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The local sheriff’s department has had the last laugh after a drawing widely panned as the worst police sketch ever has helped catch their suspect

Mark Bridger is on trial accused of the murder of schoolgirl April Jones

HIV and hepatitis warning over unlicensed illegal tattooists

Increasingly popular unlicensed tattoo parlours are putting users at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV, council leaders have warned.

Sasha and Malia Obama have been told that if they get tattoos, their parents will too - in a bid to put them off

President Obama to daughters: if you get a tattoo, I will too

It's every parent's nightmare: the little darlings you've spent years raising say they want body modifications.

Harry Styles gets tattooed by Ed Sheeran

Badly drawn boys and girls: The celebrity fad for do-it-yourself tattoos

The celebrity fad for inkings has taken an alarming turn: now they’re doing it themselves, says Rebecca Armstrong

Paolo Di Canio gestures towards fans during his time at Lazio

Errors and Omissions: ‘Dux’ on Di Canio's bicep? There's a problem in that construction

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My style is goth/punk, and my appearance affects most aspects of my life

I’ve been physically and verbally attacked for how I look - but to highlight goths, emos and punks would actually deepen the subculture

John Cuthbert's award-winning tattoo, a homage to his favourite detective

Tatt watch: A semi-regular column making a study of crappy body art

Another week, another sin of the flesh. It seems extraordinary that once the wildest tattoo we’d seen was a Celtic band around a flabby male upper-arm. Now it’s all multiple Miley Cyruses here and misshapen chest-wide creatures there. Someone’s got to keep watch.

A new dating site puts beard-lovers in touch with beard-wearers

Beardiful: The singles’ dating site for furry fellows – and their fans

The beard might be back in fashion, but that doesn’t mean it's easy for wearers to find love.

Man dies after being restrained by members of the public during robbery

A man has died after he was restrained by members of the public as he attempted to rob a jeweller's store, according to police.

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Album review: British Sea Power, Machineries of Joy (Rough Trade)

Valhalla Dancehall found British Sea Power somewhat becalmed, but Machineries Of Joy gets them moving again, albeit in a variety of directions.

Who can actually sport yellow mascara without looking like they’re suffering from some sort of weird eye infection?

Sorry Karl, Chanel's yellow mascara is not quite mellow on the lash

Chanel make-up, which in the past has included the sort of coveted treats that inspire waiting lists (see their nail polishes Jade and Particulière), has some rather daring new products in their summer 2013 collection, out next month.

Auschwitz Laboratory survivor 'A7733' launches Facebook hunt to find long-lost twin brother

73-year-old man appeals for information on the social network to find brother he has not seen in 68 years

One Direction have removed a social media request for fans to submit photos and footage of their tattoos after suggestions they were encouraging their young fans to have body art.

Wrong Direction? Boy band One Direction slammed for encouraging fans to get tattoos

Boy band One Direction have removed a social media request for fans to submit photos and footage of their tattoos after suggestions they were encouraging their young fans to have body art.

Morrissey of The Smiths, Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester Sept 1983

Kevin Cummins and The Smiths: These charming men, captured on film

As an exhibition of his photographs of The Smiths and Morrissey opens, rock snapper Kevin Cummins tells Elisa Bray no act ever fascinated him more

Black Range Rover used in Las Vegas shootout which left three dead found by police as suspect is named

Police said Ammar Harris was being sought in connection with the deadly shooting

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There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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