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.

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Two men escape in armed prison van ambush

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed as they were travelling through rush-hour traffic in Salford

Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Huge manhunt launched after two inmates sprung as prison van ambushed

Police launched a massive manhunt today for two men who went on the run after being sprung from a prison van.

Small businesses fear red tape in EU cyber directive

An incoming EU directive to help tackle cybercrime could in fact hurt small businesses with expensive red tape, a leading expert has warned.

23 Brazilian police officers have been sentenced to 156 years in jail each for their part in a prison massacre that left scores of prisoners dead more than two decades ago.

Brazilian police jailed over brutal prison massacre of 13

A court in Brazil has sentenced 23 police officers to 156 years in jail each for their part in a prison massacre that left scores of prisoners dead more than two decades ago.

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Sergeant’s early prejudice about gang members is slowly overcome

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Pickpockets cause strike at the Louvre

Gangs of young pickpockets forced the closure of the Louvre museum in Paris today.

Brazilian police face trial over prison 'executions' in 1992's Carandiru massacre

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The move comes after two of the other indicted men, Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto, won last week’s elections

ICC drops case against Kenya violence suspect due to stand trial alongside Uhuru Kenyatta

ICC withdraws charges against former head of civil service as fellow accused wins elections

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International Women's Day: I was a gang member, now I work for change for women in South Africa 

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For a slim book, The Great Gatsby has more plot than you'd think. David Nixon's new production for Northern Ballet races through it, spelling out the ambiguous relationships of F Scott Fizgerald's novel. It doesn't have time to develop character or atmosphere.

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