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Almost 700 children detained under the Mental Health Act have been put in police cells over the last two years

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4,908 offences in which the two sites were a factor were reported this year

City of London Corporation to reveal details of £1.3bn private account

Exclusive: The City of London Corporation will reveal that its “City’s Cash” account, where it has been putting donations from benefactors like the real-life Dick Whittington - as well as money it has made from rent and investments - holds more than £1.3bn.

The fracking plant in Lancashire which has been blamed for earth tremors

The great rush: Government to give green light to mass exploration for shale gas

'Fracking' exploration could affect 60 per cent of UK, despite safety fears

Osama Bin Laden was killed last year, but his network has not been eliminated

"FedEx delivered the package": US military emails shed light on Osama bin Laden's burial at sea

Osama Bin Laden’s last rites aboard the USS Carl Vinson were shrouded in such secrecy that the ship’s crewmen had little idea what was going on as the slain Al-Qaida leader’s body was helicoptered in and swiftly buried at sea, new US military emails have revealed.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling orders 'immediate' investigation of legal aid system

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has called for an “immediate examination” of the legal aid system after it emerged terror suspect Abu Hamza's legal battles cost taxpayers almost £1 million.

The great care home giveaway: Tory council calls in the private sector

Suffolk County Council has agreed a multimillion pound deal with the private sector to take over its care homes amid fresh calls for financial regulation to protect elderly residents and the taxpayer.

85% of hospital trusts adopt controversial end-of-life care regime

Eighty-five per cent of trusts have adopted a controversial end-of-life care regime which can involve withholding food and drink from terminally-ill patients, figures suggest.

Weeds grow on the grounds of the Walthamstow greyhound dog racing stadium, which was closed in 2008

Going to the dogs! Duncan Smith blasts Johnson over Walthamstow track decision

Iain Duncan Smith delivered a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership aspirations after the London Mayor approved a scheme to turn the Walthamstow dog track in east London into flats.

Tony Blair may be an admirer of Ukrainian mills, but not on the basis of British ones he's visited

Strange, isn't it, how our former Prime Minister seems so loved everywhere he goes - but not in the country where he won three successive elections

Girl dies after drinking cans of Monster

When it's late and you want a pick-me-up, a hyper-caffeinated energy drink might appeal more than an espresso. But their makers face a serious setback, as the United States' Food and Drug Agency (FDA) is investigating links between Monster, which contains three times more caffeine than an 8-ounce can of Red Bull, and the deaths of five people in the last year.

'Shocking' level of Met police suspensions revealed

Nearly 50 Metropolitan Police officers were suspended for corruption over a three-year period, it emerged today.

3,500 guns lost or taken in last five years

More than 3,500 firearms have been lost or stolen over the last five years, the Home Office has revealed.

Barack Obama enjoying a beer with locals in Iowa earlier this month

Brewing: 'We the people... demand Barack Obama's beer recipe'

Barack Obama is known to enjoy a "brewksi" and his aides and thirsty journalists have been lucky enough to share a pitcher of his White House homebrew on the presidential campaign bus.

Reoffending rates are 'too high' says Ministry of Justice

Almost 400 criminals carrying out community service reoffend before completing their punishment every week, it has been claimed. 

One in five jailed rioters released early

Around one in five rioters jailed after last year's summer rampages have been tagged and let out of prison early, it emerged today.

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