Stephen Lawrence was killed in South London 18 years ago

Stephen Lawrence case fibre search detailed

Fibres linked to Stephen Lawrence found by a cold case squad on suspects' clothes were not discovered earlier because it was like "looking for a needle in a haystack", a court heard today.

Tories and Labour neck and neck in latest by-elections

Tories and Labour are running neck and neck in the latest council by-elections which saw just one seat change hands.

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A judge has warned a former police officer that he may be jailed after being found guilty of assaulting a man he was trying to arrest.

Henry IV Parts I and II, Theatre Royal, Bath

Flawless in word if not in action

Swimming: Adlington claims surprise silver

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington made light of having to swim from lane one to claim a superb silver medal in the 400 metres freestyle at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

Lawyer may have been 'targeted for Diana stories'

News of the World phone hackers may have targeted one of Britain's leading lawyers in an attempt to uncover stories about Diana, Princess of Wales.

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A man arrested after a digger was driven on a wrecking spree around a village, leaving a trail of destruction, will appear in court tomorrow.

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A man who drove a JCB on a wrecking spree around a village, leaving a trail of destruction, was being held by police today.

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Allowed unrestricted access to MI6 files up to 1949, Jeffery has constructed a detailed and compulsive narrative. He achieves this by making the story "essentially one of people".

The Doll: Short Stories, By Daphne du Maurier

For copyright reasons, there is no Collected Stories of Daphne du Maurier. If published, I believe it would prove Du Maurier to be one of the finest English short story writers. Known primarily for her novels (even then, mainly for Rebecca), Du Maurier's daring and unsettling short works are little discussed. When they are – as in the case of "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now" – it is because of their film adaptation by two great directors, Alfred Hitchcock and Nicolas Roeg.

A Man of Parts, By David Lodge

Wells was bohemian, Byronic and – according to this biographical novel, at least – a thoroughly decent chap

MPs in warning over legal aid cuts

A national advice charity has welcomed a report by MPs, which warns the most vulnerable people could be hardest hit by cuts to the legal aid budget.

Twelfth Night, National Theatre: Cottesloe, London

It's amusingly typical of this workaholic giant of the British theatre that Sir Peter Hall's idea of an 80th-birthday treat is being given the chance to direct his fourth production of Twelfth Night. He mounted what was, by all accounts, a landmark interpretation in Stratford in 1958, some 24 years before his daughter Rebecca emerged from life's wings. Now she stars as Viola in this latest version.

Mark Hughes: Another scandal facing firearms unit tarnished by Menezes death

While the alleged actions of the officer known as "AZ8" are, for the time being, confined to him alone, they do nothing to help improve the already tarnished image of the CO19 firearms unit. The team comprises some of the most highly trained armed officers in the UK, but has faced criticism in the past, most notably the killings of Jean Charles de Menezes, a commuter mistaken for a terrorist, and Harry Stanley, who was shot dead while carrying a table-leg which officers mistook for a shotgun.

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