Paul Peachey

Paul Peachey is Crime Correspondent at the Independent

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Chief reporter at the Croydon Advertiser Gareth Davies

Police gave journalist investigating fraudster a harassment warning

Reporter seeks to clear his name – and warns that his case is an example of a chilling threat to press freedom

The 2003 Communications Act and the Malicious Communications Act 1988 predate Twitter

Twitter joke trial law is being used to win easy convictions and must be scrapped, report claims

Report: “The legislation currently used is out of date”

Greater Manchester police headquarters

Teenager in court charged with trying to acquire lethal toxin abrin

Police also arrested a 16-year-old girl on Monday during counter-terror operation

Castor beans are the main ingredient in making the poison ricin

Mohammed Ammer Ali: FBI sting caught man who tried to buy deadly ricin off the internet

Ricin is said to be hundreds of times more deadly than cyanide

Mehmet Hassan: Poker player lured to hotel by honeytrap woman and then tied up, beaten and murdered for his winning, court hears

Mr Hassan, 56, was bound with tape, then kicked and stamped to death in the bedroom of his Islington flat

It was alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta, then a senior politician, paid criminal gangs to prepare for “war” against rivals who questioned the re-election in 2007

ICC damned as 'amateur' by British lawyers for acquitted Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Exclusive: The case against Kenyatta for co-ordinating post-election violence in 2007 that left more than 1,000 dead was dropped in December because of a lack of evidence

A poster in Benin, Nigeria; more than 100 Nigerian women were identified last year as having been trafficked into sexual slavery

Sex traffickers' juju spells to be 'reversed' as part of radical new scheme to encourage young African victims to come forward

Confronting the superstitions used to silence victims could be key to more prosecutions

The crimes included rapes, with some of the victims very young children

Essex Police’s failure to investigate 30 abuse claims left children vulnerable

Chief Constable of Essex has apologised

The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Two-thirds of judges feel their six-figure salary is too low

The majority earn between £100,000 and £200,000

More than 1,000 children are held in custody in England and Wales, with 95 per cent of them boys

Imprisonment 'turns young offenders into sex criminals'

Plans for Europe’s biggest juvenile prison called into question by findings of Howard League study

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