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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Harriet Walker: How hard could it be to look after a baby?

I spent the first half of this summer only too pleased at the clouds, downpours and lingering chill in the air. I wanted the skies to reflect my mood, and if I wasn't feeling sunny or blithe, I was damned if anyone else should be.

Arrests in Leeds hit-and-run

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident which left a two-year-old boy and his sister, 10, fighting for their lives.

Children critically ill after hit-and-run in Leeds

A two-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister were critically injured in a hit and run after they walked home after buying onions for the family's Eid celebrations.

Blur performed last night on the main stage at the London Live Closing Ceremony in Hyde Park

Last Night: Blur, New Order and The Specials, London Live Closing Ceremony, Hyde Park

Old animosities are suspended for a party in the park

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli catches his breath after winning gold

Mellouli hails 'miracle' after taking gold to accompany indoor medal

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli won the gold medal in the men's swimming marathon to become the first competitor ever to get medals in the pool and open water.

Locog prompts last-gasp ticket scramble for Closing Ceremony

Extra tickets could be released on Sunday morning for the Closing Ceremony spectacular, which will feature The Spice Girls, George Michael and The Who heading a cast of British musical stars, the organisers have said.

Daniel Fogg while competing in the men's 10k open water race

Team GB's poor swimming form continues as Daniel Fogg finishes fifth

Great Britain's poor Olympics in the water concluded today with just three medals after Daniel Fogg finished fifth in the open water in the Serpentine.

Jade Jones proves she can pack a punch too as GB win taekwondo gold

Nicola Adams was not the only British woman to fight her way to Olympic glory yesterday.

Sir Chris Hoy goes for a sixth gold medal today in the keirin

Today's Brit watch: Hoy and Pendleton will lead the charge

Britain's medal chances today hinge again on cycling and athletics. The Velodrome, which has been a remarkably successful home for Team GB, could host another three gold medals as they attempt to continue their hegemony of cycling.

The Noisettes, Hyde Park, London

“Go baby, go baby go, don’t upset the rhythm though,” screeches Shingai Shoniwa above the roars of the crowd cheering on Ben Ainslie’s gold in the sailing and a sublime Andy Murray backhand in the tennis.

Helen Jenkins - Triathlon (GB)

Triathlon: No gold for Team GB in Hyde Park as Nicola Spirig of Switzerland shines

The obvious signs of the struggle were all around the finishing line, where Britain’s Vicky Holland hobbled around with a lacerated knee and the American Sarah Groff, her face still caked in the mud of the Serpentine, described riding over a downed competitor in the triathlon’s cycling stage. Helen Jenkins, the major British hope whose push for gold perished only in the last mile, has been carrying her own pain, quietly and anxiously, for weeks. She only revealed after finishing fifth yesterday that a knee injury had been limiting the frequency and intensity of her training sessions.

Spectators watch the hockey match between Great Britain and Japan

London 2012: More than 2m fans visit London for Games

Over 2 million visitors have arrived in London to support the Games, making it the biggest crowd event in the city's history.

Off target: Larry Godfrey, British archer. His team was knocked out by Ukraine

Diary of an Olympian: 'World's best bring out the best in me'

Larry Godfrey had a mixed week. The GB archer scored his highest ever score but his team was knocked out by Ukraine. Now, it's the individuals...

Katy B was a flash of quality on a night when sponsors seemed to dominate

Olympic Torch Relay Finale, Hyde Park London; Public Service Broadcasting, Bul & Gate, London

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