News Chanelle Beasley was last seen at her family home in Mitcham, south west London, on New Year's Eve

Chanelle Beasley went missing on New Year's Eve in the Mitcham area of south west London

Teenage gang caught out after Facebook boasts

A gang of teenage thugs who held up terrified victims at gunpoint were caught by police who saw them bragging on Facebook about the crimes, detectives said today.

The Ten Best Blouses

Smarten up this autumn with our style selection

Deborah Ross: 'My search for the perfect soap opera'

'The melodrama pounds away without mercy. Everybody shouts. Also, I do not like Phil, who looks as if he smells'

Ready To Wear: When it comes to luxury wool, fashion has upped the ante

It should come as no great surprise that just as cashmere – once a highly elitist (read prohibitively expensive) yarn – becomes accessible to the many as opposed to the privileged few, fashion ups the ante.

The ten best men's jackets

Chosen by Carola Long

Golden girls: The quiet charms of camel

It looks expensive and sophisticated, and has finally coaxed the fashion crowd out of head-to-toe black. Gemma Hayward celebrates the quiet charms of camel

The Hacker: As tee shot goes two yards, I feel like being six feet under

Humiliation is never far away from a hacker and I had my latest ration on a crowded first tee in west Wales on Wednesday.

The 50 best menswear

From camel coats to on-trend accessories, stylist Lee Holmes presentsthe season’s wardrobe essentials to kit you out for autumn and beyond

Boys spared custody for attempted rape of girl, eight

Two primary schoolboys who became Britain's youngest sex offenders when they were convicted of attempting to rape an eight-year-old girl were yesterday spared custody after the judge said they were too young to realise the severity of the crime.

Sexy beast: Why Britain's rare breeds could be the saviours of their species

There may be only a few hundred Dairy Shorthorn in Britain, but Tulip and other rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pig aren't just genetic dead-ends. As their impassioned owners explain, these beauties are the supermodels of animal husbandry – and, quite possibly, the saviours of the 21st-century farmyard

The Hacker: Price out the old folks and you'll empty coffers as well as the course

Hard-pressed old hackers, in whose ranks I am inextricably locked, are a much-maligned lot in golf clubs and may be heading for more grief due to the new Equality Act.

High-street heroes: The best affordable buys for autumn

This autumn brings new shapes and a sleek, grown-up silhouette, but there's no need to spend a fortune to get the look. Harriet Walker picks the best affordable buys

Why wool is making a comeback after years of falling sales

As The Golden Shears World Shearing Championships take place at the Royal Welsh Show this week, a coalition of sheep farmers, designers, manufacturers and retailers convened by HRH The Prince of Wales is fighting to revive the nation's interest in wool. Launched in January this year, The Campaign for Wool aims to tackle falling wool sales in a five year drive that it hopes will raise awareness of the benefits and diversity of wool for use in carpets, insulation, bedding, upholstery, clothing and many other areas

Laura Marling, Hyde Park, London

"Here's a very depressing song to start proceedings," Laura Marling said, barely audibly, kicking off her Serpentine Sessions set.

Tim Lott: We're hardwired to hope. Why, we even believe that England can win

The human race would end if it faced up to the reality of potential disaster or failure. We prefer the distorted perspective of optimism
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links