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Actor took on three armed soldiers who had surrounded star and crew while they were filming later series of Extreme World 3

Manchester robbery: Pensioner, 87, dies in hospital after being beaten in his home

Frank Worsley was woken up by an intruder who broke into his house

No further police action over BBC pay-offs

'Insufficient evidence' of criminal misconduct says Met police as Tory MP lambasts 'incompetent HR management'

Convicted thieves and fraudsters should be spared jail, says law professor Andrew Ashworth

Senior legal expert Andrew Ashworth says prison sentences should only be used for the most serious crimes

Thieves steal 'priceless' medieval wooden panels from Devon church

The ornate 15th century artifacts vividly depicted saints in "the best preserved medieval rood screen in the country"

Gallery reveals 25 pictures of ID theft suspects – that they apparently submitted themselves

Crimestoppers publishes line-up of pictures used with stolen personal details to apply for official documents

Jimmy Wales criticised David Cameron's 'ridiculous idea'

'An absolutely ridiculous idea': Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales rejects David Cameron's online porn filter plan

Wales had been a high-profile celebrity adviser to the Prime Minister

British gorilla expert Dr Ymke Warren murdered in Cameroon after chef she sacked hired a hitman

Inquest in Westminster hears how the unruly member of conservation site staff bore a grudge after he was fired for getting into fights and having an affair with a volunteer

Eve Online's biggest ever battle was the game's 'Battle of the Alamo'

Over 4,000 pilots were involved a one-tenth speed space battle for precious - virtual - resources

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it was drawing up plans to stop cold callers withholding their numbers

Government turns up the heat on cold callers as phone nuisances face crackdown

Ministers plan to enable watchdogs to investigate 'annoying' communications as well as those that cause distress

UK faces falling into cyber-crime 'black hole' if banks keep quiet on small scale fraud, warn MPs

Banks must be forced to report every case of fraud amid concerns of a “black hole” of unseen illegal activity where cyber-criminals act with impunity, MPs have warned.

Children's summer reading: Writing for teenagers

Tense in future, past and presents

US man completes impromptu 'triathlon' in desperate bid to flee officers on foot on stolen bicycle and in a swim across a bay

Despite his exertions police still needed rubber bullets and a Taser before they were finally able to arrest Brion Adam Kriss in the water

Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse before a court martial hearing

Judge refuses motion to drop Bradley Manning 'aiding enemy' charges

US government says they have evidence Osama bin Laden obtained leaked documents

'Dating scams' add to 27% increase in fraud

So-called "dating scams" have contributed to a 27% increase in the number of frauds reported, official figures show.

Less stabbing, less burglary and less vandalism: Crime may be falling, but it's not a Tory victory

The causes of this decline go far beyond party politics

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Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?