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Vasile Belea was separated from his son in Stockwell station when the tube doors closed on him before he could enter the train carriage

21/7 backers launch appeal

Five men found guilty of helping the failed July 21 London bombers evade police launched appeals today.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/cyberclinic-how.html">Cyberclinic: How loud is your iPod?</a>

Scarcely a day goes by without me coming across someone on public transport who has jacked up the volume of their mp3 player so high that I can hear it from several metres away, over the sound of train wheels, general chat and the noise of the driver telling us that the train won't be stopping at Stockwell tube station because of perpetual engineering works

Shooting of innocent person 'could happen again'

Another innocent person could be shot dead by police in the future, the senior officer who led the operation which ended in Jean Charles de Menezes's death told his inquest today.

De Menezes 'victim of terrible and extraordinary circumstances'

Jean Charles de Menezes was the victim of "terrible and extraordinary circumstances", the senior policewoman in charge of the operation that led to his death told an inquest today.

De Menezes tragedy 'could happen again'

Officer who led operation gives evidence at inquest

Officers 'convinced Menezes was suicide bomber'

The officers who shot Jean Charles de Menezes were convinced he was a suicide bomber who could only be stopped by an "instant killing", an inquest heard today.

'Leave him for dead,' killers shouted as they fled stabbing

The killers of Frederick Moody, Thursday's victim of knife crime in London, fled the scene shouting "leaving him for dead", witnesses said. The teenager was stabbed in the stomach just yards from his home in south London.

Failed suicide bomber's wife jailed for 15 years

The wife of failed suicide bomber Hussain Osman was jailed for 15 years today for failing to tell police of his plans for "carnage and mass murder".

My son did not have to be shot, says barrister's father

The father of a barrister shot dead during an armed siege in Chelsea has insisted his son posed no threat to the public, despite being armed with a licensed shotgun.

Deborah Orr: We should all be shocked by these stories of teenagers shot and stabbed on our streets

When Boris Johnson tripped, literally, on to the London stage, and spoke of crime being the issue that worried Londoners most, he delivered a perfect illustration of how easy it is to be the new guy. In making street violence the centrepiece of his campaign, he had echoed the rhetoric of David Cameron, with his claim that Britain is "a broken society".

You Write The Reviews: The Seventeenth Valentine, White Bear Theatre, London

At a small fringe theatre in south London, I saw a gem of a play this week from a writer who surely has a great future ahead of him. Russell Mardell's The Seventeenth Valentine is set in Alan Ayckbourn territory. Two married couples who are poles apart are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and old wounds slowly ripple to the surface. Yes, this may sound familiar, but in Mardell's writing, themes are interwoven and mood carefully orchestrated as each spark flies and another layer is carefully peeled away.

Officers involved in De Menezes killing escape disciplinary action

None of the senior police officers in charge of the botched operation which led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes will face disciplinary action.

Tait turns up to put a glow back in England squad

Almost two-thirds! Wonders will never cease. Andy Robinson, the England head coach, had a 65 per cent active turn-out for yesterday's squad session at Loughborough University - a marginal improvement on last week and miles better than the week before, when his elite party looked like they were participating in the retreat from Moscow.

Heather Brooke: We don't need new terror laws

What is the point in creating new laws when the old ones are not enforced?
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