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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Fearne Cotton and BBC criticised by mother of murdered school girl Sarah Payne for broadcasting word 'Megalolz' following Ian Watkins' conviction

The Radio 1 DJ is the ex-girlfriend of convicted Lost Prophets singer, who infamously used the phrase to make light of his crimes

Ian Watkins wants to appeal the length of his sentence

Paedophile Ian Watkins in appeal bid for child sex offences

Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal the length of his sentence.

Mr Putin meets upcoming Olympic games' volunteers in Sochi.

Vladimir Putin: 'I know some people who are gay, we're on friendly terms'

Defending Russia’s ban on 'gay propaganda', Mr Putin claimed the law 'doesn't harm anybody' and that there's 'no discrimination' in Russia

Lord McAlpine: ‘a most unusual, intriguing, interesting character’

Lord McAlpine, libel victim and confidant of Lady Thatcher, has died aged 71

71-year-old died 'peacefully' in Italy

Pope Benedict: Record attacked at UN

Vatican accused of lack of transparency over 384 priests defrocked for assaulting children

Critics claim circumstances of the revelations could be 'damage control'

Baron McAlpine of West Green was best known for his role as advisor to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Teachers convicted or cautioned for downloading indecent images of children should be banned

98 teachers served with prohibition orders in the past year

The UK's National Crime Agency describes the paedophile ring in the Philippines as 'a significant and emerging threat'

Police smash Philippines paedophile live-streaming ring

Operation Endeavour saw British police join forces with US and Australia investigators during two-year inquiry into international paedophile ring

Cate Blanchett in 'Notes on a scandal', which centered on a sexual relationship between teacher and pupil

Hundreds of teachers accused of having sex with pupils in the last five years

Many allegations are likely to be 'malicious', insist teachers' unions

Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

Peterborough sex gang: Five guilty of raping and sexually assaulting underage girls

Two men and three teenage boys convicted at Old Bailey of 18 rapes and a string of other offences

John Hemming, of the Justice for Families group, says some parents are unfairly targeted

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming tells parents suspected of child abuse to flee because they ‘can’t get a fair trial’

Chairman of the Justice for Families group says the legal system is stacked heavily against individuals and in favour of local authorities

Book review: 'Barcelona Shadows' by Marc Pastor; trans. Mara Faye Lethem

A horrific yet riveting piece of Catalan Gothic that is as gruesome as it is gripping

Forcing children to kiss family members 'could affect their sexual development'

Sex Education Forum chief also warns quality of teaching in schools 'a lottery'

You can always count on Morrissey to say something feather-rufflingly controversial.

Morrissey: 'I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia'

And, if you do eat meat, he’d treat you like one, too, the former Smiths frontman claims in his latest interview

New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police

Crime figures to be overhauled to show why so many offences go unsolved

Crime statistics are to be made more transparent to assuage public fears that many alleged offences are not properly investigated by the police.

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