Rapist Wendell Baker sentenced to life as he finally faces justice after 1997 attack

Changes to 'double jeopardy' law meant 56-year-old Baker could face trial for same offence after walking free from court the first time due to legal mix-up

Ex-footballer's son James Francis denies burglary

The son of former England footballer Trevor Francis has denied stealing ladies' shoes and souvenir football shirts from a cottage belonging to ex-Aston Villa player Lee Hendrie.

Thomas wears his catcam on Horizon's 'The Secret Life of the Cat'

Horizon doubles average audience size with The Secret Life of the Cat

Nearly 5m people watched the documentary on BBC Two last night

Sarah Ridgeway (Truly Kidman), Ishia Bennison (Mrs Kidman) in A Mad World My Masters by Thomas Middleton.

Theatre review: A Mad World, My Masters, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC is set for an uproarious success akin to One Man, Two Guvnors

Man held after police officer hit by car in Birmingham

Officer suffered suspected fractured pelvis attempting to stop vehicle

Former British policewoman charged with burglary judged 'too drunk' to intend to steal

A jury has found a former British policewoman not guilty of stealing a mobile phone, after deciding she was too drunk to know what she was doing.

Closing the Net on cyber criminals

Already troubled ENRC's computer systems were hacked this week after the theft of a laptop. The incident underlines the need for businesses large and small to beef up security
Carl Pistorius appeared in court for culpable homicide of a 36-year-old woman

Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted of culpable murder for the death of a female motorcyclist

Paralympic champions' older brother to face no further action in case of Maria Barnard's death

Jaffa Cake

That takes the biscuit: Burglar caught after leaving fingerprints on box of Jaffa Cakes

While in the house he helped himself to Jaffa Cakes and a pasta meal before making off with three televisions and other valuables

Tony Martin pictured outside his farm in 2003

'I couldn't face going through that all again': Tony Martin – Norfolk farmer jailed for killing intruder – confronts would-be burglar at farm

His was the case that prompted a national debate on the measures home owners could take to protect themselves. Now Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer who shot dead a burglar in his home in 1999, has revealed he had only failed to try to stop another intruder because he “couldn’t face all that hassle again”.

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has called for better rehabilitation in prisons

Chris Grayling calls for better rehabilitation after 200,000 crimes a year by ex-prisoners expose 'depressing merry-go-round' of re-offending criminals

Nearly 66,000 burglaries last year were committed by people who had spent at least a year in prison

Body of suspected burglar Kevin Gough found in chimney of solicitors firm in Derby

Kevin Gough was discovered when staff at Moody and Woolley Solicitors raised concerns about an unpleasant smell and flies in their office

The €1m question: who’s got all the stolen money?

Belgian police go door-to-door as fleeing burglars dump their loot

Samurai-sword wielding Mormon bishop Kent Hendrix has saved a woman from a stalker attack

Samurai-sword wielding Mormon bishop saves woman from stalker attack

A Mormon bishop has helped his female neighbour escape an attacker by fighting the man off with a Samurai sword.

A man dressed as Batman marches a suspected fraudster to a police station in Bradford

Man dressed as Batman who handed suspect to police charged with burglary

It is not the way comic book capers are supposed to end. A man who made headlines around the world when he handed over a friend to police dressed as the super hero Batman has been charged with burglary.

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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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