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

Mick Shaw (left) firefighter, union leader and fought the rise of the far right in British politics

Mick Shaw: Firefighter, union leader and anti-racist

Mick Shaw was a firefighter by profession, but it was in fighting racism and the rise of the far right in British politics that he first made his name.

Terry Spinks

Further to Steve Bunce's obituary (28 April), I hadn't seen Terry Spinks for many years and I was pleasantly surprised when, sometime in the late 1990s he came into my pub, The Woodman, at Stanford Rivers, Essex, writes Eddie Johnson. He was having treatment at a hospital nearby and his devoted cousin Rosemary was taking him home for the weekend and they decided to have a drink (non-alcoholic) before continuing the journey to Chadwell Heath.

Sam Allardyce has had to undertake a rebuilding programme at West Ham following their relegation last season

Football League round-up: Buoyant Sam Allardyce expects West Ham promotion

Sam Allardyce believes West Ham have banished the poor home form which cost his side automatic promotion as they head into the play-offs this week.

Swindon’s Paolo Di Canio wears a T-shirt paying tribute to his late parents after winning League Two

Allardyce talks up Hammers' chances

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MICHAEL GOVE: The Education Secretary met Rupert Murdoch several times to discuss reform of the schools system

News Corp offered Gove £2m to build 'free school'

Rupert Murdoch's News International offered £2m to sponsor an academy in east London close to the company's headquarters at Wapping, it emerged yesterday at the Leveson Inquiry.

Empty homes in Stoke-on-Trent

'If I have to move to Stoke, how am I going to see my son?'

Kevin Rawlinson meets Newham locals who say empty homes are being wasted

Newham Council accused of 'social cleansing' after attempts to move poorest families

A Labour-run council in east London has been accused of ‘social cleansing’ after it revealed plans to move some of its poorest residents as far away as Stoke-on-Trent.

Chalk Talk: You don't have to be angry to join the NUT, but it helps

Unions, it is sometimes said, are a broad church, made up of members with a vastly differing array of opinions.

Met officer to be charged over 'racial abuse' recorded on mobile phone

A Scotland Yard officer accused of racially abusing a suspect will be charged after a prosecution U-turn.

West Ham's new Olympic Stadium bid 'flawed'

West Ham's latest bid to move into the Olympic Stadium is "fundamentally flawed" and should be disqualified, according to the Leyton Orient chairman, Barry Hearn.

Power cut hits 90,000 after blaze

A blaze at a goods yard which ran underneath an electricity line caused almost 90,000 properties to be without power this afternoon.

Sex workers feeling threatened by crackdown on prostitution near Olympic site

A crackdown on prostitution in the Olympic boroughs is putting the lives of sex workers at risk, it has been claimed.

Taxpayers face extra costs under new stadium plan

Taxpayers are facing another hefty bill if West Ham United win the bid to move into the Olympic stadium, as officials hope.

Man charged after dog mauls police

A musician has appeared in court charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act after five officers were mauled during a raid.

Bed-bound man convicted of murders

A man who made legal history by appearing in court in a hospital bed was today found guilty of a double murder.

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