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Man held over attacks on 100 cars

A man who allegedly set fire to more than 100 luxury cars in Berlin over three months has been arrested.

Barman 'tied to post and set alight'

The body of a man bearing "horrible injuries" has been found on an industrial estate in Scotland, after being apparently tied to a lamp-post and set alight.

Alarm at private police operating beyond the law

Outsourced officers beyond reach of watchdog – even after deaths. MPs to investigate legal loophole in private police contracts

Man dies in hit and run incident

A man has died in a suspected hit and run incident, police said today.

Robbers threaten staff with axe

Armed robbers threatened staff at a foodstore with an axe before making off with a substantial amount of cash, police have said.

Office evacuated over powder

A Student Loans Company office was evacuated after a member of staff opened an envelope and white powder came out.

Parents' scrap prompts school patrols

Police are undertaking daily patrols outside a primary school in Cardiff after parents fought in the playground.

Leading article: Questionable use of Tasers

Were the police too ready to use Taser stun guns when they encountered resistance as they tried to clear barricades from the illegal Travellers' site at Dale Farm? Certainly they were used very early in the confrontations with protesters.

Trouble in the potting shed as thefts soar

It's time to lock up your lawnmowers. Theft from sheds and gardens increased more than any other crime over the past year, with the number of incidents outside the home rising 13 per cent to 1.3 million according to the British Crime Survey.

Travellers face losing land to pay court costs

Residents finally leave Dale Farm but fear they will be 'back by the side of the road'

Premier League footballer charged with drink-driving

Premier League footballer Nile Ranger has been charged with drink-driving, a police spokeswoman said today.

7 per cent rise in knifepoint robberies

Knifepoint robberies rose by 7% in the last year as thieves targeted mobile phones which can be sold for up to double their value on the black market abroad, police chiefs have said.

Greece crippled as its people say no to poverty

Patrick Cockburn witnesses a nation – from youth and unions to middle classes – unite in strikes against cuts

Police under fire for Taser use in the final battle of Dale Farm

Officers take control of Traveller site but come under scrutiny following violent confrontations

Undercover officer may have put trial at risk

An undercover officer who infiltrated a green campaign group was last night accused of taking part in a criminal trial under an alias – potentially putting a conviction in jeopardy.

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