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The Kent slider finishes ninth in Konigssee, enough to finish the season as champion

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard on Thursday

Mark Duggan inquest: Police warn of possible disorder at vigil in London today

Police have warned that some protesters plan to “provoke disorder” at a vigil for Mark Duggan in London this afternoon.

London police chief suspended over 'inappropriate behaviour' allegations

A London police chief has been suspended from duty after an investigation started into allegations of “inappropriate behaviour”.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust placed in special measures

A&E departments deemed unsafe because of the lack of full-time consultants

The misery induced by a rogue planning decision in Redbridge

The nightmare began when a private Islamic School, Apex, received permission from Redbridge Council to open in a residential street in Ilford

Neville Southall is relishing his new role as a teacher

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A police officer shows the correct way to deploy a Taser X26 stun gun

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, By Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (Translated by Rod Bradbury) - Paperback review

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Joe Cole fears Jermain Defoe will be back to haunt him

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is hoping for a first-team call-up for today's game against West Ham – but his old team-mate Joe Cole is not.

'Racist Woman on London Tube' ranting mother cleared of racially aggravated harassment

Accountant Claire Moloney tells court 'I'm not a racist', after YouTube clip of swear-filled tirade went viral

'Nobody gave a toss': Ex prisons boss, Sir Martin Narey, says no one cared about suicides

The former director general of the Prison Service, Sir Martin Narey, has spoken of his frustration in trying to make reforms to stop suicides in jails – claiming “nobody gave a toss”.

Cricklewood's mobile town square will visit five unloved parts of the London suburb
Darren Barker celebrates becoming world champion after split decision victory over the Australian Daniel Geale

Boxing: Darren Barker becomes IBF world middleweight champion after defeating Daniel Geale by a split decision in Atlantic City

Londoner recovers from sixth round knockdown to secure IBF crown

Green eyes and green fingers: did envy lead to arson attack on award-winning allotments?

Four years of hard work destroyed in a few hours, say grandfathers

Green eyes and green fingers: did envy lead to arson attack on award-winning allotments?

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