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Police say a decision to ban mankinis and other “inappropriate clothing” from their town has helped significantly reduce anti-social behaviour and recorded crime.

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Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab jailed for three years over 'illegal gatherings'

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'Entrenched' family abuse revealed in new report into England's troubled families

A report into England's most troubled families has painted a grim picture of sexual abuse and welfare dependency going back generations.

Criminal Justice Minister Nick Herbert says justice 'must be swift, sure and seen to be done, or it's not done at all'

The criminal justice system can be opaque, impenetrable, too concerned with defendants and too little concerned about victims, Nick Herbert said today.

Man dies and nine stabbed at Dublin concert

A concert was marred by tragedy when one reveller died, nine men were stabbed and two others assaulted.

Man jailed for urinating on Gloucestershire war memorial

A man who urinated on a plaque in a war memorial in South Gloucestershire and scratched the word “prick” into the pavement has been jailed for 11 weeks.

Tom Winsor promises 'fearless independence' as he aims to shine a light into 'darkest corners' of policing

The expected new regulator of policing put the Home Secretary on notice today that he would take on the Government as he promised to shine a light into the “darkest corners” of law and order in Britain.

Labour vows to fight police cuts

Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched his party's campaign for Police and Crime Commissioner elections by pledging to fight against plans to slash the number of officers on the streets.

Dispersal orders see children banned from city centre

Children under 16 have been banned from a city centre at night in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Eviction under way of Occupy London protesters from Finsbury Square

An eviction is under way to move Occupy London protesters from their seven-month occupation of a square in the capital.

Eric Pickles welcomes expansion of 'troubled' families scheme

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has insisted that problem households will not get “special treatment” as he welcomed an expansion of a Government scheme to help troubled families.

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