Kevin Rawlinson

Kevin Rawlinson is a reporter at The Independent, writing about technology, and social media and protests/riots.

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Police at Riddlesdown railway station near Purley, South London where a woman and a young boy, believed to be three years old, died today when they were hit by a main line train in the morning rush hour

Mother and 3-year-old son killed by train at Riddlesdown station in south London during morning rush hour

Witnesses say woman jumped in front of train in Surrey, dragging child with her

Nick Buckles, G4S chief executive: “Hopefully we can put that [the Games] behind us... we won’t be doing it again”

G4S 'struggling to fulfil its obligation to house asylum-seekers'

The controversial security firm G4S is facing new scrutiny of its government contracts after a senior executive admitted it is struggling to fulfil its obligation to house asylum-seekers.

James Best was arrested for stealing a gingerbread man during the London riots in 2011, which saw buildings in some areas of London destroyed in blazes

London riots prisoner who died after gym session was 'failed by system of checks that had fallen by wayside'

A man who died in prison, where he was being held after admitting to the theft of a gingerbread man during the London riots, was failed by a system of safety checks which had “fallen by the wayside” over the years, an inquest heard today.

Under initial proposals by campaigners seeking tighter controls on internet porn, customers would have had to contact their ISP if they wanted the automatic filter switched off

Child pornography is top web concern, but how do you report it?

Around 1.5 million people have stumbled upon child pornography while using the internet, a survey has found. But the study suggested that 40 per cent would not know how to go about reporting it, if they did see it online.

£136m down the drain: MPs berate HMRC for 'woeful' record in answering phone calls

The new HMRC target for answering taxpayer calls within five minutes
John Catt argued that, as he has not engaged in any criminality, the retention of data about him on the National Domestic Extremism Database was unlawful

'Police surveillance of this kind undermines our democracy': Judges rule that action against peaceful protester John Catt was unlawful

Police face having to rethink their whole strategy for public demonstrations after judges ruled today that the surveillance they placed a peaceful protester under was unlawful.

Feel like the sole single? Well, you’re
not alone: half of women have never got married

Nearly half of women have never married, according to figures that also show almost twice as many people live alone than in 1971

Relatives pay tribute at the burial of nurse Jacintha Saldanha

Exclusive: Family of royal hoax suicide nurse Jacintha Saldanha denied legal aid for inquest into 'suicide' after Duchess of Cambridge phone call

The family of the nurse who apparently took her own life after answering the Duchess of Cambridge hoax call has been denied legal aid for her inquest, The Independent can disclose.

Five-year-olds among thousands of young people accused of sex offences

Children as young as five are among thousands of under-18s who have been accused of sexual offences against other children, according to new statistics.

Sir Robin Jacob ordered Apple to apologise in the dispute over the iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablet

Judge who issued ruling for Samsung against Apple is...advising Samsung

He was the judge who handed a major PR win to the South Korean electronics giant Samsung when he chastised rival Apple in court last year during their long-running and bitter legal fight. Now, the Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob is to be involved in another Samsung legal case – this time employed as an expert on its behalf.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there