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Richie Robins was punched and knocked unconscious but the attack continued as he lay on floor

Mother jailed for bleach killing

A mother was jailed for seven years yesterday for killing her autistic 12-year-old with bleach – after social services allegedly failed to address her mental health problems.

Report on election 'fraud' dismissed as a whitewash

The Electoral Commission has concluded that there was no widespread evidence of voting fraud at last year's local and general elections, despite allegations at the time that the postal ballot system was being exploited.

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.

Seven years for teenager who kicked gay man to death

A former public schoolgirl who kicked and stamped on a gay civil servant during a deadly homophobic attack was jailed for seven years today for his manslaughter.

Canal searched in gun murders probe

Police divers were dredging a canal today after a tip-off that a gun used to murder two people almost five years ago was dumped there.

Couple charged with murder of 15-year-old

A man and woman were today charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was found dead in a bath on Christmas Day.

Axe murder charge dropped

A 55-year-old man accused of the murder of a private investigator 23 years ago walked free from the Old Bailey today after the case against him was dropped.

Teenager shot dead in east London

A murder inquiry was under way today after a teenager was shot dead, police said.

Stagecoach gets back on the buses with £60m East London deal

The transport giant Stagecoach is re-entering the London bus market after buying back a business it sold in 2006 for a fraction of the price.

Councils to fight school building cuts

Councils are challenging a decision to scrap Labour's £55bn school building programme.

Burglary suspect trapped by window

A suspected burglar was left dangling when he got stuck trying to climb through a window. Firefighters had to remove the window frame at the house in east London to release the man.

WS Atkins buys into US with $280m PBSJ deal

The engineering group WS Atkins is buying the US design firm PBSJ for $280m (£176m) in a deal which "balances the company's geographic presence" and "deepens technical skills in established sectors".

Inside/Outside Cinema pays homage to Mary Wollstonecraft

Dalston residents may be surprised to learn that Mary Wollstonecraft once lived on their doorstep. The 18th-century feminist and commentator was born in Spitalfields and set up a school for girls on Newington Green. And tomorrow, at a one-night only, pop-up Inside/Outside Cinema in Gillett Square, there's a chance to find out more about her life and legacy.

Prize aims to revive market's flash and banter

An historic market is asking the public to rate its market traders’ patter. Old Spitalfields in east London hopes a competition will see the revival of the art of ‘banter’, chat to potential buyers and ‘flash,’ the visual display of merchandise.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London