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.

Health firm bosses convicted of £1.2m scam

Bosses of a healthcare firm have been convicted of a £1.2 million scam, the Serious Fraud Office said today.

Teenager jailed for keeping computer password a secret

A teenager has been jailed for four months for refusing to give police the password to his computer.

Head guilty over pupil's fall from roof

A headteacher was found guilty today of failing to take reasonable care for the safety of his students after a pupil fell through a skylight.

Father making sandwiches finds mouse found baked into loaf of bread

A man was sickened when he found a dead mouse in his loaf of bread while making sandwiches for his children.

Fiona Bruce 'distressed by viewer harrasment'

BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce was harassed by a viewer who sent flowers and cards signed "your kingfisher and loving husband", a court was told today

Police 'witch hunt' criticised as former school master is cleared of abuse

The case against a former approved school housemaster accused of sexual abuse was thrown out by a judge today - amid stinging criticism of police investigators.

Woman denies threat to kill Pope

A woman appeared in court charged with making threats to kill the Pope during his state visit.

Sentence delay for deputy head who watched rape of girl, 3

The sentencing of a deputy headteacher who encouraged another man to rape a three-year-old girl and then watched was adjourned today.

School master 'carried out string of sex attacks'

An approved school housemaster who became a scout leader and council director of social services carried out a string of sex attacks on vulnerable boys over a period of years, a court heard today.

'Cowboy builders' accused of £1 million fraud

A gang of cowboy builders fleeced homeowners out of nearly £1 million for work they never did, a court heard today.

Couple jailed for abusing young boys



A couple were jailed for two years each today after being found guilty of subjecting two young boys to appalling abuse.

Vicar cleared of raping schoolgirl

A jury took just an hour to clear a vicar today of raping and abusing a schoolgirl.

Criminal mastermind ordered to pay £10 million

A former car dealer who lived in luxury before he was jailed for 25 years for a £7 million heroin plot was ordered to hand over more than £10 million by a judge today.

Mr Gay UK police officer denies rape charges

A police officer and former Mr Gay UK today denied a number of sex offences, including raping another man.

Son of music star Goldie jailed for life over disabled man's murder

The son of dance music star Goldie was jailed for life today after stabbing a disabled man to death.

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