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BT joins TalkTalk and Sky in introducing filtering by default following pressure from the PM

Daniel Pelka: Police received 26 reports of domestic abuse at his home, but bad record-keeping meant officials never knew exactly what was going on

Daniel Pelka: Ministers shun obligatory scheme for professionals to report abuse concerns

No new legislation needed as it was 'already clear that suspicions should be reported'

Child protection expert: Don’t target Google to stop abuse

A government policy to tackle the growing problem of online child abuse is nonsensical and based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how paedophiles target their victims, according to the former head of Britain’s online child protection agency.

Last year, 242 immigrant children were held, mostly in removal centres

Britain still detaining hundreds of refugee children

Hundreds of children seeking sanctuary in Britain have been held in detention despite repeated government claims that the practice has ended.

New police economic crime boss Jeremy Outen quits before starting the job

A senior leader at Britain’s new national police agency has unexpectedly decided not to take up his job as head of economic crime-fighting but categorically denied that his decision was linked to scrutiny of his own tax affairs.

'Abuse' probe to include deceased members of clergy

The Diocese of York is to open files on deceased members of its clergy dating back more than six decades as part of an investigation into alleged cases of child abuse, it was reported.

Marmite advert sparks controversy

Unilever donates £18,000 to animal charity after row over Marmite ad

TV viewers have lodged around 400 complaints about documentary-style spoof

'Predatory' 13-year-olds: we've heard this one before

Where does this shocking language of "predatory" behaviour come from? Are such ideas just the "inappropriate" words of one individual (to cite the Crown Prosecution Service)? History indicates otherwise. So-called "rape myths" and "victim-blaming" of this kind have long roots. We need to look at the past to understand the nature of concerns about "predatory", "sexually experienced" and physically mature girls. By understanding the history of such ideas, we may be able to put an end to their use.

Glasgow City Council lost two laptops, one of which contained personal information on more than 20,000 people

Hackers redirect internet users to 'the most severe' images of child abuse

Internet Watch Foundation says it has received 227 of 'hijacked' sites in the last six weeks

Grandmother charged with murder after allegedly rubbing methadone on child's gums

Baltimore police say she administered the powerful drug to both of her grandchildren

Daniel died following a sustained campaign of violence at the hands of his mother and her partner

Children’s services head urged to quit over failure to stop abuse and murder of Daniel Pelka, as mother and partner await sentence

The head of the children’s services department accused of failing to prevent the death of the four-year-old schoolboy Daniel Pelka was still in his job last night despite growing calls for him to stand down.

The Scales of Justice above the Old Bailey

Two jurors jailed for contempt of court over use of internet during trials

One posted Facebook comments that he wanted to 'F*** up a paedophile' and the other Googled a case

One of the former jurors is accused on commenting about the case they were trying on Facebook

Juror who posted paedophile trial on Facebook denies contempt of court

The modern-day perils of using the internet while serving on a jury were all too evident today as two former jurors were brought before the High Court.

Third arrest in child sex abuse inquiry

A former co-manager of a guest house at the centre of child abuse allegations in the 1980s has become the third person to be arrested after Scotland Yard opened a new inquiry last year.

Call a domestically violent and abusive relationship 'volatile'? Your sympathy is with the perpetrator

Language matters. It's time we reframing the conversation around domestic and sexual abuse to stop blaming victims

Church of England issues 'unreserved' apologies to victims of Chichester child abuse after investigation reveals extent of failures

The Archbishop of Canterbury calls for a 'complete change of culture' in the Church

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

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Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...