The procedure which made West Ham the first choice to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games was not compromised, an independent investigation has ruled.

Outrage as police cleared over asylum-seeker's death

The police will not face disciplinary action over the death of a Nigerian asylum-seeker declared by an inquest jury to have been unlawfully killed during a struggle with two police officers, it was announced yesterday.

Sex offender pleads for a safe home

Sex offender pleads for

Generation with bigger worries Generation that

For every youngster prepared to stop and chat about their political preferences on Commercial Road in east London yesterday, there were at least three who hurried by, mumbling: "Sorry, I can't help you. I'm not into politics."

Information is all in the cards

They've all got something on you

Hunter Hogg 'the sadist'

Douglas Hogg, the Minister of Agriculture, "passionately defended" fox hunting yesterday, claiming that field sports generated pounds 2.7bn for rural communities. The Labour MP Tony Banks called him "a crude mouthpiece for a bunch of bloodthirsty sadists".

Bullying makes children ill

Bullying is making many young children ill, a study has claimed. Sleeping difficulties, headaches, stomach aches and bed-wetting were found to be common problems among children who said they had been bullied. The study of 2,962 primary schoolchildren was conducted through interviews by school nurses in Newham, east London. More than 450 reported being bullied either physically or psychologically.

`Jack was four months old. No one suggested he was blind'

How should parents be told? Annabel Ferriman on new rules

Ecstasy enters the front room

Drug-taking: As prices plummet, pill-popping has become an everyday activity in the comfort of home

Letter: Birth of the supermarket

Sir: You refer to Sainsbury's (report, 9 May) opening the first self-service store in 1950. This may have been Sainsbury's first store of this kind, but it is very far from being Britain's first.

Currie condemns 'pure prejudice'

"If there was a war tomorrow, you wouldn't be discriminating against gays and lesbians. You would be dragging them in just as you did in 1939."

CS gas squirted at handcuffed man

A man who died in police custody after CS spray was squirted into his face had his arms handcuffed behind his back at the time, the Independent has learned.

It hurts when you say Doctor, Mawhinney

A CONUNDRUM: why do politicians still seek to shore up their credibility by being incredible? On Friday Dr Brian Mawhinney, the Tory party chairman, told listeners to the Today programme that the Stafford South East result showed that the Labour Party's popularity had "peaked" and that the Government would now go on to win the general election, though there was much work "still to be done". Tory party chairmen have been saying similar things, of course, on 34 previous Friday mornings after 34 previous by-election defeats, but here, with a 22 per cent swing to Labour, the second largest since the war, leaving the Government with a majority of one and the threat of an advanced general election, you might have thought that a little honesty and humility would have done Dr Mawhinney no harm and perhaps even some good.

London's ethnic balance shifting


'Exorcist' killed his fiancee

A self-styled exorcist was jailed for six years yesterday for killing his bride-to-be, and sealing her mummified body in a tomb in his house.

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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