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Londoner Sam Roberts has been obsessively documenting Britain's brick adverts for posterity and has set up a blog to document the signs

`I don't want revenge. I want the truth'

Police officers battered Nigerian Shiji Lapite to death in the street. The CPS decided not prosecute. If only it was an isolated case.

Literature: Small and indelibly sour

The God of Small Things is haunted by indelible sourness. "A sourmetal smell, like steel bus-rails, and the smell of the bus conductor's hands from holding them"; the "sour farty smell" of juicy red ants squashed by three small children at play; the dank briney fumes of the Paradise Pickles factory; and yes, the vinegar-tongued sourness of the cavilling critics who sneered when Arundhati Roy won last year's Booker Prize.

Review: John Hegley the Weavers Arms, Stoke Newington: A riotous night of glorious nonsense

COMEDY POETRY, like performance art or avant-garde mime, is one of those artforms designed to fill mainstream audiences with dread and send them running for the cover of the nearest bar showing the World Cup.

Where Edinburgh meets north London

The capital's Stoke Newington is about to host its annual street festival. But that's not all it has to offer

Police face no action over death of asylum seeker

TWO police officers will not be prosecuted over the unlawful killing of a Nigerian asylum seeker, the Crown Prosecution Service said yesterday following a fresh review of the case.

Theatre: Hold the popcorn

Blast from the Past West Yorkshire Playhouse

Artist used bodies 'hidden' by college

THE Royal College of Surgeons kept bits of dead bodies for teaching purposes much longer than it should have done and was desperate to hide its macabre secret, a court was told yesterday.

Police round on jailed officers' pensions

POLICE chiefs are trying to claw back thousands of pounds of pension payments due to two officers jailed for corruption, Scotland Yard confirmed yesterday.

X-Treme: Mounting tension

The Castle Climbing Centre is pretty hard to miss. Walking through Manor House in north London, its towering spires stick out like a sore thumb amidst dozens of high-rise flats as it stands like a backdrop to a Hammer horror film.

Law Report: CPS should have records of police misconduct

Regina v Guney; Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (Lord Justice Judge, Mr Justice Poole, Judge Rant QC, Judge Advocate General) 27 February 1998

Armed forces will be exempt from the minimum wage after Whitehall row

The armed forces are to be excluded from the minimum wage, Ian McCartney, the industry minister, announced yesterday.

Police raid Kurdish exiles in terrorism crackdown

In the lead-up to a visit to London by the Turkish Prime Minister today, police have raided two Kurdish community centres in north London. Kurds in Britain see this as part of a creeping campaign against them.

Constable guilty of assault

A police constable was convicted yesterday of assaulting a student at a festival for the homeless. Paul Evans, 32, from Stoke Newington police station in London, was also convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey of affray.

Postcode From The Edge: Abney's buried treasure

Wandering the overgrown pathways of Stoke Newington's Abney Park Cemetery, visitors can still appreciate its faded elegance

Mental health order on man who tortured baby to death

A leading prosecutor broke down at the Old Bailey yesterday as he outlined a catalogue of torture inflicted on a six-month-old baby in the weeks leading up to his death.
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