The "murder and mayhem" squad: Shocking new revelations by former undercover soldier who carried out "shoot first, ask questions…

The 'murder and mayhem' squad: Shocking new revelations by former undercover soldier who carried out 'shoot first, ask questions later' attacks on IRA terrorists for the British Army Former British soldier says unit carried out secret campaign against the IRASays controversial shootings were carried out by the Military Reaction ForceHis accounts are being studied by Historical Enquiries Team | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 22 December 2012 A former British soldier who belonged to an undercover unit in Northern Ireland has claimed he and his colleagues resorted to ‘murder and mayhem’ during a secret campaign against the IRA. Simon Cursey was a member of a 30-man team which would ‘shoot first and ask questions later’

Prickly feat: The baby echidnas that are the first to be successfully bred from zoo-born parents

Snuggles from puggles: The tiny baby echidnas that can curl up in the palm of your hand Two short-beaked echidnas, Babbin and Nyingarn, were born at Perth Zoo The puggles are the first in the world to be bred by zoo-born parents | UPDATED: 17:21 GMT, 18 December 2012 They may look like adorable baby hedgehogs but these rare spiky puggles are the first echidnas to ever be bred from zoo-born parents. Two short-beaked baby echidnas – called puggles – Babbin and Nyingarn were born at Perth Zoo this August

Police force re-opens search for clues behind "unexplained deaths" of eight people who have never been identified

Police force re-opens search for clues behind 'unexplained deaths' of eight people who have never been identified | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 12 December 2012 Enlarge This man was found on August 3, 1970 at Uxbridge Road Railway Bridge, Slough, several hundred yards west on the line Thames Valley Police today launched Operation Nightingale to find the identities of eight bodies of people who died in unexplained circumstances in the area over the last 40 years. In a bid to identify the bodies, the police have released new sketches, along with detailed descriptions of how and where they died