Appeal for two missing teenage girls

Police are appealing to the public for help in the search for two 13-year-old girls who have been missing since Saturday night.

Soldiers 'unlawfully killed' by gunman

Five British soldiers shot dead by a rogue Afghan policeman were unlawfully killed, an inquest ruled yesterday. David Ridley, Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon, recorded the verdict after a four-day hearing in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

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Album: Bill Callahan, Apocalypse (Drag City)

Apocalypse is Bill Callahan's best release in some while, sustaining a unity and intimacy of mood throughout. A Western song-cycle, it opens with Callahan as the "Drover", herding cattle and exulting in his "wild, wild country".

50 evacuated after 'piping theft gas blast'

Around 50 people were evacuated from their homes early today after a suspected gas explosion, police said.

Trio hunted over attempted abduction of girl

A police force has urged parents to exercise vigilance as officers investigate an allegation that three men attempted to abduct a 10-year-old girl.

Police concern for missing girl

A 14-year-old girl has run away from home and may be with a man she met on the internet, police said today.

Album: Chapel Club, Palace (Polydor)

Chapel Club are another retro-indie band apparently eager to re-run the 1980s, albeit in slightly more musically adventurous manner than the likes of White Lies and Interpol.

First Frost, By James Henry

A warm welcome back, Jack

Constable 'pocketed £75 handed in to police'

A police officer allegedly pocketed £75 in cash handed in by a member of the public, a court heard today.

Detectives deny they 'went after' Sheridans

A detective today denied that police decided they should "go after" Tommy and Gail Sheridan in their investigation into alleged perjury at his defamation action.

Tricker has last laugh as Medermit fluff his lines

When it comes to the production of drama, horses take no notice of the scripts we provide for them. As Zenyatta proved at Churchill Downs on Saturday so, a million metaphorical miles from that glittering stage, did Medermit here yesterday at the equine equivalent of local rep, fluffing his lines big time.

More victims of abuse priest come forward

As James Robinson prepares to spend the rest of his life behind bars, it was disclosed a further three victims have come forward.

Police ran 'unbelievably inept' rape inquiry

A rape allegation against a known sex offender was not investigated properly in a case "so inept that it borders on the unbelievable", the police watchdog said today.

Mark Hughes: Doubts raised once again about Met's marksmen

During the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest nearly two years ago, the Metropolitan Police's CO19 firearms unit was pilloried. They were not where they should have been on the morning of the operation, and the jury did not believe parts of the officers' testimony.

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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