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The footballer will join Del Boy and Rodney for their first reunion in a decade

Athlete's killer sentenced to minimum 30 year prison term

A young gang member was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years today for the shooting murder of a promising athlete.

Carpetright warns on profits again as sales in UK take a tumble

Having issued five profit warnings in 2011, the floor-coverings retailer Carpetright began the new year with another one.

Damilola Taylor was found bleeding to death in a stairwell near his home in Peckham

Damilola Taylor's killer freed from prison

One of schoolboy Damilola Taylor's killers who was recalled to jail after breaching the terms of his licence has been released.

Sean Durkin's seriously creepy thriller, Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene will finally be released in the UK on 3 February
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'There were so many children and lots of people were thanking God that they were still alive'

Michael Day reports from the Tuscan village inundated by survivors

Best state schools add £77,000 to the value of nearby homes

A top-performing state school can add up to £77,000 to the value of a house within its catchment area, according to new research, with the cost of properties near the 50 best-performing state schools 35 per cent higher than in the rest of the UK.

The 2011 riots: What happened? What now?

The clean-up is well under way on the damaged streets. Now, it’s time to count the cost of four days of lawlessness and destruction

Police looking to identify skeletal remains

Police are attempting to identify a man whose skeletal remains were discovered behind a bush by a dog walker.

Remains of man found in bag leave police baffled

The skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit were found tied up in a windsurfing bag in a street in South-east London, leaving police mystified as to how he came to be left there.

Man's body found in a bag

The skeletal remains of a man wearing a suit were found tied up in a windsurfing bag, according to a man who saw the body.

Greggs suffers on high street

The bakery chain Greggs yesterday blamed tougher than expected trading conditions and additional bank holidays for a fall in first-half profits. Greggs posted a 4.2 per cent rise in sales to £335m over the 26 weeks to 2 July, boosted by 39 new stores.

Recriminations fly as ministers head home early from their holidays

Senior politicians from all political parties were scrabbling to cancel their holiday plans and find return flights to London yesterday in time for a symbolic emergency debate in the House of Commons on the London riots.

Greggs delivery driver assaulted

Bakery chain Greggs said one of its stores was destroyed by fire, another looted and a delivery driver assaulted during last night's riots.

London riots spiral out of control

Rioters were rampaging across Britain's capital again tonight as politicians and police chiefs tried desperately to curb the "sheer criminality".

Carpetright has to cut prices in tough market

Carpetright, the UK's biggest floor-coverings retailer, gave warning yesterday it expects trading conditions to remain tough as it reported a 0.2 per cent decline in like-for-like sales.

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