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IT IS a strange predicament for an innocent man. Having successfully cleared his name in a spectacular court victory last week, Stanley Nwadike sits in a Victorian prison cell waiting to be flown out of the country next week in handcuffs.

Obituary: Tom Iremonger

ON 27 APRIL 1966, the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, announced to the House of Commons that the Amory Committee, set up to study and make recommendations about the penal system, could not continue its work. Seething with anger, Tom Iremonger asked the Home Secretary, Roy Jenkins, to name the six members of the Royal Commission on the Penal System who initially resigned, the two who resigned subsequently and the eight who wished to continue. He was incandescent with fury.

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THE GOVERNESS: An Anthology ed Trev Broughton and Ruth Symes Sutton pounds 18.99

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Letter: Include us all

Sir: I offer two cheers to the Prime Minister on his government's decision to create a Social Exclusion Unit (article, 8 December) with the aim of tackling problems caused by a lack of education, jobs and money, particularly in the inner cities.

Cycling: Bronze medal for Boardman

The glinting bronze medal around his neck summed up Chris Boardman's racing year. It ended yesterday in San Sebastian as Britain's best known cyclist put a shine on what he called "my worst-ever season."

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Vicar tough on crime faces chastisement

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