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

Rag-trade raids yield pounds 2m of fakes

Clothing with fake designer labels worth more than pounds 2m was seized yesterday in what is believed to be the biggest ever haul in this country.

Japanese firm `not racist'

A manager at a City subsidiary of a Japanese company yesterday denied it had been racist in failing to promote British workers. Noriaki Nakajima, deputy manager of the British arm of Quick Corporation, a financial information company, told an industrial tribunal in Stratford, east London, that the British staff lacked the "ability and character" to be managers.

Letter: Standards in local government

Sir: You falsely allege a dirty tricks campaign by me as Leader of Hackney Council (report, 17 May) which I find extremely surprising. The chief executive never advised me that Councillor Linda Hibberd was an inappropriate candidate for mayor this year. That was my political judgement based on all the information available to me, including the telephone conversation I had with the chief executive on 3 May.

Shephard unveils 38 new colleges

Gillian Shephard, the Secretary of State for Education, yesterday announced that there would be 38 new technology and language colleges.

Murder jury told of sex fantasies

A paedophile accused of murdering nine-year-old Daniel Handley told a jury yesterday he was sexually abused at the age of four while living in a Barnado's home. Brett Tyler, 30, also told the Old Bailey he had sex with a male friend at the age of 12 and had a criminal record for indecency with young boys.

Secret report reveals council vote-rigging

Labour scandal: 'Party within a party' formed policy in private

Warning for Lawrence murder jury

An Old Bailey judge yesterday warned jurors due to try three men accused of murdering the schoolboy Stephen Lawrence not to be influenced by publicity about the case.

Three deny student's murder

Three young men pleaded not guilty yesterday to the murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence at the start of a private prosecution brought by his parents.

Young `Tommy' hopefuls feel a touch nervous

Scores of bright-eyed children descended on theatre-land in London yesterday in search of stardom in the hit musical Tommy.

LETTERS: Newbury: wrong battleground for anti-road lobby

Sir: You make the mistake of gauging the strength of today's road protest movement by the number of tree-climbers.

Victory for woman sacked over PMT

Chip-shop worker Sarah Webster won pounds 400 compensation yesterday after being sacked for taking a day off with premenstrual tension (PMT). Ms Webster, 18, called in sick after being hit by monthly pains.

Letter: Fighting back against Britain's 'anti-education culture'

Sir: Brian Appleyard protests too much. An anti-educational culture is one of the most enduring themes of western literature, from Shakespeare's schoolboy "creeping unwillingly to school" to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The sociological literature of the 1950s to the 1970s delineated the issue in classic studies such as Peter Wilmot's Adolescent Boys in East London, Colin Lacy's High Town Grammar, and Paul Willis's Learning to Labour.

A life marked by memories of the 'Titanic'

ROS WYNNE-JONES

LETTER:Why the Government paid pounds 150,000 per new 'council' house

THE pounds 150,000 spent on each new home in the Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust was made available by a government desperate to make an unpopular policy appear workable ("This is a council estate ...", 7 January; Letters, 14 January).

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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003