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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.

Teenager laps up bottle from ‘Whisky Galore!’ ship

A bottle of whisky recovered from the wreck of a cargo ship which inspired the film Whisky Galore! sold at auction yesterday for £2,200 to a teenager captivated by its remarkable story.

Jez Bird: Mod revival singer who led the Lambrettas to chart success

In the spring of 1979, the Mod revival was gathering momentum. In Brighton, Quadrophenia was being filmed, and in the East End of London the Bridge House had been holding regular Mods Monday nights which culminated in a "Mods Mayday '79" event and live album. In June that year, the Lambrettas made their live début on Hastings Pier. "We weren't even advertised to appear. They just stuck us on the bill and we went down so well," recalled Jez Bird, the lead singer of the Brighton group that was named after the iconic Italian scooter. "This guy said: 'I'll be your manager'. He got us some gigs in London and within about a month we had a singles deal. It was very quick from nowhere to getting somewhere."

Shoplift probe officer found dead

A high-ranking police officer who was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting wine with a colleague from a Marks and Spencer store was found dead today.

Taxi driver jailed for 'fare row' rape

A taxi driver was jailed for seven years today after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old student when she could not pay for her fare home.

Dominic Lawson: It all went wrong when we left the gold standard

The Bullion Vault in London reports a 'phenomenal' interest in its product

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New bluetongue cases found

Two new cases of the animal disease bluetongue have been detected in imported rams, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said today.

Bishop attacks 'gay weddings'

One of the most outspoken and conservative leaders of the Church of England is set to call for tougher sanctions against clergy who tolerate same sex-unions and the ordination of gay priests.

Judge attacks internet after leering youths filmed 'sick' assault

A senior judge made a passionate plea for the Government to clamp down on disturbing internet images as he jailed four teenagers for a "sickening" attack which they filmed.

Fireworks factory pair charged over deaths

The owner of a fireworks factory where two firefighters died tackling an explosion was charged today with their manslaughter.

Anger over plan to give MPs £23,000 grant

Proposals to pay MPs £23,000 a year on top of their salaries to help them avoid embarrassing disclosures over their expenses provoked anger, as campaigners labelled them a "sneaky" move that would prevent the system becoming more transparent.

Conway stripped of £13,000pa Commons position

The disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway has been sacked from a prestigious post in the House of Commons, losing his £13,000 extra salary.

Conway to keep coveted role... and £13,000-a-year bonus

The disgraced Conservative MP Derek Conway will keep his place among a group of MPs paid a £13,000-a-year bonus for chairing parliamentary proceedings. Mr Conway's political career was apparently in ruins after he was suspended from the Commons after being criticised for employing his son as a researcher.

Rusedski's epic win puts GB on course

He has played many better matches on much more glamorous stages, but Greg Rusedski chose what could be the last contest of his career here yesterday to deliver the grittiest Davis Cup performance of his life.

London stands in silent memorial

Survivors and relatives of those who lost their lives in the July 7 London bombings returned to the blast sites today to mark the first anniversary of the suicide attacks.

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