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A street cleaner who was allegedly stabbed to death by a burglar he confronted with a broom has been praised in court for his “sense of civic duty”.

Rafael da Silva's wonder-goal opens the scoring for Manchester United against QPR

Match Report: Ryan Giggs still a smash hit for relentless Manchester United

Queens Park Rangers 0 Manchester United 2: QPR suffer as the Welshman stars in his 999th professional game

Adel Taarabt sets Queens Park Rangers on their way to victory

Match Report: Harry Redknapp cock-a-hoop after QPR's longest wait

Queens Park Rangers 2 Fulham 1

Zamora moved to Loftus Road in January from west London rivals Fulham

QPR striker Bobby Zamora ruled out for three months

Under-fire manager Mark Hughes may be leading QPR into this weekend's trip to Manchester United but he will have to do so without Bobby Zamora after the club today confirmed the striker faces three months on the sidelines.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'There is no record of what Mick Jones thinks of his MP cousin's squatter plans'

Who knew that Grant Shapps, the Tory Minister of State for Housing tipped for promotion in the imminent Cabinet reshuffle, was such an enemy of traditional Conservative family values?

Matthew Norman: Could hosepipe bans rip the Union asunder?

The last time Britain suffered a really gruesome drought, as a myriad of "the hazy summer of '76?" articles may soon remind us, the singles chart was headed by The Wurzels. Lest the subtle, subliminal messaging in their novelty hit tempt any farmers in the rainless South, East, South-east and parts of the Midlands to race to the agricultural-hardware showroom, I offer this warning. There is minimal point in buying a brand new combine harvester, in purest farming terms at least, in the present climatic conditions.

The scene in west London

Firefighters tackle 'challenging' west London fire

Around 75 firefighters and 15 fire engines were tackling a blaze at a site that is believed to be a dairy today.

Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare's Globe, London<br/>Emperor and Galilean, Olivier NT, London<br/>Where's My Seat? Old Shepherd's Bush Library, London

While the two main performances in Marlowe's morality play disappoint, it's sin that provides the best entertainment

Boxing: Fierce rivalry that began in a dirty Shepherd's Bush gym

Saturday's fight between James DeGale and George Groves has been brewing for years. Steve Bunce reports on a shared history

Payne cleared but Powell still awaits his fate

Wasps prop free to face Bath at Twickenham but Wales No 8 still subject of club inquiry after fracas

Wasps ban Powell and Payne after pub dust-up

Twenty-four hours after Gavin Henson landed himself a week's suspension from French side Toulon, where officials are investigating claims he badmouthed fellow players before fighting with others during a post-match night on the sauce, professional club rugby took another tawdry turn for the worse when Wasps banned the England prop Tim Payne and Wales back-row forward Andy Powell, following a dust-up in a west London pub on Monday night.

Sun dog, By Monique Roffey

Roffey's debut novel, written seven years before her Orange-prize shortlisted second, The White Woman on the Green Bicycle, is remarkable not for its plot - which navigates her lovelorn central character, August's present-day reality in a Shepherd's Bush delicatessen with the ghosts of his past - but for the richness with which Roffey brings ordinary scenes to life.

Now it's the tenant's turn to get gazumped

The practice that destroyed so many house purchases has invaded the rental sector as demand outstrips supply. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

The internet cheating game

Struggling with Sudoku? Can't solve your crossword? Puzzled by the pub quiz? Don't worry, the solution will be on the internet. But be warned, says John Walsh, winning this way makes you a bigger loser

Smash-and-grab raids on two City jewellers

Police have begun an investigation after burglars staged a daring double heist at two of London's most upmarket jewellery shops, getting away with jewels estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

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Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence