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Battersea have drawn up a list of their top mousers

File image: A Police firearms officer is in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the leg

Police officer in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the leg

The incident happened when the officer was alone in a police building in Putney, south west London

Every event in an adopted child’s life is coloured by history

Adoption reforms will redesign the future

That's £50m well spent as barriers fall for our 6,000 parentless children and their would-be families. But please, may we have a little more?

PMQs: Ed Miliband is striding onto centre ground

Meanwhile, though, the Labour leader is doing his best to downplay the heroic role of payday crusader Stella Creasy

Book Review: Offshore, By Penelope Fitzgerald

Perhaps a surprise Booker Prize winner in 1979, Fitzgerald’s novel might seem slightly out of date now with regards to its popular culture references, but its focus on the alternative families we create when our biological ones just won’t do is still relevant.

Restaurant review: Tooting's jolly new diner Meza is a real find for foodies

Meza, 70 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London

Man held over attempted murder of police officer in Battersea

A man armed with a knife has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer.

The submarine car used in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me is up for auction

James Bond's Lotus submarine sells for more than £400,000 less than expected

The submarine car used in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me fetched £550,000 at auction .

Quarter of prisoners in Britain’s jails forced to stay in overcrowded cells

Nearly a quarter of all prisoners are forced to stay in overcrowded cells while serving their sentences, according to new figures released today.

Paperback review: Up the Junction, By Neil Dunn

Nell Dunn's Up the Junction, a set of loosely linked vignettes of working-class London, caught a cultural mood when it was first published in 1963.

Obesity a growing problem as figures show 10-year-olds weighing over 20 stones

Figures revealing children with levels of body fat far above what is considered a healthy range have outlined the scale of England's childhood obesity problem.

The provisions made by Waitrose to check conditons with producers were insufficient

Is a Waitrose addiction really the wisest idea for a student?

It has a reputation for being an expensive way to shop. But is it worth it?

Mary-Ellen Field, former business aide to Elle Macpherson

'You are under surveillance': Operation Weeting detective warns Elle Macpherson aide during lunch meeting

Detectives have launched a stalking investigation after Mary-Ellen Field, the former business aide to the Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson, lodged a complaint that she has been put under surveillance by private investigators.

Glastonbury romance? Revellers watch the sunrise from the stone circle during the festival

Glastonbury Festival 2013 all of a twitter as blue tits nest near Left Field tower

The erection of a steel tower which stands at the head of one of the music areas at the Glastonbury Festival has been delayed after wild birds were discovered in the structure.

Money spent on housing benefit could build tens of thousands of new homes, says union

"Ending corporate welfare will save taxpayers' money"

Tunnel vision: Ghostpoet has released a second album, 'Some Say I So I Say Light'

Hip-hop star is no longer haunted by the past

Ghostpoet went from working in insurance to the Mercury Prize shortlist. Now he's on his second album

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable