Jimmy Savile volunteering as a hospital porter in 1970

19 more hospitals to be investigated as part of Savile probe

A further 19 hospitals are to have their links with disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile investigated, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

On track: First Crossrail tunnel unveiled... and it's looking impressive

The first completed tunnel in the £14.8 billion cross-London Crossrail project has been unveiled.

A police officer shows the correct way to deploy a Taser X26 stun gun

A shocking test of the Taser – and why police want more of them

Can officers justify the weapon’s increased use? Jamie Merrill is put in charge for a Met simulation

Tory MP Brian Binley

MP on taxpayer-funded Maltese trip jokes to party host: ‘See, we are totally corrupt’

Tory member Brian Binley warns partygoers to beware of politicians – saying ‘they’ll scrounge you all the time’

Sgt Chris Jones and Det Sgt Stuart Hinton

Plebgate: Police officers endure public dressing down after being called to face MPs again

'If... I failed to recognise the meaning of the questions I was asked then I apologise' says Sgt Chris Jones

Former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell

Plebgate: IPPC criticises police officers over 'false account' of meeting with Andrew Mitchell following Downing Street gates row

Watchdog says that there should be a panel to determine whether three police officers gave a false account of meeting

Travel agenda

From Bristol to Reykjavik, skiing in Milton Keynes, and the 90th anniversary edition of the South American Handbook

Angela Akers, 42, pursued a successful career as a senior dental officer

Special report: Working-class pupils went to private schools under Margaret Thatcher’s abolished assisted places scheme - how did they get on?

Under Margaret Thatcher’s government, they were plucked from poverty and taken out of state schools to attend top private schools instead, courtesy of the state. 

Man charged over hit-and-run death of Sutton policeman Andrew Duncan

A man has been charged over the death of a police officer who was killed in a suspected hit-and-run collision, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Man arrested after death of police officer Andrew Duncan following Sutton hit-and-run

A 25-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the incident

Saracens and Toulon collide in last year's Heineken Cup semi-final

IRB will not sanction Anglo-French club competition

The organisation want the Welsh, Irish, Scots and Italian sides to be included in any future competition

Sutton, left, and Gary Connery as the Queen on their way down to the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Mark Sutton: Stuntman and former Gurkha who parachuted into the Olympic Stadium

As the son of an air marshal who flew Phantoms during the Cold War, Mark Sutton had a lot to live up to. He proved himself by winning a commission as an officer leading the Army's "bravest of the brave", the Gurkhas, and was to crown a crowded life by making the world gasp with a parachute jump into the London Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012. The precision stunt, in which, as James Bond in suit and black tie, Sutton accompanied another parachutist impersonating the Queen, was one year and 18 days before a skydive too far killed him.

Wafa Elahi and her mother Nabila, from West London. Wafa has been studying online with internet tuition services

One in four parents pay tutors to coach their children

Emphasis on league tables means poorer pupils are losing out, researchers warn

Britain swelters into September – but downpours to come

Good news for those heading to Bestival – but they should make the most of it while they can

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas