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Spokesman says David Cameron supports energy minister Michael Fallon's comments on Sussex shale gas extraction, as long as it will not damage environment

Leading article: Faster justice is not necessarily worse

The riots last August that left sections of London and other cities laid to waste have left their mark in a variety of ways even now that most of the damage has been repaired.

Mark Avery: When Tory shooters call the shots

It was a revelation to discover Mr Cameron's closeness to the shooting community

Crime-mapping website is expanded

People will be able to see how their police force compares to others in England and Wales as the Government's crime-mapping website is expanded from today.

David Cameron rejects claim politicians' behaviour was to blame for riots

David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed yesterday over whether the behaviour of politicians and bankers may have played a part in provoking this month's riots.

Emergency law to resolve bail crisis

Emergency laws are to be rushed through Parliament to tackle the sudden crisis in the bail system, the Policing minister Nick Herbert said yesterday.

Home Office accused on bail ruling

The Home Office should have acted sooner to bring forward emergency legislation to reverse a controversial legal ruling which overturns 25 years of police practice, Labour said today

Government 'hates the police'

The Government hates and "wants to destroy" the police with savage cuts that will leave the public as the biggest losers, rank-and-file officers said today.

MPs each get through a computer a year. Now they want iPads

Backbenchers claim the gadgets will save money, after Parliament spends £5m on upgrades

Street by street, the crime map of Britain

England and Wales today become the first countries in the world to release street-by-street information on every crime and act of anti-social behaviour reported to police.

Fall in police officer numbers

The number of police officers in England and Wales fell by more than 2,500 last year, the first significant fall for at least six years, figures showed today.

Simon Carr: Strategic narratives and operational matters – all are tales told by idiots

Sketch: The Home Office has commissioned the National Statistician to produce "a new picture of crime figures". It takes you back, doesn't it?

Undercover units to be reviewed

The way undercover police operations are conducted is to be reviewed, after the body in control of covert investigations was stripped of the responsibility.

Police cuts 'disastrous' for service to public

Heavy cuts to police budgets over the next two years will have a disastrous effect on frontline services, the body representing rank-and-file officers said today.

Simon Carr: Timely gaffe provides welcome distraction from tuition fees vote

Sketch: However, ministers who abstain won't get a hospital – they'll find their jobs given to their PPS

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness