News Racing during the 2012 Cheltenham festival when, a court heard, businessman Curtis Woodman hired the Embassy Club in Cheltenham to entertain racegoers

A group of lapdancers kidnapped and beat a nightclub boss after he failed to pay them more than £42,000, a court heard.

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, (right) with a member of his legal team, Gavin Reese (centre), outside Bristol Crown Court where he was cleared of breaching health and safety laws in relation to a firework display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell tells of relief as he is cleared over foggy night M5 crash deaths

Man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Lee James, left, and his victimBijan Ebrahimi

A death foretold: Vigilante Lee James’ warning to police days before he murdered disabled man Bijan Ebrahimi after he was wrongly outed as paedophile

As witch-hunt escalated, James had warned police that he would take the law into his own hands – but officers only read victim’s ‘I don’t feel safe’ email after his death

Images of the M5 crash taken by survivor Rob Emony

Trial against firework display organiser accused over M5 deaths delayed

Crash in November 2011 involved 34 vehicles

Conman ‘addicted’ to taking money from women he met on dating sites

A conman with an “addiction” to swindling money from vulnerable women on dating websites has been jailed for four years.

10 years' jail for prolific sex attacker Nigel Turner who returned to comfort victim

33-year-old admitted subjecting girls as young as 16 to 'predatory and premeditated' attacks in Bristol

Court of appeal quashes the convictions of four victims of human trafficking and releases new guidelines to protect others

Victims must be protected from criminalisation, say human rights groups

Catherine Wells-Burr

Catherine Wells-Burr murderers jailed for life as judge criticises Polish trio's revenge, jealousy and greed

They stood to secure a £123,000 life insurance payout and a half-share of a £137,000 two-bedroom house

Mark Bridger leaves Mold Crown Court

Google and internet service providers urged to do more to block child pornography in wake of April Jones murder trial

Mark Bridger's most visited websites showed violent images of murders, beheadings and dead children

Driver admits killing couple

A disqualified driver is facing jail after killing a couple while they rode their tandem bike in Bristol – as he fled police. Nicky Lovell, 38, admitted causing the deaths of Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30, by dangerous driving.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Kerry: prepare for chemical attacks

Bristol motorist banned for driving 'under the influence of drum and bass'

Delivery driver Aaron Cogley, 25, was pulled over by police after taking a sharp turn and then running two sets of red lights

Reverand Richard Lee

Voyeur Reverend Richard Lee walks free from court over indecent pictures of girls and woman

A Church of England vicar has walked free from court after admitting using secret cameras to spy on and film intimate pictures of three girls and a woman.

A picture left at the scene in Hanham, near Bristol, in tribute to Ross and Clare Simons, who were killed yesterday when their tandem bike was struck by a car

Driver remanded over tandem cyclists deaths

A motorist has appeared in court accused of killing a couple who were knocked off their tandem bike in an alleged hit-and-run.

Murderer Brian Grady on the run from Prescoed prison

A  murderer has gone on the run from prison and could be a danger to the public, police warned.

Winterbourne View scandal: Call for new care home neglect law

The Winterbourne View scandal has shown the need for a new offence of “corporate wilful neglect” to prosecute care home-owners for allowing abuse to go on behind closed doors, the former care minister has said.

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