Stem cell doctor guilty of breaching good practice

A doctor who exploited "vulnerable" multiple sclerosis patients by exaggerating the benefits of stem cell therapy faces being struck off after his fitness to practise was found to be impaired today.

Misleading Stansted Express ad banned

Posters for the Stansted Express have been banned for wrongly implying that the train would take passengers to central London in 35 minutes, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said yesterday.

Airport car park blaze destroys 24 vehicles

Twenty-four cars belonging to people travelling abroad have been burnt out after a fierce fire took hold in the long-stay car park at Stansted airport.

Cutting agents targeted in war on drug dealers

Criminals are being hit in the pocket by investigators targeting cutting agents used to reap vast profits from small amounts of class A drugs.

Blaze shuts key London station

One of London's busiest railways stations was closed and 2,000 commuters evacuated after a fire broke out.

Roads and 2nd Stansted runway among cutback casualties

Some road schemes will be deferred and grants to local authorities scaled back as part of £683 million of Department for Transport (DfT) savings announced today.

Best campaigner: Lily Kember

The government's disastrous plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport is on the ropes. And the campaigning of Lily Kember is a major reason why. Just over a year ago, Lily and almost 60 other activists from Plane Stupid brought Stansted Airport to a halt. On a freezing December morning, they used bolt-cutters to enter a secure area and stopped flights from taking off. Still a student at the time, Lily said: "Being arrested is a terrifying prospect, but it is not nearly as terrifying as the threat of climate change."

Doctor 'exploited vulnerable MS patients'

A doctor who exploited a group of "vulnerable" multiple sclerosis patients used stem cells that were not designed for human use, a fitness to practise panel found.

Mephedrone use 'can cause impotence'

Using mephedrone can cause impotence, a leading scientist warned today.

'Stalemate' in airport job loss talks

Talks between union leaders and a ground handling firm at Stansted airport over job losses and new shifts have reached "stalemate", officials said today.

Suspect held over homeless man's killing

A 24-year-old man was arrested at an airport today by British detectives investigating the brutal murder of a homeless man in a seaside city.

Vandals target anti-hunting Lush

Branches of ethical cosmetics chain attacked after campaign launched in support of saboteurs

Liverpool St trains hit by 48-hour strike

Rail passengers on some of the country's busiest routes, including an airport service, were today warned to expect severe disruption because of a strike by workers over pay.

Ryanair reveals 30% cutback at Stansted

Budget carrier Ryanair today announced it was slashing the number of flights it will operate from Stansted airport this winter.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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