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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Parks clamp down on mass walkies

DOG rationing is being imposed in an effort to combat commercial dog walkers. The moves come amid reports of professional walkers - who exercise pets for owners too busy or infirm to go out themselves - exercising up to 70 animals at a time in unleashed packs that intimidate other park users, writes Mark Rowe.

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Correction: Primary schools league table

Figures for attainment in English and maths at Heron Cross primary school, Stoke-on-Trent, featured in an article in yesterday's edition, incorrectly showed that it as among the worst primary schools in England.

Summer warms up, but the heat comes off for city bladers

In-line skating has found a new champion in the Government with Chris Smith, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Mr Smith has told officials that he wants to protect in-line skating in the Royal Parks from any renewed attempts to ban the sport.

Theatre / All's Well That Ends Well Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

In the theatre, as in life, there are two ways of approaching a problem: either you can try to solve it, or you can plough merrily on and hope it will go away. Helena Kaut-Howson favours the second approach, if her production of All's Well That Ends Well is anything to go by; and on this showing, there is something to be said for it.

Indian chief's body to find final rest

The remains of an American Native Indian chief who died in Britain while taking part in the European tour of the legendary "Wild West Show" run by Buffalo Bill Cody (right) are to be exhumed and returned to his tribal homeland, it was reported yesterday.

Where cars once ruled, shoppers will wander into London's own St Mark's Square

A plan to transform Mayfair by extending Hyde Park and burying Park Lane in a tunnel was launched yesterday with backing from the Duke of Westminster, Britain's wealthiest landlord, whose Grovesnor Estate owns much of the surrounding area.

Stagg says he has murder evidence

Colin Stagg, acquitted by an Old Bailey judge two years ago of murdering Rachel Nickel, yesterday requested pounds 4,000 to show evidence he says proves he did not commit the crime.

Tunnel plan for Park Lane

A visionary plan to extend Hyde Park in London by routing Park Lane underground is to be announced next month by a consortium seeking lottery funding for the project.

Sick and tireless

Paul Taylor diagnoses a vimful 'Hypochondriac' as a success, but advises strong treatment for a feeble 'Comedy of Errors'

Househunter Bushy Park in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

This has had a number of notable owners. It once belonged to William Parnell, who opposed the union between Ireland and Britain back in the early 1800s and later the house was owned by the "hanging judge", Judge Keogh. Bushy Park, which has 22 acres and is 13 miles from Dublin, will be auctioned on Tuesday 28 May by Hamilton Osborne King. It has eight bedrooms and three main reception rooms, superb grounds with coach house and stabling, a house and two cottages. "We have had some good home-based enquiries, but we believe that there will be a high level of interest from abroad, particularly from England and Germany" says Hugh Hamilton. (00 353 1 6760251).

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery yesterday in Regents Park

Best foot forward: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery showing its paces yesterday in Regents Park, central London, for assessment of the troop's fitness for its ceremonial duties - such as the Queen's Birthday Parade, Armistice Day and the Lord Mayor's Show Photograph: Emma Boam

Lyric sheets: The Hyde Park refresher course '96

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Royal parks 'a disgrace'

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Royal climbdown allows skaters a new park life

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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