News Joanna Dennehy pleaded guilty to the murders in November

Joanna Dennehy was allegedly assisted by two accomplices who tried to help her cover up the 'terrible truth' of the three murders

The shooting left Thusha Kamaleswaran permanently paralysed

Three jailed for Thusha Kamaleswaran shooting

Three men jailed for life for a gang-related shooting that left a five-year-old girl paralysed were told today their ruthless crime was "an attack on society itself".

Poets from all Olympic nations sought to line up at London 2012 festival

Wanted: 23 "missing" poets. Must be from Burkina Faso, Papua New Guinea, Liechtenstein or one of 20 other nations still missing from the roster of a record-breaking poetry event scheduled to form part of this summer's Olympics cultural programme.

Tina Nash, who was blinded in attack by her partner Shane Jenkin, outside court in April last year

'I can still see in my dreams. But when I wake, the truth hits'

Mother whose eyes were gouged by partner makes emotional testimony to court

Blinded mother Tina Nash describes her loss

A mother-of-two whose boyfriend throttled her unconscious and gouged out her eyes said today he "robbed me of one of the most precious things in life".

One Goh 'sorry' about Oikos University shooting rampage

A man accused of killing seven people at a Christian college in California told a television station he was deeply sorry about the shooting rampage, the deadliest US campus attack since the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Albanian murder suspect arrested

An Albanian man accused of multiple murders in his home country has been arrested in the UK after 15 years on the run, Scotland Yard said.

Man dies after stabbing at BlackBerry party

A father of two who suffered horrific injuries in a bottle attack at a celebrity-packed party held by smartphone firm BlackBerry died this morning, police said.

Uncle Vanya, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Caryl Brahms, an astute critic and a funny writer, said that characters in Chekhov always harked back to their beginnings but learnt no lesson from their past; they were content to sit around the samovar and talk.

Author Chris McGrath faces six figure legal bill after unfavourable Amazon reviews case is struck out

An author who tried to sue a father of three from the West Midlands over comments made in a series of unfavourable reviews on Amazon is facing a six figure legal bill after a judge struck out his case.

Last week wealthy Russian banker German Gorbuntsov was left in a coma after he was shot five times at close range outside his luxury home in Canary Wharf.

Government under pressure to publish names of Russians suspected of links to assassinations

The Government is under pressure to publish the names of Russians suspected of being linked to targeted assassinations amid increasing concerns that London is turning into a playground for mobsters and hit squads.

Knifeman caught by spit is jailed

A knifeman who stabbed a pensioner six times in a "frenzied" attack and was caught because he spat on the pavement was jailed today.

'Sleepwalking' rapist jailed for six years

A man who claimed he was sleepwalking when he raped a 17-year-old girl has been jailed for six years.

Victim's widow speaks out as trio are jailed for businessman's murder

Three men who carried out the "pre-meditated brutal" murder of a businessman were jailed for life today.

Terror inmates lose jail battle

Two high-profile Islamic terrorist prisoners who claimed their human rights were violated when they were segregated for extended periods today failed to persuade leading judges that their treatment was unlawful.

Ex-Russian banker German Gorbuntsov hurt in shooting

A former Russian banker is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot several times in London.

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