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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”.

Divorce shooting

A 49-year-old man who had been divorced for two months shot his former wife, 44, and then shot himself. The bodies of the couple, who had three daughters aged 13 to 21, were found on a patch of open ground in Shepherd's Bush, west London, on Wednesday night.

Two dead after street shooting

A man and a woman were found dead after a shooting incident in west London last night. Scotland Yard said police had been called by a member of the public to a patch of open ground known as Starch Green, Shepherd's Bush, where the two bodies, and a gun, were found.

Missionary killed in gang attack

AN EVANGELICAL Christian on a mission to convert the homeless was murdered after his pastor tried to stop a gang of youths fighting on London's streets, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Sport on TV: Maloney, baloney and the hard sell

FORGET Eubank v Benn. The key fight this week took place in BBC 1's Sportsnight studio. In the blue corner, the boxing manager Frank Maloney, several thousand pounds heavier after last weekend's Bruno-Lewis bout. Opposite him, the challenger - plucky Des Lynam from Shepherd's Bush, not a scrapper by nature but going into this one with a bit of a grudge.

Burger riot

Three vanloads of police officers were called to a branch of the burger chain McDonald's in Shepherd's Bush, west London, after a gang of 100 children went on the rampage, stealing food and money. The teenagers, aged 12 to 16, had been at an afternoon disco.

Police injured as violence erupts outside concert: Streets sealed off after shops looted

SIX POLICE officers were injured last night when a 700-strong crowd that had gathered outside a London concert venue went on the rampage.

Shepherd's Bush, 1993: the midwife's tale: Thanks to a rethink on childbirth, Lesley Spires and women like her could be in demand. Celia Dodd joins her on her community rounds

'I was terrified of home births when I was first a midwife. But experience of them gives you confidence to trust mothers, and not immediately think of everything that can go wrong.' Lesley Spires, a community midwife at St Charlotte's Hospital in west London was on her way to the first visit of her day, to book a home birth at the Dabson household.

Police informer is jailed for perjury over knife murder: Testimony led to man's life sentence for killing of stallholder at 1987 Notting Hill Carnival

A POLICE informer was jailed for three years at the Old Bailey yesterday for lying during the trial of a man convicted of murdering a stallholder at the 1987 Notting Hill Carnival in London.

TELEVISION / Outward bound to Shepherd's Bush: Mark Lawson examines the BBC's training policy and concludes that you can't make programmes without breaking eggs

Some people have been surprised - in the row over the disbursement of the Director-General's salary to John Birt Limited - about the pounds 3,666 claimed one year by that company for the DG's working clothes. But to find such expenditure odd is to misunderstand the role of the modern broadcasting manager. Lord Reith could get by on a couple of wool double-breasteds and a sober tie. Well turned out as Mr Birt is, it seems likely that closer examination of his accounts would show that he has been shelling out for thick woollen socks, a Barbour, hiking boots and Arran sweaters. For Lord Reith sat at a desk. But the role of the modern broadcasting manager involves 'an element of outdoor activity'.

BOOK REVIEW / Beds, nobs and broomsticks: Queen of the Witches - Jessica Berens: Hutchinson, pounds 13.99

MEET Sheenah, Director of the Witches' Liberation League. She shrouds her ample form in green and gold caftans, wears viridescent eye-shadow, and shares her Shepherd's Bush haunt with Catty - a creature of such malevolence that her cat-food is spiked with lithium.

Teenagers convicted of rape

Two teenagers were detained for four years at the Old Bailey yesterday for taking part in the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Lord of the manor in Wood Lane

TODAY I am proud to present extracts from the sensational best- selling book by John Birt, 'A Year in the Provinces', due to be dramatised on television next week, starring John Thaw as John Birt.

ARTS / Competition Result

On 3 January we gave readers the chance to win a five-video set of The Prisoner, the cult Sixties TV series. The winner was G Pickford of Shepherd's Bush. The answers were: Dance of the Living is not an episode of The Prisoner; The Village was built by Clough Williams-Ellis. Distributors, Polygram, ask us to point out the set costs pounds 49.99, not pounds 58.99 as stated.

Property: Warning: you are now entering the dead zone: London's neighbourhoods are dividing into the recession-proof, the middling and the unsellable. David Lawson explains

THE RECESSION has cast a cloud over areas of London that were growing in popularity during the boom. Suburbs that in 1988 were 'up and coming' are now 'down and sinking', as buyers seek out prestige sites they could not afford four years ago. Whole neighbourhoods are becoming 'dead zones' for sellers, and some properties, particularly studio flats, are considered unsellable.

Woman 'leapt from window'

A woman jumped from a fourth-floor window after 41 hours of torture, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday. Eldon Brown, 25, of Shepherd's Bush, west London, denies kidnap, false imprisonment, wounding, robbery, indecent assault, possessing a firearm, and inflicting grievous bodily harm. The trial continues.
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