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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.

You write the reviews: Flook, St Martin's School, Essex

Transcendent is a word that lends itself well to the music of the Anglo-Irish band Flook, who won the Best Group gong at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006. In an intimate concert for the sixth-formers of St Martin's School in Essex, the evocative musical talents of the band were well appreciated, as was their willingness to converse with the audience about their influences.

Colchester United 1 Hull City 3: Campbell's double blow to Colchester

When this fixture was postponed in January due to a waterlogged pitch Colchester may have envisaged celebrating a final floodlit match at Layer Road on a balmy spring evening. Instead the landmark fixture took place in near freezing temperatures, and the Essex club saw what little hope they have of avoiding relegation all but disappear into the night.

Second runway at Stansted 'would put unbearable strain on services'

Plans to double the size of the UK's third busiest airport are to face opposition from six local authorities representing 3.2 million people.

Michael Todd: Charismatic police chief

Michael Todd was a very modern British chief constable who infused the bureaucratic demands of police management with his own particular charismatic leadership style. He will be most remembered for his highly visible, hands-on approach and his at times controversial media-friendly manner. His colleagues in the police service will remember him for his energy, personal touch and for helping to restore local public confidence in "the job". They will also remember his contributions to national policing strategy in his capacity as a Vice-President of Acpo (the Association of Chief Police Officers).

For sale: A snoop around the flat where Jamie Oliver made his name

Blimey! I've come a long way since then. Well, more of a circle really. Essex, Shoreditch and back to Essex. "Oi, you! Naked!" they used to shout at me back then, when me and the missus (sorry, the Lovely Jules) used to live in that flat.

Paperback: Shakespeare, by Jeremy Lemmon

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Saints and Saracens are punished for ticket sins

Northampton and Saracens yesterday had their international ticket allocations cut as Twickenham continued its campaign against the black market.

Johann Hari: Back to the future... Russia, a totalitarian regime picking off its dissidents one by one

This is a way of saying to all critics of Putin: wherever you are, we can get you and you will die in agony

From bargains to masterpieces, June is the month for sales

For anyone wishing to acquire the collecting bug, June is probably the month to start. Whether art, antiques or antiquarian books are your passion, the events are on hand to dip a toe into the market.

Swinton 54 Hunslet 22: Marsh injury takes gloss off Swinton's rise to the summit

Swinton went to the top of National League Two with this victory last night, but did so at a cost, with their talented loose forward, Lee Marsh, taken to hospital.

Letter: No festive time for us

Sir: At this time of Christmas and the start of a new millennium, spare a thought for nursing staff. We hear of generous supplements being paid in those industries such as catering and child-minding requiring work over the celebratory period. For my colleagues who are working across new year's eve midnight and into the new year morning, a payment of pounds 100 is to be made. Oh, and the staff car parking fees are being waived. That is all, apart from the standard unsocial hours payment of time and two- thirds for a public holiday.

Crew die in jumbo crash at Stansted

A MAJOR disaster was narrowly averted last night after a jumbo jet crashed close to Stansted airport, Essex, reportedly killing the three crew members.

Letter: British bondage

Sir: Your article about the bed and bondage guest house in San Francisco made entertaining reading and did not seek to judge sadomasochists ("B&B that offers an alternative to breakfast", 15 December).

Hampshire girls set to become the butt of bad jokes

HAMPSHIRE MAY be taking over from Essex as the county of "fast women". Doctors say women called Louise, Kelly and Clare (not Claire), whom they collectively label Hampshire girls, are more likely to be ladies of easy virtue than Essex girls Sharon, Tracey and Sandra.

`Blue-rinse coven' brings down the ex-minister with `a tabloid past'

DIANE COLLINS, the mother of the Tory party vice-chairman Tim Collins, was named yesterday as the leader of a Conservative women's "coven" that wreaked its brutal revenge on Steven Norris.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas