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Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.

56% believe some rape victims partly to blame for attack

More than half of Britons believe some rape victims should take responsibility for being attacked, research suggested today.

The Hostage, Southwark Playhouse, London

England has, in the theatre, been symbolised as a decrepit theatre or a slipshod hospital. Some might feel Ireland should be represented as a church, but Brendan Behan knew better. In The Hostage, Ireland is a Dublin pub with rooms upstairs. These are rented by three whores (two of them female) and a dodgy lodger who brings in a hymn-singing salvationist. The proprietor, Patrick, has lost a leg in an IRA battle at Cork--or was it Mullingar? Given the alcoholic intake here, it is not surprising that he isn't sure; one suspects he has become legless without leaving the pub.

Teenagers to get pill without prescription

A controversial scheme to provide over-the-counter contraceptive pills to teenagers in a bid to cut unintended pregnancies is being piloted in south London .

Councils' adult care provision under scrutiny

Councils with the lowest quality adult social care services in the country were named and shamed by regulators today.

Eight councils fail care criteria

Eight local authorities have been named and shamed by regulators over the quality of their adult social care.

Three-year-old stabbed to death at home

Father arrested after boy found dead and mother with wounds in her neck

Hospital guard for father after boy, four, stabbed to death

Detectives were today waiting to question a father of two suspected of stabbing his four-year-old son to death before turning the knife on himself.

Terror 2009: Theatre of Horror and Grand Guignol, Southwark Playhouse, London

Reviewed by Maxie Szalwinska

Endgame, Duchess Theatre, London<br/>Life is a Dream, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Terror 2009, Southwark Playhouse, London

Superlative substitutes Rylance and McBurney get &lsquo;Endgame&rsquo; off to a very good start

70-year-olds 'helped flood Britain with cannabis'

Two pensioners helped to flood Britain with millions of pounds of cannabis disguised as frozen chicken imports, a court heard today.

'My friends died. They're partying now'

She has flashbacks of the 'Marchioness' disaster, and it's taken years to deal with survivor guilt, but life is good again, says the organiser of the riverboat party

Man killed by window shard after row

A man died when he was impaled on a large shard of glass after throwing a woman through a shop window in a street row.

Attack on teenager causes concert cancellation

A teenage boy was stabbed and bottled at a festival, causing an appearance by US soul singer Alexander O'Neal to be cancelled.

Call for safety investigation of all tower blocks after fatal fire

Tenants had called for building to be demolished three years before

No fire alarm system in flats where three children and three adults died, say residents

As blaze spread through south London tower block, thirty people were forced to crawl to safety along smoke-filled corridors
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