PC Philippa Reynolds, who died when her patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4

Two men charged after Pc dies in stolen car crash

Two men were charged tonight in connection with the death of a policewoman whose patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4 in Northern Ireland.

Dale Cregan is accused of four murders, including those of PCs
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Dale Cregan trial: Shootings started with a pub row - and 'ended with two police murders'

Manchester feud led to shootings of unarmed women officers, court told

150 armed officers stand guard outside court as Dale Cregan appears accused of murdering two Manchester policewomen

Huge security presence in place as Dale Cregan, who is also charged with murders of father and son David and Mark Short, arrived at court for the start of his trial

Homeowners in Swansea, Pembrokeshire and Cumbria least likely to make burglary insurance claim

London, Leeds and Bradford dominate UK insurance burglary claim hotspots

Iran unveils new finger-amputating machine ahead of announcement of increasingly severe punishment of thieves

Photographs published by Iran’s official press agency show a blindfolded man having his fingers severed by what appears to be a crude amputation device

Blowing the whistle: The inside story of how targets make policing worse

Blowing the whistle: The inside story of how targets make policing worse

Police crime figures have come under scrutiny after the Office for National Statistics revealed  concerns that officers had come under “informal pressure” to cut the level of offences. With crime apparently falling,  the Government has  trumpeted its successes even as forces face cuts and dissent from within the ranks. Here a serving constable reveals how the system works for frontline officers...

Revealed: The UK's burglary hotspots, and in first place is... Leeds

The UK's burglary hotspots were revealed today, including the postcode area where homes are most likely to have been targeted by thieves.

Bank robbers escape with thousands

Thieves have cut their way through the wall of a bank and escaped with tens of thousands of pounds.

Face-tattooed neo-Nazi is sentenced to life for the killing of a prison guard

Curtis Allgier, a neo-Nazi and inmate of Utah Department of Corrections offered a oddly affecting plea when sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for killing a prison guard five years ago. He said: "Just because I've got tattoos on my face and I'm proud of my race, I'm not some violent monster."

Gold Digger, By Frances Fyfield

What is a crime writer to do when they start to chafe at the restraints of the genre? How to re-energise the overfamiliar elements – such as the careful concealment of the murderer’s identity?

Judge who said burglars showed 'courage' reprimanded

A judge who commented a burglar needed “a huge amount of courage” has been formally reprimanded for a “serious error of judgment”, the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) said.

Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho is taken to a medical centre on Tuesday

Boxing: Shooting leaves 'Macho' Camacho fighting for life

Flamboyant former boxing world champion Hector Camacho on life support after being shot in the face in Puerto Rico

Harlow fire deaths: police reveal Shakoor family were burgled before blaze

A father who lost his entire family in a house fire today issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to help him understand the tragedy, as police revealed the property was burgled on the night of the blaze.

Burglar admits arson attacks at Kent and Canterbury Hospital and Sheffield's Hilton Hotel

A burglar has pleaded guilty to deliberately starting fires at two hospitals and a hotel.

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