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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.

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Switzerland opens drive-in ‘sex boxes’ in bid to reduce Zurich's street prostitution

Shelters will be equipped with alarm buttons with a security guard present

Man stabbed to death on busy London street in ‘row over a fiver’ as he made his way to mother’s birthday party

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California court rules prisoners on hunger strike can be force-fed

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Father vows to free 'drug smuggler' daughter Melissa Reid from confines of Peru jail

William Reid flew to Lima where he told his daughter to "be strong"

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Crimestoppers publishes line-up of pictures used with stolen personal details to apply for official documents

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