Judge raps MP expense scam 'damage'

The MPs' expenses scandal resulted in serious damage to Parliament's reputation and reduced confidence in "our priceless democratic system", Court of Appeal judges said today.

River dad guilty of child's murder

A father was convicted today of murdering his five-year-old daughter after he drove his car into a freezing river with her on the front passenger seat.

Accused Night Stalker's ex ridicules frame claims

The ex-wife of accused Night Stalker Delroy Grant told a court today she was left speechless by his "ridiculous" claims she framed him.

Raoul Moat helpers jailed for life

Two men who helped Raoul Moat during his shotgun rampage, which left a man dead and a police officer blinded, have been jailed for life.

Stunt expert not guilty in film death

A special effects expert was cleared of health and safety breaches yesterday after the death of a cameraman during the making of the last Batman film.

Outside The Box: No-go for Lowe in his bid to equalise Defoe

So Leeds United finally managed to win an evening game (see last week's Outside The Box) albeit only by 2-1 against the Championship's bottom club, Preston, on Tuesday. It was a frustrating night, however, for the country's leading goalscorer, Bury's 32-year-old striker Ryan Lowe, who had hoped to join Jermain Defoe in the record books by scoring for the 10th successive game.

Officers 'too busy' to visit murder scene

Two police officers who refused to attend an incident where a woman was stabbed to death have been disciplined.

Judge tackles sex offender who fled court

A judge rugby-tackled a sex offender to the ground to prevent him escaping from court, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Footballer's spending habits revealed

Premier League footballer Stewart Downing had to reveal his spending habits to a jury yesterday.

Children screamed as father 'drove into river'

Two children screamed for help and banged on the windows as a car driven by their father sank into an icy river, a court heard yesterday.

Nanny jailed for trying to poison lingerie tycoon

A nanny formerly employed by the Ann Summers lingerie tycoon Jacqueline Gold was jailed yesterday for trying to poison her boss in a "calculated and deceitful" manner. In an attack Judge Christopher Critchlow described as "totally bizarre", Allison Cox spiked her employer's food with screen-wash in an attempt to discredit the family's chef, whom she hated.

We're friends, 'Night Stalker' told victim

The cab driver accused of being the "Night Stalker" burgled and sexually assaulted an 88-year-old man before telling his victim, "We're still good friends", a court heard today.

Alleged Night Stalker 'tried to blame his son'

A serial rapist dubbed the Night Stalker, who broke into the homes of elderly people and subjected them to a series of "humiliating and degrading" attacks, tried to blame his son for his 17-year campaign of terror, a court heard yesterday.

Mother cleared over son's crash death

A woman was cleared today of causing the death by careless driving of her 11-year-old son.

Wife found guilty of double murder

A former Sunday school teacher has been found guilty of murdering her husband and her lover's wife.

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