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

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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.

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Hockey: Mixed bag for Leicester

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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.

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