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A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been charged with rape, blackmail and misconduct in a public office.

Joe Cole fears Jermain Defoe will be back to haunt him

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is hoping for a first-team call-up for today's game against West Ham – but his old team-mate Joe Cole is not.

It is three years since Newham council occupied Building 1000

Deprived Newham watches bemused as council ponders move from £110m building after just three years

'Fiasco' as borough eyes up return to East Ham after vacating area for swanky dockside 'Building 1000'

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay shouts on from the touchline

Capital One Cup: West Ham given warning by Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

A sterner test will await the Hammers than in the Premier League

Nine men accused of sex attacks on girl, 14, released after prosecutors find Twitter feed

Nine men accused of sex attacks over six months on a 14-year-old girl walked free from the Old Bailey today.

Newham: The borough that’s Britain’s greenest – without any effort by its residents

Tom Bawden visits urban, impoverished Newham to find out from its residents why it has the lowest carbon footprint in Britain

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay

Steven Caulker happy to kick on at Cardiff City after owner shows colour of money

It must be a source of comfort to Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace that of the last 12 teams elevated to the Premier League, nine have survived their first season. Defeats for all three on the opening weekend, without scoring a goal between them, had the doomsayers wearing "told you so" expressions, although there were consolations to be had in that none of the promoted trio were humiliated despite playing top-10 opposition, in two cases away from home.

Newham in east London

Want nice neighbours and community spirit? Then move to the city

Country dwellers are less civil and more likely to be irritable, reveals study

New images of Canning Town sex attacker released

Police have released new CCTV stills of a man suspected of carrying out a string of sex attacks.

Newham, one of the UK's most deprived areas, has 82 bookmakers

Newham Council loses fight to stop spread of betting shops as court upholds appeal by Paddy Power

A council has accused the Gambling Commission of "refusing to act as a regulator" and called for Government action as it loses its battle to curb the spread of betting shops in poorer areas.

Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - is taking Paddy Power to court

High-stakes Britain: PaddyPower in court over spread of fixed odds gaming machines

Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - takes firm to court

West Ham have agreed a 99-year deal to use the Olympic Stadium

Green light for Olympic Stadium makeover

Plans to make major changes at the £429 million Olympic Stadium have been given the green light.

David Haye pictured promoting his fight against Manuel Charr

Boxing: David Haye pulls out of comeback fight with Manuel Charr

The former heavyweight champion suffers a hand injury in training

Fireworks explode from the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Olympic Stadium timeline

West Ham were today confirmed as the new tenants

The Olympic Stadium’s future is still not agreed

Kevin Nolan hopes Olympic Stadium move will see West Ham join 'the big boys'

The east London club will become the tenants of the Stratford based stadium

Seven men in court on child sex charges

Seven men were due to appear in court today charged with a range of offences against a 14-year-old girl including rape, attempted rape and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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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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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
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

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
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

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness