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No further action will be taken against a woman who was suspected of trying to pervert the course of justice in connection with the case of jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest.

The Sketch: No dissent? It means they're all in on it

Talking about "the spiral of speculation" as the Attorney General did when telling the House why he wasn't going to the High Court to apply for a proper inquest... what was that big lug Mike Penning doing there on the front bench? He's some sort of Transport minister – why was he attending a quasi-judicial statement on the death of David Kelly? There was no parliamentary need for him to be present but there he was, in far more elevated company than he's used to. You can call it a coincidence but only if you're credulous enough.

To the River: A Journey Beneath The Surface, By Olivia Laing

I am haunted by waters", Olivia Laing tells us, as in this book she joins the best nature writers, becoming part of the revival begun by Richard Mabey. With it comes an inclination towards rhetorical ornament that can become self-consciously obtrusive. But not here. Laing is a brilliant wordsmith and this is a beautifully accomplished book. It recounts a walk she made, in the course of one week, tracing the path of the River Ouse in Sussex. The catalyst was a "minor crisis". The loss of job and boyfriend in quick succession proved an immediate stimulus. But this walk also engaged the depths of what she knew, and preparation for it must have begun in childhood.

Woman jailed for £100,000 fraud

A legal executive was jailed for two-and-a-half years today after admitting defrauding four elderly clients out of more than £100,000, police said.

Man guilty of golf course murder

A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering a man whose badly burned body was found on a golf course.

Man remanded on knife murder charge

A 48-year-old man was remanded in custody today after appearing in court charged with stabbing a 39-year-old to death in a seaside town.

Ex-deputy head admits making indecent images of children

A former deputy head teacher pleaded guilty to a string of internet-related sex offences against children today.

Man in court over body in flat

A man was remanded in custody today when he appeared in court charged with the murder of a man found dead in his flat.

Death case council admits dishwasher fluid offence

A county council today pleaded guilty to failing to store a hazardous substance correctly after a Down's syndrome sufferer died after accidentally swallowing dishwater fluid at a day centre for adults with learning difficulties.

Bonfire society chief hurt by rocket

A member of one of Britain's oldest bonfire societies remained in a critical condition in hospital last night after being struck in the chest by a rocket at a celebration in Lewes, east Sussex.

Minor British Institutions: Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, the celebration of which was once compulsory, is all about the failure of Guy Fawkes' gunpowder plot in 1605. We all know, don't we, that the aim of Guido and his conspirators was to blow up Parliament and deliver England back to the Pope?

Murderer found guilty of raping young woman

A convicted murderer was today found guilty of raping a woman in her 20s five weeks before he strangled a transsexual prostitute.

'We're all in this together': The latest in contemporary communal living

Share your car, share childcare costs, share energy bills and share your organic allotment, but still enjoy the privacy of your own home.

Cannibalistic killer jailed for 21 years

A "sadistic" Broadmoor patient was jailed for 21 years after admitting killing two women 12 years ago and attacking two others.

Man jailed for 20 years for blaze murders

A violent thug who murdered a woman and her teenage daughter after starting a devastating fire at their seaside home was jailed for life today.

Murder accused tells court vicar 'touched him inappropriately'

A former altar boy accused of killing and chopping up an elderly vicar he lodged with said today he had touched him inappropriately while having a bath.

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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

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