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A former international badminton player who became a bodyguard and close friend to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei abused her position to steal diamonds worth £11.6m from her “extremely wealthy” employer, a court heard yesterday.

Jack Wilshere involved in 'club scuffle'

England midfielder Jack Wilshere was part of a group which hurled homophobic insults at revellers before a fight began outside a nightclub, a court heard.

Gang mugs Dubai diplomat for £2m in cash outside bank

Masked robbers held up an Arab diplomat at gunpoint as he left a bank in London, stealing almost £2m.

Emotional scenes as Levi Bellfield is convicted of Milly's murder

One of the most scrutinised murder mysteries of the past decade came to an end yesterday as Levi Bellfield was found guilty of murdering schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Emotional scenes gripped the Old Bailey as the 13-year-old's mother and sister collapsed in hysterics following the verdict, wailing and shouting, "guilty".

Pensioner jailed for smuggling heroin

A pensioner has been jailed for five years for attempting to smuggle almost £100,000 worth of heroin into Britain.

Violent robbers jailed for west London spree

Two people who embarked on a spree of violent robberies have been jailed, police said.

Mac McGann: Folk musician in the vanguard of the singer-songwriter movement

Michael "Mac" McGann was a folk singer and songwriter, a unique guitarist, barrelhouse blues pianist, harmonica player, graphic artist, wood carver and cartoonist. He was best-known for his live performances in pubs and clubs around London alongside guitarists and singers who would become more famous – including John Martyn, John Renbourn, Ralph McTell and the "King of the Buskers" Don Partridge. McGann co-founded several folk bands, including the Levee Breakers in the 1960s with the 12-string guitarist Johnny Joyce and singer Beverley Kutner (later to become Beverley Martyn). They were a breakthrough outfit who became a major influence on McTell and such folk groups as Pentangle, with Renbourn and Bert Jantsch, and later the Incredible String Band.

Woods signals intent with improved finish

It may be premature to announce "he's back", but there was no denying that Tiger Woods was at least worthy of his traditional Sunday shirt colour yesterday. With a deep-in-the-red 66, the former world No 1 produced his best final round in any tournament since he returned from the sex scandal to gain his highest placing of the season at the WGC Cadillac Championship.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Presenters leave the safety of the studio at their own peril

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Tiger can end drought here, says ex-coach

Not since he stunned the world as a 21-year-old has Tiger Woods been so unfancied to win a golf tournament. That is the opinion of the bookmakers, who have the former world No 1 as a 14-1 shot to prevail here at the Accenture Match Play Championship. It happens to be the longest price on Woods for 14 years and more than 250 events.

Andy Gray sacked by Sky Sports amid sexism row

Andy Gray was sacked by Sky Sports today after footage emerged of the presenter appearing to make an inappropriate remark to a female colleague.

Sky take further action in Sian Massey row

The controversy surrounding comments by Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray took a new twist today when reporter Andy Burton was disciplined for referring to assistant referee Sian Massey as a "bit of a looker".

Retired school caretaker jailed for abusing boys

A retired school caretaker and football coach who sexually abused young boys for 35 years was starting an indefinite prison sentence today.

Family trio sentenced for £500,000 charity fraud

Three family members were sentenced today for defrauding charities of more than £500,000 by applying for funding for spurious projects.

Girl, 11, killed by sports speedboat

A girl aged 11 girl died after she fell off an inflatable banana water-sled and was struck by a speedboat. Marie-Simone Cronje had been on a weekend day out in a lake at the Princes sports club, near Feltham, west London. She died from her injuries in hospital in Isleworth.

Battle of Britain: 'Take off, shoot, land, sleep, take off again ...'

Kate Youde hears the stories of fighter pilots, Waaf plotters, a stretcher bearer, code breaker and telephone operator who took part on 15 September 1940, the day the tide turned
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