Manhunt intensifies for east London serial rapist

Police have stepped up the search for a serial sex attacker who has raped three women and murdered one. The operation is rapidly becoming one of Britain's biggest manhunts.

Observations: Plenty of treats in store as empty Woolworths gets an arts make-over

The sight of boarded-up, empty Woolworths shops on the high street was the inspiration behind Josef Valentino's pop-up art studio Worthless in Covent Garden earlier this month, and now the empty Leytonstone branch is getting an arts make-over of its own. From tomorrow, and open for four weekends, the store's original fixtures and fittings will hold art work by over 60 East End artists as part of this year's Leytonstone Arts Trail.

Eight 'plotted to blow up flights with liquid bombs'

Eight men plotted to use "home-made bombs" disguised as soft drinks to blow up transatlantic planes, a court heard today.

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Ban on fast food outlets near schools

A council is to become the first in the country to ban new takeaways from within 400m of any of its schools. Waltham Forest Council, in north-east London, is tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity by encouraging more youngsters to take up healthy school dinners.

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.

The terrorists who changed air travel forever

The internet cafe where Abdulla Ahmed Ali sat down in front of a screen shortly before midday on 6 August 2006 was much like any of the hundreds of small communications shops that dot north-east London. T&I Telecom in Walthamstow offered the usual range of mobile phone top-up cards, cheap international calls and handsets alongside its row of pay-as-you-go internet terminals.

Two more held over teenager stabbing

Two more teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old near the site of a proposed Olympics party, police said tonight.

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.

Three accused of plotting to bomb jets admit conspiracy

Three men accused of plotting to kill thousands of people in suicide attacks on transatlantic jets have admitted conspiring to cause explosions.

Leytonstone boy enjoys Turkish surprise

Two years ago Colin Kazim-Richards couldn’t get a game for Brighton. Now he can propel his adopted country into the semi-finals, writes Glenn Moore

After 75 years, dog track has finally run its course

For 75 years, the pink and green neon-lit sign that crowns the entrance to Walthamstow Stadium in east London has stood as one of greyhound racing's most iconic symbols.

John Harvey: Tory MP and businessman

John Edgar Harvey, politician and businessman: born Londonderry 24 April 1920; MP (Conservative) for Walthamstow East 1955-66; export manager, Marine and Industrial Lubricants Ltd (later Burmah Oil Trading Ltd) 1946-53, general managing director 1953-55, director 1955-85, deputy chairman, Burmah Castrol Europe 1970-80; CBE 1994; married 1945 Joyce Lane (died 2007; one son); died London 13 January 2008

Harman to 'break taboo' and back double burials

Graves are to be opened up to allow more bodies to be buried in the same plot, the Government has signalled.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee