Unemployed 'father-of-eight' slammed over benefits

An unemployed 25-year-old who is reported to have fathered eight children with eight different women resulting in a potentially massive benefits bill was held up today as an example of a "disgusting abuse" of the welfare system.

Mother arrested after death of toddler

A mother who carried her "unresponsive" two-year-old son into a police station yesterday morning has been arrested on suspicion of his murder.

Mother arrested over toddler's death

A mother who carried her "unresponsive" two-year-old into a police station today was arrested on suspicion of his murder, police said.

Teenage kicks the Dutch way: sailing round the world at 14

As Laura Dekker's boat finally set sail yesterday for the start of a voyage that could one day lead her to be crowned as the youngest person to sail solo around the world, it was her lawyer Peter de Lange who provided the most succinct explanation as to why a 14-year-old would undergo such a task. "Laura has salt in her veins," he said.

Leaving the house: Ex-MPs discuss life after the House of Commons

One day, they were the nation's representatives. The next, they were back on civvy street. Six recent ex-MPs tell Charlotte Philby about life after Parliament

Album: Lucas Renney, Strange Glory (Brille)

When pop's fickle finger briefly pointed towards Sunderland about five years ago, Renney's band the Golden Virgins were swiftly signed up alongside the Futureheads and Field Music.

Semenya secures another victory

Caster Semenya secured her second 800 metres win on Finnish soil in four days yesterday by coming home first in the Savo Games in Lapinlahti.

Teenage sailor's mother drops opposition

The mother of a 14-year-old Dutch girl who wants to sail solo around the world said in an open letter published today that she has given up her opposition to her daughter's trip.

Man seized in mistaken identity police swoop

Armed police seized a man resembling triple shooting suspect Raoul Moat in a city centre swoop today, witnesses said.

New engine boost for car giant Nissan

Car giant Nissan has started production of a new engine which could lead to the creation of 200 jobs, it was announced today.

The feral beast: Damazer's metropolitan sign-off

Radio 4 has been accused of pandering too much to the metropolitan middle classes, so how is the station's outgoing controller Mark Damazer marking his departure?

Solo sailor girl Abby Sunderland found safe after May Day alert

A 16-year-old Californian girl attempting to sail solo around the world is safe and well, her parents said, after a massive search and rescue was launched in the Indian Ocean after she triggered distress signals.

Frankie and the Heartstrings, 100 Club, London

Frankie and the Heartstrings entered 2010 so hotly tipped, it's a wonder their quiffs aren't singed. In their first headline London gig, they show what all the fuss has been about.

BNP teacher cleared of racial intolerance

A teacher and member of the British National Party who described some immigrants as "savage animals" in a website posting from a school laptop was cleared of racial and religious intolerance yesterday.

Professor Eric Sunderland: Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University who brought calm after a period of turbulence

Few who witnessed the results of the referendum on Welsh Devolution late on the night of 18 September 1997 will forget the evident relish with which Professor Eric Sunderland, the Chief Counting Officer, announced that the Yes campaign had won by a slim but sufficient majority of 6,721 votes and that the proposal to establish a National Assembly was therefore approved by the people of Wales.

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