Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Woman dies after beating by mental patient

Mental health chiefs last night announced an urgent inquiry after a woman was dragged naked into a street on Thursday and beaten to death.

Hockey: Poynton scramble in

Poynton and Aldridge claimed the two National League places at stake at the end of the three-day women's Inter-League Championship at Milton Keynes, which ended yesterday with Aldridge beating Tulse Hill 2-0 in the final game.

Potter sets pace


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Dissing the brothers

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pounds 220,000 awarded to police assault victim


Cast on the wrong side of the tracks

Paulette Randall used to hawk bathroom goods around Brixton. Now she's cleaning up as our leading black woman director. By Roy Bartholomew

Cousins cleared in rape case

A law student and his cousin, cleared of repeatedly raping his girlfriend after she refused to have sex with both of them at the same time, walked free from the Old Bailey yesterday with a judge's good wishes.

Schools fight over closure decision: Lesley Gerard on the war of words which has broken out between rivals in south London

War has broken out between two schools locked in a desperate battle for survival. In the London Borough of Lambeth, Dick Sheppard and Lilian Bayliss schools have emerged as fierce rivals.

Hockey: Mixed bag for Leicester

BALSAM LEICESTER moved two points clear at the top of the women's national league on Saturday but went out of the AEWHA Cup yesterday, losing 4-1 on penalty strokes after drawing 1-1 with Ealing, writes Peter Colwill.

Gunman jailed

Linton Mitchell, 45, a disc jockey of Tulse Hill, south London, who shot and badly injured a garage owner over a three-month delay in repairing his car, was jailed for four years at the Old Bailey for causing grevious bodily harm with intent.

Girl, 16, 'raped in school lavatories by classmate'

A TEENAGER was raped by a classmate who lured her to the school lavatories, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday.

Hockey: Debutant Crowley quick off the mark: Teenager joins in high scoring

MARK CROWLEY, Hampstead and Westminster's 19-year-old winger, scored on his Nastro Azzurro South Premier League debut in the 5-0 home defeat of Dulwich.

Raid on cafe

Police arrested 17 people after seizing crack and arms in raids on Harry's Cafe, Brixton, south London, and nearby Tulse Hill estate.

BOOKS / Great Brain Spotter: The list of past members of Philip Hobsbaum's writing classes reads like a Who's Who of modern literature. How has he managed it?

IF YOU peer long enough into the background of living writers - English, Irish, Scottish - you will often come across the same bearded face. When Jeff Torrington won the Whitbread Prize with his novel Swing Hammer Swing], there was the usual amazement that a working-class man from Glasgow had actually written an 'acclaimed' piece of fiction. A few people, better informed, discovered that Torrington had once taken part in Philip Hobsbaum's creative writing group in Glasgow. So that was it - Philip Hobsbaum, cultural missionary, had taught him to write . . .
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