MI6 spy Gareth Williams

MI6 spy in a bag case: Gareth Williams 'probably' locked himself in holdall by accident

Scotland Yard puts itself at odds with findings of coroner and family of MI6 codebreaker

Michael Gove's controversial adviser Dominic Cummings is to quit his job

Free school headmistress with no qualifications quits after four weeks

27-year old Annaliese Briggs resigns her position in charge of Pimlico Primary after a month

Teenager stabbed in face on Pimlico estate

A teenager has survived a stabbing attack on an estate close to where 16-year-old Hani Abou El Kheir was murdered in a brutal sword and knife attack in January, police have revealed.

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Former professional boxer jailed for seven years for killing stranger with one punch

A former professional boxer has been jailed for seven years for killing a stranger with one punch outside a pub.

The scene of the stabbing in Pimlico

Pimlico stabbing: Man held over murder of Hani Abou El Kheir

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenager believed to have been attacked by a gang wielding swords and knives.

'Don’t do it': Murdered Pimlico teenager Hani Abou El Kheir pleaded for his life as he was brutally stabbed by a gang armed with swords

A teenager who pleaded for his life as a gang armed with knives and swords chased and fatally stabbed him in the street was named yesterday as Hani Hicham Abou El-Kheir.

Conservative donor made junior schools minister

A Conservative Party donor and venture capitalist whose charity funds two academy schools was appointed an education minister today.

Do our homes need high security protection?

A new report suggests that face-to-face solutions are more effective than increased use of technology

A life illuminated: The living-room boasts several paintings by Bowling and African figurines inherited from Scott's mother, which sit above the fireplace. The chairs and covers were made by Scott

Chroma chameleon: The bright essence of Frank Bowling's paintings floods his London home

If you visit Tate Britain, you might find yourself in a single-room exhibition showing a single facet of the artist Frank Bowling's work. This is a "Focus" gallery, and it is filled with the abstract expressionist's "Poured" paintings: gorgeous, colourful, flowing things created in the 1970s by pouring paint on canvasses in multiple layers, letting it slide and stream, pool and puddle.

I’ll Have Another(left) collars Bodemeister to win the Preakness

I'll Have Another fires rich dreams of US Triple Crown

Whatever the fate of the 2,000 Guineas winner Camelot at Epsom in 12 days' time, and whatever his destiny afterwards, at least one Triple Crown dream is still alive. The Kentucky Derby hero I'll Have Another followed up in the second leg of the US version, the Preakness Stakes, on Saturday night and is now bound for the third, next month's Belmont Stakes.

Coroner criticises MI6 investigation into spy Gareth Williams' death

MI6 and a senior detective were accused today of failing to disclose vital evidence in the death riddle of spy Gareth Williams.

The body of spy Gareth Williams was found in the bath of his home in London in August 2010

Family see graphic footage of Gareth Williams’ death scene as 'mystery DNA' is found on bag containing body

Video footage of Gareth Williams’ death scene was shown in a court today, unseen by members of his family who could not bear to view the footage which included shots of a bag with the body of Gareth Williams still inside.

'Dark arts' query over spy's death

Secret agents specialising in the "dark arts" might have tried to cover up the mysterious death of an MI6 spy found in a holdall, a coroner heard today.

War hero gives winter fuel allowance to needy

Well-off pensioners are being urged to give money away, reports Simon Read

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