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.

Body found by police probing woman's disappearance

A post-mortem examination will take place today on the body of a woman believed to be missing millionairess Joanna Brown.

Man remanded on millionairess wife murder charge

A man appeared in court today charged with murdering his millionairess wife.

Call to scrap jury trials for lesser offences

Scrapping the right to a jury trial for lesser offences that "clog up the courts" could save £30 million a year in prosecutors' costs alone, the Government's victims' commissioner said today.

Zutons singer ordered to compensate headbutt victim

The lead singer of rock band The Zutons, who broke a man's nose after his girlfriend was insulted, was today ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work and compensate his victim.

Man cleared of murdering his wife

A man was today cleared of murdering his wife after a drunken night out.

DNA evidence snares rapist after cold case review

A man already serving a nine-year prison sentence for rape was jailed for a further six years today for raping another woman 21 years ago after a cold case review caught him, police said.

Bez makes court outburst after court defeat

Former Happy Mondays star Bez today lost his appeal against conviction for assault - and was warned he would be re-arrested in the dock if he did not calm down.

Fugitive father jailed for fire-bomb killing

A married father who fled to Bangladesh after taking part in a fire-bombing which claimed the life of a young girl was jailed for eleven-and-a-half years today.

Woman's conviction ends 'sickening paedophile ring'

The conviction of a woman for sexually assaulting a baby and allowing her boyfriend to take photographs of the abuse today brought an end to "one of the most sickening paedophile rings this country has seen", prosecutors said.

'Crossbow cannibal' faces murder charges

A criminology student who dubbed himself the "crossbow cannibal" has appeared in court charged with murdering three prostitutes.

Son and teen remanded over mother's murder

A son appeared in court today charged with the murder of his mother.

Woman remanded on elderly widower murder charge

A woman appeared in court today charged with the murder of an 82-year-old widower who disappeared shortly after moving house.

'Henpecked' man cleared of murder

A man who stabbed his partner of 30 years to death because of her nagging was cleared of murder. Judith Scott, 62, was found with a knife sticking out of her chest at home after a 999 call by Dennis Long.

Hen-pecked man cleared of murdering partner

A hen-pecked man who was nagged for 30 years before he stabbed his partner to death was cleared of her murder today.

Man jailed over PC password

A teenager who refused to tell police his computer password was jailed for four months.

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