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The seemingly united front of the Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ family, who huddled together in the public gallery throughout his bail hearing, began to crack today.

New arrest over Picasso art raid in Rotterdam

A 19-year-old Romanian woman was arrested by Dutch police today in connection with the audacious theft last October of paintings, including a Picasso and a Monet, from an art gallery in Rotterdam.

Practice makes perfect: Sue Perkins as vet Sara in Heading Out

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A father accused of killing his six children in a house fire watched as his wife had sex with another man accused of their manslaughter just days after the fatal blaze, a court heard.

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