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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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Jason Owen was jailed over the death of Baby P

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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.

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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

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

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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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