EastEnders" actress Gemma McCluskie murder: Hoaxer rang family with rape and ransom threats

Hoaxer rang murdered EastEnders actress' family to claim he had raped her and wanted 2m ransomSam Dunne, 19, admitted calling Gemma McCluskie's two brothers Claimed he had raped 29-year-old and locked her up in a room The actress's torso was found in Regent's Canal, Hackney, last March .

Man sues twin sister after mother changes 2million will to deny him shares in the family business

Brother sues twin sister, claiming she manipulated their dying mother into changing her 2million will to deny him controlling share of family business Robert Simon claims Hilary Woolley manipulated mother into changing willOriginal will gave Mr Simon control of family firm he has run since 1970s By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 08:24 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:03 GMT, 1 February 2013 A man is suing his twin sister over claims she manipulated their mother into cheating him out of his inheritance. Robert Simon has accused his sister Hilary Woolley of turning against him out of envy resulting from her own unhappiness. Mr Simon blames her for telling their dying brother to write to their mother and persuade her to alter her will to exclude Mr Simon from his fair share in her 2million estate.

The cyber road test that stops teenage drivers making the mistake that left me paralysed for life

New weapon in the war against the biggest killer of young people: The cyber road test that stops teenage drivers making the mistake that left me paralysed for life | UPDATED: 22:29 GMT, 29 December 2012 Like most teenagers who have just passed their driving test, Lauren Eade is keen to get behind the wheel as often as possible. So she sets off one crisp winter afternoon – and I am beside her

Goalkeeper Jack Turner banned from wearing all-pink kit in tribute to cancer suffering mother

Goalkeeper banned from wearing all-pink kit in tribute to cancer suffering motherJack Turner had the kit made especially to support mother and raise money Told he could not wear the strip because was not the team's 'official colours'Club was threatened with a fine if Mr Turner continued to flout the rules | UPDATED: 08:16 GMT, 17 December 2012 A goalkeeper has been banned from wearing an all-pink kit to support his cancer-stricken mother. Jack Turner, 20, who plays for Staines Town, had the garish outfit made especially to pay tribute to his mother Kim and to raise money for a breast cancer charity. He was told he could not wear the brightly coloured strip because it was not the Middlesex side's 'official colours'.

Pair of Australian black swans that had been together for seven years reunited in Regent"s Park, London after being separated because of…

No longer angry birds: Swans finally reunited after squabbling led to pair being separated Park staff forced to separate pair of Australian black swans last summerMale swan was seen looking for his partner and calling out for herStaff at Regent's Park, London, said their reintroduction was successful | UPDATED: 18:06 GMT, 15 December 2012 Lovebirds: Royal Parks staff release the pair of reunited Australian black swans on to Queen Mary's Gardens lake, in Regents Park, London After seven years together, their romance came to an abrupt end last summer when constant 'squabbling' meant they had to be separated. But a pair of swans is having another go at making love work, as they were released into Regent's Park together. It is well known that swans mate for life, but the pair of Australian black swans began to concern park staff with their feisty attitude towards each other

By "eck, Gromit, mocking politicians isn"t just fun – it"s essential

By 'eck, Gromit, mocking politicians isn't just fun – it's essential By Quentin Letts PUBLISHED: 23:47 GMT, 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:50 GMT, 13 December 2012 Besmirched: The country was encouraged to see former Prime Minister Major as a prize goose during the 1997 general election Some people say that John Major had no chance of winning the 1997 general election once the ‘back to basics’ sex scandals erupted. But is that right The economy was doing well

Mother who rushed her son to hospital with meningitis symptoms is stunned to receive letter accusing her of wasting NHS time

Family who rushed boy, 7, to A&E with meningitis symptoms are stunned to receive letter accusing them of wasting NHS time Georgina Houghton, 33, called NHS Direct one weekend after son Colby, 7, developed a temperature, vomiting and sensitivity to light Told the little boy might have meningitis and needed to go to A&EDashed to hospital where doctors diagnosed a viral infection Days later Colby received letter from family GP, lambasting him for wasting NHS time and not consulting GP first | UPDATED: 01:32 GMT, 7 December 2012 Her little boy had a temperature, was sensitive to light and so poorly he couldn’t even get out of bed.

Paedophile who said a seven-year-old girl seduced him is finally jailed weeks after judge set him free

Paedophile who said a seven-year-old girl seduced him is finally jailed weeks after judge set him freeJohn Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guiltyAccused schoolgirl of pinning him down on a bed after 'flirting' with himFailed to attend sex offender treatment programme Cited excuses including wax in his ear and a broken window at home | UPDATED: 19:38 GMT, 30 November 2012 Guilty: John Thompson (pictured) was imprisoned yesterday after blaming a seven-year-old girl for seducing him A vile paedophile who blamed a girl of seven for seducing him was finally locked up yesterday – weeks after a judge let him walk free. John Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his victim.