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Ten new names added as HMRC renews appeal on 19 suspects wanted for variety of tax offences

Emma West pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of a racially aggravated section 5 public order offence

Mother at centre of Croydon tram rant seen by 2.2m within 24 hours on YouTube admits racially abusing passengers

Legal team had argued that she did not want to plead guilty for fear of being branded a racist

Shamina Yousuf, Enkarta Balapovi and Shashi Kala Obhrai (left, centre, right) all ‘employed’ the woman at various times, and have all been convicted of varying degrees of abuse

Raped, beaten, and enslaved for years – and handed back to her tormentors when she went to beg police for help

A modern-day slave passed between three middle-class families during years of horrific abuse is suing a police force that returned her to one of her tormentors.

Teenager jailed for Herts fatal stabbing

A teenager has been jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of a partially blind man who he killed in a "cowardly" attack, police said.

Insurance blow for victims of 'black-cab rapist' John Worboys

Passengers of a taxi driver who became known as the notorious "black-cab rapist" lost a crucial step in their battle for damages today.

Potato buyer jailed for £9m Sainsbury's potato scam

A Sainsbury's potato buyer who funded a millionaire's lifestyle by taking part in a scam that stole money from the supermarket giant was jailed for four years today.

Notts County footballer Lee Hughes fined for assaulting woman in hotel room

Notts County footballer Lee Hughes has been fined after admitting assaulting a woman at a hotel, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Vincent Tabak denies sex thrills strangling

Joanna Yeates's killer faced allegations today that he strangled her for sexual thrills.

Riots did little damage to shopping activity, high street survey reveals

August's riots appear to have done little damage to activity on Britain's high streets, a survey of shopping activity shows.

Pc guilty of kicking arrested man

A policeman was convicted today of kicking a Trinidadian drug convict while arresting him.

Pistorius' prayers pay off with semi-final place

It was not quite a winning performance from Oscar but it was a momentous one. Entering the home straight in the Deagu Stadium in the outside lane yesterday, Oscar Pistorius held the lead in heat five of the 400m. He was overtaken by Chris Brown, the world indoor champion from the Bahamas, and by Martyn Rooney, the UK champion from Croydon, but crossed the line third in 45.39 seconds, qualifying for today's semi-finals.

Video: New film of Croydon's scooter looter

More dramatic footage has emerged of the riots in Croydon showing a man being pushed off his bike before it is stolen.

Man faces court over blaze that hit furniture store

A man appeared in court yesterday accused of starting the fire that destroyed a furniture shop in Croydon during the London riots.

Two charged with hit-and-run murders as more are arrested

A seventh person has been arrested in connection with the murder of three Birmingham men who were hit by a car while trying to protect their community from looters.

Letter from the editor: What a time to have been away

What a time to have been away – especially when the mother with whom I was supposed to have been away ended up staying at home in the town in which I was born and where she still resides.

Killers 'were involved in looting'

Detectives investigating the murder of a man shot dead during the London riots believe his killers were actively involved in looting and robbed at least two people on the night of his death.

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