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Jason Maguire gets a new season's head start on Tony McCoy

However baffling a calendar that ended one jumps season at Sandown on Saturday, and began a new one at Huntingdon, Ludlow and Wetherby yesterday, at least one man was able to achieve a coherent sense of narrative. Jason Maguire had picked up the front page of the trade newspaper to find his agent vowing to end Tony McCoy's incredible 18-year monopoly on the jockeys' championship – and promptly lent substance to that ambition by riding four winners at Wetherby.

Attackers target smartphones, iPods, credit cards and cash

Smartphone pickpockets blot 30-year low in official crime statistics

Recorded crime fell last year to its lowest level since the 1980s despite a surge in pick-pocketing, official statistics revealed today.

Alisher Usmanov, Britain's richest man

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New York nun stole $130,000 from church

A 68-year-old nun from New York state has pleaded guilty to stealing almost $130,000 (£85,000) from two rural churches in order to fund her gambling addiction.

Pickpockets cause strike at the Louvre

Gangs of young pickpockets forced the closure of the Louvre museum in Paris today.

Man arrested in connection with burglaries during which women were sexually assaulted while they slept

Police have arrested a man in connection with two burglaries during which women were sexually assaulted as they slept.

Man in hospital after attackers spray acid in his face in Withington

A man is in hospital after attackers sprayed acid in his face.

'Ruby the Heart Stealer' maintains innocence and denies sexual relations with Silvio Berlusconi

Former belly dancer Karima El Mahroug says allegations against her and 76-year-old former premier are untrue

SAC founder Cohen faces new $5.5m claim by ex-wife

A New York appeals court has revived a lawsuit by the former wife of Steven Cohen, the founder of the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, who accused the billionaire of hiding $5.5m (£3.6m) from her during proceedings that led to their 1990 divorce.

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Woman charged over spate of US arson attacks

Police in Virginia have charged a woman with arson as part of an investigation into a spate of suspicious fires that have ravaged a remote corner of the US state in recent months.

Video: Australian bag thief tackled by glass door

Video: Australian bag thief tackled by glass door

CCTV pictures released by police

Five people killed in South African military helicopter crash

The South African military says five air force members have died in the crash of a helicopter that was patrolling as part of an anti-rhino poaching operation.

Review: The Schism, By Robert Dickinson

The strange tale of a man with demons

Women seeking treatment for online gambling addiction come from across the social spectrum

Women hooked on online betting up from 44 per cent

Spiralling numbers seek help for addiction as internet poker blamed for endangering families

Review: Donnybrook, By Frank Bill

A literary shotgun blast to the face

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