Evidence of forme  detective who ‘exposed’ corrupt network in Met Police called into question

Dando `gun' fiction angers police

POLICE HUNTING Jill Dando's murderer are growing increasingly concerned about "speculative" reporting which may further hamper the already stalled investigation.

pop supergrass

Catatonia may have been added to the line-up to make MTV's Five Night Stand (9-14 May) at the Shepherd's Bush Empire a six-night affair, but that makes no difference as to what is the hottest ticket of the week. After what seems like just too long, they're back with a new single, "Pumping On The Stereo", in which Gaz Coombes reveals new Jagger-esque tones. It's quite possibly the best thing they've ever done, and the whispers are that their new album - out in September - is something quite special. Whereas other British bands appear with a bang and then allow their music to get bloated, Supergrass have kept their edge - it's getting better all the time.

IRA dissident abducted and beaten by gang

POLICE ON both sides of the Irish border are investigating an incident in which a republican critic of the IRA was abducted and held for some hours early yesterday.

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Flying Squad officers turn supergrass

TWO FORMER Flying Squad detectives who have admitted a wide range of crimes including planting a gun on a suspect, handling stolen goods and conspiracy have turned supergrass as part of Scotland Yard's major anti corruption drive, it was disclosed yesterday.

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London streets swing to carnival sounds

THOUSANDS OF people packed the streets of west London yesterday for the noisy and colourful celebrations of the 33rd Notting Hill carnival.

Holiday off to jammed start

THE RARE, and heady, mix of a good weather forecast and a long weekend was last night creating traffic hell for Britain's motorists.

'Supergrass' officers aid Met corruption inquiry

UP TO NINE serving and retired police officers are acting as "supergrasses" to inform on corrupt colleagues at Scotland Yard, it was disclosed yesterday.

INLA due to call ceasefire

A CEASEFIRE announcement by the Irish National Liberation Army is believed to be imminent, according to sources in Belfast. An announcement is due today, they said last night.

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Bran Van 3000: Glee (Parlophone) Strange name, and possibly the strangest album of the year, from video-maker turned pop-media terrorist Di Salvio. He collected together 20 Montreal musicians to create a chopped- up, speeded-up, genre-busting blend of trip-hop, hip-hop and ZZ Top, which should make Beck want to retire, forever. This is weird fruit, both for the low-attention-span MTV zombie and others who likes their artists very clever indeed. HHH

Rock: Why Tori makes the fans faint

A SORT OF Bridget Jones gone supernova, Tori Amos has always had relationship damage as her stock in trade. Occasionally, sentimentality will cause her to write a song which would be a fine Eurovision contender. But mostly she pulls off what she does with shimmering bravura, combining virtuoso piano playing with a vocal range that soars from Exorcist growls to whoops which only dogs would be able to hear.

Media: New Deal's cool by me

Simon Watson had a bright idea for rock TV. Now he's a shining example of New Labour's back-to-work ethic, writes Paul McCann

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