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Jodi killer set to appeal conviction.

The race to host the 2012 Olympics escalated yesterday with the contest between London and Paris 'too close to call', Lord Coe said. The chairman of London 2012 dismissed speculation that the French bid was streets ahead as he limbered up for the arrival of International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspectors today.

He said the bid was 'in very good shape' and ready to be put through its paces by the IOC this week.

On whether Paris was favourite, he said, 'I do not think anybody genuinely knows. This is a very, very tight competition. We are doing extremely well and we are in good shape and looking forward to being tested on our plan.

'This is a very, very close competition.'

TEENAGE killer Luke Mitchell is intending to appeal his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend Jodi Jones.

Mitchell, 16, has lodged an 'intimation of intention to appeal', the Justiciary Office at the High Court in Edinburgh confirmed. He was ordered to serve at least 20 years before being considered for parole after being found guilty of killing Jodi, 14.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Jodi was stripped, tied up and stabbed to death in woods near her Dalkeith home.

Mitchell, from Dalkeith, Midlothian had denied killing Jodi in June 2003 and his defence lawyer continued to protest his innocence at Friday's sentencing.

Mitchell intends to appeal his conviction and sentence

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A 14-YEAR-OLD thief who stole a pair of secateurs from a garden shed got the shock of his life - when he was detained by a Church of England bishop.

The teenager was briefly taken into 'custody' by the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, who marched him into his home near the city's cathedral. A spokesman for the Diocese of Lichfield confirmed that the youth was detained as the bishop was returning home with his wife after a walk on Sunday.

It is understood that the clergyman gave the thief the option of telephoning his parents or telephoning the police, but the youngster could not make his mind up so the bishop called the police.
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