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British animal rights activist Debbie Vincent has been sentenced to six years in prison

Last leader of violent animal rights group jailed for six years

Debbie Vincent was part of group that falsely accused Huntingdon Life Sciences workers of being paedophiles, posted sanitary towels claimed to be infected with AIDS, and desecrated the grave of the mother of a pharmaceutical company director

Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers

New practice shows how drone technology can be used ‘for both good and bad’, says MP Tom Watson

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MI6 puts PC Yvonne Fletcher murder suspects ‘under 24-hour surveillance’ in Libya

British agents have put relatives and associates of a suspect in the murder of police officer Yvonne Fletcher – shot dead outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984 – under 24-hour surveillance in Libya, according to a report.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is Britain’s most senior police officer

Police whistleblower confronts Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe during radio phone-in

A police whistleblower who resigned after raising concerns about the massaging of crime statistics has confronted the Metropolitan Police Commissioner during a radio phone-in.

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PC Keith Blakelock murder trial: Even family of key witness did not believe him

A key prosecution witness at the trial of the man cleared of killing PC Keith Blakelock was not even believed by his family, it can be revealed today.

David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson admits he knew that David Blunkett's phone had been hacked

Andy Coulson knew details of the private life of the former Home Secretary David Blunkett, published in a story in the News of the World in 2004, had been obtained from hacked voicemails, the jury at the phone hacking trial has heard.

Undated handout photo issued by RSPCA of Jack, the Jack Russell, after he received treatment. 24-year-old Walter Doe has been jailed for cutting off the eight-week-old puppy's tail and leaving it to suffer

Walter Doe jailed for cutting puppy's tail off, leaving animal in 'excruciating pain'

Doe was sentenced to three months in prison for cutting off the eight-week-old's tail

Paul Weller, aka the Modfather, performing at last year’s Isle of Wight Festival in Newport

Paul Weller wins damages from the MailOnline on behalf of his children for 'plastering' site with images of them

Paul Weller has won £10,000 privacy damages for three of his children whose faces were “plastered” over a newspaper website.

Teachers have been urged to look out for the warning signs of FGM among pupils

Female Genital Mutilation: Teachers told to 'check holiday plans' of children at risk of FGM

Tens of thousands of girls in the UK are at risk or have already had an operation

Paul Flowers charged: Disgraced former Co-op Bank chief faces possession of drugs charges

Flowers charged with two counts of possession of Class A drugs - cocaine and methamphetamine - and one count of possession of Class C drug ketamine

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls as he listens to George Osborne deliver his Budget last month

Ed Balls under police investigation over 'fail-to-stop collision' outside West Yorkshire offices

Shadow chancellor's car was filmed crashing into parked vehicle in West Yorkshire - before driving off

Akhmed Zakayev, who is a resident in the UK, was believed to be one of the targets

‘Fixer’ implicated in plot to kill Chechen exile Akhmed Zakayev is barred from Britain

Adviser to Russian republic’s president - known only as 'E' - was threat to dissident politician who fled here in 2002, argued MI5

The DJ Dave Lee Travis, arriving at Southwark Crown Court today for a hearing on whether he will face a retrial on two outstanding indecent and sexual assault charges

DJ Dave Lee Travis charged with indecent assault

Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with one count of indecent assault.

Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Peter Clarke

Michael Gove under fire for appointing anti-terror expert to investigate alleged Islamic extremist plot to take over Birmingham schools

The head of West Midlands police has criticised the “desperately unfortunate” decision by Education Secretary Michael Gove to appoint a former head of anti-terrorism to investigate an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to take over schools in Birmingham.

Andy Coulson and his wife, Eloise Patrick, arrive at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson denies role in hacking Milly Dowler's phone

Former NOTW editor says the practice was was ‘intrusive and lazy journalism’

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