The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.

Cricket: Prichard restores the pride

Essex 252 Leicestershire 122-4

Letter: Town hall cabals

Letter: Town hall cabals

Letter: Euro-fiddles


Books: A swampy tale deep in the heart of Essex

James Urquhart can't find the focus of a bold voyage from colonial forests to the ruins of Stansted Airport; Horse Latitudes by Jay Merrick Fourth Estate, pounds 10.99, 276pp

Letter: Nasty pleasures

Sir: Terence Blacker's perceptive "It's brutal, it's selfish, it's sex today" (Review, 23 February) provided a timely analysis of the increasingly obsessive preoccupation by TV drama makers to challenge and cross all the boundaries of sexual behaviour, both heterosexual and homosexual.

Dead prisoner's parents take case to Europe

THE PARENTS of a prisoner who was kicked and stamped to death by his schizophrenic cellmate are to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Letter: Out of school

Sir: School is not the only environment where children learn; they can gain a lot from being part of a family (of all shapes and sizes). Yet the British work ethic can often mean that one or both of the parents are away during all of a child's waking hours.

Crash pilot's body identified

Crash pilot's body identified

Letter: The role of Amnesty

Sir: Can I assume that when the Pinochet case goes back to the House of Lords, no members of an organisation that has lobbied vigorously for him will be allowed to judge his case? I am referring, of course, to the Conservative Party.

Comedy Alan Davies

With the wild success of Jonathan Creek, Alan Davies (above) is much in demand as an actor. But he remains a top-class stand-up, too. No earth-shattering radical on stage, Davies scores as an amiable bloke able to highlight the absurdities of everyday life. He muses that Green Lanes, a defiantly urban road in north London, only ever lives up to its name "at midnight on Saturday when everybody is chucking the salad off their kebabs." He heads an "Essex-mas Special" bill featuring Terry Alderton, Ricky Grover, Mandy Knight, John Mann, and Keith Dover at the Comedy Store, on Monday.

Letter: In the pipeline

Sir: Reports say Thames Water are laying off 300 staff. Will that be compulsory redundancies or natural leakage?

Serial rapist is linked to ten attacks

A SERIAL sex attacker is believed to have struck at least 10 times in the past 16 months, police said yesterday. The man, who is considered extremely dangerous, has raped several of his victims. The attacks were in London, Essex and Brighton.

Boy brain-damaged in transfusion error

A BABY was left severely brain-damaged after being given the wrong blood in a transfusion because of a mix-up over surnames, a court heard yesterday.

Dilemmas: You're gay. She's not. But she fancies you

A while ago, Andrew, who is gay, was pursued by a secretary at the office where he works. Finally, he told her he had a girlfriend, and she was very upset, thinking he had led her on. Did he do the right thing? Should he have said he was gay? Should he come out now?

Letter: Pinochet arrest

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam