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.

Woman jailed for false rape claims

A woman was jailed for two years today for making two false allegations of rapes against four men, according to police.

Jurors warned over peer's expenses trial

A judge has warned jurors about to hear the case of a former Tory peer accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses to try the case only on the evidence.

Man in court over body in flat

A man was remanded in custody today when he appeared in court charged with the murder of a man found dead in his flat.

Man admits West End shop bomb hoax



A man pleaded guilty today to entering a store in London's West End and threatening to blow himself up.

Nursery worker in court on child rape charge

A 20-year-old nursery worker appeared in court today charged with raping a child.

Brothers sought over care worker stab death

Police want to speak to two brothers over the death of a "gentle" care assistant who was stabbed to death as he held a New Year party at his flat.

Nine questioned over child grooming

Nine Asian men are being investigated over claims that they groomed teenage white girls for sex.

Inside Lines: Steele shows mettle but no tug-of-war over Woodward

Will Sir Clive Woodward pick up the oval ball and run with it back to Twickenham, or will he kick it into touch?

Joan Smith: Gender inequality, not race, fosters abuse

Attitudes to women, rather than skin colour, are to blame for the behaviour of those who groomed girls with drink and drugs

Nursery worker remanded on child rape charge

A 20-year-old nursery worker was remanded in custody today charged with raping a child.

Power station plotters walk free

A group of climate change activists who were convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass after they planned to shut down the UK's second largest power station walked free from court today.

Retrial ordered for dog walker murder

A labourer jailed for life for the murder of a dog walker had his conviction quashed today and will stand trial again.

Court clears officer who pocketed drugs raid cash

A police officer who "panicked" during a drugs raid and pocketed bundles of cash was cleared of misconduct today.

EDL members banned from demonstrations

Two members of the English Defence League have been banned from joining demonstrations outside their home city.

Retrial for driving death fireman

A jury failed to reach a decision today in the trial of a fireman who drove through a red light on an emergency call, hitting a car and fatally injuring the driver.

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