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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.

Tory MP asked to repay £63,000 allowances

A Tory MP has been asked to repay £63,250 in taxpayer-funded second home allowances he spent on renting a farmhouse from his sister-in-law, it emerged today

Vandals target anti-hunting Lush

Branches of ethical cosmetics chain attacked after campaign launched in support of saboteurs

10-year-old barred from selling grandmother on eBay

A 10-year-old girl's attempt to "sell" her grandmother was thwarted by regulations on human trafficking.

County Championship round-up: All-round hero puts Northants on promotion brink

Northamptonshire all but ensured promotion to the First Division after forcing Leicestershire to follow on at Wantage Road yesterday.

Great Ormond Street celebrates its first birth – after 157 years

The mother of a cancer patient has given birth during a visit at Great Ormond Street Hospital – a first in the hospital's 157-year history.

Cook fuels Essex's promotion drive

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Every crumb counts as PCs boosted

The email from the force accountant to senior management at Essex Police arrived in inboxes last week. “Dear colleague,” it began. “Whilst the cost of biscuits and lunches may seem small, the overall force costs totalled more than £135k last year.”

First lives club: Pretend Blood, A short story by Margaret Atwood

It sounded strange but harmless: a group of men and women who believed that they had lived before as kings and queens. But was it more sinister than that? Read this short story by Margaret Atwood, and Tudor history will never seem the same again

Firefighters' disputes set to escalate

A series of local disputes by firefighters is set to escalate to the biggest bout of industrial unrest in the service since a national strike six years ago.

Lambert takes over at Norwich

Norwich have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on a rolling contract.

Making a big splash: Kierston Wareing

She may have wowed the critics at Cannes, but Kierston Wareing would still be running a tanning salon if not for a lucky break.

Bopara accepts gift as Essex romp home

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Bopara's brittle belief blown away by Murtagh

Middlesex 356 Essex 107-4

Bikini world record bid fails

A bid to set a new world record for the number of women being photographed wearing bikinis in one place failed today.

Phil King: Who says blondes have more fun?

Okay, so realistically the audiences for Denise van Outen's one-woman musical Basildon Blonde will beat my show Killing Alan for audience numbers, revenue and will be more heavily Googled.

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Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

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