News The girl, thought to be 14 or 15, was found on 11 October

Authorities are liaising with Australian police over 14 or 15-year-old girl, who initially was believed to be of European origin

Council reviews Knowl View school records as another man says he was abused by Cyril Smith there as a child

A council is reviewing its manual records of a former local authority school as another alleged victim of Sir Cyril Smith said today he was abused by him there in 1979.

Asylum seeker houses 'unfit for children'

Two single mothers told a cross-party group of MPs and Peers that the state of their accommodation, frequent moves and the attitude of the private housing providers left them feeling degraded and depressed

Sir Cyril Smith (centre)

Man who claims he was abused by Sir Cyril Smith speaks out about alleged ordeal

A man who claims he was abused by the late Liberal Democrat politician Sir Cyril Smith has spoken out about the alleged ordeal - and said the Jimmy Savile affair has brought it back into the forefront of his mind.

Marcia Rigg: The whole family has a passion for justice, we just want to know truth

“Nothing could prepare us for the unnecessary battle we were about to face for the next four years to find out the truth about how our brother died on the evening of Thursday 21 August 2008. It has been a roller-coaster of emotions.

Newton Faulkner playing his guitar back-stage at Glastonbury

Newton Faulkner busks for Centrepoint

Album chart-topper Newton Faulkner took his music to the streets as he busked to raise awareness of youth homelessness.

The Hostel:
Safestay is a new design-led hostel in South-east London. Situated in a Grade II-listed house, it has dorm beds from £18, family rooms, Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar (safestay.co.uk).
Islesburgh House in Lerwick has been rated the best hostel in the world

Shetland's Islesburgh House voted top hostel in world

A windswept Scottish youth hostel, closer to the Arctic Circle than to Manchester, is set for its most successful year after being rated the best in the world.

Call handlers admit they could have done more to help mentally ill man who later died in police custody

Two 999 call-handlers have admitted to an inquest that they could have done more to alert police about the seriousness and urgency of a situation involving a mentally ill man who later died in police custody.

Civilian call handlers could have been overruled by police Sean Rigg inquest hears

Civilian call handlers who disregarded several 999 calls requesting urgent help for a seriously mentally ill man behaving violently could have been overruled by the police, an inquest has heard. 

Sean Rigg, 40, died in custody after being picked up by police in August 2008

'Not really a police issue': Police ignored five 999 calls about psychotic man who later died in custody

Emergency calls where a hostel manager desperately tried to warn police about the condition of a seriously disturbed man were played to a court room today.

Trial over Ian Tomlinson death opens

The trial of a policeman accused of the manslaughter of a newspaper vendor as he walked home from work during G20 protests in London starts today.

Lord Archer's wife Dr Mary Archer a champion of patient care and safety, has been made a Dame

Charity: Reward for former soldier who fought his way back from a life on the streets

Jimmy Carlson has come a long way since he began what would turn into a 23-year descent into alcoholism and homelessness in 1973. Nearly 16 years after finally turning his life around and devoting it to help others in a similar position to that in which he found himself after leaving the Armed Forces, he has been recognised with an OBE for services to homeless people.

Inquest into Sean Rigg death-in-custody begins

A long awaited inquest into a controversial death-in-custody starts at Southwark Crown Court today - four years after the man died at Brixton Police station.

Mary Dejevsky: The price of foreign wars laid bare on our streets

It was hardly an uplifting sight that greeted me when I left home on Easter Saturday afternoon. A very tall man with dreadlocks dismounted from a yellow bike and urinated in the doorway of the boarded-up pub opposite. I told him I thought it was disgusting. He told me it was none of my business. I said it was, because I lived there. He pedalled off, with two-fingers up.

Stanley, left, befriends the runaway Sam on the streets of London

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