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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

Landlord guilty of freezer murder

A pub landlord who shot his partner and then concealed her body in a freezer has been found guilty of murder.

Priest denies abuse of seven boys

A former Catholic priest today denied sexually assaulting seven boys who are alleged to have been abused between 1974 and 1994.

Dizaei out on bail to face new trial

Former Scotland Yard commander Ali Dizaei won his appeal against his conviction for corruption yesterday and was released on bail before facing a new trial.

Women remanded over Bradford murders

Two women appeared in court today accused of murdering two men whose bodies were found by the side of a country lane.

Girl murdered by her uncle 'was failed by social services'

A schoolgirl who was tortured, raped and murdered by her uncle was repeatedly failed by child protection services, a damning report said yesterday.

Mother: I did not murder autistic son

A mother who killed her severely autistic son by strangling him told police she had sent him to the "kingdom of heaven" where he would be happy without the disability, a court heard today.

CEOP to merge with new crime agency

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) agency will become part of the new National Crime Agency, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

Jo Yeates neighbour admits manslaughter but faces murder trial

A Dutch engineer admitted the manslaughter of his neighbour Joanna Yeates but pleaded not guilty to murder yesterday. The parents of the young landscape architect, whose frozen body was found beneath snow on Christmas Day, after she disappeared following a night out with colleagues in Bristol, were at the Old Bailey to hear Vincent Tabak enter his pleas.

Jail for fraudster who used 15 identities

A "fantasist" who used 15 identities to steal £118,000 by falsely claiming VAT refunds has been jailed for seven years.

Suspect tells of 'assault' by police officers

A terror suspect who was allegedly beaten up and humiliated by four police officers in a dawn raid at his home gave evidence at the officers' trial yesterday.

Boy aged 14 charged with woman's murder

A 14-year-old boy has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a woman who was found dead after a fire at her home.

Postmistress killer gets life

A shopkeeper who bludgeoned his postmistress wife to death and then blamed an armed robber has been jailed for life.

'Elvis' admits attacking rival

An Elvis impersonator has admitted attacking the son of the star's guitarist at a tribute act convention.

Murder charge ex-Brookside star Brian Regan in court

A former soap star appeared in court today charged with the murder of a nightclub doorman who was gunned down in the street.

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