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The latest stories and all the transfer rumours on Thursday 8 January

The incident happened at the Leicester Square Premier Inn

Man who stripped naked and stuck a fire extinguisher hose up his bottom in a hotel corridor walks free

The twenty-year-old also urinated on the Premier Inn floor and racially abused a staff member. He told the judge: “I really am truly ashamed of myself”

One Direction's Zayn Malik and Little Mix's Perrie Edwards are engaged.

One Direction's Zayn Malik engaged to Little Mix's Perrie Edwards

One Direction star Zayn Malik has become engaged to his Little Mix singer girlfriend Perrie Edwards.

Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson in TriStar Pictures' One Direction: This Is Us.

One Direction's Liam Payne: It is hard to see our parents so upset in new documentary

One Direction star Liam Payne said it was "difficult to watch" the boyband's new film because it showed how upset their parents were when they left home to tour the world.

John - It's out of fashion, but that suits me fine

That my first name has fallen out of the 100 most popular comes as little surprise

Sir Bruce Forsyth during the Glastonbury Festival

The Talk Of The Town: Sir Bruce Forsyth to unveil memorial plaques in London today

Sir Bruce Forsyth will unveil two memorial plaques in central London today.

Alan Partridge told fans:

Steve Coogan describes new film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa as a 'love letter to Norwich'

Fictional DJ Alan Partridge told fans: "This film is my love letter to Norwich" as he premiered his new movie in his favourite city today.

'Anglia Square Not Leicester Square' is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.

A-ha! Alan Partridge fans' plea to have 'Alpha Papa' film premiere in Norwich

“Anglia Square Not Leicester Square” is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.

EDL Leader Tommy Robinson speaks to supporters during a demonstration near Downing Street on Monday

Woolwich attack: Personal details including mobile phone numbers of 'EDL members' leaked online by hacking group Anonymous

Personal details including mobile phone numbers purporting to belong to members of the English Defence League have been leaked online by individuals claiming to be part of the international hacking group Anonymous.

Tom Cruise: Playing heroic loner Jack Reacher was easy

Tom Cruise said playing heroic loner Jack Reacher was "easy" because it reminded him of his own life.

Observations: Keep it in the family: the dark visions of Jennifer Lynch

The screenwriter and director, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, 44, daughter of Twin Peaks director David Lynch is not into “torture porn”. “There are plenty of filmmakers out there who will happily and effectively make 'torture porn'. I am not one of them,” she says.

Residents of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire wait for buses to take them to the premiere

Move over Brangelina, this night belongs to Kingston Bagpuize

Unlikely community movie beats the stars to get prized Leicester Square premiere

New-look Leicester Square reopens

After months of disruption, the capital's Leicester Square is being reopened tomorrow to show off its £15.3 million makeover.

Battle to save Cocteau's hidden legacy from vandals and decay

Restorers are working in a little-known French church in central London to save works of art by the celebrated filmmaker Jean Cocteau which are threatened by pollution and "vandalism".

Battle to save Cocteau's hidden legacy from vandals and decay

Restorers are working in a little-known French church in central London to save works of art by the celebrated filmmaker Jean Cocteau which are threatened by pollution and "vandalism".

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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