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An escaped convict underwent a sex change and started living as a woman in an attempt to avoid recapture by the authorities.

Armed men made off with a shipment of diamonds as it was being loaded on to a plane of Helvetic Airlines at the Brussels airport

Police hunting £30m diamond plane heist gang arrest 31 people across Europe

Massive operation with suspects held in France, Switzerland  and Belgium

Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has called for better rehabilitation in prisons

Chris Grayling calls for better rehabilitation after 200,000 crimes a year by ex-prisoners expose 'depressing merry-go-round' of re-offending criminals

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Home Secretary Theresa May defeated over policy of treating 17-year-olds taken into custody as adults

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A teenager has won a High Court victory over the Home Secretary Theresa May's policy of treating 17-year-olds taken into custody as adults - depriving them of protections offered to those aged 16 and under.

Sergei Pomazun, a former convict, who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22 in Belgorod

Man wanted for massacre of six people in Belgorod captured after manhunt

Sergei Pomazun arrested by two transport police as he tried to flee the city on a freight train

Investigators inspect the body of a victim killed by a gunman in Belgorod. A gunman shot dead five people in the western Russian city before speeding away in a car, local police said.

Six die after man opens fire in the street in Russian town of Belgorod - 'because someone had scratched his car'

Six people were killed in the Russian town of Belgorod yesterday after a gunman opened fire in a central street, reportedly in anger that someone had scratched his car.

Europe-wide alert issued after ‘celebrity’ robber and murder suspect takes prison guards hostage after firing a gun and using plastic explosives hidden in a hankerchief to break out

French prisoner blasts through doors in daring daylight escape

Europe-wide alert issued after ‘celebrity’ robber and murder suspect takes prison guards hostage after firing a gun and using plastic explosives hidden in a handkerchief to break out

Man in hospital after attackers spray acid in his face in Withington

A man is in hospital after attackers sprayed acid in his face.

Suspects in Brazilian gang rape 'had struck a week earlier'

The kidnap and gang rape of an American tourist after boarding a public minibus in Rio de Janeiro has focused attention on crime in the city that will host the World Cup final next year and the Olympics in three years’ time.

Man dies after being restrained by members of the public during robbery

A man has died after he was restrained by members of the public as he attempted to rob a jeweller's store, according to police.

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A literary shotgun blast to the face

Two men charged over Barbados shootings

Two men have been charged in connection with the shooting of a British couple on holiday in Barbados, local police said.

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