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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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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Charities fear rise in acid attacks avenging slights on family honour

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