Martin Hickman

Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.

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Savile abused a dying teen and attacked children who were in NHS care

Jimmy Savile carried out at least 57 sex attacks in NHS hospitals, including one on a dying teenager, across six decades. He also abused children at least 14 times in schools.

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn was found guilty of one count of misconduct in public office

Detective faces jail for offering hacking probe leaks to NOTW

April Casburn’s high-flying career in the police ended in disgrace tonight when she was convicted of offering to leak details of the phone hacking inquiry to the News of the World.

Scotland Yard officer made 'extremely stupid' decision to give News of the World information about new phone hacking inquiry

A senior officer at Scotland Yard made an “extremely stupid” decision to give the News of the World information about a new police inquiry into phone hacking, her lawyer admitted today.

Deputy Chief Inspector April Casburn

Met Police officer accused of selling information to NOTW

Counter-terrorism DCI offered details of inquiry into phone hacking, court hears

Households set for record winter fuel bill

Six million households face a shock next month when an average fuel bill of £530 pops through the letterbox, analysts warned today.

Analysis of official figures showed that in the past two years nine of the 10 councils with the biggest improvements in recycling pick up non-recyclable waste fortnightly

Battle of the bins: Defra stats show fortnightly refuse collections INCREASES recycling

The battle of the bins has broken out again after analysis of Government figures showed that collecting refuse fortnightly - a policy considered by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, to be rubbish – increases recycling.

Free-range eggs: Sales of eggs from hens allowed to roam rose again, from £497m to £526m in 2011.

Organic food loses its appeal – but ethics rule at the checkout

Supermarkets have devoted less space to organic food as customers have reined in their spending

Michael Barrymore: I’m an alcoholic and have had my problems. But I never murdered anyone. I was set up

In his first interview for a decade, the television entertainer tells Martin Hickman how he plans to exact vengeance on the tabloids that brought him to his knees

Bread sauce: Collect sandwich crusts in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer; when there is enough, whizz in a food processor and use to make bread sauce or keep for toppings

There's food for thought in the festive fridge: How to make a meal from Christmas leftovers

It pays to make a tasty meal out of leftovers

Enthusiastic YouTube users are now allowed to use clips of films for mash-ups

Online video rights: You can copy it, as long as you make 'em laugh

New exemptions to copyright law will allow satirists to use music, literature and images online

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