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Joan Smith: Victim of a class-war crime

Gang rape is used by soldiers as a bonding exercise. And that's why rootless teenagers nearer home do it

Jon Gaunt sacked over 'Nazi' jibe

The radio presenter who called a Conservative councillor a "Nazi" and an "ignorant pig" live on air has been sacked.

Smokers banned from fostering children

A controversial new policy to ban smokers from fostering children has been passed by a council.

Police shoot man dead in east London

A man was shot dead today by police in east London, Scotland Yard said today.

Three charged over attack on publisher's home

Three men will appear in court today accused of conspiring to damage the home of a man who published a controversial novel about the prophet Mohammed.

Dr Kate Bradley: How do-gooders invaded the Victorian East End

In 1888, the East End of London was one of the poorest areas of the capital. Although it was located next to the extremely wealthy City of London, residents of the East End – then roughly equating to what is now the London Borough of Tower Hamlets – lived cheek-by-jowl with factories, workshops and breweries in cramped, insanitary housing.

Teenager stabbed to death in Walthamstow

An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death near a bus garage in Walthamstow, east London, in the early hours, Scotland Yard said today.

An arresting presence in the classroom

One of the first schools to have a police officer stationed on site was George Green, a 1,300-pupil comprehensive on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Sir Ian Blair defends race record at the Met

Sir Ian Blair has hit back at allegations of racial discrimination in the Metropolitan Police after a senior Asian officer said he was repeatedly overlooked for promotion in favour of a "golden circle" of white officers.

Terror suspect recaptured

A suspected terrorist who breached his bail conditions and went on the run has been recaptured by police.

Murder trial hit by anonymous witnesses ruling

A £6 million murder trial was halted at the Old Bailey today following a Law Lords ruling on witnesses giving evidence anonymously.

Five injured in pub brawl in south-east London

Five men suffered stab and slash wounds in a brawl at a south-east London pub, police said today.

The Seven Days of Peter Crumb, By Jonny Glynn

There are glimpses in this novel of a time when Peter Crumb was a normal, functioning member of society, who had a job, a wife and a child. Now he finds society unendurable, humanity intolerable, and is living in a squalid east London flat; alone save for that part of his personality which has become detached, and lurks in the corner of the room telling him to do terrible things.

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