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

Leading Article: Clever George

Congratulations to George Weller, 17, who has become the first young person to be offered a place at Cambridge University under a partnership where students from Kingsford, an 11 to 16 comprehensive in Newham, east London, are given scholarships to study A-levels at fee- paying Brighton College.

Amol Rajan: What Councils do

Read any material from the Taxpayer's Alliance recently? Fancy a career in the public sector? A press release drops into my inbox from Newham Council. And see below for the offending signs.


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Fuller blames provocation by ‘very rude’ Griffin

Ricardo Fuller has accused Andy Griffin of being "very rude and disrespectful" in the episode which led to the Stoke striker being sent off for slapping his team-mate and club captain in the defeat against West Ham.

Takeaways targeted in 'Food Standards Agency' scam

As obvious targets for extortion scams go, the humble city-centre cafe would not seem to be the most likely choice for con artists.

The Nativity is given a 21st-century makeover

The story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus can be told in different ways. Andy Sharman visits an alternative Christmas show and finds a school that's doing its bit for the community

Day in the Life: Rachel McClelland, label manager at Dirtee Stank Recordings

Rachel dedicates this article to her Dad, Gerald McClelland.

Frances Crook: When prison fails, community sentencing can work

Community sentencing is a vital part of our justice system, yet never attracts the headlines it deserves. The only time the public ever hear about community sentences is when things go wrong. "Young man does unpaid work in community and a course in anger management, and goes on to live law-abiding life" is not a news story. "Young man does unpaid work in community, absconds with van and robs bank" is. Yet the vast majority of the 190,000-plus community sentences handed down each year are successful. Reoffending by those on community sentences has declined 13 per cent over the last five years. That means thousands of potential victims of crime have been spared.

Jewell is willing martyr for sake of success next season

The Derby County manager Paul Jewell is willing to suffer "the humiliation, the pain, the abuse" he is currently enduring if it means success next season. The already-relegated Rams are poised to become the worst team in Premier League history on the back of a 28-match winless streak.

Students from poorer backgrounds 'catch up' at university

Students with lower A-level grades from some of the country's poorest performing schools do just as well as high flyers from the independent or selective sector in their degrees, according to ground-breaking new research.

Man savaged to death by his own rottweiler

A man has died after being mauled by his pet rottweiler. He died at the Royal London Hospital in east London at about 10pm on Sunday after being attacked by the dog at about 7.15am the same day.

We'll get you, Morrissey warns animal lab workers

The singer Morrissey has entered the controversy over the new Oxford animal research laboratory by warning those working on the site: "We'll get you".

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