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Two out of three children admit to cheating in school sports because they feel under pressure to win, according to a survey to be released today.

Artist robbed of his prize work

Daryl Georgiou must have thought his eyes were playing tricks on him when he discovered his prized work had been stolen from a West End art gallery just 20 minutes after being informed that he had scooped a prestigious award.

Glamour and glitz, it's tea at the Ritz

An institution for the rich and famous for 91 years began to lose its sparkle, writes Meg Carter. But now, the Palm Court's back as the ultimate English tea

WORDS OF THE WEEK; `You know, it's kinda strange here. Nobody, not one voice, has used the word freedom'

David Cronenberg's `Crash', a disturbing film which explores the relationship between sex and the violence of car crashes, goes on general release next week. It cannot be seen in Westminster, where it has been banned ... Co-producer Chris Auty rails at the decision

Missing child turns up in Holland

A two-year-old girl snatched yesterday morning from outside her nursery school has been found, later the same day, in Holland.

Soul star Mark Morrison must go to jail

Mark Morrison, the soul singer who brought us Moan and Groan and Horny was feeling slightly less energetic yesterday after he was told he faced a jail sentence for threatening a police officer with an electric stun gun.

When the PM goes to the country...

THE SUNDAY WALK; The village of Ellesborough is the start for a walk around Chequers, the Prime Minister's country estate, nestling among the peaceful Chiltern Hills

Education: Passed/Failed: Benny Green

Benny Green, 69, is an author, jazz musician and broadcaster. He presents 'The Art of the Songwriter' on Radio 2 and is writing a book of Ronnie Scott memoirs.

Letter: Stroll into the new millennium

Sir: As I read - and sympathised with - the hopes of Lord Rogers for the Millennium Dome (interview, 23 December) I wondered if it would not be more daring, and more sensible, to spend millions, hundreds of millions, on transforming central London - even briefly - into a car-free zone.

Teacher in battle to end pupils' feuds

Feuds between gangs of Bangladeshi youths involved in a series of territorial knife-fights have sparked a campaign by a London head teacher for a full investigation.

Rail gets its lines crossed

It's like BA telling callers that British Midland is cheaper

M40 to put new stock on Chiltern

Rail privatisation: The team that won the Chiltern franchise yesterday sets out spending plans

Chiltern Railway franchise winner plans to spend pounds 10m on new 100m ph trains

The two-and-a-half year moratorium on new rolling stock caused by the uncertainty over rail privatisation is to be ended by M40 Trains, which yesterday won the Chiltern Railway franchise (above), writes Christian Wolmar.

Vogts opts for caution

Ian Ridley says the Germans will be better for a lesson in preparation

Chiltern MBO approved

The franchise to run the Chiltern Railway, the most modern commuter line on the rail network, has been won by M40 Trains, the management buyout team.

Policeman sues for the right to wear a ponytail

A policeman told an industrial tribunal yesterday that he knew he was breaking the rules when he wore his hair in a ponytail for uniformed duty.
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