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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Eye full: Lee Westwood watches his tee shot at the second

US Open 2013: Wicked pins leave Lee Westwood feeling like a basket case

There are words beginning with the letter W that Lee Westwood doesn’t mind. Wedge, wind, wage and wood come to mind. Worksop is fine. It ought to be. It’s where he was born and lived until he moved recently to the United States.

Paperback review: Spitalfields Life, By Gentle Author

London captured alive by a 21st-century Pepys

The scene of a smash and grab robbery in Selfridges, Oxford Street, London

Burka-clad Selfridges smash and grab gang 'made off with £1m in watches'

Six-strong armed gang mingled with hundreds of shoppers before smashing glass cabinets with axes and sledge hammers

Man held after police officer hit by car in Birmingham

Officer suffered suspected fractured pelvis attempting to stop vehicle

We Need New Names, By NoViolet Bulawayo

Born to freedom but raised to struggle, Zimbabwe's youth inspire a debut that blends wit and pain

Jump in card and PIN thefts at ATMs

The theft of cards and PINs at ATMs trebled in the first four months of 2013 against the same period last year.

Prolific shoplifter Harry Hankinson spared jail yet again despite having amassed over 500 convictions

A prolific shoplifter has been spared jail on his 501st offence after a court was informed that a brain injury could be contributing to his behaviour.

Rebecca Leighton, 29, spent six weeks in custody after being charged in July 2011

Nurse cleared in Stepping Hill Hospital poisoning investigation to sue police

A nurse who was arrested and then later freed over the alleged poisoning deaths of hospital patients is to sue the police.

Ever since the transport authorities in Madrid began selling sponsorship rights to their subway system, London Underground has gone a bit LOL-tastic

Frenchman jailed after attempted bank robbery using underwear as a mask

Daniel Anfray was recently released from jail for drink driving

The number of cases of violence against individuals on the Tube rose last year.

Rise in violent offences on London Underground

The number of cases of violence against individuals on the Tube rose last year.

The Grimsby Islamic Cultural Centre was targeted with petrol bombs

Pair arrested for Grimsby mosque attack believed to be ex-soldiers

One of the defendants is thought to have spent time at Woolwich whilst serving

Men jailed in Poland for theft of 12 bodies

A Polish court has imprisoned three men who stole a van in Germany that contained 12 bodies in coffins.

The Help Desk: A reluctant prospective father

Q. I live with my girlfriend, who I met after my divorce three years ago, and I love her deeply. But we have a serious problem. She's 32 (I'm 43) and she wants us to have a child.

US rapper Tim Dog accused of faking his own death

Lack of a death certificate or burial site and sparse obituary information has led to talk in hip-hop circles that rapper Tim Dog, who owes thousands of dollars to women he was convicted of swindling, faked his own death.

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