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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.

it’s undeniable that a growing number of presenters and pundits have headed for the exit door in recent times as the BB C’s portfolio of sporting events continues to shrink

Sport on TV: Alan Hansen says no to extra time as he joins BBC exodus

Suggestions that BBC TV have ordered new signs for their sports studio(s) – whether they have more than one these days is unclear – which read: "Will the last presenter to leave the premises please turn out the lights" are, of course, mere malicious gossip, but it's undeniable that a growing number of presenters and pundits have headed for the exit door in recent times as the BBC's portfolio of sporting events continues to shrink.

Southern comfort: How a remarkable tropical garden sprung up in a corner of Camberwell

Clive Pankhurst has turned the space at the back of the house into a magnificent oasis

Couple conned CPS out of £1m in 'colossal' expenses fraud

A civil servant and her taxi driver lover who conned the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) out of £1m in a “colossal” expenses fraud have both been jailed for six years.

Alain and the chocolate factory: How a celebrated French chef became an unlikely Willy Wonka

What does a chef do once he's conquered the globe? When it's Alain Ducasse, become a chocolatier...

Slovakian teen Adela Copakova

Adela Copakova: Mystery over missing 14-year-old girl in Sheffield

Slovakian teen was last seen on Sunday evening at around 8pm

Accessories in extremis: Frothy femininity to strident and strong - this season's fashion extras prove that opposites are attractive

Whether you go for micro minaudières or jumbo backpacks, featherlight heels or sturdy caterpillar soles, it’s all about polar opposites for the season’s  extras. Rebecca Gonsalves compares and contrasts

Medieval tomb discovered by a... badger

Burial site of 12th century Slavic lords discovered in eastern Germany

Kelly Clarkson shelled out £152,450 for Jane Austen's ring

Jane Austen museum raises funds to buy author's ring off Kelly Clarkson

The US singer paid £152,450 for the gold and turquoise ring

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Mother of all exclusives: The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George* pose for a fashion shoot for The Independent (*OK, lookalikes, at least)

No one was more surprised than the staunchly republican Independent when we landed the scoop of the decade – the world’s first photoshoot with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George. Take that, Kay Burley!

Petra Ecclestone who was robbed of £500,000 worth of jewellery

Jewellery worth £500,000 stolen from London home of F1 heiress Petra Ecclestone

Earrings and watches discovered missing following house viewing

Charlie Cooper said this picture breached his human rights

Mother knows best: Thief punished by his mum on Facebook

The story represents yet another occasion when a parent has been able to punish their offspring via a social network

The jewels were made by Chopard, which has furnished a host of stars such as model Cara Delevingne

Crime à la Croisette: Cannes becomes the No 1 destination for world’s jewel thieves

When asked why he robbed banks, the legendary American criminal Willie Sutton replied: “Because that’s where the money is?”

The attack happened in the Sunamganj region of Bangladesh, pictured

British woman is killed in Bangladesh during violent jewel robbery

The 43-year-old was visiting relatives when she was attacked for her valuables

Recent Matrushka project, Mulberry Lodge

Wear did you get that mat?

Interiors brand Matruska has a new website that shows off the founder’s fashionable past.

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