News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

French border chief says UK 'a magnet for illegal immigrants'

The immigration chief in Calais has said the UK has created "a magnet for illegal immigrants."

Four members of Naples’ notorious Camorra crime organisation have been arrested for making city centre shopkeepers a Christmas an offer they couldn’t refuse - festive poinsettia plants with prices hiked to over 100 times their usual price.

A Christmas offer they couldn’t refuse: Naples' Camorra mafia members arrested for forcing shopkeepers to buy €100 poinsettia plants

Shops vandalised if businesses failed to purchase overpriced festive flowers

Gang culture: Significant falls in recorded knife and gun crime give hope, but 'things are still tough'

Ministers today claimed that an initiative set up to tackle gang culture in the wake of the 2011 riots was "working" with significant falls in recorded knife and gun crime.

Uruguay's Senate gave final congressional approval to create the world's first national marketplace for legal marijuana, an audacious experiment that will have the government oversee production, sales and consumption of a drug illegal almost everywhere else

If our politicians were brave enough, or even simply rational, they would follow Uruguay's lead and legalise cannabis

For the criminal underworld, the "war on drugs" is an extraordinary money-spinner

Paranoid schizophrenic Karl Addo admits decapitating flatmate Sergio Retamar Marquez with meat cleaver in frenzied violent attack

Neighbour heard sound of laughter as brutal attack on Sergio Marquez was taking place

A protester throws back a tear-gas canister during clashes with police near Government House in Bangkok

Police fend off mass protests in Bangkok

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters try to seize key sites in the Thai capital

Young female victims of gangs don't ‘allow’ themselves to be used

We expect girls to be good, to know better and to stay out of trouble. Why don't we question the self-esteem of those committing the crimes?

Paul Vaughan, the man in charge of England 2015, knows the Rugby World Cup will soon be here again

Rugby World Cup 2015: Organisers urged to reschedule late kick-offs

England are scheduled to play all four of their pool matches at 8pm

Rudy Giuliani in a light-hearted exchange with Oprah Winfrey

Rudy Giuliani says mafia put $800,000 bounty on his head – but ex-New York mayor admits Islamist terrorists scare him more than the mob

69-year-old was a successful anti-mafia lawyer before entering politics

France’s compromising position: Why a new law to criminalise punters rather than prostitutes is inflaming French passions

The bitterly contested bill to criminalise prostitutes’ clients is heading for legislative limbo

Lautner in Paris in 2002 in front of a poster of his best-known film

Georges Lautner: Director acclaimed for his crime comedies who worked with Jean Gabin, Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo

The subversive humour and razor-sharp dialogue of the crime comedies Georges Lautner directed in the 1960s was often lost in translation, but in his native France they enjoyed a popularity comparable to the Ealing comedies in Britain. Des Pissenlits Par La Racine (Salad By The Roots, 1964), Les Barbouzes (The Great Spy Chase, 1964) and Les Bons Vivants (co-directed with Gilles Graingier, 1965) featured a revolving cast of character actors beloved of French audiences – Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche, Robert Dalban, Jean Lefebvre, Lino Ventura – and became a staple of television schedules.

A thief in China stole an iPhone but returned the victim's contacts

iPhone thief in China sends victim handwritten list of almost 1,000 contacts

A Chinese iPhone thief may have atoned somewhat for his crime, sending his victim a handwritten list of nearly 1,000 contact numbers.

David Adam Pate charged with murdering friend in South Carolina woodland as intimidating police mugshot goes viral

24-year-old man accused of leaving Ricky James' decomposing body for local school children to find

The remains of a butchered Neanderthal gang have been analysed, showing they were the victims of local cannibals

Cannibal Neanderthal gang in northern Spain ate 12 of their neighbours raw, scientists say

Study shows the early humans butchered their rivals, breaking open their skulls and bones to extract the marrow

Review: Tatiana, By Martin Cruz Smith

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