton midfielder Andrew Crofts

A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round match at Vale Park

Mathieu Debuchy

Newcastle complete £5m deal for France full-back Mathieu Debuchy

Debuchy has 12 senior international caps

Hunt saboteur 'beaten by gang'

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man after a hunt saboteur was apparently beaten with sticks by a gang of men on quad bikes during a Boxing Day hunt.

Specialists treating Neon accepted that there were side-effects to radiotherapy but said that without the treatment the youngster could die within a few months

Cancer boy Neon Roberts should have radiotherapy for brain tumour against mother's wishes, rules judge

Sally Roberts feared the treatment would cause long-term harm but doctors said her son may not survive more than a few months without it

Wife accused of Eddie Kidd assaults

The estranged wife of paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd has been charged with assaulting him, police said.

The International Contergan Thalidomide Alliance attends a protest outside the German embassy in London in 2008

Thalidomide scandal: Twenty cases identified in past five years

Fifty years after the world was shocked by the thalidomide scandal, survivors are still being identified in Britain.

Neon Roberts underwent more surgery on a brain tumour

Cancer boy’s mother in court battle over radiotherapy denied time to seek alternatives

A mother embroiled in a High Court battle over her son’s cancer treatment has been denied time to consult experts on “alternative therapies”.

Sally Roberts, the mother of seven-year-old cancer patient Neon, leaves the High Court in central London

Judge overrules mother over cancer treatment for seven-year-old Neon Roberts

Doctor said highly likely that Neon Roberts would die within relatively short period' without further surgery, but mother wanted more expert advice

Brighton’s lights: raising the spoof

From Brighton to a lighthouse in Maine, the Christmas decorations that lit up our lives

If you're yet to dig out the decade-old string of fairy lights that are coiled around a clutch of gaudy baubles and haven't got round to stringing up the sparkly icicles along the guttering, why not take inspiration from this illuminating lot?

Seven-year-old Neon is currently staying with his father, Ben

Woman who ran away with her cancer sufferer son 'may agree to radiotherapy'

A woman who ran away with her seven-year-old son to stop him having cancer treatment said she will agree to radiotherapy if doctors find his brain tumour has returned.

More allegations made in investigation of ex-bishop Peter Ball

Police investigating allegations of sex offences against boys and young men by a retired Church of England bishop said seven more people have come forward claiming they were abused.

'Violent thugs' hurl rocks and tomatoes at Conservative MP Mike Weatherley ahead of squatting debate in Brighton

A Conservative MP and his entourage have been attacked at Sussex University by protesters angry about the illegalisation of squatting.

<p>1. Blackbush & Twenty Acre Shaw, Bromley</p>
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<p>Go for a leafy ramble in this ancient woodland, close to London, and see berries ripening and leaves browning.</p>

The 10 Best leafy walks

Late October is the perfect time to see Britain’s woods and forests in their autumnal glory – here are 10 top routes

Driver dies in Beachy Head plunge

A driver has died after the car he was in plunged 400ft from Beachy Head.

Man charged after six-hour armed stand-off with police in Eastbourne

A retired man who was involved in a six-hour armed stand-off with police in a quiet seaside town has been charged with attempted murder.

Jeremy Forrest boards an aeroplane as he is extradited to Britain

Runaway teacher charged with child abduction

Jeremy Forrest, the runaway teacher arrested in France on suspicion of abducting schoolgirl Megan Stammers, was charged with child abduction last night.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?