Sport Brendan Rodgers (left) speaks to Luis Suarez during training

The Reds only want to sign players who can make an immediate impact

Fears raised over disappearance of businesswoman Carole Waugh

Concerns are growing for a missing oil industry executive after a fraudster tried to sell her flat by posing as her brother.

One of the olympic lanes

Olympics Games Lanes cause rush-hour traffic jams in London

The first day of Olympics-only traffic Games Lanes caused congestion for rush-hour drivers today.

Chelsea say any potential move to a new stadium will be dependent upon them buying the freehold for Stamford Bridge

Chelsea stadium row rumbles on

Chelsea's potential stadium move was at the centre of more controversy today after another dramatic and stormy meeting of Chelsea Pitch Owners.

Wayne Amiel in the Clapham garden he has been lovingly tending for five years

'My best find was in a skip': Wayne Amiel reveals his dedication to abandoned plants

I used to know the streets round London's Clapham Old Town reasonably well, wheeling pushchairs past the grand façades of The Pavement, balancing small children on swings in Grafton Square, haring after scooters in Rectory Gardens. Someone once told me this was the oldest squat in London. I like Rectory Gardens – the random collections of stuff tacked on to walls, the small bits of garden laid straight on to the street, shored up with timber offcuts, casually, promiscuously planted with marigolds and lettuce, petunias and parsley.

Villas-Boas: feels at home at Spurs

Villas-Boas takes another swipe at Abramovich

Andre Villas-Boas has dug the knife deeper into his previous employers at Chelsea by describing Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as more committed than Roman Abramovich with superior footballing knowledge.

Ex-police employee among six held over terror plot

London arrests include three a mile from Olympic site – but authorities insist no threat to Games

Man killed and woman injured in Ealing shooting

A 32-year-old man was killed in a shooting today and a woman in her late 20s taken to hospital, police said.

Heathrow runway back on agenda – but not before 2015

David Cameron put the possibility of building a third runway at Heathrow back on the Tory agenda yesterday as the Government prepares to set out its plans for boosting airport capacity in the south-east of England.

The UO/Create struggles with steeper terrain

Wheels, etc: The UO/Create bicycle collection

Price: £340, Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.co.uk)
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Council offers Chelsea stadium help

Chelsea could get help from Hammersmith and Fulham Council to upgrade Stamford Bridge after their latest attempt to find a new stadium site failed.

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The Great Euro Crash with Robert Peston, BBC2

When the BBC revealed that it would be moving out of Television Centre and handing over its doughnut building to a developer, the announcement was followed by a brief Twitter storm as various actors and media types shared their indignation.

Detectives quiz man over assault on Bermudan diplomat George Fergusson

Detectives are questioning a man in connection with the mugging of a senior British diplomat who was attacked while walking through a cemetery and left partially blinded.

Diplomat is left partially blind after being mugged in London cemetery

A senior British diplomat has been left partially blind by a mugging just a month before he was due to take up his post as Governor of Bermuda.

Second Briton in three days dies in hotel fall

A British tourist has died after falling from a Spanish hotel balcony – the second Briton to die in Magaluf, Majorca, in three days.

18 years for Tube station killers

Three youths were jailed for 18 years each today for murdering a 15-year-old schoolboy stabbed to death at a Tube station.

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