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Serial killer Peter Tobin has dropped his appeal against his life sentence for murdering schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton, it was confirmed today.

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Brian Viner: Are liberal parents just hypocrites?

My older children – Elly, aged 17, and 15-year-old Joe – returned home tired and a bit whiffy on Monday after four days and nights camping at the Big Chill music festival in the grounds of Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury in Herefordshire. There were dozens of their schoolfriends there, and lots more people they knew. Teenagers descend on the Big Chill from all over the country, but in particularly large numbers from the Welsh Marches and the Midlands, driven there by their mums, dads and peer pressure.

Memorial service held for Love Parade victims

Germany held a memorial service today for the victims of the Love Parade techno music festival, where 21 people were crushed to death and 500 injured in a tunnel that was the only entrance to the event.

Festival Gallery: Secret Garden Party 2010

Courtesy of the faublous Phil Volkers, click on the image on the right & take a look at the weird and whacky world of this year's Secret Garden Party extravaganza...

Festival Review: The Secret Garden Party

“Moustaches bring you love!” I turn around and am embraced by a trio of muddy girls with voices like blackboard scraping, hay hanging from every nook, and lipstick smudged all over their faces. It is Sunday afternoon at the Secret Garden Party 2010, and despite 2 days and 3 nights of mischief, the spirit of the Garden Party is still being secreted with passion at every juncture. It is impossible not to fall in love: with the legions of beautiful people, with the intimate feel of the festival (despite having doubled in size to over 20,000 people this year), with the perfect range of music, and the endless supply of shenanigans, side-shows, and moments of sheer brilliance.

Fifteen killed in German music festival stampede

A stampede inside a tunnel crowded with techno music fans crushed 15 people to death and injured dozens at Germany's famed Love Parade festival today.

Woman raped at Latitude festival

Women attending the Latitude music festival have been warned to travel in groups rather than singly after a teenager was gang raped.

Leading article: Not the Proms

The rest of us may be preparing for the new age of austerity, but this month's Year Six school-leavers look as though they will be the exception. A record number will be celebrating their imminent graduation to "big school" by bopping the dusk hours away at their primary prom. Thanks to Hollywood, DVDs and advertising, the American-style prom has sped down the age-range and taken off – and not just the prom, it appears, but in one case, at least, a prom helicopter to drop the pupils off (until, that is, landing permission was refused). There are clearly some 11-year-olds for whom a silver stretch limo is not nearly impressive enough.

Police probe attempted murders at 'T in the Park'

Detectives were today investigating two attempted murders in the final hours of the T in the Park festival.

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