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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

MI5 chief's address 'on IRA hit-list'

A LIST of military and civilian targets including the head of MI5, Stella Rimington, and Virginia Bottomley, the Secretary of State for Health, was found at the flat where two men accused of IRA terrorist offences were picked up, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.

Education: Saturday is the secret of their success: Stereotyped as under-achievers, black children are proving their worth at weekend schools, reports Brenda Houghton

On Saturday mornings, 11-year- old Chanel Bannister joins 80 other Afro-Caribbean children at a school in north-west London to study maths and English. All around the country thousands of black children are doing the same. At a score of sites around London, and in other cities with a sizeable black population such as Leeds and Birmingham, parents and teachers have come together to set up supplementary schools to combat the under-achievement of their children in state schools.

Inside Parliament: Home Office unmoved by hunger strikers: Most asylum seekers have no fear of persecution, Wardle insists - London Tory demands action against senders of racial hate mail

A Home Office minister insisted yesterday that he would not be 'blackmailed' by asylum seekers going on hunger strike. With the protest that has beset detention centres appearing to crumble, the Under-Secretary of State, Charles Wardle, told MPs that anyone who thought refusing food would lead to their release was sadly mistaken.

Street stabbing

Scotland Yard named a man stabbed to death in Stoke Newington, north-east London, as Trevor Monerville, 26, of Hackney, north-east London. He was found on the pavement by a passer-by. His mobile telephone and jacket were missing.

Lautro chiefs run gauntlet in Parliament: Suitability of Personal Investment Authority chairman is questioned

LAUTRO, the life insurance industry regulator, was yesterday accused of failing in its role and of paying only lip service to consumers as its chairman and chief executive were given a rough ride by MPs on the Treasury Select Committee.

Mentally ill PC 'at centre of police cell death'

A POLICE officer diagnosed as mentally ill and unable to give evidence in court, was described as the 'prime candidate for responsibility' and 'plainly at the centre' of a murder in a police cell, a jury at the Old Bailey was told yesterday.

Police could face criminal charges after drugs inquiry: Officers in north-east London alleged to have sold cocaine and planted evidence

UP TO 10 police officers have been recommended for criminal charges following a marathon investigation into allegations of drugs trafficking, planting evidence and perversion of justice by police at Stoke Newington in north-east London.

Slip sliding away: Slide aerobics comes from America and looks ridiculous. But, says Sarah Lewis, it's being hailed as the Next Big Thing in fitness training

Slide aerobics is being hailed as the Next Big Thing in fitness training. Imported from the US it has more than a touch of West Coast loopiness about it.

Letter: How to pay for the Tube

HOW can we pay for new public transport infrastructure? Cathy Aitchison points out ('Short-term funds go down the tube', Business, 9 January) that much of the benefit of the underground is 'captured away from the fare box' and that 'a hypothecated tax dedicated specifically to the Underground' could be introduced if ways were found of measuring such benefits.

Man began death fire over noisy neighbours

A MAN whose life was made hell by his noisy drug-dealing neighbours finally snapped and set fire to their home, killing a three-year-old boy, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.

The wrong side of the law: The people of Stoke Newington, in the London borough of Hackney - the poorest in England - have lost faith in their police. Allegations of fabricating evidence, gratuitous violence and drug-dealing have blurred the line between law-enforcers and law-breakers

STOKE NEWINGTON's pounds 9m police station is the most imposing building on the High Street. Built three years ago to replace a sombre structure with an equally sombre history, it has light-coloured brick and shatter-proof glass through which Hackney citizens may be observed in discourse with their uniformed protectors. From the wide pavement, the large windows and spacious interior contribute an impression of institutional openness, even friendliness, no more threatening than, say, a Tesco store or Telecom office.

You're not always better off in a Volvo

AFTER 15 minutes I thought, fine. The guy's probably been held up in the late-night traffic, I won't even mention it. After half an hour? Well. I spent a few minutes clockwatching. Thirty-five. Forty. Bloody three-quarters of an hour] And then . . . then I started to get niggled. I fussed around, thinking unfair things. I was at a party. It was after midnight. I thought: these days, you call a cab, you expect it to be late. Why? Why? Maybe the bloody thing won't turn up at all. I've had that happen, I thought. God, I was feeling bitter.

'IRA terrorist shot unarmed officer in back at spot check': Constable escaped death by ducking as gun was fired, jury told

AN UNARMED policeman was shot in the back by one of two IRA terrorists after the officer had made a spot check on their lorry containing three tons of high explosives, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday.

State funding to help blacks 'return' urged: Labour MP criticised after addressing 'taboo' subject

BRITAIN'S ethnic minorities should be given the chance to return to their countries of origin with their path smoothed by government cash, Bernie Grant, the Labour MP for Tottenham, said yesterday.

MUSIC / Chas and Dave - those lost years in full: Many assumed it was all over for Charles Hodges and David Peacock. But, gor blimey, no. By Jasper Rees

THREE days after Christmas in 1943, a Mrs Hodges of Edmonton in war-torn north London gave birth to a boy. She could have complicated a big decision he was to make in later life by christening him Samuel, but she plumped instead for Charles. By the time the young Hodges formed a band with David Peacock more than a quarter of a century later, another duo called Sam and Dave had already made quite a name for themselves.
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