News The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police (the picture was posed by models)

The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police.

Home thoughts from abroad

Tony Cragg may live in Germany, but his sculptures at the Whitechapel are almost too British

Horse Racing: Dettori's four from five

Frankie Dettori's maintained his phenomenal strike-rate at the Capannelle, Rome, yesterday, with four winners from five rides.

Alex Comfort's joy of ... poetry

The Joy of Sex introduced a generation to cordon bleu love-making. Twenty-five years later, Liz Hunt finds that its author would rather talk about free verse than free love

Phantom Gold the real thing

Phantom Gold, in the Royal colours, ended her career in perfect style yesterday in sun-drenched conditions here when she scorched home in the feature race, the Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Aided by her stablemate Whitechapel, the four-year-old filly took the Group Two contest by three and a half lengths from Posidonas, giving the Queen her first Pattern race of the season.

LETTERS: Ripper theory some believe Unravelling Ripper murders

For the benefit of anyone who is interested in the Jack the Ripper murders but missed Channel 4's Secret History: The Whitechapel Murders, and therefore may have been misled by David Aaronovitch's review, (Real Life, 28 July), may I confirm two things? Yes, the programme was based on the book by Stewart Evans and Bruce Gainey and written around the Littlechild Letter, acknowledged as the most significant piece of documentary evidence to have emerged in the last 40 years. The second point to confirm, therefore, is: yes, Mr Aaronovitch's crude dismissal of the entire theory as "bollocks" was another example of the God-Almighty journalist arriving on the scene a long time after anyone else but thinking he knows better.

LETTERS: Art of choice

In response to Tim Hilton's article on the Whitechapel Open, ("Abstract, but no longer obscure, Review, 28 July), I would like to make a number of points. There are around 250 artists showing over seven sites, rather than 100 over five. The selectors for the exhibition were not "all members of the Whitechapel staff"; instead each venue selected its own work. Mr Hilton recommends "that the next Open should be chosen by artists rather than administrators". All of the works shown at the Commercial Gallery and Commercial Too (both of which are run entirely by artists) were selected by Keith Ball, Alison Wilding and Richard Wentworth.

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Debts put the final bite on Bloom's

The last salt beef sandwich has been served at Bloom's Jewish restaurant in east London. Never again will its famously surly waiters treat customers torn between the Vienna sausages and the fried gefilte fish with abrupt scorn.

Tearful survivor tells of attack 'pandemonium'

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Most expensive road attacked as wasteful by MPs

The most expensive road ever built in Britain came in for savage criticism yesterday from a powerful all-party committee of MPs.

Hot property

Monopoly is 60 years old today. It is one of the world's best-known board games and it has been more successful than even its American inventor, Charles Darrow, an out- of-work heater salesman, can ever have imagined.

King rules the day

JOHN DUNLOP, already assured of his first trainer's championship, crowned his season when Beauchamp King took the Racing Post Trophy here yesterday. The grey colt, bred by his owner Erik Penser, was always cantering as Mons and Even Top fought each other down the long straight, and when John Reid released the brakes approaching the final furlong the response was immediate.

Why Africa?

The curators of three major Africa '95 shows explain their aims

Pencils, but few leads; EXHIBITIONS

A new show brings together work by some of the best draughtsmen. But these drawings weren't chosen for quality

Not spin doctor, but counsellor

PROFILE; Popularly reviled, Peter Mandelson has talents his leader is keen to harness, says Donald Macintyre
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