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

Mick Shaw (left) firefighter, union leader and fought the rise of the far right in British politics

Mick Shaw: Firefighter, union leader and anti-racist

Mick Shaw was a firefighter by profession, but it was in fighting racism and the rise of the far right in British politics that he first made his name.

Newham Council accused of 'social cleansing' after attempts to move poorest families

A Labour-run council in east London has been accused of ‘social cleansing’ after it revealed plans to move some of its poorest residents as far away as Stoke-on-Trent.

Paul Merton: Out of My Head, Richmond Theatre

A leading light in British comedy and one of the most-proven funnymen on the planet, Paul Merton is back with his first UK solo tour since 1999, but Out Of My Head is far from the quality you might expect, being weak virtually from start to finish.

Boxing: Poxon calms Frampton talk

The British super bantamweight champion, Scott Quigg, or his next opponent, Rendall Munroe, may not fight Carl Frampton next, regardless of the outcome of their 16 June fight.

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Will Dean's Ideas Factory: How location spotting can help spruce up the city

Does the recognisability of a place make it a more desirable place to live? That's the theory that a group of researchers from Cambridge University and Brazil's Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais are trying to put to the test. Their method is the creation of Urbanopticon – a game which puts the recognisability of London's streets to the test by picking up random locations from Google Street View and testing users to see if they can judge the location (or borough/Tube station) solely by landmarks/brick types and so on.

Youths cleared over M1 blaze

Six teenagers accused of setting a fire that closed the M1 and caused £4.5m damage last April, did not start the blaze, a jury has found. But they were convicted with three others of taking part in a spate of arson attacks across Barnet, north London.

Six teenagers cleared over M1 blaze

Six teenagers accused of setting a fire that closed the M1 motorway did not start the blaze, a jury has ruled.

Saracens hope to be able to redevelop their stadium

Saracens stadium plans given boost

Saracens are a step closer to getting the go-ahead for their plans to renovate Copthall Stadium after the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gave the all clear for Barnet Council to issue planning permission.

Bed-bound man convicted of murders

A man who made legal history by appearing in court in a hospital bed was today found guilty of a double murder.

Malaysian tells of riots 'robbery'

A Malaysian student told a court how he knew he was being "robbed" by bogus Good Samaritans during the summer riots, but could not stop them.

Footballer Joshua Scott cleared of assault

A League Two footballer has been cleared of common assault on a woman in a nightclub.

Council plans £80 fine for spitting

Footballers do it. Wine tasters have to, as part of the job. But spitting in other people's presence is an unpleasant habit that may soon become illegal in part of north London.

Dog owner arrested after pet savages six-year-old

A six-year-old girl who had part of her ear bitten off by a Staffordshire bull terrier remained in hospital last night.

Henderson and Kane finally give Millwall some firepower

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