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

London 2012: Kissing dancers dispel rumours of real-life romance

Two dancers who kissed as part of the Olympics opening ceremony have dismissed claims of a real-life romance and have stated that it was 'purely professional'.

Tessa Sanderson: I won gold - but having the Olympic Games in my home town is something else

Finally, the Games are here – and I still have to pinch myself to believe they are happening. As an adopted Londoner – I live in east London and work in the Olympic heartland of Newham – my emotions today as the curtain goes up are a mixture of excitement, immense pride, and great anticipation. The goose bumps have already started.

Pre-Olympic Games road restrictions 'cause delays'

Road restrictions in place ahead of the Olympics caused some long delays today, according to traffic information company Inrix.

Diary: We don't need no free school education, Mr Gibb

Ah free schools, David Cameron said last week, "symbolise everything that is good about the revolution that we are bringing to Britain's schools: choice for parents... free schools work and parents and teachers want more of them. So more is what they are going to get".

Boxing: No fight? Haye's fault, says Vitali

Vitali Klitschko has reminded David Haye he rejected the chance to meet in a heavyweight super fight in favour of facing Dereck Chisora.

Family plea after missing teenager Rachel Wilson's body found

The family of a teenager murdered after going missing a decade ago made an emotional plea today as police confirmed they had found her body.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora exchange blows during their fight for the WBO and WBA International Heavyweight Championship

Boxing: Haye claims bragging rights with 'best punch I have ever thrown'

Chisora's dogged resistance is broken in fifth round as Haye ponders his next move – now the real fight begins over the future of British boxing

Police given extension to quiz terror suspects

Detectives have been granted more time to question four people arrested this month over a suspected terror plot in the UK.

East London worse off than before Olympic bid

It is more than seven years since one of the country's poorest boroughs found out it was to host the Olympic Games, but despite the billions of pounds of public money that has been spent in the area, the borough of Newham is now comparatively worse off in terms of income and unemployment than it was in 2005.

Home repossession hotspots revealed

Two new reports reveal England's worst-hit regions

Bed-bound man jailed for murders

A Russian-born welder who appeared at the Old Bailey in a hospital bed has been jailed for at least 30 years for the murders of his ex-wife and mother-in-law.

Paralysed men sentenced for murdering ex-wife and mother-in-law.

A man who made legal history by appearing in court in a hospital bed is due to be sentenced today for murdering his ex-wife and mother-in-law.

Jussi Jaaskelainen's Bolton contract had run down

Jaaskelainen joins West Ham

Jussi Jaaskelainen has agreed to move to Premier League newcomers West Ham United from Bolton Wanderers.

Frank Warren intends to take legal action against the BBBoC

Boxing: European exclusion threat for Haye v Chisora fight

The organisers of the controversial bout between David Haye and Dereck Chisora are certain that the 14 July grudge match will take place despite a threat to expel the Luxembourg Boxing Federation from the European Boxing Union.

Ugandan refugees enjoy a jubilee street party in Brixton, south London

Jubilation for the new Britons who made monarch their own

When Paul Sathianesan got off the plane at Gatwick Airport to begin a new life in a new country, all he had with him were two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a sarong and a container of soil from his homeland, Sri Lanka.

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