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.

Man wins damages over porn charges

A man who was charged with child pornography offences has won £20,000 from Hertfordshire Police for malicious prosecution.

Judge tackles sex offender who fled court

A judge rugby-tackled a sex offender to the ground to prevent him escaping from court, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Footballer's spending habits revealed

Premier League footballer Stewart Downing had to reveal his spending habits to a jury yesterday.

Alleged Night Stalker 'tried to blame his son'

A serial rapist dubbed the Night Stalker, who broke into the homes of elderly people and subjected them to a series of "humiliating and degrading" attacks, tried to blame his son for his 17-year campaign of terror, a court heard yesterday.

Peeping tom jailed over sex film



A man who used his mobile phone to film a couple having sex through their bedroom window before showing it to friends in the pub was jailed for 12 months today.

Charles Nevin: Must we regard our ancestors as cannibals?

Start the week: Do you ever think we're a touch tough on ourselves as a species?

Soldier tried to kill wife with grenade

A former soldier has been found guilty of trying to murder his pregnant wife by booby-trapping a car with a hand grenade.

MP's wife Christine Hemming denies kitten theft

The wife of a Liberal Democrat MP today denied burgling the home of her husband's lover and stealing a kitten.

Nanny admits Jacqueline Gold murder bid

A woman who worked as a nanny for Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold today admitted attempting to poison the lingerie tycoon with screen wash.

MP 'forged expenses to clear his overdraft'

The former Labour MP Jim Devine submitted false invoices on his parliamentary expenses to clear his £2,400 overdraft, a court was told yesterday.

Attack claim prisoner admits string of complaints

A prisoner who alleges he was attacked by a police officer in a custody suite today admitted in court he made more than 29 unsubstantiated complaints against the police in two and a half years.

Solicitor jailed for £1.4 million theft

A solicitor who stole £1.4 million to fund a luxury lifestyle was jailed for seven years today by a judge who said he was "motivated by greed".

'Mercy killing' pensioner freed from sentence

A pensioner who smothered his 75-year-old wife in a "mercy killing" was freed from a two-year prison sentence today.

Ex-deputy head admits making indecent images of children

A former deputy head teacher pleaded guilty to a string of internet-related sex offences against children today.

Nephew 'shocked' at peer's expenses

A relative of a former Tory peer accused of making false expenses claims said yesterday that he was "shocked" and "quite angry" when told the politician had used his address as his main residence on claim forms.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee