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

65-year-old man held in Jimmy Savile investigation

Police investigating allegations linked to Jimmy Savile and others have arrested a 65-year-old man.

The ‘Save Lewisham’ protests have led to a compromise

Protesters score partial victory for Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department

Protestors who took to the streets to save a south London hospital has scored a partial victory. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today  that Lewisham Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department has been saved from total closure.

'Don’t do it': Murdered Pimlico teenager Hani Abou El Kheir pleaded for his life as he was brutally stabbed by a gang armed with swords

A teenager who pleaded for his life as a gang armed with knives and swords chased and fatally stabbed him in the street was named yesterday as Hani Hicham Abou El-Kheir.

Protesters taking part in a demonstration against the possible closure of their local A&E and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital

Marchers call on Hunt to reverse A&E closure plans

More than 25,000 protesters marched in southeast London yesterday demanding that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt rejects proposals to close Lewisham Hospital’s newly revamped accident and emergency department.

Carrot juice tins hide £8m of drugs

One of the biggest ever seizures of liquid cocaine has been made after the drug was detected in juice tins at Gatwick Airport, the UK Border Agency said today.

£8m of cocaine hidden in 'carrot juice' tins

One of the biggest ever seizures of liquid cocaine has been made after the drug was detected in juice tins at Gatwick Airport, the UK Border Agency said today.

The helicopter crash in central London

Pilot in Vauxhall helicopter crash Pete Barnes was 'repeatedly told not to take off'

A pilot who was killed after his helicopter crashed into a crane in central London had been advised not to embark on the journey because of poor visibility.

State schools should set up army cadet forces to ensure pupils are 'life ready'

Schools should also recruit more ex-armed service personnel, urges Labour

Dramatic amateur video captured at helicopter crash site

Two people were killed and several injured after a helicopter hit a crane on top of the St George Wharf tower in Vauxhall, at around 08:00 GMT this morning

Feeling flush? Ticket prices fail to deter tourists as The Shard opening day sells-out

A visit to the top of the building costs £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children

David Bowie: a man who has always rung the ch-ch-ch-changes

Today's announcement that reclusive rocker David Bowie is back in business years after the world assumed he had retired will not come as a shock to anyone who has followed his career.

In-debt South London Healthcare NHS Trust 'should be broken up'

A debt-ridden NHS trust which was on the brink of bankruptcy should be dissolved, an official consultation has concluded.

Reveller dies after shooting at New Year party on Thai beach

A British holidaymaker was shot dead in Thailand hours after welcoming in the New Year with friends at a beach party.

Free Shard tickets reserved for locals have been nabbed and put up for sale on eBay

Locals take dim view after free Shard tickets reserved for residents put on eBay

Locals hit the roof as outsiders lift free passes

Jimmy Savile's former producer Ted Beston arrested and bailed in abuse investigation

A former BBC radio producer for Jimmy Savile is understood to be the latest person to be arrested by police investigating sexual abuse by the broadcaster.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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