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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.

Four cleared of plot to defraud  investors in iSoft

Three former directors at the technology group iSoft were yesterday cleared of defrauding the company’s investors.

Justin Lee Collins fined for speeding offence

Justin Lee Collins has been hit with a £327 bill for speeding on a motorway in his Mini Cooper.

3 October 2012: Retired Indian lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar is escorted out of the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport after his arrival from London in Mumbai

Sikh separatists tried to slash throat of retired Indian general in London revenge attack, court hears

Four Sikh separatists tried to slash the throat of a retired Indian general in a revenge attack carried out on the streets of London, a court heard today.

Jimmy Savile's former driver David Smith denies sex offences

The first man to be charged in the police inquiry prompted by claims into disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile has denied a string of sex offences.

Protesters from Greenpeace scaling the tallest building in western Europe, The Shard

The height of madness? Or a lofty ambition as six women scale Shard to make a point? It all ends in arrest anyway

Ambitious Greenpeace stunt drew neck-craning crowds and widespread media coverage for protest against Shell's Arctic drilling

A land-hugging complex in King’s Cross that will be longer (at 330m) than the Shard is tall (310)

Google's latest London office is no Shard, but a massive footprint 'groundscraper'

It pretty much owns the internet, all of our data and, well, us. It flogs phones, controls YouTube and makes more money than many countries. It’s also introduced us to new levels of wackiness when it comes to the work place. Football tables, air hockey, padded cells (sorry, chill out “snugs”), hi-tech roof terraces, it’s all very groovy, and all very Google. Jealous? Of course we are.

MI5 officer tells court of her secret date watching spy film

Two MI5 officers disobeyed instructions to stay apart from each other and held a secret rendezvous to watch the espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a court heard.

London’s busiest Citizens Advice Bureau, where thousands of people at the sharp end of Britain’s latest round of welfare reform come for urgent help

'Soaring' numbers need urgent help from Citizens Advice Bureau after welfare changes 'drive people to despair'

Tougher sanctions and hardship payments for those on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) prompted a 40 per cent rise in people seeking assistance

Drummer Lee Rigby

Lee Rigby inquest: Soldier had been working at Tower of London on day of death

Murdered soldier Lee Rigby was killed as he returned to his barracks after a day working at the Tower of London, it was revealed today.

The Apprentice contestants get stuck in

An udder disaster? The Apprentice hopefuls cream off profit in milkshake task

Apprentice hopefuls are hoping to avoid an udder disaster as they try to cream off the biggest profit in their latest task.

Three forgers jailed after undercover operation that revealed £50,000 of fake £1 coins

Some of the high quality fake currency might still be in circulation say police

The pinnacle of The Shard

High anxiety: More than 200 visitors stranded 800ft up The Shard after lift stops working

The unlucky visitors were left stuck on the 68th floor for more than an hour after a fire alarm was "accidentally activated”

Video: the London Community Gospel Choir

Gospel singing is staging a comeback, and next week the London Community Gospel Choir are hoping to break the record for the most gospel singers gathered together under concert conditions (target: 1200). Get a taste of gospel by watching the choir in action around London below:

Metropolitan Police to combine rape and abuse units to tackle grooming gangs

The controversial rape investigation team at Scotland Yard is facing a major reorganisation and may change its name after a string of controversies.

The roof of the Cuming Museum in Southwark on fire

Egyptian treasures feared destroyed in five-hour London museum blaze

But firefighters say they have managed to save more than 500 objects

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