Killer jailed after police hear prayer for mercy

A murderer whose prayers for forgiveness were overheard by police who bugged his car was jailed for life yesterday. George Maben's "confession" was played to an Old Bailey jury, which found him guilty of murdering his girlfriend's wealthy mother. It was after detectives heard his emotional, whispered words "God, forgive me for what I have done" that they arrested Maben for strangling Maureen Cosgrove, 65.

'Praying' murderer jailed for at least 13 years

A murderer whose prayers for forgiveness were overheard by police who bugged his car was jailed for life today.

Scientific adviser backs sacked drug 'tsar'

The Government’s chief scientific adviser said today that he agreed with the sacked drugs “tsar” Professor David Nutt when he said that cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes.

Halloween reveller 'beaten to death'

A man was beaten to death by a gang of thugs after confronting a thief who stole his girlfriend's Halloween hat.

Murder suspect's prayers for forgiveness overheard by police

A murder suspect's prayers were heard not only by God but by police who had bugged his car, the Old Bailey heard today.

Support for Sutton's Banksy

A public vote on whether to keep a piece of Banksy graffiti in the London borough of Sutton has seen an initial wave of support for the renowned guerrilla artist.

Johnson announces awards for 'low carbon zones'

Ten London boroughs have won funding to develop "low carbon zones" with schemes ranging from "energy doctors" to solar panels for schools and electric car charging points, London Mayor Boris Johnson said.

Grimeborn, Arcola Theatre, London

There are countless new opera and musical theatre initiatives, but few as intriguing as Grimeborn (dress down and dirty; no hampers or black tie needed), now in its third year, and curated by Alex Sutton.

Police chiefs arrested in Parker surrogate case

Two police chiefs suspected of snooping for tabloid fodder at the home of a surrogate mother for actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have been arrested on undisclosed charges.

Boxer jailed after slicing off man's ear in ‘Reservoir Dogs’-style killing

A top boxer originally from Belfast has been jailed indefinitely for the ‘Reservoir Dogs'-style killing of a man who owed him money in London.

Winning formula: How can Britain produce Wimbledon champions?

When it comes to nurturing young tennis stars, Britain could learn a lot from the US where students spend as much time on sport as they do on learning.

Policeman stabbed in neck with bottle

A fairground reveller was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing a police officer in the neck with a bottle.

MI5 hunting for a 'Q'

The UK security service MI5 is advertising for a chief scientific adviser.

Government launches bid to allay fears over GM food

PM hopes to gather enough evidence to prove genetically modified crops are safe
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Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

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