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.

Ellen E Jones: Some authentic Victoriana is, sadly, still with us

Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelite exhibition draws to a close next week, but the Victorians are with us still, like an ex-wife we've locked in the attic for her own good. Or an escaped convict who's been benevolently stalking us since we first met him in a graveyard. Or the ghost of a childhood sweetheart who floats over the Yorkshire moors to moan at our window.

Man charged with east London murder

A man will appear in court tomorrow charged with stabbing a 50-year-old man to death in the street.

What is it about neon on a gallery wall that gets us so switched on?

For transcendence with an on-and-off switch, there's nothing like neon.

Gemma McCluskie went missing in March

Brother admits killing former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, now accepts responsibility for killing her, the Old Bailey heard today.

In the bones: Joseph Merrick, photographed about 1889. His skeleton will be tapped for DNA

Will DNA unlock the Elephant Man's final secret?

Skeleton could hold key to century-old puzzle of what caused Joseph Merrick's terrible disfigurement

Released: Kweku Adoboli

Trader granted bail ahead of fraud trial

The City trader accused of Britain's biggest bank fraud has been granted bail. Kweku Adoboli, 32, is accused of gambling away a record £1.4bn while working for Swiss banking giant UBS.

UBS £1.4bn fraud accused Kweku Adoboli granted bail

A City trader accused of gambling away a record £1.4 billion in a banking fraud has been granted bail.

Baby survives 20ft window plunge

A baby has survived after plunging from a third floor window, landing on a concrete overhang around 20ft below.

Vidal Sassoon

Further to Marcus Williamson's interesting obituary on Vidal Sassoon (11 May), he glosses over perhaps the most important element of how he first got a job in a hairdressing salon, writes Michael S Fishberg.

Former Eastenders actress Gemma McCluskie, 29, from Bethnal Green - missing since 1 March

Brother remanded over Gemma McCluskie murder

The brother of a former EastEnders actress was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey today accused of her murder.

Brother charged with murder of 'EastEnders' actress

The brother of a former EastEnders actress whose headless body was found dumped in a canal has been charged with her murder.

Rutter says: 'I probably don't listen to as much opera as people expect me to in my free time. Sometimes, I need to switch off from work.'

Cultural Life: Claire Rutter, soprano

Theatre: I went to see the ENO's 'Tales of Hoffmann'. There's some great singing from everyone. The production was very entertaining and a bit wacky in places, which appeals to me. It's quite a long opera, but Richard Jones's production didn't feel like it. I sat in the dress circle for the very first time – I usually sit in the stalls – and enjoyed champagne in the intervals. I think this production would also appeal to newcomers to opera. It was a worthwhile night out, and nice to be on the other side of the curtain.

The Whores' Asylum, By Katy Darby

Victorian gothic, without the gymnastics

Eternal Gaze: Lady with an Ermine, a star of the National Gallery's Da Vinci show 

Arts review of 2011 - Visual Art: Calm down – it's just another Leonardo...

Beyond the overbearing and clunking blockbusters, the year's best shows were far-flung, small and perfectly formed

60 arrested in EDL protest clashes

Sixty people were arrested after far-right demonstrators clashed with police at protests in the capital.

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