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Ella Phillips, 29, was thrown off her bike in Kentish Town, North London, when she was forced to make an emergency stop

Credit unions sign up for scheme to take on payday lenders

Some 31 credit unions have signed up to a £35.6m government scheme that they hope will help them take on payday lenders and banks by offering essential financial services at a fairer price.

London councillor Brian Coleman admits assaulting female café owner who photographed him breaking parking rules

A controversy-prone former Tory councillor has pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of the public after she tried to film him breaking parking rules.

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Teenage paedophile Opemipo Jaji facing life sentence for raping girl aged 11 had 'sexual interest in very young white girls'

A teenager facing a life sentence today for raping an 11-year-old girl as she made her way home from school had a 'sexual interest in very young white girls' and had attacked another before, it can be revealed today.

Jason Owen was jailed over the death of Baby P

Baby P man back in jail for breaching jail terms

A man jailed for his role in the death of Baby P has been recalled to prison after breaching his bail conditions, sources said today.

Teenager accused of raping 11-year-old attacked schoolgirl a year earlier

A teenager accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in a park had attacked another schoolgirl a year before, a court heard.

Father and son shot 'by mistake' in revenge attack

A father and son were mistakenly shot by a gunman in a revenge attack, the Old Bailey heard.

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London teenager shot dead after row in suspected gang killing

A teenager was shot dead after an argument between two groups of youths in an area at the centre of gangland disputes, it emerged yesterday.

No action against Sun crime editor Mike Sullivan following 'corrupt payments' arrest

The crime editor of the Sun will face no further action after he was arrested as part of Scotland Yard's investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials, the force said today.

Vicky Pryce is moved to open jail

Vicky Pryce has been moved to an open jail after spending only four nights in Holloway prison, it was reported today. The ex-wife of the former minister Chris Huhne was jailed for eight months last week after a jury found her guilty of perverting the course of justice over his speeding offence.

Tottenham v Arsenal: The best north London derbies

Tottenham host Arsenal this Sunday in the Premier League with both teams desperate for a win.

Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf at The Den, where he was abused

Five-year ban for racist Millwall fan

A Millwall fan who racially abused the Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf during a Championship game on 18 November has been banned from all football matches for five years.

Mako Vunipola scores for Saracens on the synthetic turf

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Cheerleaders, temporary stands behind the goals, a different tune played after each player's try – yawn, nothing to see here. A synthetic surface, more secure scrummaging, 900 youngsters playing on the pitch in the morning, 250 smiling volunteers, half-price beer after the final whistle – is this the dawning of an age of enlightenment in English rugby?

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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

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