Two women from London appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday, the first to be charged with terrorism offences in relation to Syrian conflict

Three men 'planned to attack far-right group'

Three men appeared in court yesterday accused of plotting to attack an English Defence League rally in West Yorkshire after weapons were found in a car stopped by police on the M1.

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John Terry denies he 'snapped' during confrontation with Anton Ferdinand

England footballer John Terry today denied he had "snapped" and used a racist obscenity after being taunted by another player.

Three in court on terror charges after firearms found in car

Three men will appear in court today charged with terrorism offences after firearms were found in a car stopped by police on the M1.

John Terry arrives at court for his race trial

Anton Ferdinand dismissed John Terry insults as 'banter', court hears

Footballer Anton Ferdinand dismissed insults traded with John Terry as "banter" and initially denied any racist obscenity had been used, a court heard today.

Terror investigation woman released by police

One of seven people being held in an investigation into a suspected terror plot has been released without charge.

Woman is seventh held in London terror probe

Police have arrested a seventh person as part of an ongoing investigation into a suspected terror plot.

Suspected Basque terrorist Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui loses extradition case

A suspected Basque terrorist has lost his application to appeal to the Supreme Court against extradition to Spain where he is accused of the attempted assassination of the Spanish king.

Extradition judges condemn US order

Senior judges are seeking assurances from the US government that a man facing extradition accused of child sex crimes will not be placed on a controversial sex offenders treatment programme.

The Spectator magazine was today fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 to the parents of Stephen Lawrence after admitting an article it published jeopardised the trial of two men later convicted of his murder.

Rod Liddle is let off despite almost causing Lawrence trial to collapse

Journalist not charged as Spectator magazine is fined over article that jeopardised court case 

Eddy Shah is charged with child sex offences

Former newspaper proprietor Eddy Shah has been charged with raping and abusing a young girl, police said last night.

Racist woman jailed for tube rant

A drunk passenger who hurled racist abuse at fellow Tube travellers in a tirade that became an internet sensation has been jailed for 21 weeks.

Former security chief at Lloyds Banking Group faces fraud charges

A former fraud and security chief at Lloyds Banking Group is to be prosecuted over an alleged £2.5m fraud, in an embarrassing development for the part-nationalised bank.

Met officer in court on attempted child sex charge

A serving Scotland Yard officer appeared in court today charged with trying to meet a child on the internet for sex.

Six charged in London over trafficking Indian woman

Six people, including a butcher and an optician, have been charged in connection with trafficking an Indian woman, Scotland Yard said today.

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