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Battersea have drawn up a list of their top mousers

Packing their trunks for the elephant parade

London will be invaded next month by a herd of 250 elephants. Monday 3 May will see the start of Britain's biggest ever outdoor art event. Some 250 life-size, decorated elephants will appear across London, in parks, on street corners and outside public buildings.

Covent Garden Market kicks off partner search

The Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA), which runs the largest fresh-produce market in the UK, is understood to have called in advisers to help find a private-sector partner for the £1bn scheme to redevelop its 57-acre site.

Prisons can take more inmates, says ministry

The number of criminals held in prison in England and Wales has reached a record level of 84,897 – but there is still room for more, the Government has insisted.

Animals snatched baby's body from London grave

Wild animals are thought to have snatched the body of a baby from a mass grave, police said today.

School applications: 'You've either got to lower your standards or move house'

Richard Garner meets the parents who have decided to set up their own schools

Paedophile found hanged in jail cell

A convicted paedophile was found hanging in his prison cell, the Prison Service said today.

The new nappy valleys

When it's time to have children, young professionals have long headed for London's leafy suburbs, but now buyers are moving further afield in search of domestic bliss. Gwenda Brophy reports

London mayor backs Battersea development

Developers of London’s derelict Battersea Power Station yesterday got qualified backing from the Mayor of London, who described designs to transform the site into flats, shops and offices, as “encouraging”. Speaking as the plans for the site technically failed a first planning application, Boris Johnson said that he was confident that the plans could become a “masterplan”.

Bonjour, enfants: The English school that's serious about French

They are not in uniform, they do not sit in circles and they are not speaking English. So what exactly is going on at Wix Primary School in Clapham?

Resort body was missing British man

The body found in Switzerland on Monday has been identified as the missing British graduate Myles Robinson, Swiss police said today.

Blaze deaths prompt arson investigation

Detectives were investigating today whether a blaze that killed a mother and her "beautiful" three-year-old girl was started deliberately.



Plans revealed for new south London links

Plans for a possible extension to a busy Tube line and a new bridge across the River Thames were outlined today by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Déjà vu? New £5.5bn plan for Battersea Power Station

A new planning application for a £5.5bn scheme to redevelop Battersea Power Station has been unveiled.

Governors face disciplinary action over 'prisoner chess'

'Difficult' inmates who were moved to mislead inspectors attempted suicide

Police face action over botched sex attack probes

Fourteen police officers could face prosecution over blunders during investigations into two serial sex attackers.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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