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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”.

The Fall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

"I think this is the best line-up I've ever had," Mark E Smith told me back in March before the release of The Fall's new album, Your Future Our Clutter, to generally rapturous accolades.

Things Your Mother Never Told You, By Olivia Lichtenstein

Never walk with a hot drink in your hand; never leave the house without lipstick; never throw away a good man: these are just some of the maternal mantras percolating in Ros Bloch's head a year on from her mother's death. Adding to her current woes are the end of her marriage, two sons on the brink of leaving home and, at 45, the prospect of "her own inevitable descent from her prime".

Shaun Bailey: An entire generation left out of the economy

The employment figures released yesterday are not a huge surprise. We've had a massive bailout of the banks and huge amounts of money injected into the economy. But what is lost in all this are the personal tragedies of recession. The development of a whole generation is being stunted. They will enter work much later, if at all, and the longer they spend out of work the less they are developing personally.

OK Go, Shepherd's Bush O2 Empire, London

Just as Ozzy Osbourne's live shows will always seem tame in comparison to the famous incident of the decapitated bat, so any band whose success is predicated largely on one of the most iconic music videos of the YouTube age will struggle to have the same appeal live. It is with this unfortunate caveat that OK Go hit the stage tonight, without the treadmills that made "Here It Goes Again" an online sensation. They rattle through a back-catalogue that veers between some uncomfortably generic earlier material and the improved offerings from recent LP Of The Blue Colour of the Sky.

The Caretaker, Trafalgar Studios, London

Must be worth a bob or two, this," says Jonathan Pryce's Davies, surveying the flotsam a shipwrecked life has washed up in a room in Shepherd's Bush. But not three, one thinks of the mounds of furniture, crates, and crockery, all the brown of lavatory and tobacco stains. The tramp says he left his wife when he came across a saucepan with her dirty underwear in it. Now he's living in one.

'Super head' makes failing school most improved in England

Ofsted hails 'indefatigable headteacher' in its latest report

No angry men: first trial without jury begins

Case of men charged with £1.75m armed robbery makes legal history

Policeman to face trial on grope charge

A police officer was ordered to stand trial today accused of groping a woman in the street.

Consuming Issues: How safe are fairground rides?

Fairground rides are designed to thrill, twisting, twirling, thrusting and gyrating paying passengers in a sensory whirl enhanced by flashing lights and booming music. This weekend, two days after Bonfire Night, millions of Britons will enjoy the range of rides found in theme parks and funfairs, from a sedate trip on an antique merry-go-round to the full-throttle thrill of the 80mph Stealth at Thorpe Park, Surrey.

Pearl Jam, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Yes, they're still alive. Almost two decades since the band's formation, and 18 years since the birth of a grunge movement that propelled their debut, Ten, into the history books as one of the biggest-selling rock albums of all time, Pearl Jam remain a potent force, despite an almost paranoid avoidance of the limelight.

Hamza sons guilty of car scam

Three sons of jailed hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza exploited a loophole in the vehicle registration system to carry out a "sophisticated" £1m car scam, a court heard.

Stovepipe, West 12, Shepherd's Bush, London

Iraqi shoot-out in a shopping mall

Retailers revolt as Europe's largest mall struggles

Westfield, the owner of Europe's largest shopping centre, based in west London, is facing a revolt from cash-strapped retailers unhappy with progress at the giant mall, which opened in October.

Big boy Bono rocks the playground

U2 frontman attacks 'dysfunctional' Coldplay singer
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