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Chancellor George Osborne should prioritise investment in Britain’s thriving creative industries, such as the arts and advertising, according to a new report from think tank IPPR.

iQuiz students have all the answers: Brightest book place in final

If there's one thing students enjoy more than a few quiet pints, it's flexing their intellectual muscles at the same time.

Burglar stole kayak to row to a better life
in France

A wanted burglar has been jailed after he admitted stealing a kayak and trying to paddle across one of the world’s busiest sea lanes to start a new life in France.

Andrew and Lesley Reeve, who will today be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court

Couple sentenced over theft of £95,000 from godmother's life savings

The woman's godmother, who suffers with dementia, allowed the man to become a signatory on her bank account

Paedophile who posed as Justin Bieber jailed for 14 years

A prolific paedophile who posed online as the singer Justin Bieber to convince young girls all over the world to expose themselves on video has been jailed for 14 years, in a case described as one of the worst the courts have ever seen.

BBC presenter Stephanie McGovern attacks UK’s regional prejudice

She has decoded the complexities of the eurozone crisis and quizzed international corporate leaders before audiences of millions, but BBC Breakfast presenter Stephanie McGovern said some viewers still thought her Northern accent meant she was “too common for telly”.

Man jailed for sprinkling pubic hair on curry to avoid payment

A man who sprinkled his own pubic hair over a half-eaten curry in an attempt to avoid paying for it has been jailed.

Denton, Manchester - 30 passengers last year

Britain’s ghost trains: The deserted railway stations without any passengers

A lack of travellers – and trains – has left some parts of the rail network surprisingly idle

The Prince of Wales with Countryfile presenters Matt Baker (left) and Adam Henson

Judge who said burglars showed 'courage' reprimanded

A judge who commented a burglar needed “a huge amount of courage” has been formally reprimanded for a “serious error of judgment”, the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) said.

Eurozone slump costs 900 jobs in UK steel industry

Tata cuts jobs in face of an expected 10 per cent slide in European demand

Steel giant Tata to cut 900 jobs

Steel giant Tata is cutting 900 jobs and closing 12 sites under plans to improve competitiveness, the firm announced today.

Gabriel Byrne stars as Tom Dawkins in 'Secret State'

IoS TV review: Secret State, Channel 4, Wednesday
Some Girls, BBC3, Tuesday
Heston's Fantastical Food, Channel 4, Tuesday

The latest TV portrait of British politics is a watchable but silly conspiracy thriller

Police worker Michael Mount cleared of assault after appeal

A civilian detention officer has been cleared of assaulting a prisoner at a police station after an appeal.

Gold medallists Katherine Copeland (left) and Sophie Hosking were typical of the GB rowing team

Olympic gold postbox in honour of rower Kat Copeland defaced

A second postbox painted gold in honour of an Olympic champion has been defaced.

Boy detained indefinitely for attack

A teenage boy who throttled a 10-year-old girl before repeatedly beating her around the head so viciously he could have killed her might never be released from custody, a judge said yesterday.

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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