News File image: A Police firearms officer is in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the leg

The incident happened when the officer was alone in a police building in Putney, south west London

14-year-old girl Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson found guilty of manslaughter of Junior Nkwelle in Brixton

A 14-year-old girl who “set up” a schoolboy to be stabbed by her boyfriend after a row over football was ordered to be detained for eight years today.

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Firefighters attend the blaze at at the Newington Library on Walworth Road, Southwark

Crews fight to save blaze museum at Cuming Museum and Newington library in Walworth

More than a hundred firefighters have been trying to save a collection of artefacts from a blazing museum.

The Comet Pan-Starrs is making a rare visit to the inner solar system in the middle of this week, and will fly past the sun

Pan-Starrs: astonomers warned to avoid danger to their eyes from bright comet

Also known as C/2011 L4, the comet won't be seen again from earth for another 110,000 years

Man injured in Christmas trolley incident dies in hospital

A 60-year-old man injured after being hit by a trolley during an alleged altercation in December has died, police said.

Tia Sharp trial: Stuart Hazell denies killing partner's 12-year-old granddaughter

Stuart Hazell today denied killing 12-year-old Tia Sharp, his partner's granddaughter.

Tom Maynard; Girlfriend Carly Baker arriving a court

Tom Maynard was 'habitual cocaine user', batsman's inquest hears

Accidental death verdict on 'very special' Surrey player who was killed on live railway tracks

Police failed to investigate alleged rapist who went on to kill his children

Scotland Yard's Sapphire Unit persuaded woman to drop charges so as to hit performance targets

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at Hampshire Cricket Club, Eastleigh

It's Goodbye Mr Clegg and Mr Chips: Just some of 200,000 surnames now extinct

Since becoming Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has presided over a widely publicised fall in party membership. But it’s not just the Liberal Democrat grassroots that are in danger of becoming extinct.

Boy stabbed to death in Wandsworth is named as Peter Hagan

A 16-year-old boy found fatally stabbed in a stairwell of a block of flats after a party was been named by police.

Anger at DECC as fuel poverty hits millions

As more vulnerable people are forced to choose whether to eat or heat, protesters take to the streets.

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Elderly woman 'died in agony' after being left without care in her home for nine days

An elderly woman who died after she was left without care in her own home for nine days must have been in "agony", a friend said today.

Major delays hit key commuter routes into Moorgate and Waterloo

Commuters endured more train travel misery today with major delays on busy routes.

Just 79 of the 2,535 new homes being built on the Heygate Estate will be social housing for rent

£1.5bn revamp of sink estate reveals 'social cleansing' plan

A council stands accused of using a £1.5bn regeneration scheme to cleanse one of Europe’s biggest housing estates of poor families after it emerged that just 79 of the 2,535 new homes on the site will be flats available to rent as social housing.

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