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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Shop worker Farrakh Nizzar jailed for £1m lottery scam bid

A shop worker has been jailed for 30 months for trying to claim a winning £1 million lottery ticket belonging to a pensioner couple.

TIA SHARP: She has not been seen since going on a shopping trip to Croydon last Friday at noon

Search for missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp runs into fifth day

Police and worried community members are continuing to search for missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp five days after she vanished without a trace.

TIA SHARP: She has not been seen since going on a shopping trip to Croydon last Friday at noon

CCTV hopes for finding missing 12-year-old girl Tia Sharp

The grandmother of missing schoolgirl Tia Sharp is pinning all her hopes on CCTV stills helping to find her.

Clichy claims banana was thrown on to pitch during Limerick game

An investigation is under way into claims by Manchester City defender Gaël Clichy that a banana was thrown on to the pitch during his side's friendly win over Limerick.

Brothers jailed for macabre murder of John Grainger

Two brothers have been jailed for life for the murder of a man whose decapitated body was set alight in a town centre.

Taxis forced to stop recording passengers' and drivers' private conversations

A city council must stop recording passengers' and drivers' conversations in its taxis, the information watchdog said today.

Boxing day killer of Indian student Anuj Bidve 'threw hot water on fellow inmate'

A killer who shot dead an Indian student was “purposeful” in throwing a mop bucket of hot water over a fellow inmate, a jury heard today.

Reward offered for information over pensioner's death

The family of a 76-year-old man who was murdered in his home have offered a £10,000 reward for information on his death after the case against a suspect was dropped.

Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead

Religious cult has roots in idyllic Sussex countryside

With its sandstone columns and Union Jack flag fluttering in the wind, Saint Hill Manor looks like a quintessential English country house. Nestled in rolling Sussex countryside on the outskirts of East Grinstead, it has served as the seat of numerous local moneyed families over the centuries.

Met officer denies treating man with 'wanton disregard'

A Metropolitan police officer who was assaulted by a mentally ill man who later died in police custody has denied treating him with "wanton disregard" because he was angry, an inquest has been told.

Errors & Omissions: The sordid world of newspaper story introductions

A news story published on Thursday began like this: “Sarah Tressler, a 30-year-old stripper who worked the gentlemen's clubs of Houston, had a guilty secret: she earned a second income in the sordid world of newspaper journalism.”

Observations: A new kind of art school - with classes in surveillance

Arriving at London's Hayward Gallery last week for a workshop on forensic tendencies in art and film run by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson, I had little idea what to expect. It was part of Wide Open School, a month-long initiative where 100 international artists are turning teachers to run sessions on anything from method acting (Gillian Wearing) and making music (Martin Creed). I opted for forensics because I'm always glued to programmes such as Homeland and Silent Witness (what Susan Schuppli, Senior Research Fellow of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, who also spoke at the session, describes as the "CSI media effect"), so I figured I'd find this interesting too.

Police officer accused of telling ‘a pack of lies’ over death in custody

A Metropolitan police constable involved in physically restraining a man who died soon after in custody has been accused at an inquest of telling “a pack of lies” after photographic evidence confirmed he held the detainee's face down for far longer than he claimed.

Salford Boxing Day gunman Kiaran Stapleton 'had a bounce in his step'

A killer gunman walked with a bounce in his step like a “wannabe” shortly before shooting an Indian student in the head, a court heard.

Galina Ryabkova,

'I decided to get rid of them': Mother throws two sons to their deaths from 15th floor balcony because she was 'fed up' with having children

30-year-old Galina Ryabkova said she had 'decided to get rid of' her children and so 'threw them away'

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The fall of Rome? Cash-strapped Italy accused of selling its soul to the highest bidder

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