Lord Coe and other stars of the London 2012 Olympics collect awards from Buckingham Palace


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Olympic honour for Seb (and co): London 2012 chief and other stars of the Games collect awards from Buckingham Palace , said he shared the award with his talented team at Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), volunteers and the enthusiastic British public. Speaking after the ceremony, he said: ‘It’s a lovely honour and I’m deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: our teams at Locog, the most talented, focused people I’ve ever worked with – passionate people – but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line.’ Lord Coe was recently appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association and will now help to steer another generation of athletes in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics

BREAKING NEWS: Schoolgirl, 15, stabbed to death on bus during morning rush hour


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BREAKING NEWS: Schoolgirl, 15, stabbed to death on bus during morning rush hourVictim was attacked by a friend, according to unconfirmed reports By Simon Tomlinson PUBLISHED: 09:30 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:47 GMT, 7 March 2013 Police have launched a murder investigation after a 'schoolgirl' was stabbed to death on a bus. The commuter horror is believed to have happened during rush hour at 7.37am today in Birmingham

Ex-police chief and his lover found shot dead in porch of their home "after neighbours spotted bloodstains on window"


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Ex-police chief and his lover found shot dead in porch of their home 'after neighbours spotted bloodstains on window' Police were called to the house on the Moonrakers estate in DevizesBody of former police inspector Bill Dowling and his partner were found Both victims appeared to have sustained gunshot woundsNeighbours called police after seeing the bodies in the porch Wiltshire Police said the news will 'shock the community' By Andy Dolan and Luke Salkeld PUBLISHED: 08:33 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 4 March 2013 Ex-police chief Bill Dowling was found shot dead at his home in Moonrakers, Devizes A retired police inspector and his girlfriend were found shot dead at his home, it emerged yesterday. The bodies of Bill Dowling, 59, and a woman named locally as Vicky, were lying in the blood- spattered porch.

Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic "riot shield" to stop Larry the cat from getting into building


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Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic 'riot shield' to stop Larry the cat from getting into building Chief Mouser to the Cabinet found his way into the Foreign Office blockedHe and George Osborne's cat Freya are regular visitors to the buildingBut staff with allergies had complained about their presence William Hague came to their aid and ordered the removal of the barrier By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 19:01 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:03 GMT, 21 February 2013 As Chief Mouser to the Cabinet, Larry is used to having his run of Downing Street. So he was understandably more than a little perturbed today when he found one of his favourite prowling routes blocked by a plastic shield. It appears the Foreign Office, which installed the clear cover, has gone to extreme lengths to stop the No10 employee from snooping around.

British student, 20, gang-raped by four men on balcony in Thailand after "boyfriend leaves her in a bar"


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British student, 20, gang-raped by four men on balcony in Thailand after 'boyfriend left her in a bar' Attackers dragged the woman off the street as she came out of the barThey took her to a neighbouring building where she was found at 5amShe had been advised to leave the night spot because of her condition By Alex Gore and Andrew Drummond PUBLISHED: 10:34 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 GMT, 18 February 2013 Enlarge Attacked: The British student, 20, was gang-raped in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand A British student has been gang-raped by four men on a balcony in Thailand after being dragged off the street as she came out of a bar in the early hours of the morning. The men had been driving around in a pick-up truck when they spotted the 20-year-old coming out of the popular night spot on Saturday morning. Police said the girl was drunk and had been left by a fellow traveller from South Africa after both had been advised to leave the bar because of their condition.

Flagship BBC news programmes off air after journalists stage walkout over job cuts


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Bargain Hunt instead of BBC Breakfast as Beeb's flagship news programmes are hit by journalists' union walkoutStaff have gone on strike over compulsory redundancies at the CorporationToday on Radio 4 and BBC 1's Breakfast among many shows cancelledIndustrial action ends at midnight tonight By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 07:49 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 18 February 2013 Repeats were used to plug huge gaps in BBC news programming today after journalists walked out for 24 hours over the threat of compulsory redundancies. The Corporation's flagship morning TV show, BBC One's Breakfast, was replaced by Bargain Hunt and Escape to the Country.

Manchester United star Paul Scholes has car stolen on driveway after he left it defrosting


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Manchester United star Paul Scholes has car stolen from driveway after leaving engine running to defrost windowsThe former England star's Chevrolet Captiva LT 2 Estate was stolen He had left it running on his driveway in Oldham, Greater Manchester By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 09:19 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 GMT, 29 January 2013 Manchester United star Paul Scholes had his 30,000 car stolen after he left the engine running while defrosting it on his driveway yesterday. The 38-year-old former England midfielder had gone back inside his home while ice melted on the windscreen of his Chevrolet Captiva LT 2 Estate. When he came back out of the house between 7.45am and 8am the car had gone

Angela Vane, 40, charged with murder of Devon toddler

Woman, 40, charged with murder of toddler, 2, found dead in home by member of public Angela Vane, 40 will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court todayShe was arrested on Saturday after boy, 2, was found dead at a homeShocked neighbours leave floral tributes near house in Modbury, Devon By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 01:54 GMT, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 GMT, 21 January 2013 A 40-year-old woman was last night charged with the murder of a two-year-old boy. Angela Vane, 40, from Modbury, Devon, will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court today after the toddler was found at a home on Saturday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said. Officers were called to the house after the boy's body was discovered by a member of the public.

Vauxhall helicopter crash: Sister of man killed is burgled as she mourns her brother Matthew Wood with relatives


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Sister of man killed after helicopter crashed on top of him is burgled as she mourns with relativesHer house was ransacked for jewellery the day after her brother's deathShe had been with family to 'give each other support' following the tragedy PUBLISHED: 14:33 GMT, 19 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 GMT, 19 January 2013 Mourning: Amanda Wood was burgled after her brother Matthew, pictured, was killed by a helicopter The sister of a pedestrian killed when a helicopter crashed on top of him in central London has been burgled while mourning his death with relatives. Amanda Wood returned home on Thursday – the day after her brother Matthew Wood, 39, was killed in Vauxhall – to find her house ransacked

Backlash as Radio 2 moves hymns to a 6am slot


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Prayers before dawn on Radio 2: Backlash as broadcaster moves hymns show to a 6am slotSunday Half Hour moves from 8:30pm to earlier hour-long slotTwitter users branded the new time 'ridiculous' Presenter Diane Louise Jordan told regular listeners that they can catch up on iPlayer By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 01:06 GMT, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 04:05 GMT, 9 January 2013 Listeners have reacted with anger after Radio 2 moved church hymns show Sunday Half Hour from 8.30pm to a 6am slot. Presenter Diane Louise Jordan announced the new time at the weekend.