Grandmother 'waterboarded' with boiling water, stripped naked and tied up as masked burglars raid her home for jewellery

A grandmother who was tortured inside her own home by a pair of masked burglars has described the terrifying ordeal as "sheer hell".

DVD/Blu-ray: A Cat in Paris (PG)

Another old-fashioned slice of Gallic whimsy that could have made in the Fifties.

Boyd Tonkin: Excluded and vexed, I fell right down the rabbit hole

No doors ever looked more barred than the Bodleian's on Monday night.

A property burns near Reeves Corner, Croydon, during the riot last night

1,292 jailed after riots, new figures show

More than 1,200 people have been jailed for an average of almost 18 months following last summer's riots, figures showed today.

District Judge Tan Ikram

On 16 June we referred to District Judge Tan Ikram as "the judge who sent a teenage girl to jail for eight months for stealing a bottle of Lucozade and a bag of sweets".

Call for universities to disclose crime data to prospective undergraduates

Information on crimes against students at universities should be made available to prospective undergraduates, according to the man behind a campus guide that has ranked them all in terms of safety for the first time.

The 1960s Watergate building is in line for a total refurbishment

Rupert Cornwell: In 2012, Nixon would probably have got away with it

Out of America: Today is the 40th anniversary of Watergate. How would the US deal with the scandal now?

Burglar racks up his 250th conviction

A career thief who has notched up 250 convictions in 50 years was behind bars again last night.

Quarter of Britons would buy stolen goods, research shows

A quarter of Britons would turn a blind eye to buy stolen goods if the price was right, new research shows.

Jail for millionaire's daughter who drove looters on 'crime spree'

A millionaire's daughter was jailed for two years today for driving looters on a late-night crime spree at the height of last summer's riots.

Man jailed for double murder

A man was jailed for life today for two murders and a string of "senseless" assaults.

Two charged over Fitzwilliam Museum art theft

Two men have been charged over the theft of a hoard of Chinese art from a Cambridge museum.

Man charged over £2m raid on museum

A man has been charged in connection with a raid on a university museum where Chinese artefacts worth more than £2m were stolen.

Man charged over £2m Durham University museum theft

A 35-year-old man has been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary by police investigating the theft of Chinese artefacts worth more than £2 million in a raid on a university museum.

Street thefts 'up by 10pc'

Street thefts and pick-pocketings have gone up by 10% in the biggest leap for a decade, police figures showed today.

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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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

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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

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