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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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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital