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LONDONGRAD CALLING
The palatial Holland Park property secretly acquired by the family of the former mayor of Moscow, who was ejected over corruption allegations.

INVESTIGATING THE INVESTIGATOR
Family whose case was highlighted in Netflix show The Investigator say they were let down by cop-turned-journalist Mark Williams-Thomas.

LAST RESORT
Another bail-out from the public purse for the troubled Cairngorm Mountain winter sports resort and its eye-wateringly expensive funicular railway.

COMMON AILMENT
Efforts to replace rip-off leasehold tenancies are stymied by a failure to include commonhold developments in the taxpayer-funded Help to Buy scheme.

RIYADH POLITIK
More questions for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Clifford Chance over their involvement in the ‘sale’ of TV company MBC to the Saudi state, while its directors were incarcerated in the Ritz Carlton.

CADETS GROUNDED
The Air Cadets’ long-grounded motorglider fleet faces a sell-off, after maintenance contractor Serco and the RAF failed to keep them airworthy.

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE
Inquest jury finds that multiple failings of care contributed to the death of a young severely autistic woman held in a large, noisy mental health unit.

MISSING LYNX
Plans to reintroduce predatory wild lynx in Northumberland are rejected after the applicants submit photos of themselves holding animals as evidence of their capability.

CLUB FEAT
Dodgy private investigation firm faces legal trouble over its involvement in gathering evidence to get a member of the snooty Hurlingham Club blackballed.

DIAL 999 FOR MAYHEM
A man bled to death needlessly after a series of errors by police and ambulance services meant it took 55 minutes for help to arrive after he fell on to glass.

FREELANCE? IT’S THE CEST PITS
NHS locums face severe net pay cuts as the taxman tells trusts that freelance doctors and nurses should be treated as employees.

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