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Case could result in landmark first ever prosecution for ‘cutting’ in Britain

Always keep the key handy: Fire Fighters have linked rise in call-outs to people trapped in handcuffs to Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon

Fifty Shades hotter? London Fire Brigade blames 'mummy porn' for rising number of handcuff incidents

Fire fighters have linked increasing call-outs to people trapped in handcuffs to the popularity of books such as EL James' "mummy porn" trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey.

There have always been doubts about Albert DeSalvo’s confession to the Boston murders

Does DNA prove Albert DeSalvo is the Boston Strangler?

Test breakthrough links man who confessed to the 1960s killing spree with the final victim

Five-minute memoir: Jay Griffiths on how she rejected all things feminine as a girl

When she was young, a tomboyish Griffiths longed to do everything her brothers did.

Banksy’s Slave Labour should be ‘returned to its rightful place’ in north London, says the local MP

'Disappeared' Banksy set to sell for £900,000

A mural which disappeared from the wall of a north London shop last year but resurfaced  in an auction in Miami – only  to be withdrawn at the last minute – has gone on sale in London and was on Sunday evening expected to raise £900,000.

The Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee to return for six-part second series

The Great British Sewing Bee will return for a second longer series, BBC Two has confirmed.

81-year-old Ann, winner of the Great British Sewing Bee series one

Grandma Ann aged 81 wins Great British Sewing Bee

Eighty-one year old Ann has won The Great British Sewing Bee.

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Debenhams signs Sewing Bee's Grant

The Great British Sewing Bee

A home economics lesson too far: Can 'The Great British Sewing Bee' live up to 'Bake Off'?

The recession has made domestic gods and goddesses of us all. In the past five years television has produced Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas, The Great British Bake Off and now The Great British Sewing Bee, which airs tonight. 

Paperback review: The Threads of the Heart, By Carole Martinez (trs by Howard Curtis)

Frasquita, a Spanish woman living in a small, rural village, has a talent for sewing: she is able to weave clothing into beautifully intricate designs and even uses her thread to suture wounds.

The Silence of the Sea, Trafalgar Studios 2, London

In Occupied France, a German officer is billeted on the coastal home of an old man and his niece. They resist with the only weapon that they have at their disposal – total silence.

London mayor Boris Johnson urges EU vote before next election

Boris Johnson intensified the pressure on David Cameron today by calling for a vote on Britain’s place in Europe before the next general election.

American fashion brand Unionmade is actually not union-made

Busting Unionmade's manufacturing myths

What's in a name? Quite a lot actually, as the American fashion brand Unionmade is finding out. Unionmade clothing is, you see, not union-made.

The Walking Dead: Episode 4 – Review

Slow, methodical and brilliant as ever.

Joy for Jonathan in pool as Britain win two golds on excellent first day

Fox ignores pool jinx to end long wait for home aquatics gold

He took a couple of deep breaths and then grinned his way through the National Anthem. It has been a long time in coming – 34 days, in fact – but a Briton has finally climbed on to the top of the podium in the Aquatics Centre. Jonathan Fox, a 21-year-old Cornishman with a fondness for heavy metal, rounded off a rousing opening day for the host nation at the London Paralympics with Britain's second gold medal last night.

Ben Quilter takes the crowd’s acclaim after winning the bronze medal

Top seed Quilter fights back from disappointment to take bronze in judo

Ben Quilter overcame a disappointing start to the day to win judo bronze for Great Britain at the ExCeL last night.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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