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‘An almost biblical notion of evil’ – why Ian Brady haunts the British psyche. Suffer little children: how Ian Brady cast a dark shadow over popular culture. In Autobiography, Morrissey remembers the long shadow that the Moors murders cast over his northern childhood.

Suffer little children: how Ian Brady cast a dark shadow over popular culture

“A swarm of misery grips mid-60s Manchester as Hindley and Brady raise their faces to the camera and become known to us all,” he writes. Then later: “Everyone appears to know someone who knew Myra Hindley, and we are forced to accept a new truth; that a woman can be just as cruel and dehumanised as a man, and that all safety is an illusion.” In adulthood, this memory of collective trauma, revived by reading Emlyn Williams’ sensationalist 1967 account Beyond Belief, inspired Suffer Little Children, the first song Morrissey and Johnny Marr wrote as the Smiths.

Darcus Howe: ‘He translated the anger of street protests into political action’ When I heard the news of Darcus Howe’s passing, it reminded me that one of the worst-told stories in Britain is the history of black struggle on these shores.

Darcus Howe: ‘He translated the anger of street protests into political action’

It is almost impossible to trace the impact of his work, because we so poorly understand the context in which he laboured. I managed to go through 20 years of formal education without ever being told a single fact about black resistance movements in the nation. The closest we ever got was learning about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks time and again during black history month.

Howe, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1943, was an instrumental force for change in the black British struggle for equal rights and justice over five decades. He migrated to the UK in 1961, a pivotal time for black activism in Britain. Miners' strike files suggest 'hints of political direction' of police. There are “hints of political direction of the police” in the 1984-85 miners’ strike that need to be examined in the latest release of secret Home Office files, the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner has said.

Miners' strike files suggest 'hints of political direction' of police

Dr Alan Billings said he was deeply shocked by some of the disclosures in the batch of Whitehall files. “There are hints of that [political direction] in these documents that are being released. That wants examining. Liverpool ban Sun journalists over Hillsborough coverage. Liverpool football club have banned the Sun from their Anfield stadium and Melwood training ground over the newspaper’s notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed.

Liverpool ban Sun journalists over Hillsborough coverage

The Sun will not be permitted to report on the club’s matches from Anfield and be given no access to interview players or the manager, Jürgen Klopp. The decision is understood to have been taken by Liverpool’s Boston-based owner, led by the financier John Henry, after club executives had discussions with families whose relatives were killed at Hillsborough at the 1989 FA Cup semi final. Bereaved families, survivors and supporters have never forgiven the Sun for its coverage four days after the disaster, in which it ran extremely damaging allegations about Liverpool supporters’ behaviour under the headline “The Truth”, which are now established to have been false, told by unnamed South Yorkshire police officers. Orgreave files 'to be made public next year' Irlande : La Grande Famine. EMI may drop the Sex Pistols – archive, 1976.

EMI, the world’s largest recording company is considering dismissing Sex Pistols, the punk rock group, despite the legal consequences, by breaking a £40,000 two-year contract.

EMI may drop the Sex Pistols – archive, 1976

Sir John Read, EMI’s chairman, told shareholders yesterday that the directors were carefully considering both the contract and plans to release subsequent Sex Pistols’ albums. The group, whose use last week of four-letter words on Today the Thames Television show, led to the suspension of Mr Bill Grundy the interviewer, has had 13 British concerts cancelled by universities, theatres and town halls. But Mr Malcolm McLaren, Sex Pistols’ manager, said yesterday he was booking new British dates, and arranging meetings with American record promoters about a coast-to-coast tour of the US. On Monday night, half the student audience at a Leeds concert walked out on the band.

'All London's subcultures existed side by side': your memories of Camden Market. ‘I’m not from London, I’m from Camden Town.

'All London's subcultures existed side by side': your memories of Camden Market

But my home is gone now and I can’t go back at those prices’ “I was born just down the road. There are too many stories to share, I remember the first ‘silly boot’ hanging outside the shops, the Irish poets who drank with me in the pub at 14 and told me to change my name back to proper Irish. Friends made things and sold them at the market. Observer 225 timeline: a liberal voice in a changing world. The first issue of the Observer is published, the day before the death of Mozart, from a small office at 169 The Strand, London, by Irish entrepreneur WS Bourne.

Observer 225 timeline: a liberal voice in a changing world

Four pages long and with advertisements on its front page, it was advertised as “Unbiased by Prejudice – Uninfluenced by Party”, and its objectives as “truth, and the dissemination of every species of knowledge that may conduce to the happiness of society”. More prosaically, Bourne’s premise was that the newspaper “would obtain him a rapid fortune”: within three years he was £1,600 in debt. Seven decades of classic photography from the Observer. ‘You feel the history at the Observer as soon as you start to write or edit’ I’ve worked at the Observer for just over a 10th of its 225 years.

‘You feel the history at the Observer as soon as you start to write or edit’

About 1,200 of its 11,700 Sundays. Though newspapers deal in the present moment, more than other organisations they carry a weight of memory about them, an accumulated sense of all the decisions and judgements and observations that have brought them to where they are. You feel that history as soon as you start to write or photograph or edit. You are never making something entirely of your own; you are making something that each week goes on top of the pile of all that has gone before. Not writing a story, but writing an Observer story. Filth and fury: Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, the Clash and fans – in pictures. ‘Our parents went without food so we could eat’: growing up in Manchester in the 1960s.

I was five when this picture was taken.

‘Our parents went without food so we could eat’: growing up in Manchester in the 1960s

Yes, we were poor, but it was Moss Side in 1969 – everyone was poor. Retired police to back miners over 1984 ‘battle of Orgreave’ A group of retired police officers has offered to give damning evidence to any inquiry into the tactics deployed at the 1984 Orgreave confrontation with striking miners.

Retired police to back miners over 1984 ‘battle of Orgreave’

Henrietta Hill QC, legal counsel for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), said that the number of officers who had so far come forward was “in single figures”, but she expected more to follow once the terms of any inquiry were announced. “A range of police officers have come forward through various routes, including to the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission],” she said, “and the Hillsborough inquiry heard from many, many senior and junior police officers when it was established.” Nostalgia without memory. In the summer of 2000 I was commissioned by Harper’s Bazaar magazine to write about the young gilded special advisers who were working for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown or orbiting around them, or who were close to Peter Mandelson.

Most of them wanted to be MPs. I did not know them personally but I knew a lot about them – about how they lived, worked and socialised. Some of them lived together – indeed, even slept together. They were intelligent: all had been educated at Oxford or Cambridge, and some had known each other from student days. Orgreave miners' strike inquiry 'will go ahead' A public inquiry into alleged police brutality at the 1984 Orgreave miners’ picket will go ahead, according to reports.

A delegation from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) met Amber Rudd on Tuesday to press the case for an inquiry. The home secretary is set to appoint a lawyer in October to carry out a review of material relating to the so-called battle of Orgreave, according to the Times. Rudd wants to push ahead with an investigation that delivers answers that are “complete” but does not want “something that could drag on for years”, a source told the newspaper. Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham, who has campaigned for the claims into the battle of Orgreave to be investigated, said reports that an inquiry would go ahead were encouraging.

Around 6,000 officers, many with riot gear, horses and dogs, are alleged to have used excessive force to suppress a miners’ strike at Orgreave coking works in South Yorkshire. Downing Street ‘used police and courts to smear Orgreave miners’ Previously unseen documents suggesting that a politically motivated operation involving the police and courts was launched against miners involved in the 1984 Orgreave confrontation in Yorkshire will be used to put fresh pressure on the home secretary to announce a public inquiry at a meeting with campaigners this week. A legal case has been lodged with the Home Office which, it is claimed, offers evidence of the “wrongful arrest of 95 miners, the deliberate falsification of a narrative against them from the outset, the immediate presentation of that false narrative by police to the media and its uncritical acceptance by the latter”.

At a meeting with the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Tuesday, a delegation from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign will demand action over claims police officers were also guilty of usurping parliamentary supervision and redefining the law in a “pre-planned, militarised police operation”. Hillsborough detectives release images of 19 potential witnesses. Former chief constable calls for public inquiry into Orgreave action and beyond. A public inquiry should examine the way Margaret Thatcher’s government used the police to occupy communities during the 1980s miners’ strike, a former chief constable has said. South Yorkshire interim police chief welcomes Orgreave inquiry. Hillsborough: ‘Finally, we got justice’ After 27 years, justice came in a few short moments. Hillsborough victims: the 96 people whose lives were cut short.

The story of Teenage Kicks: how a punk classic was born. The Life Project: what makes some people happy, healthy and successful – and others not? In March 1946, scientists recorded the birth of almost every British baby born in one, cold week. Views from the track: readers share their images of Walthamstow Stadium. The Female Body of Punk. December 15, 2015 — A decade after the Sex Pistols were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the once marginal and vilified punk movement has, for better and worse, been thoroughly assimilated as a major aesthetic and cultural force.

'Like being on death row': the final week in Kellingley colliery. Kellingley closure: last coalminers to resurface as way of life disappears. An industry and a way of life will come to an abrupt halt at 12.45pm on Friday when 60 coalminers at Kellingley resurface with only their identity cards as mementos and redundancy cheques for the future. The men will leave an estimated 30m tons of recoverable coal in the ground at the North Yorkshire colliery and will be laid off alongside almost 390 colleagues by their employer, UK Coal Kellingley, which will be wound up.

Shaun McLoughlin, the mine’s manager, said: “It’s very sad and disappointing, but we are just not economic any more when it comes to competing with cheap international coal. And now the game's over: Kellingley miners finish final shift. Life after coal: how one Easington Colliery family survived the closure of their mine. London Music MapHome - London Music Map. How Arctic Monkeys’ debut single changed the music industry and ‘killed the NME’ Riot girls on film: how silent cinema lent the suffragettes a voice. Howard Kendall: a life in pictures. Details of more than 1,000 suffragette arrests made available online. Margaret Thatcher told to show compassion for 'unfortunate' in society. They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper by Bruce Robinson review – a huge establishment cover-up. Charlie Higson: my days squatting with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. Will Belfast ever have a Berlin Wall moment and tear down its 'peace walls'? How John Peel created our musical world.

The suffragettes and why they still matter. Strangeways, here we go again: prison protests in Manchester 25 years on. Madchester, grunge chic and Kate Moss: how the 90s shaped our world. New Order: 'We want music without any of the peripheral rubbish' – a classic interview from the vaults. Idris Elba says he's still smiling after comments by James Bond author.

Muslim Ghettos: poverty and exclusion in Birmingham – in pictures.