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Police search the River Brent, near Hanwell, west London, today

Alice Gross search is largest since 7/7, says Met police

Police confirm hundreds of officers are working on locating Alice, as Latvian builder remains a suspect

Rita Lomas (left) and Jane Smith, were two members of the nine-strong gang which set up and promoted a £21m get-rich-quick pyramid scheme in Somerset

Pyramid scheme queens and a con that fools 500,000 every year

A get-rich-quick fraud perpetrated by a group of nine women saw their victims cheated out of £21m

Chris Grayling’s legal aid cuts ‘so unfair they are illegal’, rules High Court

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice, acted illegally in trying to drive through multi-million pound legal aid cuts that could have led to the closure of hundreds of legal firms, a High Court Judge has ruled.

Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, wants to bring in new ‘protection orders’

Labour will introduce new powers to protect girls from FGM

The threat to girls of being subjected to female genital mutilation would be reduced by new “protection orders” if Labour wins power, the party will announce tomorrow.

Rita Lomas (left) and Jane Smith were given suspended sentences for their role

The 'Key to a Fortune' pyramid scheme queens who conned 10,000 out of their savings

Organisers used mass emails to sign up victims in ‘get-rich-quick’ investment con

Mo Farah smashes Steve Ovett’s two-mile record in Birmingham

Mo Farah's brother jailed after attempting to rob an elderly couple's home

Omar Farah, 21, tried – and failed – to climb into their bedroom as they slept at the west London residence at 7am on 2 March 2013

Armis Zalkalns, 41, was reported missing on 5 September; Alice Gross is only 14

Alice Gross: Police seek Latvian man for information on missing schoolgirl

Armis Zalkalns, a Latvian builder living with his partner and child in west London, is believed to have travelled along the same footpath used by Alice

Seven British hostages died during a four-day siege at the In Amenas complex in 2013 in Algeria

Disgruntled worker 'had threatened bloodshed' at Algerian gas plant where seven British hostages died

Seven British hostages were killed during four-day siege

The Crown Prosecution Service was able to recover assets from Dubai

Treasure hunt: clawing back overseas loot of the UK’s crime lords

The Crown Prosecution Service has intensified its efforts to seize the cash squirrelled away abroad by Britain’s Mr Bigs, with 84 cases currently being pursued

Shaun Wright's resignation has been welcomed by the Home Secretary, victims of abuse and the body which represents police and crime commissioners

Rotherham child abuse scandal: Police commissioner Shaun Wright quits

Mr Wright had resisted calls to resign for weeks

Shoppers at Westfield Stratford, unrelated to today's incident

Stratford's Westfield shopping centre evacuated over reports of 'suspicious package'

Shops at the complex were closed for two hours

Sports Direct said the guard was employed through a security company and that he was fired shortly after the incident took place

Sports Direct security guard allegedly banned Jewish schoolboys and told them: 'No Jews, no Jews'

The guard, employed through a security firm, has since been sacked and could now face criminal proceedings

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal

Rotherham child abuse scandal: Police commissioner Shaun Wright resigns - but takes no responsibility

Shaun Wright had resisted calls to step down by the PM, among others

Greater Manchester Police want to speak to these men

Father-of-four Michael Carter dies in Manchester after 'one punch' attack during argument about football

Police said Michael Carter, 49, was attacked after 'football-related banter'

Tyler Maddick was attacked while walking home

Gay hate crime photographer Tyler Maddick pledges to carry on working

A photographer who was left blind in one eye after an apparent homophobic attack spoke last night of his ambition to carry on with his career despite his handicap.

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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