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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

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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

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Perhaps a surprise Booker Prize winner in 1979, Fitzgerald’s novel might seem slightly out of date now with regards to its popular culture references, but its focus on the alternative families we create when our biological ones just won’t do is still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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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'

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