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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Newcastle United 2 Stoke City 1 match report: Alan Pardew's relegation fears fade but Stoke face fight to death

Two minutes of injury-time had been played and two remained when Papiss Cissé produced his one meaningful contribution of the afternoon. Typically, his first touch, inside the Stoke City penalty area, looped the ball into the air. His second was more telling, striking a shot past Asmir Begovic.

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The residents of Knightsbridge are suffering. Their simple village ways are under threat and their traditional lifestyle assailed by insensitive newcomers. And the problem, it seems, is the wrong kind of rich people. "Gulfies", to be specific, the local nickname for the moneyed Gulf Arabs who favour that part of London for their summer holidays and prefer to bring their own cars with them rather than rely on a holiday rental.

Olympic wheel turns up in Torquay

Taller than Nelson's Column at nearly 60m (196ft), the new "English Riviera Wheel" has arrived in Torquay, Devon, straight from London's Olympic celebrations.

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli catches his breath after winning gold

Mellouli hails 'miracle' after taking gold to accompany indoor medal

Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli won the gold medal in the men's swimming marathon to become the first competitor ever to get medals in the pool and open water.

Africa Olympic village shut 'due to debts'

The African hospitality centre for the Olympics has closed, it was confirmed today.

'No one wants a prat like me as PM' says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson dismissed talk of him becoming the next Prime Minister yesterday as he joked: "How could anybody elect a prat who gets stuck in a zip wire?"

Perri Shakes-Drayton (left) struggles in the 400m hurdles semi-final last night

Agony for Shakes-Drayton as she 'misses final' after appeal

Perri Shakes-Drayton had been in the form of her life but last night it appeared she had received one of the unluckiest breaks of her life when she appeared to have been squeezed out of tomorrow night's final of the 400m hurdles.

Helen Jenkins - Triathlon (GB)

Triathlon: No gold for Team GB in Hyde Park as Nicola Spirig of Switzerland shines

The obvious signs of the struggle were all around the finishing line, where Britain’s Vicky Holland hobbled around with a lacerated knee and the American Sarah Groff, her face still caked in the mud of the Serpentine, described riding over a downed competitor in the triathlon’s cycling stage. Helen Jenkins, the major British hope whose push for gold perished only in the last mile, has been carrying her own pain, quietly and anxiously, for weeks. She only revealed after finishing fifth yesterday that a knee injury had been limiting the frequency and intensity of her training sessions.

Spectators watch a big screen in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Royal medal for Zara Phillips delights the horsey set at London 2012

In Greenwich Park, yet another gold near miss for Team GB did little to damp the spirits of the equestrian enthusiasts

Off target: Larry Godfrey, British archer. His team was knocked out by Ukraine

Diary of an Olympian: 'World's best bring out the best in me'

Larry Godfrey had a mixed week. The GB archer scored his highest ever score but his team was knocked out by Ukraine. Now, it's the individuals...

Saving grace: Paul Simon's voice isn't 'faultless', but his capacity as an emotional performer is as strong as ever

Tom Sutcliffe: It's hard to be a critic when you love something

One of the commonest of all critical vices is reviewing the work you wish you'd experienced instead of the one you actually did. But it struck me this week that there are actually two versions of this vice – opposed to each other by almost 180 degrees.

Blur to play live on Twitter

Reunited Blur are to debut new songs on Twitter.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

Olympics to be delivered £476m 'under budget'

With 43 days until the Games, the Government still has £476m left of its Olympic contingency fund, and ministers are "increasingly certain" they will deliver the event for significantly less than the £9.3bn agreed in 2007.

The Olympic Stadium will require extra stewards because of fears of overcrowding

An Olympic record? Games set to be under budget

With six weeks to go, organisers say they hope to return up to £476m to Treasury

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