'Mad Frankie' earned his nickname after pretending to be mentally ill

Still up to no good: Former gangland enforcer 'Mad' Frankie Fraser hit with care home ASBO

He was the gangland enforcer whose name, uttered aloud, was enough to strike fear into the heart of London's most hardened criminals.

Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - is taking Paddy Power to court

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Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - takes firm to court

Calls for action over attacks on guide dogs

Attacks on guide dogs are rising, it was revealed today as MPs prepare to debate extra controls for dangerous animals.

Highway safety drive – or just the latest ministerial car crash?

Campaigners tell Jonathan Brown tell why new penalties for road-hogging and tailgating will not work

Turkey: 25 held for 'inciting' demonstrations over social media

Turkish police have detained 25 people for "spreading untrue information" on social media and provoking protests, the state-run news agency said.

Protesters clashing with riot police in Istanbul

Turkey protests continue despite Deputy Prime Minister's apology over police's 'excessive violence'

Politicians accused of giving mixed signals in bid to quell anti-government protests

Clashes between police and protesters in Turkey subside after crackdown on peaceful gathering after days of fierce fighting

Protests in Istanbul and several other Turkish cities appear to have subsided, after days of fierce clashes following a police crackdown on a peaceful gathering.

Viewers complain about 'frightening' Ikea gnomes advert

Advert features couple kicking gnomes across their garden before using a hammock to hurl them against a fence

New dangerous dogs legislation does not go far enough, say MPs

The Government's moves to tackle irresponsible dog ownership do not go far enough, a committee of MPs has warned.

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Immigration Bill to 'ensure this country attracts people who will contribute and deter those who will not'

A brightly coloured security gate on the peace line in the nationalist Short Strand area of Belfast

'Taking Belfast's peace walls down solves nothing. They should be higher': Protestants and Catholics agree time is not right to dismantle barriers

Protestants and Catholics agree that the peace lines give both sides a sense of security

More than 10,000 violent criminals escaped conviction in England and Wales last year after 'saying sorry'

Offenders instead dealt with by 'community relations'

Police urged to open new stations in shopping centres

Local “police offices” should be opened in busy shopping centres to encourage more people to report crime and antisocial behaviour, a report argues today.

Ancient Syrian minaret reduced to rubble

The 11th-century minaret of a landmark mosque in Aleppo was destroyed, leaving the once-soaring stone tower a pile of rubble and twisted metal scattered in the tiled courtyard.

Is questioning tweeting teens or investigating historical crimes the best use of police time?

It could be argued that policing social media over dealing with anti-social violence is purely to appear to be doing something. And what purpose can Yewtree really serve?

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