News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

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'I’ve had people react badly to my stand-up. I’ve been called sexist, racist and misogynist'

Writer Jack Thorne

My Edinburgh: Jack Thorne, writer of Stuart: A Life Backwards

This is my third Edinburgh as a writer. The first time I came was with my University drama society doing a reworking (my 'radical feminist' reworking) of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It sounds as bad as it was. Three Weeks called it, simply, 'wanky', The List went even further with the reviewer describing it as 'the stupidest show I've ever seen'.

Peter Buckley Hill says that just because his festival is free, he does not compromise on quality

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Josh Widdicombe

My Edinburgh: Josh Widdicombe finds watching other comedians a struggle

I am trying to go and see more shows this year. You'd think, at the Edinburgh festival, that watching shows would be a given. For a month my life is a combination of the world's largest arts festival and day upon day of free time - what else is there to do? A lot, it turns out. I am good at finding excuses. Last year the Olympics was on TV, I can't miss history in the making. And the year before that we had a Playstation in my flat. I'm only human.

James Hillier and Matthew Bulgo in I'm With the Band

Edinburgh 2013: I’m With The Band - A compelling allegory on the issue of Scots independence

A rock band, whose No 1 hit glory days are long gone, is on the point of breaking up. Its four members are an Englishman, Scotsman, Welshman and Northern Irishman. The band, pointedly called The Union, is in financial crisis because it transpires the manger hasn’t paid any VAT for 12 years. The Scots guitarist has decided he is going solo.

The sixth floor of the Scotsman Hotel was evacuated after two died in a 'chemical incident'

Couple found dead after 'chemical incident' in luxury Edinburgh hotel

Emergency services evacuated part of The Scotsman Hotel as teams in protective hazardous material suits investigated room following possible suicide

Wardens by Darren Richman: Starring Paul Putner, Colin Hoult, Vikki Stone, Nish Kumar, Steve McNeil and Thom Tuck.

My Edinburgh: Wardens playwright Darren Richman on why dying is easy, but comedy is hard

The last words of the actor Edmund Kean are alleged to have been “dying is easy, comedy is hard.” He passed away (with relative ease) in 1833, more than a century before the outbreak of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One can only envy his good fortune and wonder what he’d make of the mayhem that unfolds every August in Scotland’s capital.

Howling woof: Terence Blacker

My Village and Other Aliens: Terence Blacker's confessions of a Fringe virgin

Independent columnist Terence Blacker makes his Edinburgh Festival debut this week with a show of storytelling and songs. He reveals the pain and pleasure of creating a work for the stage rather than the page

Mother sought after baby's remains found near Edinburgh cemetery

Police want to trace the mother of a baby whose remains were found on a path near a cemetery.

Edinburgh Festival preview: Dance - Rite of Spring, Édouard Lock and LA Dance Project

Dance Odyssey is a new scheme whereby you can see a clutch of performances, films or talks on one ticket. Worth a look is Christopher Hampson's Rite of Spring (Festival Theatre, eif.co.uk, 18 Aug), and Scottish Ballet's world premiere of a work by king of speed, Édouard Lock (16 Aug).

Want a laugh? Wimmin are just the ticket

This year's Edinburgh festival is a good place to start

James Alexander Gordon said his voice was no longer strong enough after his larynx was taken out in an operation to treat throat cancer

James Alexander Gordon, the voice of football results, blows final whistle on career

Gordon had his larynx removed during surgery to treat throat cancer

Vatican announces Monsignor Leo Cushley as replacement for disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien

The 52-year-old will be ordained as Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh in September

Inspired improviser: Lawrie Reilly

Lawrie Reilly: One of Scottish football's greatest centre-forwards

Lawrie Reilly was among the most prolific international marksmen in the history of Scottish football, with a strike-rate for his country superior to that of both Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish and a gilded Wembley tally of five goals against England in as many games At club level, too, the diminutive post-war predator was a paragon, the spearhead of Hibernian's "Famous Five" forward line, the swashbuckling quintet which fired the Easter Road side to consecutive titles in the early 1950s and which earned widespread approbation as the most entertaining attack the League has known.

Barnz Munn: Meet the high-flier

Fire performer, stilt-walker, rigger and, foremost an aerialist renowned for the art of counterweighting – the process of lifting people or objects by using a pulley system or their body weight – Barnz Munn wants to make everything fly, from his girlfriend Shaena, to Chinese poles and drum kits. “We use counterweighting for most of the lifting so when one person goes up, someone else comes down,” explains Munn, artistic director of nine-strong circus company Pirates of the Carabina,whose show Flown was first commissioned to headline the Big Top tent at Glastonbury two years ago. “It's become our trademark and we fly the equipment as well as the people.”

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