Sport Alan Pardew celebrates as Newcastle go ahead against Liverpool

Newcastle manager can relax as last victory over Liverpool caps remarkable club revival

Eight of the nine men sentenced today for their roles in the grooming ring

Nine Asian men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls jailed for total of 77 years

Nine Asian men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls were jailed for a total of 77 years today as a judge told them they had treated their victims as “worthless and beyond respect”.

Three jailed for doorman murder

Three men were jailed for life today for the "calculated and cold-blooded" murder of a nightclub doorman.

Ex-soap star Brian Regan jailed over gang hit

A former soap star who admitted driving the getaway car in a gangland shooting has been cleared of murder, it can be reported today.

Police in Heywood, Rochdale

Mob attacks Asian restaurant linked to sex grooming court case

"We are innocent people loyal to the community," proclaimed the posters adorning the windows of the Tasty Bites takeaway yesterday. If we are guilty, why the police have not arrested us? Why we are still working? Why our shop is still open?"

Teenager 'repeatedly raped by gang'

A teenager was repeatedly raped by members of a gang who used alcohol and threats of violence to force her to comply with their demands, a court heard today.

Ex-care workers jailed for thefts

Two former care home workers who "fleeced" vulnerable patients of tens of thousands of pounds were jailed today.

Extradited paedophile jailed

A paedophile who was the first person extradited from China to the UK after he skipped bail on a false passport was finally jailed for seven years and eight months today.

Jailbreak pair face trial after grenade left on Dalglish's wall

Two alleged gang members who escaped from a prison van faced trial in their absence yesterday over a series of gun and grenade attacks.

Everton v Liverpool: The best Merseyside derbies

Liverpool and Everton come together at Anfield tonight to contest the 217th Merseyside derby.

Jacques Rogge , president of the International Olympic Committee, drew attention to the rise of fixing as a threat to the integrity of sport

London Eye: Athletes need to break their silence on curse of doping

There were two significant sporting moments played out in courtrooms in this country this year. One came amid a scrum of international media at Southwark Crown Court on the banks of the Thames in London and resulted in the imprisonment of three Pakistan Test cricketers, the captain Salman Butt, and two of the world's best fast bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. It shook cricket, a continent and the sporting world beyond.

Jury sent home for weekend in Pakistan trial

The jury in the trial of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were yesterday sent home for the weekend by the judge after a second day of deliberations failed to produce a verdict.

MP's wife sentenced for cat snatch

An MP's wife was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence yesterday for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.

MP John Hemming's wife sentenced for cat snatch

An MP's wife was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence today for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.

24 jailed over cocaine smuggle plot

Twenty-four members of an international drugs gang have been handed jail terms ranging from one year to 30 for plotting to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of cocaine into the UK.

Joanna Yeates trial jury considers verdict

Jurors at the Joanna Yeates murder trial retired today to consider their verdict.

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