News The scene outside Shenfield station this morning, after a 44-year-old City worker was shot in the leg on his way into London

Police are appealing for witnesses after a balaclava-wearing gunman fled from the scene

The Sketch: Muzzled Widdecombe cornered by The Millbank Hunt

THE FIRST matter to arise in Home Office questions was the Government's tagging initiative but Labour MPs were far more interested in Mr Hague's gagging initiative, an experimental programme designed to allow Ann Widdecombe to lead a useful life in the community, but which will automatically ring an alarm bell in central office if she utters the words "fox", "hounds" or "unconscionable savagery in this day and age".

Charges are dropped over train deaths

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES against the train driver and rail operator involved in the September 1997 Southall crash, in which seven people died, were dropped yesterday.

Bill for repairs after City riot will run into millions

THE COST of cleaning up the carnage left in the City of London by violent clashes between anarchist demonstrators and police last week is expected to run into several millions pounds.

`Q' train police to target rail vandals

HELICOPTERS and "dummy" commuter trains carrying police and a small army of plain-clothes officers are to be mobilised in the biggest crackdown on railway track vandals.

Drink - and late trains - fuel attacks on rail staff

BY PHILIP THORNTON Transport Correspondent

Slam-door trains `must go by 2003'

A CROSS-PARTY group of MPs called yesterday for the hated "slam- door" trains to be taken out of service or modified for safer passenger use within four years because of the higher risk of deaths if a train is involved in an accident. The average number of deaths in a crash is three times greater when a Mark I slam-door carriage is involved.

Lengthy legal delays hinder train crash victims' recovery

PEOPLE injured or bereaved in the Southall train crash 14 months ago are being prevented from making a full recovery because of the delay to the public inquiry into the disaster, their lawyers claim.

State may take over failing rail firms

THE GOVERNMENT will today warn rail companies that unless they improve it will strip them of their franchises and hand over their trains to the British Railway Board - effectively renationalising parts of the network.

Sleeper train hit vans left on track

NEARLY 100 passengers had a lucky escape yesterday when a sleeper train ploughed into two stolen vans that had been abandoned on the line.

Railways may face death charges

THE RAILWAY industry could face corporate manslaughter charges over three separate train crashes in a series of legal moves this week.

Police specials tackle rail crime

A NEW team of 426 special constables is to be recruited to work alongside the British Transport Police on trains and London Underground to try to reduce railway crime.

Woman's attacker sent to Broadmoor

A TEENAGER who tried to murder a young woman on a train by plunging a knife into her head was yesterday ordered to be detained indefinitely at Broadmoor high security hospital.

Serial rapist prowls railways

A RAPIST has been preying on women at railway stations as they return from work, police revealed yesterday.

Straw's son files police complaint

WILLIAM STRAW, the teenage son of the Home Secretary, has filed a complaint against police officers claiming they used excessive force when arresting two football fans.

Rail workers killed

An inquiry was under way yesterday after two workers were killed as they carried out maintenance on a railway line.
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