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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

Ian John McLoughlin was arrested in London

15 murderers among 800 convicted criminals on run after breaking rules of early release

Authorities under pressure over day release of double killer arrested over pensioner's death

Phillippa Williamson stepped down as SFO chief executive in 2012

Revealed: Serious Fraud Office chief who worked at home spent £100,000 on travel costs

Phillippa Williamson was allowed to run up bill in deal criticised as ‘quite astounding’ by MPs

Homeless man sentenced to ‘house arrest’ in Milan

A serial offender has been sentenced to house arrest by a Milan court – even though he is homeless.

Homeless Italian man serves house arrest on the street

Domenico Codispoti is restricted to a patch of pavement in central Milan

Two men arrested after courier left critically wounded as van stolen

Victim tried to stop thieves and was run over after clinging to outside of cab

Immigration, crime, benefits: Everything you know about the state of the nation is wrong

The world we think we live in simply does not exist, and the media and politicians share the blame

Bradley Manning arrives for the start of the sixth week of his court martial trial at Fort Meade

Bradley Manning lawyers open defence in Wikileaks court martial in Maryland

Lawyers for Pfc Bradley Manning, who gave classified information to WikiLeaks, have opened their defence at his court martial in Maryland.

The actress Tilda Swinton has posed on Red Square with a rainbow flag in an act of support for Russia’s beleaguered gay community

Russia a regime of 'scumbags', says opposition leader

Russia’s most prominent opposition leader described the country’s government as a regime of “scumbags” today in impassioned final words to a provincial court that could jail him for up to six years.

Three executives in Olympus fraud scandal are spared jail

The Japanese establishment closed ranks around the disgraced former bosses of the Olympus cameras giant yesterday, refusing to jail them for one of the country's biggest corporate scandals.

Japanese executives at centre of Olympus fraud avoid jail

The Japanese establishment closed ranks around the disgraced former bosses of the Olympus cameras giant today, refusing to jail them for one of the biggest corporate scandals in the country’s history.

Ofgem wants energy firms to tackle electricity theft - including power used for cannabis farms

Power suppliers could be required to clamp down on electricity theft under new rules proposed by the regulator Ofgem.

€1.3m stolen in armed raid on Venice boat

Three armed robbers pulled up alongside a courier boat in a Venice lagoon and seized  nearly €1.3m (£1.1m) in cash on Monday. 

Nigeria cattle rustling feud leaves more than 30 dead

Community leaders say men believed to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Tarok farmers in reprisal for cattle thefts in country's Plateau state

The heist was carried out last February under the noses of passengers on board a Helvetic Airways plane loaded with diamonds

Spectacular £30m jewel heist ends in farce as bungled attempts to get rid of gems leads to arrest of thieves

Raid involved eight machine-gun toting robbers in fake police uniforms

A convicted thief is suing the Metropolitan Police for discrimination

Community support officer sues Metropolitan Police for discrimination after she didn't mention criminal record on job application

Rachida Sobhi claims she did not reveal her criminal record due to amnesia

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