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Ministers must try harder, declares organisation

Raoul Moat victim's family blame police

The family of Raoul Moat's murder victim today blamed police for not warning him that his life was in danger.

Joan Smith: In the face of narcissism, the police should stick to policing

Since I was neither in Northumberland last week nor planning to visit the area, I'm not sure why I needed minute-by-minute updates on the hunt for Raoul Moat. In the week between his first shootings and the moment he killed himself in the early hours of yesterday morning, Moat gave every appearance of revelling in the huge manhunt he'd sparked off. For several days, ever-more dramatic pictures emerged from Rothbury, the village in Northumberland where the former nightclub bouncer was last seen, as armed police in helmets patrolled the streets and helicopters circled above the surrounding district.

Police 'ignored warnings' that alleged gunman was dangerous

Detectives investigating a triple shooting are facing accusations of not taking seriously the threat posed by a former nightclub bouncer after it emerged that they had been tipped off by prison officers that the suspected gunman Raoul Moat meant serious harm to his former girlfriend.

Gun attack on policeman linked to double shooting

Detectives today linked an "unprovoked" gun attack on a police officer to a double shooting which claimed the life of a man and left his partner critically injured.

Ex-prisoner sought after 'grudge' killing

A man released from jail on Thursday is wanted by police after his ex-girlfriend was wounded and her new partner shot dead in Gateshead a day later.

John Cage: Once more without feeling

John Cage's forays into visual art are arbitrary and emotionless – they're also frustrating, says Tom Lubbock

'Wife didn't deserve to die' says manslaughter accused

A haulage boss who crushed his jealous wife to death under the wheels of his 26-ton truck following a drunken, violent row told a court today: "She didn't deserve to die."

The Girl I Left Behind Me, Purcell Room, London

Mention the word "drag" and most people will automatically picture a man in a frock. But that's less than half the story, as The Girl I Left Behind Me beguilingly attests. Devised and compiled by Neil Bartlett and informed by the lovely pure voice and wittily knowing personality of the mezzo-soprano opera singer and cross-over artist Jessica Walker, this 80-minute piece is a drolly celebratory yet also piercingly poignant one-woman guide to a neglected chapter in showbiz and lesbian history.

Holloway has Blackpool rocking at prospect of return to the big time

As the Tangerines stand one win from the Premier League, the whole town can reflect on a season of rare sporting success

Hundreds brave cold for naked lowry homage photographs

Hundreds of people stripped off and braved the cold in the name of art today as they posed for American artist Spencer Tunick in a park in Salford, in an attempt to reflect the work of LS Lowry.

Jenny Holzer, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

We live in a jaded world where we are bombarded by information, much of it in the form of text. It must have been quite different when Jenny Holzer was setting out in the 1970s. She made her name in the pre-digital media stone age on the cutting edge of the New York underground art scene, pitching for the attention of passers-by with fly posters carrying a few well-chosen words pursuing philosophical and political themes.

Letters: Parliamentary privilege

Parliament must rule on MPs' privilege claim

Battle to save Britain's Brutalist buildings from the bulldozer

Snub by Culture minister raises fears that another Modernist construction is doomed

Water company staff pose for saucy calendar

A dozen water company workers have bared nearly all for a charity calendar, with only a selection of strategically placed props to preserve their modesty.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment