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Chelsea Bland, 15 (with the yellow belt) and her Tae Kwon Do class in Leytonstone, east London

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The Central Line has been reopened after trains were suspended to and from the Olympic Stadium due to signalling failures.

'No pressure' for Stuart Pearce to pick David Beckham for Olympic team despite support role

David Beckham has played a key role in backing the London 2012 Games, but it does not mean that Stuart Pearce has to pick him for the Olympic football team, Lord Coe said today.

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Defoe has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane

Jermain Defoe 'shocked' at cousin's murder

England footballer Jermain Defoe said today that he was "shocked and saddened" after his cousin was stabbed to death.

17 people rescued from London tower block blaze

A fire at a 16-storey tower block has been brought under control, the fire brigade said tonight.

Ex-Games envoy remanded over riots

A former youth Olympic ambassador accused of being involved in the riots in London was remanded in custody today.

Police seize guns disguised as pens

Two guns disguised as pens have been seized in raids at the homes of a pair of teenage gang members.

David Beckham to get lifetime achievement award

Former England captain David Beckham will be given a lifetime achievement award at tomorrow night's BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, it was revealed today.

Chandlers' joy mixed with grief as they prepare for homecoming

The British yachting couple freed from captivity by pirates in Somalia were preparing to return home yesterday amid personal grief and public controversy over the payment of their ransom.

Corrupt police officer jailed over kidnap plot

A corrupt police officer and four other men who plotted to kidnap a bank manager were jailed today.

Man guilty of planning to kidnap bank manager

A man was found guilty today of planning with a corrupt police constable to kidnap a bank manager.

Academy system of Big Four has zero impact

The blood that was spilt at Bloemfontein is still on the carpet; the great inquest into the national game has yet to properly start but this evening another England side play their first group game of another tournament.

Charities fear rise in acid attacks avenging slights on family honour

When Awais Akram answered his mobile to Sadia Khatoon, a 24-year-old married woman whom he had met on Facebook and had recently started a physical, but not sexual, relationship with, he had little idea of the fate that was about to befall him.

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