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.

Golf fans make their way across the 18th fairway during practice for the Open Championship at Muirfield

Women-free golf clubs? Some of us rather like them, says boss of the Royal and Ancient

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson defended Muirfield's men-only policy ahead of British Open

Justin Rose walks on the seventh green during a practice round

The Open 2013: Only the truly kingly need apply for the crown in East Lothian

It will take a champion of champions to join the list of greats at one of the great courses

Count Arthur Strong: Perhaps just suffered a severe case of first-night nerves

TV review: Count Arthur Strong is too much of a radio institution to be condemned to the TV rubbish heap, surely?

Good radio comedy could not have sounded less funny on television, nor canned laughter more ironic. Something was surely lost in translation in the BBC's transposition of the Sony Radio Academy-award-winning show Count Arthur Strong into prime-time TV.

Dentists' charges for check-ups are soaring

The price of a check-up at the dentists can vary by as much as 200 per cent depending on where you live in the country.

Bill Clinton urges Scottish parties to listen to each other instead of 'tearing the place apart'

Former US president offers advice to help both sides of the Scottish independence debate get along

Nile Rodgers’ artistic battle goes live

Chic’s Nile Rodgers’ participation in the Edinburgh premiere of a new performance artwork promises to be his most unique project of 2013.

Hearts go into administration

The club was faced with a winding-up order last week

A row over the naming of Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh’s city centre, has flushed out two shadowy organisations dedicated to the airborne comma

Grammar: The plucky punctuators fighting against apostrophe catastrophes

Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Injury forces Jessica Ennis-Hill out of Diamond League meeting in Oslo

The Olympic gold winner is thinking long term

Feet first: Gillian Cooke competes in the long jump for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Gillian Cooke aiming to be ultimate all-rounder

The bobsledding long-jumper has a unique record in her sights in 2014

Man jailed for 30 months for sex assault on four-year-old boy in supermarket toilet

A man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy in a supermarket toilet.

Artist's impression of HS2, which is struggling with costs 13 years before it is due to carry its first passengers

HS2 budget review is... to be reviewed

Concerns multiply over the increasing costs of the high-speed London to Birmingham rail link

Actors don't normally encourage audiences to answer their phones during performances, but those performing I Wish I Was Lonely by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe do.

Deals of the week - West Sussex, new UK coach tour, cruise to Iceland

Less than £200... Ghyll Manor Hotel and Restaurant is a 17th-century country house in the heart of rural West Sussex which, until the end of June, is offering an overnight stay with breakfast and dinner included for £155pp, based on two people sharing. Ghyllmanor.co.uk

Scottish teenager crowned 'digital god' after winning Peter Molyneux's Curiosity Cube

The “life-changingly amazing” prize at the heart of a six month social-gaming experiment was announced yesterday morning and will turn one Scottish teenager into a “digital god”. 

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