Paul Peachey

Paul Peachey is Crime Correspondent at the Independent

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Bijan Ebrahimi died having been beaten and set on fire days after being branded a paedophile

CPS told of police role in vigilante murder of Bijan Ebrahimi

Six police officers and staff could face criminal charges over an incident where a man was murdered by a vigilante after being wrongly accused of being a paedophile.

14-year-old Alice Gross

Alice Gross murder: Police search area where body believed to be that of suspect Arnis Zalkalns was found

Police search teams were on Sunday night scouring the park close to woodland where a body was found during the hunt for the prime suspect for the murder of Alice Gross.

The Europol assessment cited a report by US security firm IID that predicted the first murder via

Cyber crime: First online murder will happen by end of year, warns US firm

The rapidly evolving Internet of Everything will leave us more vulnerable to cyber criminals, according to a worried Europol
Gang mediator Donovan Housen

Send in the peacemakers: an answer to gang violence?

Police in London and elsewhere have been offering mediation services to help criminal gangs sort out their disputes without recourse to killing. It’s a controversial approach – but, reports Paul Peachey,  the initiative has so far proved startlingly successful

Kuntal Patel admitted buying poison from an anonymous US-based seller

Daughter cleared of trying to poison mother in ‘Breaking Bad’ plot

A woman who became obsessed with the television drama Breaking Bad has been cleared of trying to kill her mother by slipping deadly poison bought over the internet into her Diet Coke.

Phil Ivey takes part in the 2007 Aussie Millions Poker Championship

Champion poker player Phil Ivey 'stitched up' casino in £7.7m winning streak, court hears

Professional player Phil Ivey hid the fact that he had adopted a system that tipped the odds in his favour

Martin Goldberg was questioned by police the day before he was found dead.

Teacher worked for two years after failure to act on abuse tip-off

Martin Goldberg was found dead the day after Essex police spoke to him at his home

Some victims of human trafficking were found to have been tattooed with bar codes

Human traffickers’ victims ‘branded like cattle’

Symbolic tattoos assert ownership over 'assets' that can be sold for thousands of pounds

The industry costs global economies an estimated US$300bn-plus [£184bn] per year

Mafia cybercrime booming and with it a whole service industry, says study

Groups 'outsourcing specialist operations to highly skilled freelance cybercriminals'

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is understood to be one of nine men arrested. A police spokesperson would not confirm or deny his detention

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary among nine held for supporting banned terrorist group

Arrests come as details emerge of Brighton teenager killed in US air strikes in Syria

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The 'Black Museum'

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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'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'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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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
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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
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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
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