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Articles from April 26, 2005

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ABI: NOW SHE REVEALS THE FULL HORROR; Police to Release Her Harrowing Statement
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;CHRIS MILLAR STABBING victim Abigail Witchalls has stunned police with a "harrowing" account of her attack. The 26-year-old mother has given detectives details of the moment when she was stabbed through the neck and left...
Armed Police at Prescott Home as Activists Scale Roof
Byline: ISABEL OAKESHOTT JOHN PRESCOTT was at the centre of a security alert today after protesters clambered onto the roof of his home. Armed police went to the Deputy Prime Minister's house, where eight Greenpeace activists had unfurled banners...
Arsenal Striker Bailed after Brawl outside Nightclub; NEWS IN BRIEF
Arsenal striker bailed after brawl outside nightclub ARSENAL striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, 19, arrested by police after a brawl outside the Cafe Royal's Elysium nightclub, has been released on bail. One man, thought to be in his mid-twenties, was taken...
A Tinsel Town for Trailer Trash
Byline: VICTOR LEWIS-SMITH Entertainment Tonight US Sky Mix REGULAR readers of this column both know that I'm mildly obsessed with those "National Something-or-Other" Days that increasingly infest the calendar. Although they sound worthy...
Banker 'Sacked for Being Gay' Sues for [Pounds Sterling]5 Million; Challenge to HSBC under New Discrimination Rules
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER;JONATHAN PRYNN A CITY banker is suing HSBC for up to [pounds sterling]5 million, claiming it sacked him because he is gay. Senior investment banker Peter Lewis, 43, launched the action against Europe's biggest bank after...
Banker 'Sacked for Being Gay' Sues for [Pounds Sterling]5 Million; HSBC TAKEN TO COURT OVER 'SEXUAL HARASSMENT' CLAIM UNDER NEW DISCRIMINATION RULES
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER;JONATHAN PRYNN A CITY banker is suing HSBC for up to [pounds sterling]5 million, claiming it sacked him because he is gay. Senior investment banker Peter Lewis, 43, launched the action against Europe's biggest bank after...
Bid Action Delay Puts Stock Exchange in the Doldrums; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in the London Stock Exchange marked time at 4651/2p today, a long way off the record 590p they reached at the start of the year when Deutsche Borse and Euronext were vying for control of Europe's biggest and best share...
Bid Action Delay Puts Stock Exchange in the Doldrums; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in the London Stock Exchange today retreated 33/4p to 4613/4p and now stand a long way off the record 590p they reached at the start of the year when Deutsche Borse and Euronext were vying for control of Europe's biggest...
Bid Action Delay Puts Stock Exchange in the Doldrums; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in the London Stock Exchange today retreated 31/4p to 4621/4p and now stand a long way off the record 590p they reached at the start of the year when Deutsche Borse and Euronext were vying for control of Europe's biggest...
Bid Action Delay Puts Stock Exchange in the Doldrums; Market Report
Byline: MICKEY CLARK SHARES in the London Stock Exchange retreated 31/4p to 4621/4p today and now stand a long way off the record 590p they reached at the start of the year when Deutsche Borse and Euronext were vying for control of Europe's biggest...
Blair Booed by Pupils on School Visit; ELECTION 2005 WE CAN DO BETTER ON EDUCATION, PM ADMITS AT COMPREHENSIVE
Byline: JOE MURPHY TONY BLAIR today admitted that London parents still do not have access to good enough schools. The Prime Minister confirmed there was "a lot to do" to get the capital's education system up to scratch. To his embarrassment,...
Blair Hit by Defection as He Fights Iraq 'Lies' Claim; ELECTION 2005 VETERAN LABOUR MAN TELLS VOTERS TO BACK THE LIB-DEMS WHILE PRO-WAR CANDIDATE TAKES EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES IN EAST END
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE IRAQ war refused to die down as an election issue as a veteran Labour MP today defected to the Liberal Democrats in protest at Tony Blair's "lies". Brian Sedgemore, who is standing down after 27 years in the Commons, joined...
Blow to Chicago Mafia as Mobster Betrays Brother; World at a Glance
. THE FBI has rounded up several Chicago mobsters thought to be behind dozens of unsolved murders dating back to the Seventies. The operation saw 14 organised crime figures charged in a single case, the largest in Chicago history, and came after one...
Chip and Pinned; World Cup Organisers Are to Use a New Smart Tag System Which Will Monitor Supporters' Movements but There Are Concerns over Civil Liberties, Reports Vivek Chaudhary
Byline: VIVEK CHAUDHARY GERMAN police are to introduce groundbreaking microchip-tracking technology in an effort to stop next summer's World Cup being wrecked by hooligans. Although the finals are more than a year away, fears are already growing...
City Spy
THE canny game being played by lovelorn former Home Secretary David Blunkett in the current general election campaign will, of course, see the man and his dog propelled straight back into the Cabinet - and, according to whispers from the signal box,...
City Watchdog under Scrutiny as L&G Fights [Pounds Sterling]1.1m Mis-Selling Fine
Byline: STEVE HAWKES LEGAL & GENERAL was today set to ask an independent tribunal to slash a mis-selling bill from the Financial Services Authority in the latest twist to its landmark battle against the City watchdog. The insurer goes back...
Civil War Now a Foreign Affair; Brits Are Rare Breed as English Clubs Do Battle in Europe
Byline: MICHAEL HART ON THE same spring day in 1971, Chelsea and Liverpool both faced English opposition in the semifinals of different European competitions. Chelsea triumphed, Liverpool didn't. Jose Mourinho, disappointed at the failure...
Conran Snub for the PM in War Protest; ELECTION 2005 THREE PARTY DONORS REFUSE TO SIGN LETTER BACKING BLAIR
Byline: JOE MURPHY SIR TERENCE CONRAN has snubbed Tony Blair because of Iraq. The restaurant and retail guru refused to sign a letter from leading business people backing Labour's handling of the economy because he objected to the way Mr Blair...
Cooking Up a Storm; Black British Writing Is Thriving in the Subsidised Theatre. but How Will Elmina's Kitchen, Opening Tonight, Fare in the Commercial West End?
Byline: ALEKS SIERZ FOR years, the West End has been a no-go area for black British drama. Black Americans yes, but not the home-grown variety. Now, suddenly, two shows arrive at the same time. Kwame Kwei-Armah's Elmina's Kitchen opens tonight...
Dating Show Where Children Play Cupid
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Love Me, Love My Kids 7pm, BBC1 YES, I know this is simple family viewing, but it is also a dating show that has been waiting to happen. The only surprise is that nobody has done it before now, because the premise is...
Don't Call Me the New Zadie Smith; Diana Evans's Debut Novel, about Growing Up Mixed Race in North London, Has Been Shortlisted for the Orange New Writers' Prize, Drawing Inevitable Comparisons. but She Has Her Own Unique Story to Tell - about the Twin Sister She Loved and Lost
Byline: EMINE SANER IT WAS always inevitable that Diana Evans would, at some point, be described as the "new Zadie Smith". Smith, of course, won several first novel awards for White Teeth, and now Diana Evans has been shortlisted for the Orange...
Dynamic Brown Is the Only PM for Me
Byline: PIERS MORGAN A NEW advertising brand survey seems to sum up this election. When asked to compare the three main party leaders with cars, most people associated Tony Blair and Michael Howard with MG Rovers, and Charles Kennedy with a Mini....
East 17 Star 'Suicide Bid'; Singer in Hospital after His Worried Friends Dial 999
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY FORMER East 17 star Brian Harvey has reportedly been taken to hospital after attempting suicide. The depressed 30-year-old is said to have swallowed sleeping pills and downed 10 cans of lager before making several bizarre...
ELECTION DIARY; Election Whispers
BLOG OF THE DAY ANTHONY LITTLE, Tory candidate for Norwich South: "I've decided being a Tory teacher is like being [in] a secret society. A colleague I never thought would vote Tory enquired about the year group, my daughter and the campaign - then...
Enthusiasm for Edinburgh Fuelled by Takeover Talks
Byline: MICKEY CLARK THE City responded enthusiastically to news of yesterday's bid approach for explorer minnow Edinburgh Oil & Gas. The shares shot up 17% to a record level and have almost doubled from the 153p of last summer. The joint...
Eurotunnel Shuns Price War as Rescue Talks Start
Byline: ROBERT LEA THE boss of Eurotunnel insists he will refuse to get sucked into another debilitating cross-Channel price war with P&O this summer, as he launches talks to thrash out an agreement with hundreds of creditor banks and institutions...
FEED THEIR MINDS; Eighty per Cent of the Nutrients We Consume Are Used by Our Brains - and Research Shows the Right Diet Can Boost IQ and Reduce Stress. with Exams Approaching, Alex Hindhaugh Explains How to Give Your Children an Extra Edge
Byline: ALEX HINDHAUGH SEEDS Nutritionists are often moved to refer to seeds as almost perfect foodstuffs. To extract nutrients, they should be chewed thoroughly. Supermarkets have latched onto the trend and several now offer packets in snack...
Gaston Shows His Good Side; in Brief
GASTON GAUDIO saved a match point before racing through the last set in 16 minutes to beat Czech opponent Jan Hernych 6-7, 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Estoril Open. "There were two Gastons out there, a bad one and a good one," said the No2...
Gay Banker Sacked for Sexual Harassment Demands [Pounds Sterling]5m Payout HSBC TAKEN TO COURT OVER CLAIM UNDER NEW DISCRIMINATION RULES
Byline: JAMES ROSSITER;JONATHAN PRYNN A CITY banker is suing HSBC for up to [pounds sterling]5million, claiming it sacked him because he is gay. Senior investment banker Peter Lewis, 43, launched the action against Europe's biggest bank after...
Get the Support You Really Deserve; Office Professionals' Week Is a Chance for Employers and Staff to Appreciate Each Other's Worth
Byline: PENNY COTTEE AS IF you didn't already know, this week is Office Professionals' Week: that time of year when support staff up and down the country can highlight the valuable contributions made by secretaries, PAs and administrators. The...
Hampstead Swimmers Win Back Their Early Morning Dip; CAMPAIGNERS SAY HIGH COURT RULING IS VICTORY OVER 'NANNY STATE'
Byline: LECH MINTOWT-CZYZ A GROUP of swimmers today claimed victory over the "nanny state" after winning the right to take icy morning dips - at their own risk. The campaigners had taken their case to the High Court after the Corporation of London...
Happy Shopper Zeta-Jones Sings for a Birthday Boy; NEWS IN BRIEF
CATHERINE Zeta-Jones has stunned a fan by singing Happy Birthday down the phone to him. The Welsh actress was shopping in Beverly Hills when a woman handed her a mobile and asked if she would wish her boyfriend a happy birthday. Gossip columnist...
How to Feed Your Teenager's Brain; Eighty per Cent of the Nutrients We Consume Are Used by Our Brains - and Research Shows That the Right Diet Can Boost IQ and Reduce Stress. with Exam Time Approaching, Alex Hindhaugh Explains How to Feed Your Children to Give Them an Edge
Byline: ALEX HINDHAUGH Poultry, red meat, cheese and fish Meat, cheese and fish, all provide protein, which is needed by the neurotransmitters in the brain. These are made from amino acids, which are found in abundance in protein-rich foods....
'ID Parade by Video' at Abigail's Hospital Bed; POLICE PRAISE STABBING VICTIM'S 'ENORMOUS DIGNITY AND COURAGE'
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;CHRIS MILLAR ABIGAIL WITCHALLS may take part in an identity parade from her hospital bed in an attempt to identify her attacker. She could be shown clips of suspects in an electronic video line-up. The 26-year-old...
If We Can Stop Lampard Then We Can Beat Chelsea, Says Alonso
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY XABI ALONSO believes Frank Lampard is the player Liverpool must stop in the first leg of their European Cup showdown at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night. The Spanish midfielder will hold no grudges against his Chelsea counterpart...
I'll Have Failed If We Lose on 5 May, Admits Howard
Byline: JOE MURPHY MICHAEL HOWARD today declared that he will be a "failure" if Tony Blair wins the general election. In an interview with the Evening Standard, the Conservative leader denied his election campaign was running out of steam. ...
I'll Silence All the Doubters, Says Under-Fire Fergie
Byline: ANDREW HODGSON SIR ALEX FERGUSON has vowed to silence the critics who have dared suggest he has "somehow gone past my sell-by date" as Manchester United manager. United look set for a second successive third-place finish in the Premiership,...
Imperial Bang on Target despite Holiday Cigs Drag
Byline: NICK GOODWAY MORE people than ever brought cheap cigarettes back from their summer holidays last year, according to Imperial Tobacco, producer of Britain's best-selling cigarette Lambert & Butler. Chief executive Gareth Davis said:...
'Incredibly Brave and So Determined'
Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS DETECTIVES today praised Abigail Witchalls for the extraordinary courage she has shown in helping police to hunt down her attacker. Mrs Witchalls, who lies paralysed in a hospital bed, has demanded detectives continue...
In Hell's Kitchen, Novelli Rages over a Mish-Mash
Byline: NEALE ADAMS IT HAD been simmering for some time - but now it has boiled right over. In the end, it was a pan of mashed potato that did it for Jean-Christophe Novelli and Aby King, his volatile student in Hell's Kitchen. The 28-year-old...
Investors Seek Probe into Standard Life Float Plans
Byline: STEVE HAWKES FURIOUS Standard Life policyholders today called for an investigation into the "skeletons in the cupboard" at the mutual in a move that threatens to destabilise it in the critical run-up to its stock market flotation next year....
Is London's Black Economy Reliant on More Than 300,000 Illegal Workers; Using a Formula Adapted by a Respected Government Adviser, the Standard Has Calculated That 60 per Cent of Britain's Illegal Immigrants Live in the Capital
Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS IMMIGRATION is the election issue that has generated more heat than light. When Tory leader Michael Howard speaks of Labour abandoning Britain's border controls he is accused of playing the race card. When Tony Blair refuses,...
Jungle Star Brian Rushed to Hospital in Suicide Scare; Bizarre Phone Calls Alert His Friends
Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY I'M A Celebrity star and former East 17 pop idol Brian Harvey has reportedly been taken to hospital after attempting suicide. The depressed 30-year-old is said to have swallowed sleeping pills and downed 10 cans of lager...
Kenyon: My Man Mourinho Will Be Remembered as the Best Ever
Byline: MATT HUGHES;WAYNE VEYSEY PETER KENYON today predicted Jose Mourinho will go down in history as one of the best managers of all time. In his first season at Chelsea, the Portuguese coach has already won the Carling Cup, is on the brink...
Labour Loyalist MP Quits over War Lies; and More Ready to Go, Claims Sedgemore in Savage Attack ELECTION 2005 IRAQ BACK ON THE AGENDA AS REBEL SETS OUT TO GIVE BLAIR 'BLOODY
Byline: PAUL WAUGH THE IRAQ war refused to die down as an election issue as a veteran Labour MP today defected to the Liberal Democrats in protest at Tony Blair's "lies". Brian Sedgemore, who is standing down after 27 years in the Commons, joined...
Labour's Oona King Deletes 'Muslim' in White-Area Leaflets
Byline: PATRICK SAWER LABOUR'S Oona King was accused of double standards today after dropping references to Muslims in leaflets for predominantly white areas. The two leaflets, both headed "Oona King - Working Hard for the East End" - point out...
Labour's Oona King Deletes 'Muslim' in White-Area Leaflets
Byline: PATRICK SAWER LABOUR'S Oona King was condemned by rivals today for dropping references to Muslims in leaflets for predominantly white areas. The two leaflets, both headed "Oona King - Working Hard for the East End" - point out her work...
Lauren: Edman Elbow an Accident
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL defender Lauren said today he did not deliberately elbow Tottenham's Erik Edman in last night's game at Highbury. Lauren faces possible action from the Football Association, who could decide to review the incident...
Lauren: Edman Elbow an Accident; Arsenal Star Could Still Face an FA Probe
Byline: STEVE STAMMERS ARSENAL defender Lauren said today he did not deliberately elbow Tottenham's Erik Edman in last night's game at Highbury. Lauren faces possible action from the Football Association, who could decide to review the incident...
Londoners Pay Premium as [Pounds Sterling]2m Price of a Lifetime in the Capital Is Revealed; COST OF LIVING 27% MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN COUNTRY
Byline: ED HARRIS THE CRIPPLING cost of living in London is revealed today - at more than [pounds sterling]2million in a lifetime it is higher than in any other part of the country. Higher prices mean those living in the capital pay out [pounds...
London's Most Wanted
SCOTLAND YARD has launched a " fugitive task force" to hunt down London's most wanted killers, robbers and drug dealers. The squad's role will be similar to that of the US Marshals whose main task is to trace America's most dangerous fugitives as...
MANIAC HELD KNIFE TO MY SON'S THROATAbigail Gives Police Vital Clues to Attacker in a Harrowing and Emotional Testimony; Abigail: First Hospital Picture
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR;RICHARD EDWARDS THE man who stabbed Abigail Witchalls first held a knife at her son's throat. He then forced her to her knees and grabbed her hair before stabbing her in the neck with such force that it has left her paralysed....
MANIAC HELD KNIFE TO MY SON'S THROATAbigail Gives Police Vital Clues to Attacker in a Harrowing and Emotional Testimony; Abigail: First Hospital Picture VICTIM TELLS DETECTIVES OF HOW, TERROR STRICKEN, SHE TRIED TO RUN TO SAFETY WITH HER SON BUT HER ESCAPE WAS BARRED BY A GATE THAT WOULDN'T OPEN. THEN KNIFE MANIAC STRUCK
Byline: CHRIS MILLAR;RICHARD EDWARDS THE man who stabbed Abigail Witchalls first held a knife at her son's throat. He then forced her to her knees and grabbed her hair before stabbing her in the neck with such force it has left her paralysed...
Memorial for 1,600 Police Killed in Service; QUEEN UNVEILS ROLL OF HONOUR AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO OFFICERS' 'COURAGE AND PERSONAL SACRIFICE'
Byline: PATRICK SAWER THE QUEEN today unveiled a national memorial honouring the 1,600 police officers killed protecting their fellow citizens. Their names, recorded in a roll of honour in a glass and black slate memorial in The Mall, stretch...
Memorial for the 1,600 Police Killed in Service; QUEEN UNVEILS ROLL OF HONOUR AND PAYS TRIBUTE TO OFFICERS' 'COURAGE AND PERSONAL SACRIFICE'
Byline: PATRICK SAWER THE QUEEN today unveiled a national memorial honouring the 1,600 police officers killed protecting their fellow citizens. Their names, recorded in a roll of honour in a glass and black slate memorial on The Mall, stretch...
Menace Goes Missing in Pinter's Nazi Party
Byline: NICHOLAS DE JONGH The Birthday Party Duchess IN THE haunting excursion into Kafka country Harold Pinter made in his extraordinary, first full-length play, he steered a fine line between black comedy and unfathomable horror. Lindsay...
Modern-Day Absurdist Finds His Uses
Byline: NICK HACKWORTH Andreas Slominski Serpentine Gallery ONE of the defining moments of modern culture occurred in 1916 in a Swiss cafe when the Dada movement was launched by Romanian poet Tristan Tzara, who was at the time, he reported,...
Moment I Suspected Sion; Ex-Wife Tells Court of Night She Thought That Stepfather Could Have Killed Billie-Jo
Byline: PAUL CHESTON THE EX-WIFE of Sion Jenkins first suspected he had murdered their foster daughter Billie-Jo after he appeared at a televised press conference, the Old Bailey heard today. Lois Jenkins told the jury that in the middle of the...
More Will Quit Labour, Defecting MP Warns Blair; ELECTION 2005 PARTY MEMBERS PLAN TO TRIGGER LEADERSHIP CRISIS... WHILE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER'S HOUSE IS AT CENTRE OF SECURITY ALERT
Byline: PAUL WAUGH BRIAN SEDGEMORE, the veteran Labour MP who has defected to the Liberal Democrats, warned today that others are also considering quitting the party. The Evening Standard understands that a group of long-serving backbenchers...
More Will Quit Labour, Warns Lib-Dem Defector; ELECTION 2005 PARTY MEMBERS PLAN TO TRIGGER LEADERSHIP CRISIS WHILE TORY CHIEF SAYS IN EVENING STANDARD INTERVIEW HE IS STILL CONFIDENT
Byline: PAUL WAUGH BRIAN SEDGEMORE, the veteran Labour MP who has defected to the Liberal Democrats, warned today that others are also considering quitting the party. The Evening Standard understands that a group of long-serving backbenchers...
'Muslim' Is Cut from Leaflets
Byline: PATRICK SAWER LABOUR'S Oona King was condemned by rivals today for dropping references to Muslims in campaign leaflets for predominantly white areas. Two leaflets, both headed "Oona King - Working Hard for the East End" - point to her...
No Need to Quit the Day Job to Study
Byline: SARAH RICHARDSON IN THE 2005 workplace, the need to skill up to add value to a business is as likely to be recognised by employees as it is by their firm. Those motivated to take their continuing professional development into their own hands...
Now Parents Force Schools to Dump 'Junk' Food Firms; PRIVATE CATERING FIRMS ARE DITCHED IN REBELLION AGAINST 'UNHEALTHY' MEALS
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK;DOMINIC HAYES;JONATHAN PRYNN SCHOOLS across London are rebelling against unhealthy food. A wave of anger generated by Jamie Oliver's School Dinners TV series has had a huge impact on canteen menus, the Evening Standard...
Nurses Call for 400,000 Extra Uniforms to Help Them Win MRSA Battle
Byline: REBECCA SMITH HUNDREDS of thousands of nurses have too few uniforms to wear a clean outfit for work each day, it was revealed today. The news came as the Royal College of Nursing launched a campaign to tackle the MRSA crisis. Some...
Nurses Call for Action over Euthanasia Laws; Terminally Ill Patients 'Should Be Given a Say'
Byline: REBECCA SMITH NURSES have called for an overhaul of euthanasia laws after a series of cases in which patients went abroad to get help to end their lives. Speakers at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) annual congress in Harrogate said...
Old Prophets Most Likely to Jump Ship; Londoner's Diary
LIB DEM defector Brian Sedgemore hints that there are other Labour MPs secretly plotting to leave the Party. Some are standing under Labour's banner in the General Election, he says, and others like him are standing down. Who are they? All likely...
On Yer iPod; ASHIA HANSEN WORLD INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP RECORD HOLDER, COMMONWEALTH AND EUROPEAN CHAMPION
Byline: STUART JAMES ASHIA HANSEN WORLD INDOOR TRIPLE JUMP RECORD HOLDER, COMMONWEALTH AND EUROPEAN CHAMPION What music were you brought up listening to? I was brought up listening to Motown music - Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Otis Redding,...
Paper Round
DAILY MAIL A UNIVERSITY is discriminating against private school pupils. In an email sent last July, Newcastle University pro-vice-chancellor, Professor Ella Ritchie, told staff "please could you ask your undergraduate selectors to give particular...
Parents Force Schools to Dump Caterers in Junk Food Rebellion
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK;DOMINIC HAYES SCHOOLS across London are rebelling against unhealthy food. A wave of anger generated by Jamie Oliver's School Dinners TV series has had a huge impact on canteen menus, the Evening Standard has found. ...
Pennant Hopes Move Pays off; in Brief
JERMAINE PENNANT hopes his [pounds sterling]3million move to Birmingham will eventually gain him international recognition - like team-mate Matthew Upson. Upson was also plucked from Arsenal's reserves by Birmingham manager Steve Bruce and has since...
Pick of the Night
Byline: TERRY RAMSEY Love Me, Love My Kids 7pm, BBC1 YES, I know this is simple family viewing, but it is also a dating show that has been waiting to happen. The only surprise is that nobody has done it before, because the premise is blindingly...
Pioneer Schools Sign Up to Oliver's Dinner Army; Headteachers Dump Private Firms in 'Junk Food' Revolt
Byline: ELIZABETH HOPKIRK SCHOOLS across London are rebelling against unhealthy food. A anger generated by Jamie Oliver's School Dinner TV series has had a huge impact on canteen menus, the Evening Standard found. More than a dozen London...
Police Smash Royal Mail Crime Gang in [Pounds Sterling]30m Cheque Book Fraud; 500 OFFICERS IN DAWN RAIDS SEIZE 35 SUSPECTS INCLUDING A POSTMAN BASED AT LONDON DEPOT
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ;JUSTIN DAVENPORT MORE than 500 police took part in raids today to smash a [pounds sterling]30million fraud involving Royal Mail insiders. A gang, whose members are believed to be from Angola and Congo, are suspected of...
Postman Is Held in [Pounds Sterling]30m Stolen Cheque Swoops; 500 Police Smash Royal Mail Crime Ring
Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT;MATHEUS SANCHEZ MORE than 500 police took part in raids today to smash a [pounds sterling]30million fraud involving Royal Mail insiders. A gang, whose members are believed to be from Angola and Congo, are suspected of...
[Pounds Sterling]30m CHEQUE BOOK ROBBERY; 500 Police Smash Crime Ring Working Inside Royal Mail
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ;JUSTIN DAVENPORT POLICE today smashed a [pounds sterling]30 million stolen cheque books racket involving Royal Mail insiders. Officers seized a gang whose members are believed to be from Angola and Congo. They are suspected...
[Pounds Sterling]30m CHEQUE BOOK ROBBERY; 500 Police Smash Crime Ring Working Inside Royal Mail Mail Thefts
Byline: MATHEUS SANCHEZ;JUSTIN DAVENPORT MORE than 500 police took part in raids today to smash a [pounds sterling]30 million fraud involving Royal Mail insiders. A gang, whose members are believed to be from Angola and Congo, are suspected of...
Quins Facing Up to Doomsday Scenario; Slip-Up at Leeds Could Leave Club in Turmoil
Byline: CHRIS JONES WHOLESALE redundancies and a possible [pounds sterling]3million loss of revenue are the real dangers facing Harlequins as they battle to avoid relegation from the Zurich Premiership. Quins, second from bottom, play basement...
Quins Fight to Fend off Doomsday Scenario; RUGBY UNION
Byline: CHRIS JONES WHOLESALE redundancies and a possible [pounds sterling]3million loss of revenue are serious dangers facing Harlequins as they battle to avoid relegation from the Zurich Premiership. Quins, second from bottom, play basement...
Range Rover to Go-Go; George Michael's Old Car Attracting eBay Bids to the Tune of [Pounds Sterling]8,000
Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD WITH 70,000 miles on the clock, a dent in the rear bumper and a few stray dog hairs, it would normally sell for around [pounds sterling]3,000. But such is the power of a world famous pop star name that buyers are now prepared...
Rogge Told to Ease off in Bidding War Row
Byline: ADRIAN WARNER JACQUES ROGGE, the International Olympic Committee president, was today advised not to be too tough on the cities bidding for the 2012 Games by one of the most experienced figures in the Olympic movement. The warning came...
Schools Choose Parents
AT HIS press conference today on Labour's plans for education, the Prime Minister promised "big changes". But when challenged by our political editor, Joe Murphy, about the lack of choice, low standards and high truancy rates in London, he admitted...
So, Are Trampolines Safe? A New Report Has Warned That Children's Trampoline Injuries Have Risen Dramatically. So How Safe Are They? A Mother and a Safety Campaigner Argue the Case for and Against
FOR They're safe, says writer and mother-of-two Caroline Phillips OUR children started their bouncing careers on the [pounds sterling]1,500 sprung mattress on our bed, so it seemed obvious for us to buy a proper trampoline instead. Three years...
So like Her Father, Becker's Daughter Conceived in Nobu Broom Cupboard; FIVE-YEAR-OLD CHILD OF TENNIS STAR BORIS GIVES HER FIRST INTERVIEW ON GERMAN TV
Byline: ALLAN HALL THESE pictures show the remarkable similarity between Boris Becker and his illegitimate daughter, who was conceived in a broom cupboard at a London restaurant. Anna Ermakowa was born as a result of the former tennis champion's...
Spending a Life in the Capital Will Set You Back [Pounds Sterling]2m
Byline: MARK PRIGG LONDONERS will spend more than [pounds sterling]2 million on everything from tax to socks in their lifetime, new figures reveal today. People living in the capital will spend [pounds sterling]2,043,950 during their life, [pounds...
Stopping Lampard Is the Key, Says Alonso
Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY XABI ALONSO believes Frank Lampard is the player Liverpool must stop in the first leg of their European Cup showdown at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night. The Spanish midfielder will hold no grudges against his Chelsea counterpart...
Stop the Plane Please, I Want to Get on; Late Passenger Tries to Flag Down Jet on Runway and It Wasn't Even the Right Flight
Byline: SITALA PEEK PASSENGERS on a flight to Luton looked on in horror as a man breached airport security to rush on to the tarmac in a bid to board a plane about to take off. The man slipped past airport control to run up to the easyJet plane...
Surging Oil Price Hands BP a New Profits Record
Byline: ROBERT LEA BP's first-quarter profits surged to a record, bringing in earnings of more than $2.5 million ([pounds sterling]1.3 million) an hour on the back of the soaring oil price. Britain's biggest company today said profits in the...
Surging Oil Price Hands BP a New Profits Record
Byline: ROBERT LEA BP SURGED to yet another profits record today, racking up its best-ever quarterly bottom line with earnings in the first three months of the year coming in at more than $2.5 million ([pounds sterling]1.3 million) an hour. Riding...
Surging Oil Price Hands BP a New Profits Record; CITY BRIEFING
BP SURGED to yet another profits record today, racking up its bestever quarterly bottom line with earnings in the first three months of the year coming in at more than $2.5 million ([pounds sterling]1.3 million) an hour. Riding the crest of the...
The Day I Sandblasted My Face and, Yes, It Did Sting; Alice Hart-Davis Samples a Skin Rejuvenation Treatment That Starts Where Mere Creams Leave Off
Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS Microdermabrasion What is it? Mechanical exfoliation of the face - "polishing" off the top layer of dead skin cells, using a jet of minute crystals. Almost like sandblasting a building, though practitioners don't like...
The Discomfort at the Heart of Labour
THE DEFECTION of veteran Labour MP Brian Sedgemore to the Liberal Democrats is an embarrassment for the Government: it highlights the deep and abiding discomfort in the Labour Party over Iraq. Accusations that Mr Blair lied risk blowing Labour's campaign...
The Rise of the Protectors
Byline: PAULA HAWKINS THE role of the compliance professional has been transformed over the past five years, from a strictly monitoring focus to one far more central to business strategy. However, the perceptions of compliance departments have not...
The Sporting Chefs; How the Michelin Men Stay in Shape Away from Hotplate
Byline: ANDRE PAINE THEY are famous for their world-class culinary skills, but these Michelinstarred chefs also pack a punch at some of the most gruelling sports. Away from the heat of the kitchen, Tom Aikens takes to the polo field while Marcus...
The World's Greatest Rock Show Rolls in; LARGEST COLLECTION OF PRICELESS DIAMONDS TO GO ON DISPLAY
Byline: MARK PRIGG THE WORLD'S biggest set of priceless diamonds will arrive at the Natural History Museum next month amid a massive security operation. The collection features some of the world's largest stones, and royal gems lent to the museum...
Time to Learn Your Stripes; Add a Twist of Colour and Drama to Your Home
Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER IN LONDON parks, sunbathing becomes a fashion statement. Summer is the time for stripes as deck chairs, parasols and picnic kits come out, and The Conran Shop leads the way, with its new Cabin outdoor range. The heavyweight...
Top Judges Warn over Loss of Powers; 'NEW LAWS ARE THREATENING JUDICIARY'S INDEPENDENCE'
Byline: BO WILSON SENIOR judges are warning that a series of recent laws are stripping them of their powers. A group of High Court and Appeal Court judges say they are losing the right to administer justice and accuse the Home Office of "a lack...
Tory's Furious Outburst on BBC's Today; Londoner's Diary
A TOP Conservative was embroiled in a furious spat with the BBC over alleged bias today. Shadow Education Secretary Tim Collins accused the corporation of "institutional Leftism" during a live Radio 4 interview, plunging relations between the Tories...
We Let Ourselves Down by Showing Too Much Respect, Says King
Byline: RAOUL SIMONS LEDLEY KING believes Tottenham's players were guilty of showing Arsenal too much respect in last night's north London derby. Spurs were beaten 1-0 by the Premiership champions after being outplayed for long periods in a one-sided...
Wenger Plays Final Mind Game; Mischievous Arsene Says Chelsea Will Struggle in Bolton Clash
Byline: MICHAEL HART Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0 ARSENE WENGER today cast doubt on Chelsea's ability to clinch the Premiership title at Bolton on Saturday. Arsenal's 1-0 win over Tottenham at Highbury means that Chelsea are still two short of the...
Wenger's Final Stand; Arsenal Manager Says Chelsea Could Struggle against Bolton and Won't Concede That His Title Dream Is Over
Byline: MICHAEL HART Arsenal 1 Tottenham 0 ARSENE WENGER today cast doubt on Chelsea's ability to clinch the Premiership title at Bolton on Saturday. Arsenal's 1-0 win over Tottenham at Highbury means that Chelsea are still two short of the 87...