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South Africa has some of the highest rates for violent crime in the world, with an average of nearly 50 murders a day.

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A huntsman has been found not guilty of attempting to kill his former lover by shooting her outside her country home.

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Moscow police say they have arrested the man they believe was behind a mafia-style hit on a Russian businessman in London last year.

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Two hitmen who stabbed an innocent schoolboy to death by mistake have been told they are likely to die behind bars after a judge handed them a minimum term of 40 years.

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Police officers in Brazil have been left scratching their heads after not one, but three criminals called John Lennon have been arrested in recent weeks - and another John Lennon has been found dead.

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Huge security presence in place as Dale Cregan, who is also charged with murders of father and son David and Mark Short, arrived at court for the start of his trial

Aamir Siddiqi murder: hitmen guilty of schoolboy killing

Two hitmen who were high on heroin when they went to the wrong location and mistakenly stabbed an innocent teenager to death were found guilty of the boy’s murder today.

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A police officer who was among the first to arrive at the scene of the July movie theatre shooting in Colorado yesterday described the suspect, James Holmes, as being “relaxed” and “detached” in the immediate aftermath of the killings.

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Police in Northern Ireland have blamed the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) for an escalation in loyalist street violence following a lull over Christmas.

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