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

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Natasha Halliwell also begged her father to 'tell the truth' about murdering missing prostitute Rebecca Godden.

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell is jailed for 25 years for murdering Sian O'Callaghan but will escape justice over second murder because of police blunder

He also confessed to police that he had killed drug addict Becky Godden-Edwards, but he will never stand trial for her death. Why? Because the police failed to follow procedure

Vicar's killer placed condoms, pornography and party poppers around dead body, court hears

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Rapist-murderer Mark Shirley set to die in jail as judge hands him 16 life sentences

A convicted murderer and rapist was told by a judge today that he will probably die in prison after being convicted of another knifepoint sex attack.

Met officer who grew cannabis in loft walks free

A Met Police officer who grew cannabis in his loft walked free from court today after receiving a suspended prison sentence.

Man denies murder of vicar and retired teacher

A man today denied the murders of a vicar and a retired teacher.

Gas fitter guilty of fumes death

A gas fitter was convicted today of the manslaughter of a millionaire's daughter who died from carbon monoxide poisoning following the botched installation of a boiler.

No bail sought for man accused of murdering vicar and retired teacher

The man accused of the murders of vicar John Suddards and retired teacher Betty Yates made his first appearance before a High Court judge today.

Body found at double-murder suspect Stephen Farrow's home

The body of a young man was found today at the house where double-murder suspect Stephen Farrow was arrested.

Drugs smuggler ordered to pay £2.6m

A drugs gang "Mr Big" who smuggled £25 million of cannabis into the UK from Holland in lorry loads of flowers has been ordered to pay £2.6 million.

Care home staff admit abuse

Three members of staff at a care home at the centre of a Panorama investigation into abuse allegations have admitted mistreating patients.

Jury sent home for weekend in Pakistan trial

The jury in the trial of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were yesterday sent home for the weekend by the judge after a second day of deliberations failed to produce a verdict.

MP's wife sentenced for cat snatch

An MP's wife was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence yesterday for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.

MP John Hemming's wife sentenced for cat snatch

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Joanna Yeates trial jury considers verdict

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