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Scotland Yard's former director of internal audit has made serious allegations about ex-commissioners Lord Blair and Sir Paul Stephenson, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Sir Denis O'Connor, Chief Inspector of the Constabulary

There was 'no appetite' for hacking review, says Sir Denis O'Connor

Former home secretary Alan Johnson had "no appetite" for inspectors to review Scotland Yard's original police phone-hacking investigation, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Cameron goes back on pledge to pay costs of extra police

The PM's reluctance to pay has police fearing the costs will be taken from their already stretched finances

PM vows to bring order to streets

David Cameron today vowed to do "whatever it takes" to restore order to the streets after four days of looting and rioting brought chaos and destruction to English towns and cities.

Leading article: An ill-judged absence

The clamour for political leaders to curtail their holidays when something goes wrong is a simplistic, knee-jerk response.

Corruption arrest officers bailed

A chief constable and his deputy arrested over corruption claims were today released on bail.

Two policemen arrested in fraud inquiry

One of Britain's top policemen and his deputy were arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into corruption and fraud.

Cleveland police pair suspended after arrests

The Chief Constable of Cleveland and his deputy were today suspended from their posts after being arrested by detectives investigating allegations of misconduct, abuse of position and corrupt practice.

Boris Johnson accused over 'codswallop' jibe

Boris Johnson would have been "attempting to pervert the course of justice" if he knew police had reopened the investigation into phone hacking when he dismissed fresh allegations as "codswallop", it was claimed yesterday.

Recriminations fly over decision to let Winehouse make final tour

A dispute has broken out between Amy Winehouse's management and her record label in the wake of the 27-year-old singer's death at the weekend.

Military figures furious at claims soldiers' families were hacked

The slew of revelations about fresh potential victims of hacking continued yesterday, with the latest names to emerge those of families of soldiers killed in Iraq.

900 jobs to go in police cuts

Almost 900 more staff are to lose their jobs in a second phase of cost cutting at one of the country's biggest police forces.

David Prosser: Argos continues to confound the critics

Outlook For all the doom and gloom in the latest update from Home Retail Group on trading at Argos, it is worth a bit of perspective. The market for big-ticket electricals may have been hit by the squeeze on household incomes, but Argos is retaining its share. Although the supermarkets have parked their tanks on its lawns, they do not appear to be doing much damage. Nor do online competitors.

Agency to fight organised crime

A US-style National Crime Agency will have a sweeping new power to step in to directly task and coordinate police forces in a bid to tackle organised crime and secure the UK's borders, the Home Secretary said.

Police chief in defamation threat

A Chief Constable was considering taking legal action today after the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced it was investigating an allegation that he used "undue influence" to appoint a member of staff to his force.

Home Secretary to reverse commissioners' block

Home Secretary Theresa May has vowed to reverse the shock rejection of directly-elected police commissioners by the House of Lords.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003