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Lostprophets' Ian Watkins refused permission to reduce 35-year sentence for string of child sex crimes

The Lostprophets singer’s application for a reduction in his sentence was heard by an appeal court judge in Cardiff Crown Court

Peaches Geldof cause of death: Socialite had taken fatal dose of heroin after years of addiction, inquest concludes

Ms Geldof's husband tells inquest she was an addict who he suspected of lying about drug tests

Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final days of mother-of-two's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests

The Coroner concluded that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose

Tulisa trial collapses: Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood 'tried to persuade singer to have sex with him in return for film role'

Tulisa’s barrister Jeremy Dein QC claimed that Mahmood and his team had used unethical tactics to entrap the singer, including 'sex for payment'

Teenagers who 'sext' each other could land themselves on sex offenders' register

Police have written to schools to warn teens of the risks of sharing explicit images with each other

Ian Watkins wants to appeal the length of his sentence

Ian Watkins appeal: Ex-Lostprophets singer seeks cut to 35-year sentence for child sex offences

Former rock singer says he was treated too harshly during sentencing

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Woman who grew cannabis in Sussex home fined £45,000

Sally Peake had 50 plants in her home in Bexhill

Alexander Litvinenko in 2006: he died a painful death from poisoning

Tulisa set to discuss 'Fake Sheikh' drugs sting and distressing trial in tell-all BBC 3 documentary 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame'

The singer has reportedly documented her life in the run-up to the trial that collapsed on Monday

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Pawn shop workers Tasered in face at point-blank range during 'unnecessarily violent' armed raid in Ilford

Gang involved now sentenced to a combined total of 94 years in jail

UK terrorism laws so broad it has begun to 'catch those it never intended to'

Political journalists and bloggers should not be convicted under terror laws says watchdog

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Alexander Litvinenko inquest: U-turn on public inquiry is 'quirky timing' in light of souring relations with Russia over MH17 tragedy

Hearing will probe 'Russian state-ordered murder' of former KGB officer, who accused Vladimir Putin of ordering his poisoning

More than 125 million women are thought to be currently living with the consequences of FGM

Parents to face charges for failing to prevent FGM

David Cameron attending Girl Summit to announce a £1.4m FGM-prevention programme for survivors and those at risk of the practice

David Cameron is likely to face fresh questions about his friendship with former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, recently cleared of charges relating to phone hacking, after it emerged that a retired police horse she was loaned by the Metropolitan Police was allegedly acquired by her partly for the Conservative leader’s use

Hacking Trial: Rebekah Brooks, Raisa and a new twist in the saga of a horse fit for a Prime Minister

In his book on the hacking scandal, James Hanning reveals more intimate details about the relationship between Cameron and Brooks

Former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos gives a statement outside Southwark Crown Court after her trial

Tulisa demands police investigation of ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood after drugs trial collapses

Judge Alistair McCreath’s comments raise the prospect of Mahmood being investigated for perjury or perverting the course of justice

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