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Police have warned that some protesters plan to “provoke disorder” at a vigil for Mark Duggan in London this afternoon.

Laurie Armantrading, pictured outside Suffolk House in Palmers Green

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Mark Duggan 'involved in drugs deal' before he was shot

Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked last summer's riots, was trying to set up a drugs deal in the weeks before he was killed, a court heard yesterday.

Parents fail to prevent bid to turn Downhills primary school into academy

Campaigners have failed in their High Court bid to stop an underperforming primary school being turned into an academy.

Boxing: Team GB medallist Nicola Adams admits her mum still worries if she's out late at night

She might be able to fight her own corner in the ring, but Britain's first women's boxing Olympic medallist Nicola Adams says her mum still worries about her being out on her own at night.

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United in difference: Architect Martyn Clarke combines space for grown-ups with room for teenagers

Martyn and Helen Clarke aren't chronic house-movers, but for each epoch of their family life, they've switched to a new place. They've had the babies-and-toddlers home and the growing-kids home. Now, with their children now aged 18 and 15, they have the living-with-teenagers home.

Judges reject Ann Juliette Roberts' stop-and-search claim

The police use of “random” stop-and-search powers to tackle knife and gun crime must seem a “justifiable price” to pay for greater public security, the High Court said today.

Parents join striking teachers at academy row school

Parents joined striking teachers on the picket line outside a primary school yesterday, in a protest against Michael Gove's "ideological" attempts to impose academy status.

Teachers strike to block academy

Teachers will be striking today at a school being forced to become an academy.

Chalk Talk: You don't have to be angry to join the NUT, but it helps

Unions, it is sometimes said, are a broad church, made up of members with a vastly differing array of opinions.

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