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.

Boy, 12, among looters in court

A 12-year-old boy and a university undergraduate were among the looters who had "brought shame and disgrace" on the country, a court heard today.

Courts sit round the clock to administer fast-track justice

A schoolworker, a hairdresser and an Exeter university student were among the first alleged rioters to be unmasked

Child-killing mother is jailed for life

A mother who killed her children after her relationship with their father broke down was jailed for life yesterday, with a minimum tariff of 32 years.

Woman jailed for murdering man, 82

A cleaner who beat an 82-year-old widower to death with a rounders bat for his money before burying him in her garden was jailed for life today.

Nurse accused over saline deaths is refused bail

Rebecca Leighton, the nurse charged with contaminating saline solution at a hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester, has been refused bail for her own safety.

Paedophile jailed indefinitely

A paedophile described as the UK's most prolific hoarder of child abuse images has been sentenced to an indeterminate prison term.

Teacher who attacked pupil with dumbbell banned for life

A science teacher who attacked a 14-year-old pupil with a dumbbell has been banned from teaching for life.

Graduate 'viper' jailed for urging killing of MPs

An IT graduate who posted messages on an Islamic extremist website urging Muslims to attack British MPs who voted for the Iraq War was described as "a viper in our midst" by a judge who jailed him for 12 years yesterday.

Life sentence for toddler rape

A paedophile nursery worker who raped a toddler in his care was jailed for life today after a judge described his offences as "chilling, vile and depraved".

Man guilty of driving at helicopter

A gamekeeper has been convicted of endangering an aircraft after driving straight at a low-flying helicopter.

Murderer guilty of two more deaths

A murderer serving life for bludgeoning a pensioner to death in 1994 committed two other brutal killings in the same year, a jury has ruled.

Family guilty of neglecting toddler before pond drowning

The mother, father and grandmother of a toddler who died after drowning in a garden pond pleaded guilty to child neglect yesterday.

Police corruption trial jury is discharged

The jury in the largest police corruption trial in British legal history, which is scheduled to run for seven months, was yesterday discharged for undisclosed reasons.

Man guilty of trafficking girls in witchcraft trial

A man who trafficked two girls in and out of the UK for sexual abuse was jailed for 20 years yesterday. The girls alleged they were controlled by witchcraft.

Men deny murder of Stephen Lawrence

Two men appeared at the Old Bailey today to deny the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago.

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