News A prisoner reads a book in his cell at HMP (Her Majesty's Prison) Pentonville

Regional council finds novel solution for education and overcrowding

Back to naturist: Stephen Gough was the subject of 'The Naked Rambler'

The Naked Rambler, TV review: 'Walk on the wild side doesn't quite reveal the naked truth'

Naked rambling is not for wimps. Since 2003, when he first walked from Land's End to John o' Groats, in only his walking boots, rucksack and an occasional hat, Stephen Gough, has exhibited a remarkably stubborn determination to be himself. If it's not the unforgiving freezing winds, it's the unforgiving local police force, between them conspiring to force Gough to do the one thing he will not: put some clothes on.

American missionary Kenneth Bae leaves after speaking to reporters.

Kenneth Bae: American jailed in North Korea asks US Government to help release him

Kenneth Bae addressed journalists at a press conference in North Korea

'What's it like to defend someone you strongly believe to be guilty?'

Morally speaking, I don't have any problem with representing someone who I personally believe is guilty.

The 'iPod of Prison': What makes this Sony radio an instant classic behind bars?

The SRF-39FP isn't the most sophisticated piece of kit, but thanks to some unique attributes its a favourite of American prisoners

Head of under-fire prisons firm paid £3.6m

The head of the prisons operator criticised after an 84-year-old dementia sufferer died in handcuffs in one of its immigration centres earned $6m (£3.6m) last year, The Independent has learnt.

Harmondsworth IRC in West Drayton, where inspectors have revealed that an 84-year-old immigration detainee - who was suffering from dementia - was taken to hospital in handcuffs and died while still in restraints

84-year-old dementia patient died in handcuffs at immigration detention centre

The Chief Inspector of Prisons said the system had "utterly failed" the "most vulnerable people in detention"

Charlie Webster has opened up for the first time about the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager under the care of her athletics trainer.

Charlie Webster: Sky Sports News presenter reveals she was sexually assaulted by athletics coach

The presenter bravely decided to "break the taboo about abuse" and waive her right to anonymity during an interview with Radio 5 Live

Billionaire Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner avoids jail for tax evasion

Judge rules that tycoon’s ‘endless acts of charitable kindness’ should ‘trump’ his $25m tax evasion

Delhi police question homeless men after Danish tourist is gang-raped and robbed at knife-point in backpacking area

Police question group of men after woman was reportedly assaulted

Lloyds Bank customers flock to cashpoint dispensing free money

The ATM soon attracted a queue of 60

Less than a fifth of race hate complaints are investigated by police

Exclusive: Race hate - a crime the police will not solve

Community leaders say they no longer trust police to investigate offences as fewer than two out of 10 allegations of race hate are followed up by officers

Bang on target : Shotgun Paddy (left) gets his nose in front of Carruthers in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick

Shotgun Paddy shows impressive firepower

Though youth had its afternoon at Warwick yesterday as the novice chaser Shotgun Paddy belied his rookie status to see off a collection of hoary old handicapping hands in the Betfred Classic Chase, he rather took on the role of the man who shot Bambi's mother.

China sets thousands of prisoners free as labour camps close

China had promised to close it's "re-education" camps in 2007

Eddie Irvine: F1 driver sentenced to six months in prison over Milan bar fight

Irvine is sentenced to six months behind bars in an Italian court

Under new plans, offenders convicted of training as terrorists will face life sentences

Terrorists-in-training to be given life sentences

An end to automatic early release, introducing a 'two strikes and you're out' policy for serious offenders and life sentences for those convicted of training to be considered

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New Yorkers raise a glass to Mad Men

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British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

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Housebuilders go back to basics by using traditional methods and materials

Housebuilders go back to basics - throwing mud at the wall until it sticks

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Daniel Brühl: 'Envy is very German'

He's got stick for his golden acting career and for his beloved restaurant - but Daniel Brühl is staying put in Berlin (where at least the grannies love him)
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