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Milly Dowler father 'one of 54 quizzed'

Milly Dowler's father was one of 54 suspects investigated by police following her murder, the Old Bailey heard today.

Thames Water say hosepipe ban is unlikely

Thames Water today reassured its 8.8 million customers that hosepipe bans are unlikely this year, despite supplies starting to drop.

Friend helped clear 'Milly Dowler flat'

A friend of Levi Bellfield said today that he helped clear out bags of clothes and a mattress the day after Milly Dowler was killed.

Milly Dowler 'murder scene' steam-cleaned

A flat where schoolgirl Milly Dowler is alleged to have been killed was repainted and steam-cleaned before police became suspicious, the Old Bailey heard today.

Milly's mother breaks down in court

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler broke down after being questioned about her daughter's last few days.

Girl 'in tears after abduction bid'

A student told a court today that she was left scared and crying after a man said to be convicted killer Levi Bellfield offered her a lift in his car.

Police to investigate new link in 'Thames torso' case

Police investigating the case of a boy's torso that was found floating in the river Thames a decade ago are to travel to Nigeria, after a documentary claimed to shed light on the boy's identity and final days alive.

Arcus buys Forth Ports for £760m

Forth Ports has accepted a £760m bid from Arcus, the infrastructure investor, ending a year-long pursuit of Britain's last listed ports group.

Pciture of the day: A clean-up for banks of the Thames

Hundreds of volunteers give the banks of the Thames in west London a deep clean yesterday, to mark the lowest daytime tides of 2011.

Video: CCTV of Thames rescue released

PC George Alleway doesn't believe he did anything out of the ordinary after CCTV was released showing him saving a man from the Thames.

Blackwall Tunnel closed 1,200 times in nine months

A busy tunnel which carries around 100,000 vehicles a day under the River Thames has been closed a "staggering" 1,200 times in the past nine months because drivers did not heed height restriction warnings - or ran out of fuel, according to a new report.

Skeleton of Thames whale goes on show

Laid bare, the remains of a beast that captivated a nation one dark winter.

Family devastated by music executive's boat death

The family of a senior music executive are "devestated" after he died when a boat carrying six passengers capsized.

Body found after boat capsizes on Thames

Police divers searching for two missing men after a boat carrying six passengers capsized have found a body, police said.

Thirsty in Thirsk: 3,000 homes without water

Around 3,000 homes and businesses were left without water today after a burst on a major pipe which supplies a pumping station.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee