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The latest in a series of damning reports concludes that early intervention would have saved the teenage girls from repeated attacks

Riots in brief: Man accused of furniture store blaze faces court; fifth man charged over murders; oldest suspect let off with caution

A man accused of starting the blaze that consumed a furniture store in south London was remanded in custody yesterday following a seven-minute hearing.

Man jailed for trying to end dying father's life

A man who was caught trying to smother his dying father on a hospital ward after learning he had no chance of survival has been jailed for six and a half years.

Rioters push inmate total to record high

The prison population reached a record high today as officials said they were developing contingency plans to manage the unprecedented situation caused by hundreds of people being jailed over the riots.

Teenagers remanded over Tyne and Wear police attack

Two teenagers appeared before a judge today after a police station was attacked with petrol bombs and a patrol car was torched.

EDL member admits mosque attack

A member of the English Defence League has admitted taking part in a spray paint attack on a mosque.

Two charged with hit-and-run murders as more are arrested

A seventh person has been arrested in connection with the murder of three Birmingham men who were hit by a car while trying to protect their community from looters.

Seventh arrest in Birmingham car murders probe

Detectives investigating the murders of three friends who were struck by a car as they protected their community from looters have arrested a seventh person.

Teenager remanded over shop blaze

A man has been remanded in custody charged with causing £319,000 of damage to stock at a clothing store which was set on fire during rioting in Manchester city centre.

Boy, 12, among looters in court

A 12-year-old boy and a university undergraduate were among the looters who had "brought shame and disgrace" on the country, a court heard today.

Family's plot to kill their 'grandad', 89

A family, including a girl aged 16, was found guilty yesterday of plotting to murder their 89-year-old relative to get their hands on his money.

Courts sit round the clock to administer fast-track justice

A schoolworker, a hairdresser and an Exeter university student were among the first alleged rioters to be unmasked

Boy, 11, youngest at riot court

An 11-year-old boy was among scores of rioters and looters to appear before magistrates today.

Child-killing mother is jailed for life

A mother who killed her children after her relationship with their father broke down was jailed for life yesterday, with a minimum tariff of 32 years.

Liverpool: 'It was big men in the 1980s riots, but now it's just kids'

Police riot vans streamed past MT Belly's English Café in Toxteth yesterday as officers pressed their faces to the windows to stare at customers. The sight of the yellow-liveried vans drew growls of hostility from the café's clientele. "There'll be murder tonight," one said grimly.

Police pledge to reclaim Liverpool streets

Extra police officers will be pounding the streets of Liverpool tonight after violence erupted in the south of the city.

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Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

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Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

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British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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