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

No early exit: Worst criminals to lose automatic right to be released half-way through jail sentences, Justice Secretary to announce

At present offenders serving determinate sentences are let out on licence once they have served half their time behind bars

Robert Colover has agreed to resign from the CPS Rape Panel of advocates

CPS prosecutor resigns over 'predatory' comments on 13-year-old paedophile victim

A CPS prosecutor who described the 13-year-old victim of a paedophile “predatory” in court will no longer undertake prosecutions involving serious sexual offences or child sexual abuse.

A still from a LetzGoHunting online video

'You haven’t been speaking to a 15-year-old girl, you have been speaking to me': The rise of the online vigilante paedophile hunters

Police criticise vigilante group as man accused of grooming a child commits suicide after confrontation

Parents of April Jones finally free to bury daughter as inquest concluded

The parents of murdered April Jones can at last begin to plan their daughter's funeral after an inquest into her death was concluded.

Child 'sexual exploitation' probe launched in Northern Ireland focuses on children in care

Police in Northern Ireland have launched a major investigation into child exploitation after identifying up to 22 potential victims.

Revealed: Private equity firms are making millions out of failing children’s care homes - yet care for vulnerable is 'unacceptable'

Review launched after Rochdale child-grooming scandal discovers that 63 privately owned homes did not meet the Government’s minimum standards

'Sadistic' paedophile Christopher Atkins jailed for 'vile' attack on toddler

A paedophile who carried out a life-threatening sexual assault on a toddler after social services failed to conduct background checks has been jailed for seventeen and a half years.

Le Vell was cleared of 12 child sex offences

Michael Le Vell case was no celebrity witch-hunt, says prosecutor

Most child sex abusers are not public figures and must be pursued, insists senior lawyer

Scotland Yard is leading a national investigation into alleged sexual offences, prompted by claims of abuse made against disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile

Savile abuse caused by the authorities 'burying their heads in the sand', says police chief

A lack of leadership from responsible authorities led to child abusers Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith and Stuart Hall getting away with their crimes for so long, a police chief said today.

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.

Michael Le Vell cleared of rape: CPS defends decision to bring case against Coronation Street star

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) tonight defended its decision to bring the case against Michael Le Vell.

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell awaits a decision from the jury

Michael Le Vell: Coronation Street actor was 'a drunk, bad husband and inadequate father' - but not a child rapist

Jurors at Manchester Crown Court heard impassioned closing speeches from both the defence and the prosecution on the last day of the Coronation Street star's child sex trial

Malala Yousafazi waves before speaking at the opening of Birmingham Library

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistani teen shot by Taliban opens new library in Birmingham

A teenager who was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for women's rights declared herself an honorary Brummie today as she officially opened a new £188 million civic library.

John Venables

Jon Venables: James Bulger killer freed from prison for second time

31-year-old has been released with a new identity after being granted parole in July

Brutal assault videos fuel Russian campaign against gay people

Vigilantes across Russia film themselves attacking gay men in order to 'cure' them

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London